A world-renowned pro­gramme

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Post Graduate - Fakhrur Bukhary

ED­IN­BURGH Busi­ness School has wel­comed its lat­est co­hort of 21 stu­dents to the He­ri­otWatt Univer­sity Malaysia cam­pus at Pu­tra­jaya to be­gin their Master of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) pro­gramme.

The stu­dents, mostly busy work­ing pro­fes­sion­als, have cho­sen one of the most pop­u­lar and flex­i­ble MBA pro­grammes in the world. The MBA pro­gramme boasts more than 11,200 ac­tive stu­dents and 20,500 grad­u­ates in 166 coun­tries.

Nina Marini Idris, who is an oil trader for the na­tional oil com­pany, has cho­sen the Ed­in­burgh MBA pro­gramme be­cause of the flex­i­bil­ity and qual­ity of lec­tur­ers.

“Bal­anc­ing a full-time job and part-time MBA is no easy feat. How­ever, the Ed­in­burgh MBA course struc­ture makes it more fea­si­ble for me to man­age my time and com­mit­ments de­spite my busy sched­ule of long hours, never-end­ing dead­lines and busi­ness trav­els,” says Nina who is al­ready reap­ing the ben­e­fits of her stud­ies

“I have been as­signed to take on more projects, hence con­tribut­ing more to the team and or­gan­i­sa­tion by pitch­ing as well as chal­leng­ing ideas. My stud­ies have also aided me in terms of crit­i­cal think­ing and sharp­ened my ob­ser­va­tion skills,” she says.

Jan­ice Lim is an­other ex­am­ple of an Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School stu­dent. As a man­ager, wife and mother of three, she is com­bin­ing her MBA stud­ies with work and fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. She is also a qual­i­fied char­tered ac­coun­tant.

“My main ob­jec­tive in tak­ing an MBA is to con­tinue learn­ing, equip­ping my­self and strength­en­ing my skills. By study­ing, I am a good role model for my chil­dren, show­ing them that age should not stop any­one from learn­ing. They are very proud of me.

“At work, as a leader, I am a good ex­am­ple to my staff. Knowl­edge does not stop at your job ti­tle. A leader needs to con­tinue learn­ing, ex­plor­ing and be­ing ad­ven­tur­ous,” says Jan­ice Lim, head of de­part­ment at Asia Pa­cific Fi­nance Shared Ser­vices – Ex­pe­rian Asia Pa­cific.

When Fakhrur Bukhary, a se­nior project man­ager for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), was re­search­ing MBA pro­grammes prior to start­ing his stud­ies, one pro­gramme stood out for him, which is the Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School MBA.

“In com­par­i­son with other short­listed in­sti­tu­tions, the MBA course of­fered at Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School cov­ers a wider spec­trum. The week­end classes suit me and I like the rep­u­ta­tion of both the Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School and the univer­sity’s rank­ing.

In com­par­i­son with other short­listed in­sti­tu­tions, the MBA course of­fered at Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School cov­ers a wider spec­trum.

“I am con­fi­dent that the knowl­edge and skills that I am de­vel­op­ing will con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to my ca­reer pro­gres­sion or in a new ven­ture should I de­cide to run my own busi­ness,” says Fakhrur.

The world-renowned MBA pro­gramme has been de­liv­ered by top United King­dom and Asian staff at the He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Malaysia cam­pus since Jan­uary 2013. As for now, 47 stu­dents have com­pleted the pro­gramme and 98 stu­dents are cur­rently study­ing part time.

The Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School MBA pro­gramme is ap­proved by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and fully ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency in Malaysia.

Pre­view evenings for prospec­tive stu­dents will be held at 6.30pm on July 20, at the Hil­ton Sen­tral, Kuala Lumpur and Aug 5 at the univer­sity's Pu­tra­jaya cam­pus.

For more in­for­ma­tion e-mail, Malaysi­aMBA@ebs.hw.ac.uk


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