Madeline Kenkel

Madeline Kenkel

Master of Business Administration student

The Master of Business Administration provides career flexibility, says Madeline Kenkel who expects to complete her AUT MBA at the end of the year.

“By profession, I’m an attorney and business law professor. I decided to study the MBA because it furthers both my business law and academic career opportunities.

“I chose to study at AUT because it has a reputation for diversity and teaching practical skills,” says Madeline who came to AUT as an international student from the USA.

Diverse and open-minded learning
The diversity is one of her favourite aspects of studying at AUT, Madeline says.

“I’ve had professors from Australia, China, Germany, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and the UK. I have classmates from many of these countries and more. In addition, my peers come from diverse careers, including marketing, management, information technology, medicine, and other disciplines.”

She has found that this diversity greatly enhances classroom discussions and activities.

“For example, while participating in simulations during my paper on negotiation, it was common for each student to have spent numerous years in a foreign country. Thus, in addition to the main subject of the negotiation, we had to be cognisant of our cultural differences. This added complexity provided insight regarding the importance of cultural awareness. It was beneficial practice for the many global business opportunities available.”

Highly recommended
She would highly recommend the AUT MBA to other students, Madeline says.

“I would recommend this programme because it has provided an opportunity to network, discuss global business challenges, and form lasting friendships. AUT brings together students from around the globe to discuss ways to change the world.”

She is making the most of the opportunities available to AUT students.

Madeline is the student representative on the MBA and Professional Masters Board of Studies, a player on AUT’s women's football team and a committee member of AUT’s Business Breakfast Club, where students can network with New Zealand’s top business and political leaders.

Last updated: 17-Jul-2017 1.40pm

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