MPA Student Studies at Oxford University
Rebecca Tekula ‘06
Rebecca Tekula, a master of public administration (MPA) student, has been accepted into the prestigious master of business administration program for social entrepreneurs at Oxford University’s Said Business School, which is closely affiliated with its Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.
Tekula’s interest in enrolling in Oxford’s program, and the exciting new field of social entrepreneurship, was piqued during her studies with the Pace MPA program’s Oxford Summer Study course in 2004. Oxford’s program trains MBA students concerned about social change to apply entrepreneurial approaches to social problems.
“I think Rebecca’s professional commitment and experiences towards achieving sustainable social change are emblematic of Pace’s entrepreneurial and civic-minded spirit and a wonderful example of how funded international travel courses at Pace can open up a new realm of opportunities for our students,” says Brian Nickerson, PhD, JD, Director of the MPA program.
As part of her coursework, Tekula says, “I’m working on a new business development project that I’m hoping will turn into a summer consulting project.” Through projects such as this, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship helps students to incubate new ideas and spin out new social ventures.
Tekula reports that her experience at Oxford has been an intense, practical study in strategy implementation based on a team work model prevalent in today’s profit and not-for-profit organizations. She will transfer credits earned at Oxford in order to fulfill her MPA requirements and expects to complete both the MPA and MBA programs this fall.
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