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Posted by: on February 20, 2020

Why an Oxford MBA?

I’ve known I wanted to come here since 2016. I knew it in my heart. Prior to applying, I visited a friend at a neighbouring school (which shall not be named), and knew it wasn’t for me. I had always wondered what it would be like to live in England; to study and to work here.   At the end of the day, when […]

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Posted by: on February 13, 2020

Start-up alums belong in an MBA

It’s hard to believe I have been in Oxford for nearly 6 months and that we are nearing the programme’s halfway point. There was a point when the programme first started that I wondered if the admissions team made a mistake. My career was mostly spent in tech start-ups; I did not have the traditional […]

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Posted by: on February 10, 2020

Don’t blink

After what seemed to be just four weeks, four months of the Oxford MBA have flown by. With this blog post, I offer advice to the incoming cohort on how to make the most of their time at Oxford: how to hit the ground running, and do so fearlessly. The Oxford MBA is a fast-paced […]

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Posted by: on February 6, 2020

It was 6:30am on a snowy Friday morning in Montreal

It was 6:30am on a snowy Friday morning in Montreal. My wife Sarah and I had just been woken up in a very enthusiastic fashion by our 3.5-year-old daughter Mathilde. I looked at my phone and burst out laughing. “Congratulations, we are delighted to confirm that you have been awarded an Oxford Saïd-HEC Montreal Scholarship to […]

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Posted by: on February 5, 2020

GOTO: a lesson in sitting in the discomfort

What happens when you place a group of solution-oriented MBAs in front of a seemingly insurmountable challenge? Welcome to the GOTO experience. The first day back at school after the MBA winter break feels exactly like you might imagine: smiles, excited waves and ‘how was your break?’ fill the corridors of Saïd Business School. It […]

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Posted by: on February 3, 2020

My journey from Sydney to Oxford

My journey to Oxford isn’t a typical one, but then again – as I soon found out, no one’s is! Born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, my family and I fled a civil war that would change the lives of millions of people. Arriving in Australia, it took me many years to realise that social disadvantage […]

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Posted by: on January 27, 2020

My journey from Kenya to Oxford University

How does a young Kenyan doctor, who through her earlier years dreamt of being a neurosurgeon, end up at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford? The answer to this – oddly enough – is a question. And this question is, “Do you want your life to count for something – or not?” Here’s my story. […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2020

My journey from Nepal to Oxford

There are 25.4 million refugees in the world; children make up half of them; 3.5 million school-age refugee children do not go to school, and only one percent of refugees enroll in higher education. I was born into these statistics. I grew up in a Tibetan refugee camp and spent the first half of my […]

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Posted by: on January 17, 2020

If you can’t measure it, does it even exist?

For quite a while now, in the world of ‘impact’, there have been many opinions on whether impact can be measured. Even more contentious views exist on how it should be measured and if there is scope for these measurement metrics to be standardized. To address this specific topic, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship […]

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Posted by: on January 14, 2020

My journey from Bangladesh to Oxford

It was a hot summer afternoon in 2014. A group of middle-aged women were sitting under a tree, giving me and my colleague a very skeptical look as we were trying to explain how mobile payments could possibly make their lives easier. They did not seem to be convinced at all, for good reasons; at […]

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