Syed wins Manchester Executive MBA Challenge

An Optometrist has been crowned this year’s Manchester Executive MBA Challenge winner.

Syed Rahman, 39, scooped a scholarship of £17,200 at the fifth Manchester Metropolitan University Business School competition.

Syed, who manages two independent optician practices with five staff members, competed in a series of challenges during the summer to test his leadership and management potential.

Two additional runner-up scholarships of £4,000 were also awarded and 17 worth £2,000 were available.

‘Amazing journey’

Syed plans to use knowledge gleaned from the University’s respected Executive MBA in his role at You and Eye Opticians and to support his international ambitions.

He said: “It’s been an amazing journey on the Manchester Executive MBA Challenge and now I can’t wait to get started in October. I used to drive past the fantastic Business School with admiration and I’m excited to get the chance to study there.

“I nearly didn’t enter and filled in the application form at the last moment. I’m glad I did because the MBA will help me to develop and grow my business acumen.

“I’ve already adopted some of the business principles with my staff and hope to use the skills I will gain to open a school of optometry in Bangladesh.”


The Executive MBA at Manchester Met is accredited by the Association of MBAs, ensuring that students gain an internationally recognised qualification.

Teaching takes place in three-day study blocks in the Business School and the MBA programme includes an international study tour, a series of industry guest speakers and business visits.

Daniel Sheratte, MBA and Masters Development Manager at Manchester Met, said: “Congratulations to our winner and runners-up who excelled in an outstanding group of candidates by demonstrating their leadership qualities.

“We look forward to welcoming them back as students on our flagship Executive MBA programme to help build their commercial understanding and leadership qualities to apply in the workplace.


“Our MBA programmes help to keep professionals at the forefront of their sector through our robust relationships with industry; helping to maintain its relevance in an ever-changing commercial world.”

Gary Nickson, Head of Business at Williams Landrover, the leading retailer of BMW, MINI, Land Rover and BMW Bikes in the North West of England, added: “All of the finalists can be rightly proud of their achievements on the Manchester Executive MBA Challenge and we would like to offer our congratulations to all of the scholarship winners.

“We pride ourselves on bespoke training schemes for our staff and believe the Executive MBA helps the North West to produce the brightest and best business executives through workplace-relevant professional development. We’re proud to support the outstanding opportunities offered on the MBA Challenge.”

Syed wins Manchester Executive MBA Challenge

Dr Sara Ward (L), MBA Director at Manchester Met, and Gary Nickson (R), Head of Business at Williams Landrover, with winner Syed Rahman (centre).