More women take up EMBA programmes

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The Executive MBA Council (EMBAC) reports that almost a third of Executive MBA students are now women, a number which has increased annually over a six-year period. According to EMBAC’s annual membership survey results for 2017 30.1 per cents of EMBA students were female. 

The steady increase of female students could be related to more flexible arrangements by schools as well as special encouragements for female students. ESCP Europe for example offers women in leadership scholarships, executive coaching for women, and has partnered with the Women’s Worldwide Web. The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School hands out a Forté Foundation Fellowship for Women and the Oxford EMBA Scholarship for Women and London’s Cass Business School has a Global Women’s Leadership Programme.

Many programmes these days also have large online-components or are entirely taught online allowing women to continue their work as well as family commitments that many have in their 30s. The UK’s Ashridge Executive Education or MIP Politecnico Di Milano’s 18-month International Flex EMBA for example are either entirely or mainly taught online. Another school that allows for flexible studying is the University of New South Wales’ Australian Graduate School of Management where an EMBA programme can be completed over the course of seven years.

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