UWE Bristol student to scale heights of international Mountbatten MBA programme

Issue date: 24 June 2013

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Jonathan Williams, a UWE Bristol student currently in his final year of study for a degree in History, has been accepted onto the prestigious Mountbatten Programme to study for an MBA in International Business Practice. The programme starts with a year-long, full-time, work placement in New York coupled with evening and weekend classes of study, and finishes with an exciting and invaluable fieldwork experience in Bangkok.

“To even be considered for interview was incredibly flattering, and to actually be participating is indescribable,” says Jon, who will start his placement in mid-August. “There are several stages to the application; I still have to conduct interviews with potential internship sponsors in New York via Skype. The nature of the process means I cannot reveal much, but it is definitely tough!

“My time at UWE has developed my analysis, research and communication skills which are all sought after by large businesses. It has also made me into a completely independent person, unafraid of new challenges and prepared for the culture shock of living abroad.”

The Mountbatten Institute conducts the international programme as part of its commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding through experiential education, practical training and residence abroad, continuing the work of the late Lord Montbatten, a senior member of the Royal Family, who became deeply involved in international education in later life.

Once he has completed the programme Jon hopes to use the degree gained at UWE Bristol and the experience and MBA attained on the Mountbatten Programme to secure a job within a financial organisation either in America or elsewhere in the world.

“Applying for the Mountbatten Programme has been a tough and complex process, and all that hard work has paid off. This is one of the most significant events of my life and I cannot wait to get started.”

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