Sterling learning experience
MALCOLM Leon D’Silva, who holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde shares his educational journey:
“My weekends for the next two years would never be the same was the first thought that crept up as I headed out for my inaugural MBA class. Apart from the daily grind, this new journey required at least 16 hours almost every other weekend. This does not take into account the required average hour or two daily for either assignments, revisions or both.
“As a part-time MBA student, you would realise that your family has to also sacrifice and adjust to your routine. Rarely mentioned but equally felt by my classmates, we all attribute our success to the patience of our loved ones. It is a team effort, similar to completing the MBA programme itself.
“The choice of the MBA programme for me boiled down to this order of priorities – syllabus content, academic reputation, location and cost. The University of Strathclyde MBA fit the bill perfectly.
“I found the syllabus of the Strathclyde programme most suited for anyone with at least three years working experience.
“‘What’s next?’ is a question that usually comes to mind post-MBA. I was considering consulting before embarking on this programme. However, during the programme, I managed to secure a job with a Japanese bank based in Singapore doing corporate and industry research, covering the Asean region. As the MBA programme progressed, I also noticed improvements in the quality of work produced.
“The MBA opened my perspective to look at things from an opportunistic angle to do better, think differently and bring a fresh perspective to situations. My advice is do not limit yourself into thinking that the money and time invested in an MBA should deliver a better job and pay.
“Finally, have fun. Most of us decide on pursuing an MBA after already achieving some level of success coupled with our working experience and first degrees.
“The MBA exerts a different kind of challenge. Face it with more laughter instead of stress and optimism instead of fear, as it will make your pursuit for excellence memorable.
“I had so much fun with my MBA classmates, tutors, lecturers and their families that made the journey worthwhile.”
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COMBINING imagination and innovation with smart business sense are the core features of design courses at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus.
This approach enables students to harness their natural creativity and apply it to industry. Students have the option to pursue the Bachelor of Design with a major in Graphic Design or Multimedia Design.
Like all degree studies, the degree for these three-year courses is awarded by the university’s home campus in Melbourne, Australia.
SPM school-leavers keen to pursue any one of these majors may first enrol in the university’s one-year foundation in design programme. It helps to develop communication, IT and mathematical skills and familiarise themselves with specialised subjects such as design studies, drawing and illustration.
The multimedia design major exposes students to research, creative design thinking and industry-relevant technical skills for a range of digital media applications including web, interactive digital media, handheld mobile devices and digital film and television production.
The opportunity to study time-based sequence design provides them with expertise in animation, 3D-modelling, digital video, audio media and communication design for the electronic media.
The graphic design course turns students into imaginative thinkers and effective, wellinformed designers. The strong technology base of the programme is complemented by research and solid industry links.
They graduate with a portfolio that reflects diverse ideas, production skills and experi- ences, preparing them for the challenges of an exciting and evolving industry.
The teaching staff is a mix of highly experienced Malaysian, Australian and Swiss academics, one of whom designed and produced the national tour of “The Olympic Journey”, an interactive exhibition to promote the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
“They bring with them vast industry experiences, with specialisation in areas such as creative mobile apps development, animation, 3D modelling and animation, typography, design history, publication and illustration,” said Associate Dean of the Faculty of Design, Augustus Raymond Segar.
On top of the regular lecture and studio sessions, the Blackboard learning management system facilitates teaching and learning.
Dedicated design studios, computer labs and an iMac laboratory ensure students can focus on projects, and their work for each teaching period is moderated by seasoned design staff from the Melbourne campus who visit regularly to look at students’ work.
“This ensures that the quality of students’ work is equivalent to those of their peers at our Australian campus,” said Segar.
One such student is Dayang Maani Zuriah Abang Othman who won first prize in the Heritage For Unity category of the Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak competition last year.
Enquiries may be directed to the Swinburne Sarawak Regional Office at No 8, 2nd Floor, Jalan SS15/8, Subang Jaya. Alternatively, call 03-5637 2202 or visit swinburne.edu.my/.
Malcolm Leon D’Silva attributes his success to the patience of his loved ones.