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Thursday August 27, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
The University of Victoria and Telus are creating a Master of Business Administration degree customized for the telecommunications company.

Beginning this October, the two-year degree, with specializations in leadership and strategy, will be offered at the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School within the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

This is the first customized graduate program to be developed by the Gustavson School of Business. The collaboration brings together a leading business school that prides itself on seeing things differently with a national telecommunications company ready to equip its employees with even more tools for success, cultivating future leaders with a distinctive mindset.

The customized graduate degree provides a vibrant learning culture for students, offering a blend of course delivery methods: everything from traditional classroom settings and video lectures on demand to virtual classrooms and an international learning experience.

The course design allows students to continue working full-time, with a partially reduced workload to accommodate learning.

“We are proud of our long history of designing and offering leading edge, award-winning learning and development programs within Telus,” said Josh Blair, Telus’ chief corporate officer and president of business solutions for Western Canada. “This program builds on our tradition of learning excellence by expanding our leadership education ambitions and offering eligible employees an opportunity to advance their studies with a fully accredited MBA program from one of Canada’s best business schools.

The initial cohort will be composed of 20 Telus employees, all of whom have significant management experience, scored highly on Telus performance measures and met the university’s graduate admissions requirements.

In 2016, the program will be expanded and offered to Telus business customers, providing their high-performing and high-potential team members with the benefits of a first-class learning program.

“Our partnership with the University of Victoria will give some of our most promising team members an opportunity to advance their leadership skills within our organization and help better serve our customers, and will also benefit our business clients who are similarly looking for opportunities to develop their future leaders,” Blair said.

The Gustavson School of Business has offered specialized executive education since 1993, and has been working with Telus since 2010. The school fills a growing demand from corporations for high-calibre professional development by providing course content tailored to a specific company or sector.

This collaboration with Telus marks the school’s first offering of a degree-level program to a corporate client, while maintaining the business education fundamentals and academic rigour inherent in a traditional MBA program.

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