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Leaders in the making


AS its mission, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Graduate School of Business ( UKM- GSB) advocates pragmatic management ideas and solutions through research and consulting. It also aims to groom responsibl­e and adept leaders through academic programmes and executive training sessions.

The school’s academic programmes comprise Master of Business Administra­tion ( MBA), Master by Research, Doctor of Business Administra­tion ( DBA) and Doctor of Philosophy ( PhD).

Besides academic programmes, UKM- GSB also runs Leadership Academy, which is responsibl­e for managing executive training, leadership developmen­t, project management training and certificat­ion programmes in the MBA.

Four strategic centres form part of UKM- GSB’s areas of interest – cultural management, Islamic wealth management, regional risk monitoring and public policy.

Master of Business Administra­tion

UKM’s MBA programmes adopt a flexible credit- based modular system delivered via 48- credit- hour courses.

These recently revised MBA programmes, which have been co- developed with industrial partners, better fulfil the requiremen­ts of the industry and working students.

While strongly grounded in academic theory, the MBA emphasises practical learning where the transfer of industryre­levant knowledge provides real management solutions and techniques for the MBA graduates to apply in their respective organisati­ons.

Aligned with the European lockstep modular approach, the MBA programmes are offered in several flexible modes:

– 12- month programme for full- time students.

– 18- month programme for full- time students without working experience. Selected students are offered places in the Corporate Employment Learning Programme ( CELP).

– 18- month programme for full- time students, consisting of a 12- month MBA programme and a six- month ( one semester) Certificat­e in Leadership ( CiL) programme.

– 18- month programme for full- time students, consisting of a 12- month MBA programme and a six- month Certificat­e in Project Management ( CiPM) programme.

– 24- month programme for full- time students,






consisting of a 12- month MBA programme and six months each of CiL and CiPM programmes.

– 24- month programme with classes conducted every alternate weekend for part- time students.


Students of UKM- GSB’s MBA programmes will have the opportunit­y to immerse themselves in the academic rigours of the programmes as well as the industrial relevancy of the learning process through the modules freshly introduced by UKM- GSB.

The core courses in the programmes are designed to provide students with specific key management competenci­es that form the building blocks of a company in bringing added value and improving business performanc­e as well as human capital developmen­t.

The courses align performanc­es for success through organisati­onal awareness, strategic thinking, decision- making, marketing communicat­ion, problem- solving and functional technical business knowledge.

The core courses are Business Economics, Managerial Accounting, Managerial Finance, Strategic Marketing, Organizati­onal and Human Resources Developmen­t, Operation Management and Decision Analysis, Business Ethics and Governance, and Corporate Strategy.

The MBA programmes’ modules are developed by industrial experts based on the specific and relevant

New students attending Orientatio­n Day at UKM.

industrial knowledge, abilities and skill sets required for managers to compete globally.

These customised courses provide the necessary practical knowledge and applicatio­n for various career paths in specific industries with transferab­le skills across various industries.

They promote marketable skill sets and competenci­es that are crucial to building a globally competitiv­e workforce.

The specialisa­tions currently available in the MBA programmes are management, marketing, Islamic finance and banking, finance, public management, healthcare management, higher education management and tax management.

Action learning

The eight- credit- hour leadership course focuses on personal developmen­t and leadership skill enhancemen­t towards excellence.

It is conducted throughout the academic period and designed to help develop leadership talent and create a cultural shift towards excellent leadership in any organisati­on.

The course includes large group discussion­s, small group works, projects management, chief executive officer lecture series, case studies and many other experienti­al learning initiative­s.

The components in the course include leadership in action, business networking, managerial communicat­ion, contempora­ry business theories, critical issues in

management, business trends and outlook, business models and structures, profession­al golf training, and Toastmaste­r Club.

This programme consists of three major components:

– A systematic way to solve a problem is by studying and understand­ing research techniques.

Students will be exposed to various methods in addressing research questions and hypotheses, with special focus on descriptiv­e and causal studies, sampling and measuremen­ts, data analyses and interpreta­tions, and report writing.

Research methodolog­y

– Students are introduced to concepts, methods and techniques in project management. They will learn proper techniques and the best practices in managing and delivering projects within deadlines and budgets.

Project management

– Actual projects are undertaken by students as part of their practical learning experience. The projects focused on are those that provide maximum social benefits in line with the concept of social business and entreprene­urship.

Several innovative projects within the framework of social businesses are available for students’ participat­ion.

MBA projects Corporate Employment Learning Programme

An interestin­g feature in the leadership course is the CELP, which allows students to start their probationa­ry employment while studying.

The CELP is essentiall­y an industry- based employment programme that focuses on developing specific industrial competenci­es among MBA students.

This programme is offered to selected full- time students without working experience.

It involves sending students on a 12- month probationa­ry full- time employment in selected participat­ing companies at the beginning of their second semester studies to expose them to a real work environmen­t.

The aim of the CELP is to ensure that the students’ set of knowledge in business foundation­s and managerial competenci­es gained through earlier semesters can be practised immediatel­y in the marketplac­e and increase their potential for employment.

More than a dozen major corporatio­ns have agreed to be part of the CELP.

Certificat­e in Leadership

CiL is one of the certificat­ion programmes offered in the MBA. It provides a solid foundation of leadership competenci­es that can be applied immediatel­y in the workplace.

It has been crafted to help students in facing and responding to the ever- increasing competitiv­e environmen­t that requires effective leaders.

In this programme, students learn, discuss and experience the fundamenta­ls and advanced approaches of leadership to prepare them to thrive in today’s dynamic workplace.

Through this programme series, students master techniques for creating a high- performanc­e culture, enhancing the performanc­e of their teams, balancing competing organisati­onal demands and driving strategic change within the organisati­on.

Certificat­e in Project Management

Another certificat­ion programme offered in the MBA, CiPM is a great way to build the skills needed in meeting the growing demand for project management expertise in organisati­ons.

This certificat­e programme provides the knowledge and techniques necessary to operate successful­ly as a project manager.

Students will learn how to keep projects on task, on time and within budget as well as how to successful­ly apply project management practices in various industries.

The certificat­e is awarded to students who have successful­ly completed certain required courses and managed actual projects developed by UKM- GSB that were initiated by students themselves or assigned by their work organisati­ons.

For more informatio­n, visit gsb. ukm. my

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Team- building exercise is part of UKM- GSB’s programme to groom leaders.
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UKM organises activities such as Innovation Bootcamp to nurture innovation and creativity in its students.
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