Cel­e­brat­ing the first co­hort

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THE first Sun­way Univer­sity Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) grad­u­at­ing class cel­e­brated with smiles, hugs and happy fam­i­lies at the MBA Pre­sen­ta­tion Cer­e­mony and Alumni Gath­er­ing.

After two years of intense study­ing while work­ing full time, all eight stu­dents of the first co­hort suc­cess­fully com­pleted the MBA pro­gramme.

In his wel­come speech, Prof Steve Wil­liams, dean of Sun­way Univer­sity Busi­ness School (SUBS), con­grat­u­lated the grad­u­ates, say­ing, “Achiev­ing a univer­sity de­gree is an im­pres­sive ac­com­plish­ment, but it oc­curs to me that for our MBA stu­dents here, your ac­com­plish­ment is even more im­pres­sive as all of you are also work­ing full time.”

Prof Wil­liams em­pha­sised the sup­port the grad­u­ates re­ceived while pur­su­ing the twoyear pro­gramme, re­mind­ing them to ap­pre­ci­ate those who have sup­ported them through­out their MBA jour­ney.

At the event, Lan­caster Univer­sity’s di­rec­tor of part­ner­ship de­vel­op­ment Dr Thomas Thorn­bor­row ex­tended his warm­est thanks to the stu­dents for be­ing the pioneers of the MBA pro­gramme at Sun­way Univer­sity and giv­ing the pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tors their valu­able feed­back to im­prove the pro­gramme.

He also encouraged them to keep in touch and not for­get the friend­ships built while at Sun­way Univer­sity.

Also present at the event were Dr Robyn Remke of Lan­caster Univer­sity Man­age­ment School, SUBS’ alumni re­la­tions and stu­dent pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Arumugam Muthusamy, staff, lec­tur­ers and the grad­u­ates’ friends and fam­i­lies.

Loo Hoey Theen, a grad­u­ate from the co­hort, cred­its her fam­ily for her ac­com­plish­ment. Re­call­ing her de­ci­sion to take up the MBA pro­gramme at Sun­way Univer­sity, Loo shares that hav­ing a sup­port struc­ture is im­por­tant as she is a young mother start­ing a fam­ily.

“I had a chat with my fam­ily as this was not just my com­mit­ment alone. I was also seek­ing their com­mit­ment to sup­port me through­out my MBA jour­ney,” she says.

Loo be­lieves that hav­ing a re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tion is im­por­tant for those em­bark­ing on this jour­ney as it is a two-year com­mit­ment.

“Most of the MBA stu­dents are ma­ture stu­dents with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties such as car­ing for the elderly, our par­ents and chil­dren or work. With­out the sup­port struc­ture, it would be quite de­struc­tive to our stud­ies,” she adds.

“There­fore, it is bet­ter to have your fam­ily mem­bers, the peo­ple who are around you, be ready to do this with you. Ev­ery night, my fam­ily would help me take care of the kids for an hour or two while I fo­cused on my stud­ies. This was not so much my achieve­ment alone but the whole fam­ily’s achieve­ment.”

Loo was awarded the Best Stu­dent Prize in Aca­demic, which recog­nises stu­dents who demon­strate the most out­stand­ing aca­demic achieve­ment in the MBA dual-award pro­gramme as se­lected by both Sun­way Univer­sity and Lan­caster Univer­sity. An­other stu­dent, H’ng Gaik Chin, was awarded the Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor’s Prize for his con­sis­tent aca­demic per­for­mance and out­stand­ing growth in per­sonal de­vel­op­ment through high lev­els of com­mit­ment, per­se­ver­ance and ini­tia­tive to achieve his goals.

The first co­hort of MBA grad­u­ates at Sun­way Univer­sity in­cludes Aw Sei Cheh, Chai Jee Huei, Choy Le Roy, Di­nesh Kr­ish­nan, Yap Lian Kim and Yeap Kim Gaik. Val­i­dated by Lan­caster Univer­sity, the MBA pro­gramme at Sun­way Univer­sity, which started in March 2014, is a dual-award pro­gramme tai­lored for as­pir­ing man­agers with the am­bi­tion to be­come strate­gic leaders within an in­creas­ingly com­plex or­gan­i­sa­tional and busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

The pro­gramme pro­vides stu­dents with thor­ough knowl­edge of the lat­est man­age­ment the­o­ries and tools. It also aims to help stu­dents hone and build a set of skills that they can use wher­ever they are. Upon com­ple­tion, grad­u­ates re­ceive two cer­tifi­cates – one from Sun­way Univer­sity and one from Lan­caster Univer­sity. Sun­way Univer­sity is a renowned busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion provider in Malaysia while Lan­caster Univer­sity is ranked in the top 1% of uni­ver­si­ties glob­ally and has been de­liv­er­ing MBA pro­grammes that are triple-ac­cred­ited and glob­ally recog­nised by the As­so­ci­a­tion to Ad­vance Col­le­giate Schools of Busi­ness (AACSB), Euro­pean Qual­ity Im­prove­ment Sys­tem (EQUIS) and the As­so­ci­a­tion of MBAs (AMBA).

Those look­ing to enhance their ca­reer po­ten­tial or busi­ness acu­men can join the preview ses­sion at 12.30pm on July 1 at Sun­way Univer­sity Grad­u­ate Cen­tre.

The first co­hort of the MBA pro­gramme at Sun­way Univer­sity with Dr Thorn­bor­row (fifth from left), Prof Wil­liams (sixth from left) and Dr Remke (sev­enth from left).

Best Stu­dent Prize in Aca­demic recipient Loo Hoey Theen (left) with her hus­band David Koay (right) and Prof San­jaya Singh Gaur at the MBA Pre­sen­ta­tion Cer­e­mony and Alumni Gath­er­ing.

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