Ms Wainikiti Soqolala shares her MBA student experience during the Information Session.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Graduate School of Business (GSB) held an information session for its prospective students at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on 9 September 2016.
As part of the information session, prospective students learnt about the different programmes offered by GSB as well as experiences of being a Master of Business Administration (MBA) student at USP.
Since its establishment in 1995, more than 1000 students have graduated from the MBA programme across the Pacific.
Head of GSB, Professor Raghuvar Pathak informed the students that MBA is an internationally recognised degree designed to develop skills required for career in business and management. He added that the value of MBA is not limited to the business world.
Professor Pathak highlighted that USP’s MBA programme is the only internationally accredited programme in the region. He further stated that by joining GSB, students instantly become a part of an international, professionally diverse network of over 18,000 members.
The MBA programme, which has been accredited by the Association of MBA’s (AMBA), is an official recognition that the programme offered by GSB is of comparable standards to those offered by other premier business schools around the world.
Professor Pathak told the prospective students that employers looking to acquire the best managers and future business leaders know that graduates of AMBA accredited programmes have received the highest quality and most relevant management education.
“To recruit a graduate from one of our accredited programmes is to recruit top talent,” Professor Pathak stated.
As part of the MBA journey at USP, Professor Pathak said that students will get a chance to network with the best business professionals from various industries.
GSB Head of School, Professor Raghuvar Pathak speaks to prospective MBA students during the MBA Information Session in Lautoka.
He added that the ‘Meet the Leaders Forum’ organised by GSB, provides an opportunity for students to meet industry leaders and learn from their experiences.
According to GSB Lecturer, Mr Mesake Nawari, a study of the MBA programme a few years ago showed that MBA graduates from USP get an average of sixty seven (67) per cent increase in their pay post MBA.
He added that the first group of students undertaking MBA from Lautoka will complete their programme at the end of this year and second lot of students will be completing their Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management.
According to Mr Nawari, the Information Session in Lautoka is in light of a lot of interest in MBA programme from the West.
“We are planning to offer another cohort in Lautoka from January next year,” Mr Nawari said.
MBA student and registered nurse, Ms Wainikiti Soqolala said that MBA gives students a chance to reflect on issues both at the work front and global level.
She added that as part of the programme, students get the chance to meet a group of learned scholars who will become lifelong friends.
“You will meet and interact with Professors, scholars who will challenge you to think outside the box and welcome opportunities with open arms,” Ms Wainikiti told the prospective students.
Ms Wainikiti, who is also the Deputy Chairperson of GSB Student Board, reiterated that people should stop thinking that MBA is only for business people.
“MBA is for everyone. If I as a registered nurse can enrol, pay my way in and rub shoulders with students of different cadres, you can also do it,” Ms Wainikiti said.
The Information Session was followed by the MBA Alumni Evening cocktail.
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