Know no boundaries
I AM the head of regulatory and corporate affairs at Smart Axiata, Cambodia’s leading mobile operator owned by Malaysian-based Axiata Group.
Having been in the telecommunications industry for nearly 10 years now, I am glad I decided to sign up for the Strathclyde MBA at CDC in 2013 as it has broadened my knowledge and strategic thinking while moving up the corporate ladder.
Learning opportunities in the programme are limitless. If I were to do it again, I would optimise the various networking opportunities available.
I chose this part-time MBA because it has triple accreditations and is flexible enough for me to study at my own pace.
After being in the technical field for five years, I wanted to build my knowledge in business management and strategy to diversify my expertise and increase highlevel contributions in my daily work.
The three-year experience at CDC was certainly a memorable one. I distinctly remember the supposed orientation weekend that took me by surprise with a full-blown module, setting the tone of the amount of learning experiences I would receive.
The mix of tutors from the local industry and lecturers from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow offered a breadth of local and international experiences in our classes. Group mates from different industries provided additional networking opportunities.
Saying that the MBA programme was a ride in the park would be a lie. It was challenging and involved finding the time to do our many group assignments, giving up weekends, stepping out of our comfort zones and sitting for examinations.
What I really liked about the course structure was the assignments, which were always case studies of different industries that helped me learn through application.
In addition, the opportunity to do my electives in Glasgow and Singapore was enriching as I had always wanted to experience studying at an international campus and interacting with students there.
Looking back on my MBA journey, the strategic modules and digital leadership elective are what I would encourage future Strathclyde MBA students to leverage on.
These allowed me to dig deeper and critically examine problems, which I believe – together with other hard and soft skills that I developed – play an essential role that enabled me to carry out managerial tasks well in Cambodia.
This programme has challenged me to reach new heights, given me new perspectives and reiterated my belief that learning has no boundaries. – For more infor or vis w . io . , all - 660
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