The students all deserve to have their pictures hung in a gallery of achievers. For two years, these students had forgone weekends and public holidays to pursue their Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).
It has been a long road to success but it proved to be a worthwhile sacrifice when the 102 graduates received their scrolls at USQ's convocation ceremony held recently.
Believed to be the biggest group of MBA graduates Malaysia has ever seen, USQ also saw another 141 students graduating with master degrees in other disciplines and degree qualifications at the same ceremony, making it a total of 243 achievers for USQ.
Present at the ceremony was USQ's vice-chancellor Prof Bill Lovegrove who announced that the university had rewarded five students with the top distance learning MBA prize.
“On behalf of the University, I am pleased to say that three of the five students worldwide who won the top distance learning MBA prize are from Malaysia.”
Also present to witness the event were USQ's chancellor Don Stevens, faculty members and its Malaysian partners.
The MBA is offered in partnership with PRIME Group. Students register directly with the university, with local support provided by PRIME.
MBA graduate and project manager Richard Chong Pey Min said that the master programme was a double bonus as it not only enhanced his paper qualifications but also exposed him to management theory fundamentals related to the needs of his profession.
“It was a challenging process, trying to get through the subjects. But I took them one by one, and was able to apply some of the skills taught. I can now function more effectively at work,” said Chong.
Another MBA graduate Malissa Nagalinggam took up the programme specialising in International Business as it was her lifelong goal to achieve a master qualification from a reputable university.
“There is a demand for people with knowledge of the international environment within which Malaysia and foreign businesses operate,” said Malissa.
“The learning experience was more than just gaining knowledge to help me in my career. I enjoyed meeting and sharing experiences with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures,” she added.
The same convocation ceremony also saw Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo being conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of his services to education and training in the country.
Prof Lovegrove presented the degree to Dr Khir who said that he was “humbled by the fact that he now joins the ranks of poets, a former Prime Minister and former Governor of Queensland as recipients of the most esteemed award from the University.”
Dr Khir also shared his experiences, growing up in rural Northern Selangor and serving as a government dentist in Sabah and Sarawak.
He encouraged the graduates to work hard and strive for the best, saying that “education and training are the main pillars in improving the economic well being of the people”.
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