MBA stud­ies at He­riot-Watt

> On track to pro­mo­tion and new ca­reer path

The Sun (Malaysia) - - MEDIA & MARKETING -

SINCE be­gin­ning her Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) pro­gramme with Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School at He­riot-Watt Uni­ver­sity at its Pu­tra­jaya cam­pus, Su­jad­hini Matha­van Na­yar ( pix), or Suja to those who know her, has not only been pro­moted in the com­pany she works at but also head­hunted for a new role with an­other firm.

Suja, who be­gan her stud­ies on the world-renowned pro­gramme in Septem­ber 2015 was pre­vi­ously a busi­ness an­a­lyst at­tached to the Malaysian Biotech­nol­ogy Cor­po­ra­tion (BiotechCorp). Last month, she was ap­pointed cor­po­rate strate­gist at MyHSR Cor­po­ra­tion Sdn Bhd.

MyHSR Cor­po­ra­tion is wholly owned by the Fi­nance Min­istry. It is re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of the High Speed Rail (HSR) pro­ject from Kuala Lumpur to Sin­ga­pore. Its task is to act as a pro­ject delivery ve­hi­cle re­spon­si­ble for the tech­ni­cal as­pects and com­mer­cial el­e­ments of the HSR pro­ject.

CA­REER BOOSTER “My stud­ies have helped to widen my busi­ness knowl­edge and ex­pand my per­spec­tive on the cor­po­rate busi­ness world. Within a year I was pro­moted, based on per­for­mance and lead­er­ship skills demon­strated in my depart­ment. I was then head­hunted into my cur­rent role,” she said.

“Study­ing Eco­nom­ics and Pro­ject Man­age­ment in my course has led me to de­velop a spe­cial in­ter­est in these two ar­eas. So, when the op­por­tu­nity arose to be part of a na­tional scale high-speed rail pro­ject that’s ex­pected to catal­yse the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment along the rail­way, I did not hes­i­tate.

“I’ve been able to bring my busi­ness acu­men di­rectly into the work­place. My stud­ies made me re­think lead­er­ship, strat­egy and peo­ple man­age­ment from a wider per­spec­tive. It also chal­lenged me to ad­dress my own weak­nesses. As the na­ture of my job re­quires me to man­age peo­ple as well as im­ple­ment strate­gies, my stud­ies have helped to equip me with the skills that I need to gen­er­ate se­ri­ous im­pact at my work­place,” Suja said.

Suja pri­mar­ily chose the Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School MBA be­cause its flex­i­bil­ity en­ables ded­i­cated man­agers to earn a glob­ally recog­nised busi­ness de­gree while con­tin­u­ing their pro­fes­sional ca­reer de­vel­op­ment.

WELL-ROUNDED DE­VEL­OP­MENT “Post MBA, I en­vi­sion my­self in a man­age­rial post, im­ple­ment­ing op­er­a­tional and mar­ket­ing ef­fi­cien­cies while mak­ing strate­gic de­ci­sions to en­hance the growth of the com­pany. Ul­ti­mately, my ca­reer goal is to be­come a CEO and es­tab­lish my own busi­ness,” shared Suja.

The Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School MBA pro­gramme, which has been de­liv­ered by top UK and Asian fac­ulty at Pu­tra­jaya since 2013, is ap­proved by the Malaysian Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. It is fully ac­cred­ited by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency and is de­liv­ered by He­riot-Watt Uni­ver­sity, ac­cred­ited by the Royal Char­ter in the UK.

To date 38 stu­dents have com­pleted the pro­gramme with an­other 92 soon to grad­u­ate. Stu­dents join a global learn­ing net­work of more than 11,400 ac­tive stu­dents and 19,800 grad­u­ates world­wide.

Reg­is­tra­tion is cur­rently open for the Jan­uary 2017 in­take. The school is also hold­ing two MBA pre­view events for prospec­tive stu­dents – the first, on Thurs­day, Nov 3 at 6.30pm at the Hil­ton Kuala Lumpur in Sen­tral, Kuala Lumpur, and the sec­ond on Satur­day, Nov 19 at 10.30am at He­riot-Watt Uni­ver­sity’s Pu­tra­jaya cam­pus.

For more in­for­ma­tion, kindly email: Malaysi­aMBA@ebs.hw.ac.uk

Fa­cade of the He­riot-Watt Uni­ver­sity’s Pu­tra­jaya cam­pus.

Su­jad­hini.

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