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Mr. Saud Minam, Acting CEO of ANZ Bank, Fiji commended USP for its work in the region.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Graduate School of Business (GSB) hosted a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Corporate Evening at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala, Suva on 23 November 2016.

The event was attended by USP Senior Management Team, MBA alumni and students, and sponsors.

Head of the GSB, Professor Raghuvar Pathak warmly welcomed the guests saying it was a celebration of the completion of the academic year for GSB students, who had just sat their final examination. 

“Many of our MBA scholars here tonight have now completed their final trimester and look forward to joining more than one thousand two hundred (1,200)

USP MBA alumni, many of whom are holding senior leadership positions including that of deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, CEOs of public and private enterprises and successful entrepreneurs,” he noted. 

“We are proud that our MBA is internationally accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) that is based in London,” Professor Pathak mentioned.

MBA alumni during the GSB Corporate Evening event at the FMF Gymnasium.

“The AMBA delivers a world class accreditation service focusing on quality assurance of postgraduate management programmes at the top tier business schools around the world.

“AMBA’s rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only highest calibre programmes, that is, just two (2) per cent of the world’s MBA programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction, achieve the Association of MBAs accreditation,” he said.

According to Professor Pathak, AMBA is the only global MBA-specific accreditation and membership organisation advising, supporting and connecting the world’s leading business schools, their MBA graduates, students and the world’s leading MBA employers.

“For our MBA graduates, AMBA accreditation opens many doors and opportunities. Our AMBA accreditation is an official recognition that USP’s MBA is of comparable standard to those offered by other premier graduate business schools around the world such as London Business School, Henley Business School, University of Auckland Business School, Monash University and Queensland University of Technology Business School,” he stated.

He stressed that USP’s AMBA accreditation means that its students receive the highest standard of education and their qualifications are recognised by employers internationally.

“It also means that the employers of our graduates are assured of high-calibre skills and qualifications, are aware of the challenges facing businesses in today’s commercial environment and are equipped with the skills to find solutions,” he noted.

“To our stakeholders, it means that they are engaging with a business school that is amongst 250 elite business schools worldwide, that are recognised by AMBA and have strong links with industry and professional bodies.”

Mr Saud Minam, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the ANZ Bank in Fiji, said he admired Fiji for its people and was honoured to share his experience to an elite group in another part of the world.

He commended USP for its work in the region, adding that ANZ continued to employ graduates from the University.

Mr Minam thanked USP for the opportunity to provide higher tertiary education in Fiji and the region.

He also shared values he was taught as a young boy particularly about being honest and respecting one’s elders.

Mr Isikeli Tikoduadua, Chair of the MBA Advisory Committee, took the opportunity to thank the members of the committee for their valuable contributions at its meetings throughout the year.

The Committee, he said, had played a vital role in providing advice to the GSB on the MBA Programme from the employers’ perspective.

“The structure of the MBA allows students to study without putting their career on hold, which means that employers get the best of both worlds: professional development of an employee who can bring up-to-date business school information straight back into the workforce, thus allowing growth not only for the candidate but for the business itself,” Mr Tikoduadua noted.

USP’s MBA programme has been ranked amongst top 20 business schools in the whole of Oceania Region by Ed-Universal-a Paris based international ranking agency.

Sponsors of the event included Vodafone, McDonalds, Credit Corporation, HFC, FMF, Fiji Ports, Exchange and Finance, Tappoos, Twin Tigers China Direct, Bluescope and Courts.

ANZ was the major sponsor.

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