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Some of the MBA graduates during the Laucala graduation ceremony.

A total of 196 students from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Graduate School of Business (GSB) graduated with postgraduate business qualifications during the University’s graduation ceremony at Laucala Campus on 31 March 2017.

Out of this, 91 students graduated with their Master of Business Administration (MBA).

MBA is the flagship programme for the Graduate School of Business. The programme is specifically designed for individuals who want to become successful leaders and be drivers of growth in their respective areas.

Across every industry, businesses are finding new and exciting growth opportunities in Fiji and the region as well.

GSB’s MBA programme is the only one in the region to be accredited by the Association of MBA’s (AMBA).

This accreditation is an official recognition that USP’s MBA programme offered by GSB is of comparable standards to those offered by other premier business schools around the world.

The AMBA accreditation is also a commitment to developing standards in global postgraduate management education. According to the MBA Assessment report, the Association noted the clear evidence of the commitment by USP’s Graduate School of Business to meeting the needs of the region.

GSB has always placed emphasis on the managerial development needs of Fiji, the region and global organisations as well. The majority of the graduates were from Fiji, however GSB also had students from Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Australia. 

Mr Sunia Manu Fili, a former Minister of Finance for Tonga, was amongst those who graduated with the MBA degree.

“I am glad I had the opportunity to study for an MBA at USP. It is indeed a big honour for me to be standing here today to receive my award,” Mr Fili stated. 

Mrs Gaitri Chandra, an employee of Fiji Airways, said that it was a very proud moment for her. “The best thing about this programme is the international accreditation. I can now take my qualification anywhere in the world, knowing that it will be recognised,” Mrs Chandra said.

An encouraging point to note was that this year 41 per cent of GSB graduates are women. Every year there is an increase in the number of female graduates from the GSB programme.

GSB strongly believes in supporting women’s leadership role in the Pacific. It is a key contributor to alleviating poverty and promoting economic growth.

A total of 91 students graduated with MBA at the Vodafone Arena in Laucala.

Ms Malia Benedine Fa’asolo, a full – time student from Tonga, stated that the MBA journey has been both wonderful and challenging as well.

“What surprised me the most was the diversity of participants in the programme. It was invaluable to hear the perceptions of such a wide range of executives from different cultures. I knew the content would be excellent, but the calibre of my fellow participants was every bit as impressive,” Ms Fa’asolo said

While it was a happy affair for many of the students; it was a bittersweet moment for Mr Intaz Ali’s family, colleagues and friends.

Mr Ali, a former employee of Telecommunications Fiji Limited (TFL), passed away just a week before his graduation. Mr Ali’s son, Shazil Ali received the award on his father’s behalf.

“I am proud of my father’s achievement and I am sure he would have been very happy to be here,” he said.

Mr Henry Kitione, Mr Ali’s colleague, also expressed his remorse. “It is very sad indeed that Intaz is not with us here today. He was a good man and a great friend. We all miss him very much.”

Mrs Ana Latai 'Alaiva'a, an employee of Air Terminal Services Tonga, was very emotional at the ceremony.

“It was a difficult journey, sacrificing my family time for studies, but now I look back and I feel that it was worth it. I strongly believe that this degree will benefit me, my family, my community and my country.”

For Mr Melvin Sharma, undertaking the programme gave him a different way of thinking and a different approach to business challenges.

“Since I walked out of the programme, I often reflect on the classroom discussions and what I was exposed to, and it challenges me to think differently,” Mr Sharma said.

“It has been a long journey and I am very excited to receive my award along with my esteemed colleagues.”

Graduates of GSB become part of an elite alumni, joining a network of more than 1000 successful leaders, throughout the world.

This, in turn, affords valuable networking opportunities with those alumni who have successfully completed the programme and have implemented ground breaking strategies in the business world. 


This news item was published on 11 Apr 2017 02:46:24 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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