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Middlesex MBA Students Study the Luxury Industry in the Fashion Capital of the World – Milan


Middlesex Group in Milan

In these recessionary times the Luxury goods industry grew at 10% in 2011 making it an important sector to study and learn lessons from which could be applied to other industries. What better place to study this industry than in the world capital of luxury fashion, Milan, Italy. As part of their Applied Learning Experience Middlesex MBA students spent a week in Milan understanding the industry dynamics and working on a Live case study.

The MBA teams attended workshops given by Prof. Stefania Saviolo and Prof. Erica Corbellini two of the most renowned academics in the luxury goods industry and authors of the book “ Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies’.  Field work was assigned which was carried out in Milan’s most prominent fashion district the rectangle of gold  the  d’Oro via della Spiga which covers  via Manzoni, via Sant’Andrea and via Montenapoleone.  Top brand management consultant Tomaso Galli JTG Consulting and ex-corporate Communications Director at Prada and Gucci  interacted with the students and spoke on the turnaround strategy of a prominent brand.


Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, Head of MBA Programme, who accompanied the students said “ Middlesex MBA students were quick to apply their academic models to a new industry, culture and business environment.  The Middlesex MBA is one of the few MBAs in the region that provides it graduates with an international learning experience”.

The Middlesex MBA students were very positive about the benefits about this learning experience. Some of their comments:

“The field trip gave me more insights into portfolio management (product lines), effective communication strategies of brands and retail business models “.

“Thank you Middlesex team for also giving us this opportunity to learn out of the traditional classroom setting”

“The faculty were top experts in fashion and we benefitted from their knowledge”

“Fashion is a rapidly changing industry and analyzing this industry provided us with many lessons in these fast changing times”

“There is no better place to study the fashion industry than Milan”

“The hands on experience of applying the strategy concepts covered as part of our MBA”

“As a MBA student who is specializing in marketing I could not asked for a better program”

“I love the applied learning concept – learning via observing, feeling and experiencing”

“The ALE was a fantastic experience. Great learning’s from this field trip”

“Helped bridge the gap between theoretical and practical aspects of business”


About Middlesex University Dubai
Middlesex University Dubai is the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London. The Dubai campus is celebrating its seventh year in Dubai which currently enrols over 2100 students and has more than 1500 graduates. The Dubai campus offers 33 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a variety of areas including social science, arts, education, business, and IT. The Middlesex MBA program has 240 students across three cohorts is offered on a fulltime and part time basis and has specializations in Finance, Marketing, Operations & Logistics, International Business , and Business Excellence.

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