Dagfinn Ringaas

Master of Business Administration 2005

Norwegian Dagfinn Ringaas thinks the world should know about the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School.

Dagfinn, who is now Microsoft Business Solutions Director for Norway, credits his MBA from the Sydney Business School campus in Sydney’s CBD as opening up a whole range of career opportunities when he graduated in 2005.

“I was actually quite overwhelmed by the many opportunities that opened up after graduating with my MBA,” Dagfinn said. “I got job offers from several large IT companies, both in Australia and Europe. I’d always wanted to work for Microsoft, so it was great to land a job with the company (as Marketing Manager for Microsoft Business Solutions) in Norway directly after my graduation. Having a Master’s degree is a prerequisite for many jobs at Microsoft.”

In his current role he is now responsible for Microsoft’s ERP and CRM business in Norway and the organisation of the company’s partner account managers, solutions sales specialists, product managers and marketing professionals.

“What I really like about Microsoft is that it’s a very flat organisation where everyone is expected to show leadership, make decisions and seize opportunities at all times, no matter if they are a vice-president or a trainee.”

Dagfinn is an unabashed admirer of the Sydney Business School.

“The Sydney Business School has enormous potential, offering people the chance to do an MBA in the very heart of one of the world’s most fantastic cities, on a campus driven by a very strong Australian university, and at a reasonable cost,” he said.

Yet Dagfinn didn’t know about the Sydney campus when he arrived at UOW in 2004 from Norway to enrol in his MBA. As he was based in Sydney, working part-time for an Australian software company while he studied, he jumped at the chance to transfer to the Sydney campus

He had chosen Australia for his MBA, after the offer of part-time work with a company that had a partnership with the Norwegian software company he was working for at the time. He felt UOW offered the best combination of price, quality, recommendations – and, as it turned out, location.

“I found it inspiring to pick up my studies after six years working,” he said. “I felt that it completed a lot of ‘holes’ in my knowledge, which was very rewarding. And the information I learned has been very applicable to my job, from financial management to marketing and business strategies. I am using elements of these subjects almost on a daily basis.”

Dagfinn said studying in Australia was the experience of a lifetime. “My wife and I met so many generous and hospitable people and that is a memory that will be with us forever. Looking back, moving to Australia was one of the best and most important decisions of my life.” NH

Written: 2009

Last reviewed: 20 March, 2014