An OU degree is highly valued by employers
In the UK, 80% of the UK’s FTSE 100* companies have sponsored their staff to complete Open University distance learning courses.
Currently, the OU engages with more than 30,000 organisations and their subsidiaries, in the UK and worldwide. The OU also works with sector skills councils and professional bodies to develop high quality career qualification.
OU degrees are rated highly, and not just academically. When potential employers sees candidates with OU qualifications, it’s immediately obvious that they have other skills that candidates with non-OU qualifications might not – such as commitment and motivation. Students with the OU often have juggled many other commitments at the same time as studying.
Triple accredited Business School
The OU’s strong record of success over more than two decades has led to The Open University Business School becoming one of the world’s most prestigious centres of learning.
Over 90,000 business qualifications have been awarded since it began, and in 2011 over 22,000 MBAs had been completed.
The Open University Business School is one of the few institutions worldwide that are triple-accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. These are internationally recognised quality standards which independently validate the quality of the Schools teaching, research and operations. The School undergoes regular reviews to ensure that standards are maintained and has successfully retained its triple accredited status since 2004. BA Business Studies and other Undergraduate programmes are accredited through inclusion in these reviews.
Only 1% of the world’s business schools hold this triple accreditation.
Hear from students and employers
Just some of the testimonials from students and employers who have partnered with The Open University
Irene Adler, Germany:
"The decision to study for an OU MBA was definitely the right choice; I have developed my knowledge beyond marketing which took my career to the next level and I have gained experience in an international global M&A process, being involved in corporate strategy first hand. After all, I was the first woman to be promoted to General Manager in the history of the company."
Stefan Lachmann, Germany:
"I was looking for a program that would prepare me for the future challenges of the 21st century. The Open University’s internationally accredited program consists of a top ranking curriculum, which exceeded my expectations. The MBA program of the Open University Business School will push you to your limits, but it is well worth it!"
Anne Stenbom MBA, Cross-Cultural Training Global Executive Coach, Malaysia:
"After 30 years in international business, my OU MBA is still a door opener. The theoretical inputs were, and still are, applicable to real work practice. I enjoy an extended network of business contacts and friends, with on-going access to learning opportunities through the alumni network."
Lee Hwan King MBA, Senior Finance Manager, Malaysia:
"Working well with others requires cross functional understanding and cooperation. The platform that I have built with my Open University MBA has enabled me to talk real business with almost anyone, anywhere. The relevance of such ability to work across all interest groups in our world is at its greatest!"
Graduate Recruitment Manager, Unilever:
Working and studying together shows the ambition and strong work ethic of OU students. Their drive to improve themselves, while managing the demands of work and home, shows a competency that is invaluable to Unilever.
Corporate Human Resources Manager, Enterprise:
"The single most important thing that I’d like to say to all OU graduates is that there are companies out there that want your talent, your experience and your knowledge."
Logica's Graduate Recruitment Manager:
"We value soft skills and place great emphasis on teamwork, written and oral communication, the ability to plan and prioritise, and the ability to bounce back and re-group if things go wrong."
* The FTSE 100 represents the 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange with the highest market capitalisation, and accounts for approximately 80% of the entire market capitalisation of the London Stock Exchange.