Posted: Friday, 4th May 2012
Diane Wright, Dennis Dunn and Jane Muir in the front row with our new graduates
MMU is expanding its offering in the Caribbean after a highly successful graduation in the British Virgin Islands.
Twenty islanders were awarded their UK degrees in business and management in a ceremony attended by the Territory’s Governor and the Minister for Education and Culture.
MMU was represented by Dennis Dunn, dean of MMU Cheshire, Diane Wright, head of Business and Management and her colleagues Jane Muir and Rachel Huddleston.
The Faculty provides degree ‘top ups’ to a range of Chartered Management Institute qualifications at the Territory’s main college, the H Lavity Stoutt Community College.
But this is the first time their students have collected their MMU degrees in an official graduation.
Susan Daly-Richardson, who earned her MSc in Business Management spoke on behalf of her fellows saying: “The MMU programme has already impacted us and will continue to do so for the rest of our lives. It has taught us many invaluable lessons and today we are even more inspired.
And she expressed her “profound thanks to the professors who supported her” especially her dissertation supervisor, Diane Wright, for providing invaluable feedback and advice during her final assignment.”
The top up degrees are shortly to be extended to full Masters programmes, while talks are under way with island authorities to deliver management degrees and programmes to state institutions, including the police.
Diane, who teaches at H Lavity Stoutt twice a year to compliment the distance learning elements, said: “There is huge interest in what we can offer and we were given a delightful reception.
“UK degrees are certainly seen as a gold standard and we are keen to capitalise on our strong friendships over there.”
Sion Owen and Dr Kevin Gallimore are the other members of the team who teach on the BVI programmes.