A re­ward­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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AT times, leav­ing the com­forts of home for a per­sonal quest could be re­ward­ing. Da Ji­aqi (Da Jackie) left his home in Shen­zhen, China and trav­elled more than 2,000km to Malaysia, where he pur­sued his Mas­ter’s de­gree in Fi­nance and Bank­ing at Ni­lai Univer­sity. Jackie grad­u­ated with a de­gree in China and dreamt of liv­ing and study­ing abroad.

“A se­nior univer­sity fel­low in China rec­om­mended Ni­lai Univer­sity. I did some re­search on­line and was happy to dis­cover a univer­sity sited on a nat­u­ral green en­vi­ron­ment. In ad­di­tion, the life­style in Ni­lai is more af­ford­able com­pared to the bustling Kuala Lumpur city,” de­clared Jackie.

At Ni­lai Univer­sity, apart from it pos­sess­ing a con­ducive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, it is also eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via high­ways. The in­ter­na­tional air­ports are just 20 min­utes from the univer­sity, so it is easy for his par­ents to visit. Also, the lures of Kuala Lumpur city is just a mere 35 min­utes’ drive, or one could eas­ily hop on the KTM com­muter for a get­away in the city. Jackie laughed and shared; he would def­i­nitely pre­fer to shop in Kuala Lumpur.

On the other hand, Jackie prefers to spend his week­end on-cam­pus, play­ing a game of bas­ket­ball with his co­hort or go­ing for a swim at the nearby Ni­lai Springs Golf and Coun­try club. Since Ni­lai Springs Gold and Coun­try Club is a sis­ter com­pany, stu­dents from Ni­lai Univer­sity could use the swim­ming pool or have a hand in a game of golf.

“Hon­estly, it is easy to adjust. Malaysia has the same time zone as my home­land, so I could al­ways keep in touch with fam­ily and friends. The lec­tures here are ac­com­mo­dat­ing and knowl­edge­able. Some of my lec­tur­ers have solid work ex­pe­ri­ences in bank­ing and fi­nance,” ex­pressed Jackie.

Jackie felt his pro­gramme supervisor, Prof Dr Si­vaku­mar Ve­layutham, chal­lenged him to think deeply and ex­plore the Is­lamic con­cept in bank­ing and fi­nance.

“The con­cepts and sys­tems of Is­lamic Bank­ing are new to me. In China, I only learned about con­ven­tional bank­ing sys­tems and op­er­a­tions. The ex­po­sure gave me a bet­ter per­spec­tive of al­ter­na­tive bank­ing and fi­nanc­ing con­cepts and sys­tems. I’m very grate­ful to Prof Dr Siva for nudg­ing me to re­search on Is­lamic Bank­ing con­cepts,” ex­plained Jackie.

Fur­ther­more, the English lan­guage is widely used dur­ing lec­tures and within the univer­sity. It was a suit­able en­vi­ron­ment for Jackie to boost his pro­fi­ciency in the English lan­guage. His con­fi­dence in us­ing the lan­guage grew over time, and it gave him a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage in mov­ing up the cor­po­rate lad­der.

Jackie grad­u­ated with a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Bank­ing and Fi­nance in 2016. Af­ter which, he re­turned to China and was ec­static to re­ceive a job of­fer within a month. Later, he was pro­moted to han­dle over­seas cus­tomers from Indonesia. Thanks to the knowl­edge he gained, he had an ad­van­tage over his col­leagues be­cause of his flu­ency in the English lan­guage.

Af­ter gaining the cor­po­rate ex­pe­ri­ence, Jackie pur­sued his PhD, again in Malaysia. He is ever grate­ful, not only to his lec­tur­ers but also held the friend­ships fos­tered at Ni­lai Univer­sity close to his heart.

“My course mates were very hard-work­ing and fo­cused, a ca­ma­raderie of the like-minded which en­cour­aged me to ex­cel. I also made friends from all over the world, namely Pak­istan, Kenya and Viet­nam,” said Jackie.

“Ni­lai Univer­sity of­fers sev­eral

MBA pro­grammes, with spe­cial­i­sa­tions in key busi­ness ar­eas such as Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment, Bank­ing and Fi­nance, Man­age­ment and Mar­ket­ing. Al­most 90% of the pro­gramme struc­ture is based on course­work,” men­tioned Prof Dr Siva, Fac­ulty of Busi­ness and Hos­pi­tal­ity dean.

Un­der his belt, Prof Dr Siva has over 30 years of lec­tur­ing Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance cour­ses over­seas. He has taught in sev­eral es­tab­lished uni­ver­si­ties in New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Dubai.

“In a course­work-based MBA, stu­dents will fur­ther sharpen their an­a­lyt­i­cal, prob­lem-solv­ing and writ­ing skills, giv­ing them an ad­van­tage in mid-man­age­ment po­si­tions,” clar­i­fied Prof Dr Siva.

“Fur­ther­more, we strin­gently se­lect com­pre­hen­sive re­search works and as­sist stu­dents to pub­lish. It will be a tes­ta­ment to their achieve­ment and stu­dents could fall back on their re­search done for fu­ture ca­reer pro­gres­sion” men­tioned Prof Dr Siva.

The en­try re­quire­ment for a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion is a bach­e­lor’s de­gree and five years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Full-time stu­dents could grad­u­ate within one year while part-time stu­dents may re­quire two to three years to com­plete the pro­gramme.

■ For fur­ther en­quiries on post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes, call 06-850 2308 for an ap­point­ment, log on to www.ni­lai.edu.my or visit the cam­pus in Ni­lai. In­take is cur­rently in progress for Jan­uary 2020.

da Ji­aqi left his home in shen­zhen, China and pur­sued his mas­ter’s de­gree in Fi­nance and bank­ing at Ni­lai univer­sity.

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