University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

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Professor Hal Swerissen

The DBA attracted me because of the way it’s structured. It’s a residential programme which means I can come the best part of 20,000km and spend an intensive period of time and go back again rather than trying to do it in a more piecemeal way; so that was important... I also know people who have completed the programme and who said very good things about it. I also chose it because England is an easy place for someone like me to go rather than the US for example which has got a very different system.

Professor Hal Swerissen
DBA Student
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional),
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences,
La Trobe University, Melbourne.

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Luz Longsworth

The DBA (HEM) is an excellent programme that prepares managers for the increasingly complex environment of higher education, no matter which part of the world you are from. The programme also provides an excellent structure for practitioners who, because of their busy schedules, could sometimes get frustrated in a typical PhD programme... It is an outstanding programme both in structure and content as well as in terms of the academic and administrative staff who support it.

Luz Longsworth
Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Ag) for the UWI Open Campus

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Edmundo Torres

My main research interest in the DBA is about the role of universities in a knowledge economy in the context of developing countries. Within this I have carried out the first diagnosis of the situation of university research in Nicaragua and have written a critical analysis to the bill of the Law on Science and Technology. I have also prepared a proposal to organise a National System of Researchers and a National Strategy for Scientific Training in Nicaragua.

Edmundo Torres
DBA Student
Director General of the
UNAN-León - Sida, Nicaragua.
Current DBA (HEM) participant.

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Anne Rixom

Anne chose the DBA because of its 'doctorate without borders' focus, which emphasizes learning from fellow international education professionals. She plans to use the knowledge gained from the DBA to strengthen her expertise in education-related programming as a foundation executive working internationally in the strategic design and implementation of programs that transform institutions and individuals.

Anne Griffin
Founder Ahead Uganda and visiting lecturer University of Cape Town, South Africa


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Anne Rixom

I specifically chose the DBA (HEM) above other doctoral awards because I liked the focus on higher education and the opportunity to gain an extensive understanding of prevailing issues in higher education, both within the UK and internationally.

Anne Rixom
Head of Quality, Standards and Partnerships
University of Lincoln
Current DBA (HEM) participant.

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Ben Malunga

I am already at the apex of my career as University Registrar. Hence, I enrolled on the DBA not so much to widen opportunities for promotion as to enhance my managerial professionalism which would in the end help me perform my duties better... As we struggle to make ends meet with limited funding from government, the ideas on entrepreneurship which I have acquired have helped me to advise senior management colleagues and our Council on how we can diversify our sources of funding so that we should be able to satisfy our mandate to carry out research, teach, carry out consultancies and engage in outreach.. Finally, as my country is working towards the establishment of the Council for National Higher Education and as it develops national plans related to tertiary education my input as I participate in these exercises is largely informed by what I have learnt on the DBA.

Ben Malunga
University of Malawi, Malawi

Jose Restrepo

After “walking this path” of the DBA programme, I have to say that it has been an extraordinary and unique academic experience to improve my understanding of higher education, to contribute to the body of knowledge and to gain more practical expertise in my professional life.

The DBA has helped me to implement new managerial practices in my professional responsibilities, to get a better understanding of institutional processes of change and to be more analytical and reflective in policy implementation and change management

The DBA has also motivated me to do more research and publish in many other topics on higher education, including corporate governance in higher education and issues on quality management.

The DBA is the best option for university managers who want to learn more about Higher Education Management but also to see that knowledge “in practice” within our own professional work.

Jose Restrepo

Kofi Nkrumah Young

I have been appointed Associate Professor in Education Financing. This is in addition to another recent appointment as Vice President, Planning Finance and Operations. Added to my portfolio with those appointments are University Planning, Project Management, Facilities Management and ICT Services. All as a result of my being successful from the DBA programme at Bath. The programme has enabled me to explore all the avenues of HEI management and this has expanded my previous base in Finance. I now straddle both administration and academica as I also lecture on two masters programmes (Master of Business Administration – UTECH and Master of Arts in Teaching – Mico University College). In those engagements I draw on the base from the DBA as I explore financial, managerial and educational issues with my students.

Kofi Nkrumah Young 
UTech, Jamaica

Dave McHardy

I have no doubt that the research I have conducted as part of my doctoral studies has positively influenced my practices as a manager and helped me achieve favourable results in my past and present positions. I further believe that my current involvement in leading-edge, applied research in higher education management, my capability of focusing my research on issues that would be of direct benefit to my employer, and my demonstrating the ability to convert theory and research into action and results directly and positively impacted my candidacy for my current position. Finally, I am firmly convinced that my involvement in the DBA (HEM) program has had a very positive effect on my ability to envision and strategize and on my perceived value to my colleagues and institutions.

Dave McHardy 
Yukon College, Canada