Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, Australia offers postgraduate courses that are based on strong links with industry, business, government and the not for profit sector. Our connections with practice together with our meaningful and rigorous research ensure our programs meet the ever changing needs of organisations around the globe. As signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Management, we do not just teach theory, we also ensure that our students take a holistic view of the impact of their decisions, consider the impact on all stakeholders, understand requirements for corporate governance and develop their skills as responsible leaders. Making our graduates ready to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Change your career with an MBA
Dean Dalla Valle enrolled in a Master of Business Administration at UOW with the aim of taking his career to the next level. Over the next four years, he studied part time, balancing his evening classes with his young family and his burgeoning career.Read more: The ride of a lifetime Discover our MBA program
See how our MBA helped Peter fast-track his career
Peter Buckley shares how the UOW MBA set the foundations for his future career, laying the groundwork for his current role in the community where he was raised.Learn more about our MBA program
I finished the master’s degree and we found out we were expecting triplets. We welcomed three identical girls into the world, nappy changes, sleep patterns, the routines of feeding. The triplets are 10 now, so I've got my son, his 12, Fraser, and then Eliza, Bronte, and Chloe are our beautiful daughters.
My current role is director of Shire Services for Wollondilly Shire Council. For me personally, it was always an ambition that I would grow up, I would go to high school, and I would one-day study at the University of Wollongong, and to come back today and work in Wollondilly Shire where I grew up, my family grew up there, my grandfather, and their parents grew up there. So there’s a real connection to place that just evolves into being part of the community, part of my workplace, and serving people that I work with.
They say you can’t be what you can't see. So if there’s somebody else in the family who has been to university and now look at them, look what Peter's done, he's had these senior positions in so many different industries, found his real niche, his fabulous job at Wollondilly and seen that success.
To come back today and see Grace and be able to see some of the new buildings that have been built over the last few years, I don’t think I would be where I am today without that connection with the University of Wollongong.
Peter took every bit of learning that he could, but he started with who he was as a person. He’s never changed.
27, 28 years old, I was in a fairly senior role for a public company to really apply myself to the MBA, I thought once I was committed, each course was another layer in the foundations that I had for my future career.
The job now suits him absolutely perfectly because he's always learning something new and he's serving the community and that is absolutely who he is.
Really taking those building blocks that I learned in the MBA, I was able to then fast track more of my career development, particularly into the senior roles in ASX companies and some startups.
You take your learning with you and you add to it and you carry on and all that becomes part of who you are and then you come to that wonderful place where it all comes together and you can do your best work.
UOW’s Sydney Business School ranked 1st in Australia for the Global Executive MBA Rankings.CEO Magazine's Global MBA Ranking 2023
UOW’s Sydney Business School ranked in Tier One globally for their Master of Business Administration.CEO Magazine's Global MBA Ranking 2022
Take the next step with an Executive MBA
UOW’s Executive MBA alumnus, Blake Coates explains why he chose the course and how the experience helped him move into a senior executive role.Learn about our EMBA Program
My name's Blake I studied the Executive MBA at Sydney Business School.
I studied the EMBA at Sydney Business School for three key reasons. Firstly, I was looking for a point of difference and I was looking for a point of difference in the marketplace and I was looking for a point of difference that would support my technical skill set.
Secondly, I was looking for a program that offered real world content, but also mixed with real world learning. Experiences, and the diverse cohort that I was able to study with within the program really offered that. And then thirdly, it was a program that allowed the flexibility to balance my study commitments alongside my business commitments, and that was equally really important to me. My experience was fantastic studying the EMBA.
Not only was it a program delivered in world class facilities, but the flexible nature with which the program was delivered was really beneficial and valuable to the cast of supporting professionals and individuals that helped complement the program through their diverse insights, perspectives and learnings was really valuable experience, and it's allowed go from a mid level role which arguably I was really comfortable within to then stretching well outside my comfort zone and taking on a senior exact role for a global business that's headquartered in Paris.