Flex­i­bil­ity and rep­u­ta­tion

> He­riot-Watt Univer­sity’s Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School MBA pro­gramme of­fers both

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ - Ev­ery last Tues­day of the month

WHEN Sub­sur­face Ex­plo­ration Team Leader Matthew Choo was choos­ing a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) pro­gramme, the Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School de­gree stood out for two key rea­sons.

“First is the course flex­i­bil­ity and struc­ture that caters to work­ing stu­dents and fam­i­lies, and sec­ond is the global rep­u­ta­tion of both the Ed­in­burgh MBA and He­ri­otWatt's con­tri­bu­tion to the oil and gas sec­tor,” said Choo, who works for Sa­pu­raKen­cana En­ergy, a pub­lic-listed Malaysian oil and gas com­pany.

Choo, who leads a team ex­plor­ing for oil and gas de­posits in Malaysia, be­gan his stud­ies in Septem­ber 2015 at the state-of-the-art He­riot-Watt cam­pus in Pu­tra­jaya. He ad­mits that com­bin­ing work and study is hard and so, he has to be dis­ci­plined and make sac­ri­fices.

“I’ve re­cently been pro­moted to a Team Lead role with em­ploy­ees made up of both ju­nior and se­nior per­son­nel so there have been sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for me to ap­ply what I’ve learnt in the work place.

“I’ve been able to hold in­depth dis­cus­sions with the com­pany’s ac­coun­tants and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment plan­ners as well as un­der­stand the thought-process be­hind some of the de­ci­sions made by the HR depart­ment.

“In ad­di­tion, I’ve been able to make sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to the team’s pro­cure­ment strat­egy and give mean­ing­ful per­for­mance feed­back to my team mem­bers. It’s been an en­light­en­ing learn­ing curve for me so far, with sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties for me to re­in­force my new knowl­edge in the work­place.

“Af­ter a hard day’s work it’s not easy to gather your thoughts in the evening to do the nec­es­sary re­vi­sion. I wouldn’t be able to do it with­out the sup­port of my fam­ily, es­pe­cially my wife who has to deal with the bulk of the chil­dren’s evening rou­tine. I’ve also had to do away with evening out­ings and some so­cial events,” Choo said.

He added that the notes given are well writ­ten and self­ex­plana­tory, and are well sup­ple­mented by week­end lec­ture classes and re­vi­sion week­ends.

The Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School MBA pro­gramme has been de­liv­ered by top UK and Asian fac­ul­ties at Pu­tra­jaya since 2013. It is ap­proved by the MoHE, fully ac­cred­ited by MQA, and de­liv­ered by He­ri­otWatt Univer­sity which is ac­cred­ited by the Royal Char­ter, UK.

To date, 34 stu­dents have com­pleted the pro­gramme with 93 cur­rently study­ing. Stu­dents join a global learn­ing net­work of more than 11,400 ac­tive stu­dents and 19,800 grad­u­ates world­wide.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for the Jan­uary 2017 in­take and the school is hold­ing a MBA pre­view for prospec­tive stu­dents at Hil­ton Sen­tral, Kuala Lumpur on Nov 3 at 6.30pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Malaysi­aMBA@ebs.hw. ac.uk

Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School Malaysia stu­dent Choo with his wife, Cathy and chil­dren, Odelia and Owen.

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