Ster­ling learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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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 swin­

Mal­colm Leon D’Silva at­tributes his suc­cess to the pa­tience of his loved ones.

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