Get­ting ahead

>Pur­sue your MBA at your own PACE

The Sun (Malaysia) - - POSTGRAD - BY BERNARD CHEAH

SEGi Univer­sity and Col­leges has been of­fer­ing a wide range of pro­grammes un­der its Fac­ulty of Busi­ness and Ac­count­ing since its early days as the na­tion’s pre­mier provider of Busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion.

For high-level busi­ness de­ci­sion-mak­ers or as­pi­rants who want to climb the ca­reer lad­der, SEGi now of­fers a new break­through method to en­able them to pur­sue a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) at their own con­ve­nience, any­where and any­time.

Pro­fes­sional and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion (PACE) is a con­sor­tium of global uni­ver­si­ties that en­ables adult learn­ers to ad­vance at their own pace and com­plete their stud­ies with as­sur­ance that they can still at­tend to other obli­ga­tions and have a ful­fill­ing work-life bal­ance.

Stu­dents have a choice to select which mode of study is best for them – week­end or evening classes with stu­dents at­tend­ing classes ei­ther on week­ends or in the evenings; or sup­ported learn­ing where in­stead of at­tend­ing sched­uled classes at a phys­i­cal venue, stu­dents can log in for their on­line classes at any time of the day.

Stu­dents only need to at­tend work­shops at their near­est au­tho­rised SEGi lo­ca­tion twice a month.

The other mode is in­de­pen­dent learn­ing, where stu­dents study mostly on­line and only need to at­tend in­ten­sive re­vi­sions at their near­est SEGi cam­pus once a month.

With these choices, stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to net­work with fel­low course­mates, meet their lec­tur­ers and gain any ad­di­tional sup­port they may need while they com­plete their stud­ies.

Stu­dents will also have the in­de­pen­dence to com­plete their stud­ies as fast as they want to. The num­ber of sub­jects to pur­sue in a se­mes­ter is en­tirely up to the stu­dents. SEGi also pro­vides a guided learn­ing plan to en­sure stu­dents can get the best from the lessons, in­clud­ing study guides and strate­gies for cop­ing with course­work and ex­ams.

Girish Gopal is one of the many stu­dents pur­su­ing an MBA at SEGi Univer­sity un­der PACE. An en­gi­neer by train­ing, he cur­rently works in the Oil and Gas in­dus­try and is in­volved in as­set and project man­age­ment.

Girish re­alised that he should gain ad­di­tional knowl­edge to sup­port the com­pany’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment – as well as dis­cov­ered that he could gain recog­ni­tion and ad­vance his ca­reer if he ob­tained an MBA.

Girish was look­ing for an MBA pro­gramme that suits his time and fi­nances, when his friend in­tro­duced him to the SEGi MBA pro­gramme. He then em­barked on pur­su­ing his MBA via PACE.

“The flex­i­bil­ity in the pro­gramme al­lows me to man­age my time for stud­ies, work and my per­sonal life,” said Girish.

“I can only imag­ine how much more chal­leng­ing it would be if there was no op­tion for flex­i­bil­ity.

"When I first started my MBA jour­ney, my man­age­ment gave me a very im­por­tant task to com­plete within a cer­tain time frame and I man­aged to com­plete both the task and my as­sign­ments,” he added.

Girish en­joyed study­ing at SEGi, say­ing, “I’m com­fort­able with the lec­tur­ers and also with their method of teach­ing.

“Their guid­ance and the guided learn­ing plan helped me un­der­stand my stud­ies, so I was able to com­plete my as­sign­ments and pre­pare for ex­ams."

"In ad­di­tion, I had the op­por­tu­nity to net­work with class­mates from var­i­ous in­dus­tries, and all are very help­ful in shar­ing their knowl­edge with each other,” he added.

Stu­dents will have the in­de­pen­dence to com­plete their stud­ies as fast as they want.

Girish is study­ing an MBA to gain ad­di­tional knowl­edge to sup­port his com­pany’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

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