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T H E C R A N F I E L D M B A

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The Cranfield MBA is one of the oldest MBA Programmes in the UK. It was started in 1964 by a group of ex-Harvard MBA graduates who were driven by two fundamental beliefs: management cannot sensibly be taught to people who have no business experience and a successful manager must possess people and leadership skills. In realising the first of these aims the Cranfield MBA has focussed on attracting mature students – average age 32 – in the belief that the learning environment is greatly enriched if the cohort consists of students with business experience drawn from a wide range of. The second aim is achieved by building into the curriculum an emphasis on personal development and leadership and reinforcing the learning by providing monitoring and feedback of behaviour within the learning teams.

It follows that an MBA programme whose cohort is inexperienced and drawn mainly from a single or very few industries cannot provide its students with the breadth of learning offered by the Cranfield MBA. This is a particular advantage to farmers who are likely to have had limited contact with managers from other industries and who would greatly benefit from the opportunity as an agriculturalist to build networks, learn and transfer knowledge from other industry sectors through working with their MBA class mates. As previous Agri-Farm Scholars have observed, the broad range of the student backgrounds at Cranfield was one of the key benefits they have taken away from their Cranfield studies. Without exception they have found that the expertise gained from fellow students very valuable post Cranfield and they remain part of a global network that allows a lifetime of drawing on knowledge and advice.

Agriculture is a key industry with a vital role to play in helping to provide affordable food at a time when global food producers face a number of severe challenges. As a farmer you will have experiences and knowledge that is of interest to your fellow students and they in turn will help you to approach business problems from new and informed perspectives.

The Cranfield School of Management is located on the edge of the Cranfield University campus – the UK’s only graduate university – which is located near junction 14 on the M1 approximately mid-way between Milton Keynes and Bedford. The campus is a standalone site in a rural area with easy links to London and Birmingham. You can find much more about the Cranfield MBA Programme by visiting the website which will provide details of the Programmes rankings, accreditations, its links with industries, individual modules and electives, the backgrounds of the students you are likely to study with as well as the social life.

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Details of how to apply for the Cranfield MBA can be found here which includes more information on entry requirements, the application procedures and deadlines. You can also take an informal assessment to determine your suitability for the Cranfield MBA.

If you are interested in the Cranfield MBA there are a number of actions you can take before applying to help you make up your mind. You can attend a Cranfield ‘open day’ which gives you the opportunity to experience something of what it would be like to be a student and allows you to meet current and past students. You will find more details and dates on the MBA website. You can also be put in contact with alumni and you will find contact details for past Agri-Farm Scholarship students under their endorsements.

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