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Flinders launches national security program for MBA

The university is rolling out national security offerings for students studying an MBA.

The university is rolling out national security offerings for students studying an MBA.

Flinders University has announced that from 2022, its new Masters of Business Admiration (MBA) course will provide students with an opportunity to explore innovative solutions to national security challenges. 


The university is set to incorporate the Department of Defence’s ‘Hacking for National Security’ (H4NS) course, launched via the Defence Entrepreneurship Program (DEP).

This aims to integrate technological and entrepreneurial skills into the new-look MBA, emulating universities from the US and UK.

The 12-month MBA Future Business at Flinders University is expected to include 12 comprehensive core business management subjects, with up to 26 weeks of industry engagement and work-integrated learning on offer, including the DEP. 

The course is tipped to provide MBA students with insights into advanced tools and techniques employed by tech start-ups and other businesses to support national security, responses to natural disasters, and work on energy and environmental issues.  

The H4NS course — which is supported by Defence’s D.Start Catalyst program, delivered in partnership with Australian non-profit Common Mission Project Limited (CMP) — is modelled on the ‘Hacking for Defence’ and ‘Hacking for MoD’ programs.


H4NS leverages innovation tools such as the Lean Startup by Steve Blank and the Mission Model Canvas by Alex Osterwalder and BMNT CEO Pete Newell.  

“This new initiative, based on ‘real-world’ mission challenges, is a practical introduction to pressing security problems at almost real-time speed,” Jamie Watson, executive director of the Common Mission Project in Australia, said.

“The H4NS connects defence forces with leading entrepreneurs and university students to bring innovative solutions to life.” 

Flinders University College of Business, Government and Law vice-president and executive dean, Professor Michael Gilding, said the Flinders University Defence Entrepreneurship Program would generate new skills, job prospects and ideas.

“Flinders sees this innovative course as a great way to learn about the types of issues facing national security on many fronts,” Professor Gilding said.

“The Hacking for National Security course materials and exercises will not only fuel entrepreneurial minds but give students access to dozens of industry experts and on-the-ground defence personnel who have already faced system-wide communications failures or command decisions in the face of previously unseen, ambiguous national security attacks.” 

Flinders MBA co-ordinator Carla Dias Wadewitz added, “The Flinders University MBA has been completely redesigned to keep in mind the future of work, industry demand and changing work and social settings.

“There are three options for MBAs – Future Business, Industry Focused and Specialisations.”

[Related: Supashock, Flinders University and DSTG team up to enhance vehicle testing]

Flinders launches national security program for MBA
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