BBS's new appointment encourages a holistic approach to MBA

Issue date: 19 September 2005


Bristol Business School, part of the University of the West of England, has announced the key appointment of Dr Svetlana Cicmil as the new director of their leading MBA programme.

The MBA postgraduate degree as offered at Bristol Business School is recognised across the world as the business qualification for those aspiring to senior executive roles. It is the Business School's flagship programme, boasting over 50 experienced academics and practitioners dedicated to delivering a tailored and bespoke programme with practical industry relevance.

Svetlana's 10-year affiliation with the MBA programme commenced in 1995 when she accomplished her own MBA qualification at De Montford University. Other academic achievements include a civil engineering degree and chartered certificate, as well as a PhD, which focused on knowledge interaction and project work.

Following her career as a structural designer and in-house consultant for a major international construction contractor in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Svetlana moved to the UK to offer her industry expertise as an academic. Since joining the Business School in 1997, Svetlana has remained a senior lecturer in project management as well as holding the position of director of the Business School's research unit. Apart from her expertise in teaching and consulting, Svetlana's practice also includes co-ordination of multicultural, multi-professional project teams around the globe.

Dr Cicmil has a clear vision for the future direction of the Business School's MBA programme: “The MBA is a globally recognised accolade which must be international, inclusive and sensitive to the needs of all stakeholders”. She adds, “I believe that an MBA curriculum needs to reflect the real world of organisations in all sectors. It should aim to provide students with an experience that is scientific, social, reflective and unbiased.” Svetlana believes that Bristol Business School has enormous potential in terms of the quality of the academic and management team to enable continuous provision of a valuable, distinctive and innovative MBA programme.

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