Pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties have plenty to of­fer

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - POSTGRADUATE -


“The MBA is a very flex­i­ble pro­gramme and it is one of the few cour­ses that any­one can pur­sue, re­gard­less of their pro­fes­sional back­ground,” says Stephen Se­sa­iah, SEGi Univer­sity’s Head of the Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness and Law Unit.

People have be­gun to re­alise that pos­sess­ing this qual­i­fi­ca­tion pre­sents one with many ben­e­fits. The MBA is de­signed pri­mar­ily for stu­dents who are con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer change or hop­ing to ad­vance in their ca­reers.

Gain busi­ness un­der­stand­ing

Through the MBA pro­gramme, stu­dents are af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to gain an in-depth un­der­stand­ing of the busi­ness world. In this en­vi­ron­ment stu­dents will learn es­sen­tial busi­ness skills, ap­proaches, ser­vice qual­ity and more.

The net­work­ing and self­ac­tu­al­i­sa­tion that they will ob­tain will al­low them to work more ef­fec­tively with their col­leagues, clients, and ex­ter­nal coun­ter­parts.

“This ground­work pre­pares grad­u­ates to move up the cor­po­rate lad­der eas­ily. And with an MBA qual­i­fi­ca­tion, a grad­u­ate is able to in­crease his earn­ing po­ten­tial by up to 30%,” says Se­sa­iah.

Pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties of­fer global in­flu­ence

of­fer­ing post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes con­tinue to mush­room, the com­pe­ti­tion to at­tract stu­dents is now at its peak.

In or­der to stand out from the com­peti­tors, these in­sti­tu­tions have re­alised that they have to be in­no­va­tive and pro­vide the stu­dents with the best.

Re­al­is­ing this, many pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing have gone a step fur­ther and en­gaged in col­lab­o­ra­tions and part­ner­ships with over­seas uni­ver­si­ties to of­fer stu­dents a more global MBA.

“At a pri­vate univer­sity, the stu­dent will be get­ting an MBA that is recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally. At SEGi Univer­sity, for ex­am­ple, our MBA has a dual-award ar­range­ment with the Univer­sity of Sun­der­land in the United King­dom,” says Se­sa­iah.

“The in­ter­na­tional na­ture of the pro­gramme also makes it suit­able for people who want in­ter­na­tional mo­bil­ity and global net­work­ing. Above all, it is a prepa­ra­tion for stu­dents for the global stage and un­der­stand­ing of mar­ket de­vel­op­ments,” adds Prof Ab­dol Ali. Over the years, the qual­ity of MBAs be­ing of­fered by pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing has con­tin­ued to in­crease.

Apart from be­ing ac­cred­ited by lo­cal bod­ies like the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency, many in­sti­tu­tions have also re­ceived in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion from var­i­ous global ac­cred­i­ta­tion bod­ies.

These ac­cred­i­ta­tions are cru­cial in or­der to de­ter­mine the qual­ity and con­form­ity to the global stan­dards of an MBA pro­gramme.

Sim­i­larly, it is equally im­por­tant to have col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts with in­ter­na­tional part­ner uni­ver­si­ties to fur­ther en­hance the pres­tige fac­tor of the MBA pro­gramme,” says Prof Ab­dol Ali.

“Most uni­ver­si­ties are tak­ing steps to up­grade their fa­cil­i­ties in or­der to pro­vide stu­dents with a world-class learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Many lo­cal pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties have also en­sured that their pro­gramme lec­tur­ers are selected from only the finest,” says Se­sa­iah.

Make the right choice

Em­bark­ing on an MBA is not an easy task and those in­ter­ested in own­ing an MBA qual­i­fi­ca­tion must be pru­dent when choos­ing the type of MBA that they in­tend to pur­sue.

“With so many MBAs of­fered by var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing, stu­dents need to know what each MBA fo­cuses on.

They need to match these dif­fer­ences with the kind of MBA pro­gramme that they hope to pur­sue,” says Prof Ab­dol Ali.

Once you have fig­ured out the right MBA course to pur­sue, you can be as­sured that your MBA jour­ney will be an un­for­get­table one.

The pro­gramme suit your aca­demic back­ground and budget? the con­tent of the pro­gramme ap­peal to you? Can you see yourself tak­ing up these mod­ules? Will you be able to ben­e­fit from its con­tents? are the people in­volved in teach­ing the pro­gramme and do they

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