Ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing

> Surviving an MBA at Sun­way Univer­sity

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

AC­CORD­ING to the fa­mous psy­chol­o­gist David Kolb, ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing in­volves learn­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence. It is a process where knowl­edge is cre­ated through the trans­for­ma­tion of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge, re­sult­ing from the com­bi­na­tions of grasp­ing and trans­form­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

This is the value that is im­bued in the Sun­way Univer­sity's premier dual award Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) pro­gramme.

Ad­dress­ing the new in­take of MBA stu­dents dur­ing an in­duc­tion pro­gramme re­cently, Sun­way Univer­sity MBA pro­gramme chair Dr Michael Dent stressed on the im­por­tance of ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing and crit­i­cal anal­y­sis.

Not­ing that sur­face learn­ing may suf­fice in pass­ing an un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme, he said things are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for an MBA pro­gramme as it in­volves crit­i­cal anal­y­sis and see­ing things in a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.

“Un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree is about mem­o­ris­ing, com­plet­ing for­mu­las and writ­ing es­says. An MBA, how­ever, is about crit­i­cal anal­y­sis where you need to look at things in dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and see what are the other op­tions. So, there might not be a right an­swer,” he said.

Dent also urged the stu­dents who are from di­verse back­ground to learn from each an­other.

He also shared some MBA sur­vival tips such as time man­age­ment, speed read­ing and note-tak­ing skills with the stu­dents.

“Ac­tive learn­ing and in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing class­room ac­tiv­i­ties im­prove learn­ing for stu­dents and ‘ac­tive’ is the core of the pro­gramme cur­ricu­lum,” he added.

Among the stu­dents who were present dur­ing the ori­en­ta­tion was Chin Chee Leong, who found the ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme very ben­e­fi­cial.

Chin, who is head­ing a soft­ware de­vel­op­ment team in a multi­na­tional com­pany based in Cy­ber­jaya, chose to pur­sue his post­grad­u­ate stud­ies to im­prove his lead­er­ship skills.

“There are two rea­sons why I chose Sun­way Univer­sity for my MBA – one is be­cause of its dual award and its triple ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

“Be­sides this, the pro­gramme gives me an op­por­tu­nity to broaden my skills that I can ap­ply to my job,” he added.

Chin, who com­mended the in­ter­ac­tive ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion and a good of mix of peo­ple in his class, fore­sees some chal­lenges in jug­gling be­tween work and com­plet­ing the MBA.

Also present dur­ing the ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme was Sun­way Univer­sity’s Busi­ness School dean Prof Steve Wil­liams.

“An MBA is def­i­nitely a good in­vest­ment for those look­ing for ca­reer ad­vance­ment and I be­lieve that this is the best MBA pro­gramme avail­able in Malaysia. It is go­ing to be both chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing for the stu­dents,” said Wil­liams.

The MBA dual award pro­gramme, val­i­dated by the Lan­caster Univer­sity, is one of Sun­way Univer­sity’s premier pro­grammes, tai­lored for as­pir­ing man­agers with the am­bi­tion to be­come strate­gic lead­ers within in­creas­ingly com­plex or­gan­i­sa­tional and busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

Upon com­ple­tion, grad­u­ates will re­ceive two cer­tifi­cates, one from Sun­way Univer­sity and one from Lan­caster Univer­sity.

Sun­way Univer­sity is hav­ing its preview ses­sion on Dec 3 at 12.30pm at its Grad­u­ate Cen­tre. To re­serve a place at the preview or to find out more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gramme, call 03-7491 8701 or visit https://univer­sity.sun­way. edu.my/Busi­ness-School/ Mas­ter-Busi­ness

Ad­min­is­tra­tion

Sun­way Univer­sity wel­comes its lat­est in­take of stu­dents for the MBA pro­gramme.

Chin found the ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme for the MBA very ben­e­fi­cial.

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