Niyati Gupta






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By Niyati Gupta

And what’s your other one?

“Wait you aren’t doing your MBA with us?” If I had a dollar for every time I have been asked this, I would be very rich by now. My “No, I am on the 1+1 MBA programme” is followed by a “oh, wow I didn’t know that! I have seen you around the business school so often”. With this newly gained information, the next question is almost always “So what is your other one?”

Brainchild of Dean Peter Tufano, the 1+1 MBA programme allows one to club the MBA with one of the many masters degrees offered at Oxford. It “combines the depth of a specialised…master’s degree with the breadth of …. [an] MBA.” Having founded an ed-tech startup, I felt it was time to learn the know-how of running and scaling the business. I was looking for a programme that would not only help address the knowledge gap pertaining to business but also allow for an academic treatment of education. The 1+1 MBA seemed to be a good match for me.

I am currently pursue my MSc in Education (Learning and Technology) at the Department of Education and am soon to start my MBA at Saïd Business School coming September. But I already feel like an integral part of the business school community. As a 1+1 student, I have full access to the business school infrastructure, its resources and the community. All the opportunities available to the MBA are equally available to me, with the exception of taught courses. For instance, over the past eight months, I have represented SBS at University of North Carolina’s Investing for Impact Competition, helped organize the Oxford Social Innovation Case Competition, and have been part of the MBATs, the MBA sports tournament at HEC Paris. Walking around the business school I have never felt like an outsider. Some of the current MBAs even poke fun at me for “knowing way too much about what happens around the school”. I take this as a successful marker of the 1+1 programme where students are seamlessly integrated into the business school community from the very first year. With my MSc coming to a close soon, I am excited to start my “second” MBA in September.

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