Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany has graduated with a Masters in Business Administration.
Kompany graduated with a merit grade from Alliance Manchester Business School after studying for their part-time Global MBA. He also achieved a distinction on his dissertation project.
The degree is made up of core business and management courses, specialist electives and two practical business projects.
Kompany explains why he chose to study for an MBA: “I’ve always felt education is very important and this was instilled into me by my late mother from an early age. It felt like a fitting tribute to my mother to pursue my academic career by studying an MBA. The programme at Alliance Manchester Business School was the ideal option for me.
“When you’re playing football at the top levels, even managing your personal finances starts to become like running a business. It was important to me that I understood what my accountant was talking about and that I could confidently assess a business plan to take ownership of this area of my life. I’m an entrepreneur at the core so have a natural interest in business. The MBA was about backing this up with academic learning and research.
“The MBA itself was extremely rewarding and quickly demonstrated how our learning could be applied practically. It was a huge personal challenge initially and I really had to persevere but the academic staff and other students on my course provided vital support and positivity, which I continuously learned from. I was reassured by the fact other people on the course, who were clearly brilliant in their own professional fields, also faced real human challenges and limitations. Manchester has a brilliant ‘get up and get on’ attitude. The Global MBA provided me with the flexibility around my football career to be able to complete the course around the demands of the day job.
“Football is more than a sport. It impacts social issues and is big business. I was able to focus my research on the football industry and how clubs can benefit from home advantage. Part of this involved interviewing 25 footballers who have played at the top levels of international football. I feel I have crossed the finishing line of the course much better than when I started and although I want to continue playing football as long as possible, I may look to use this combination of academic learning and years of playing experience in the future.”