First cohort of prestigious transatlantic partnership celebrates success.

Posted on 21st March 2016

The first cohort of graduates have successfully completed a Master’s programme in record time while also carrying out an intensive internship as part of a new partnership between the University of Chester and a prestigious international institution.

Students from the first cohort to graduate in the MA Entrepreneurial Leadership in Global Business (WBIS – Work Based Integrated Studies) – a joint venture between the University’s Centre for Work Related Studies and the Mountbatten Institute - have just achieved their qualifications.

The programme is delivered in both London and New York and is extremely demanding for Mountbatten students, as they must complete it in one year, while also being employed as interns for some of the most prestigious FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies in London and New York.

The Mountbatten Institute was named in honour of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and its benefactress is his eldest daughter, the 2nd Countess Mountbatten. The ethos behind the Mountbatten Institute is to enable graduate students from across the globe to gain work experience and to study at postgraduate level on a cultural exchange programme, which provides them with the opportunity to study and work outside of their home country. During their exacting internship period of 12 months, they are also expected to complete one of the Mountbatten Institute’s postgraduate programmes of study.

In early 2015, the Mountbatten Institute entered into a formal partnership with the Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS,) to develop the MA Entrepreneurial Leadership in Global Business (WBIS) programme using the WBIS structure. 

Work-Based Integrated Studies (WBIS) is a flexible framework for the accreditation of work based and work related learning. Typically, it allows participants to negotiate their own pathway of learning related to their area(s) of working practice, and to choose a relevant award title.

Pippa Weston, CWRS Senior Lecturer and advisor to the Mountbatten Institute, said: “The unique flexibility of the WBIS framework has allowed this programme to be wholly taught and assessed by Mountbatten tutors in London and New York, however the degree awarded is through the University of Chester.

“The first cohort of students only enrolled on the MA Entrepreneurial Leadership in Global Business (WBIS) programme in August 2014, therefore it is a fantastic achievement that nine have now successfully completed the programme, four of whom achieved distinctions and have graduated this month.  As a result of the success of this programme, both the University of Chester and the Mountbatten Institute are currently examining opportunities to develop their partnership through other postgraduate programmes.”

Melissa Willby, Academic Director - European Academic Office, Mountbatten Institute, said: “A key pillar of the Mountbatten Programme, and one which forms a natural alignment to the Centre for Work Related Studies, is the Programme's integration of the classroom and the workspace in an international cultural setting.

“The practical application of business theory and in the workplace is the driver of immediate, hands-on learning. It makes education real, international and of personal value. Such an integrated model of learning produces lifelong learners, cultural intelligence and young people who understand how to make changes in their businesses and ultimately in their own lives.”