Bridging the Gap: Expectations Versus Reality for International MBA Students Studying in the UK

By Steve Page, Gautam Rajkhowa and Paul Webb.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Over the last decade, higher education institutions in the UK have seen a large rise in the number of international students wishing to study for a masters degree. For many overseas students the first choice of destination to study is the UK. But to what extent are British universities able to meet the needs and expectations of international students? This paper discusses a case study from the University of Chester, UK.
The University of Chester Business School inaugurated its MBA for international students in the autumn of 2007. During the late spring of 2008 we held two focus group discussions with students from the first intake to ascertain what factors had encouraged the students to study in the UK, and more specifically at the University of Chester. We also discussed with the students their expectations of the course & university, and where their expectations had and had not been met. This paper discusses the findings from this research. Mind the Gap!

Keywords: Expectations versus Reality, International MBA, Overseas Students, Postgraduate Education

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.137-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.165MB).

Steve Page

Senior Lecturer, Business, University of Chester, Chester, Cheshire, UK

Steve’s current research interests are in the areas of Higher Education Management Pedagogy and Aligning Information Strategy with Business Strategy. He has presented his work in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA & has also written a number of book chapters. Steve chaired a conference on ‘Ethics, ICT & Social Exclusion’ & has been on the Organising Committee for a number of International Conferences. He is an External Examiner at several UK Universities & is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has acted as a consultant for a number of organisations helping them to better understand the strategic importance & value of their corporate knowledge & organisational intelligence.

Gautam Rajkhowa

Senior Lecturer, Chester Business School, University of Chester, Chester, Cheshire, UK

Paul Webb

University of Chester, Chester, UK


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