Know no bound­aries

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Post Graduate - By Jonathan Yap (pic), grad­u­ate of MBA with dis­tinc­tion (2017), Univer­sity of Strath­clyde

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

Jon ha ap ec the Strat c MBA ex ri

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