(From L-R): MBA Alumnus Sagar Narsey, GSB Lecturer Mr Mesake Nawari, MBA Alumni Shirley Lal and Roshika Ranjini Ram at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Graduate School of Business (GSB) hosted its first ever alumni function in Fiji for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) students who graduated from the Western Division cohort at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on 9 September, 2016.
The purpose of the alumni evening was for MBA alumni to meet and connect with each other and staff of GSB.
GSB Head of School, Professor Raghuvar Pathak welcomed everyone to the ‘family gathering’ adding that the alumni are not only part of GSB but are also part of an exclusive international community – the Association of MBA’s (AMBA).
The MBA programme at USP has been internationally accredited by AMBA in 2014. AMBA is the only international professional body connecting MBA students and graduates, hundreds of accredited business schools and MBA employers in over 110 countries.
The AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in Postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best programmes in the world after a four stage accreditation process.
“Today we are a proud GSB family of more than a thousand alumni who are holding executive positions throughout the region,” Professor Pathak said.
He further stated that for students, the decision to take an MBA represents a major commitment, both in terms of time and money.
Professor Pathak added that in a crowded and complex market, AMBA accreditation provides a reliable list of meticulously tested programmes and ensures that students' investments are rewarded with the finest business education available, which will have a demonstrable impact on their careers.
The Head of School also told the Western Division MBA alumni that USP’s MBA is ranked as one of the top 10 Eduniversal’s best Masters Executive MBA and MBA part time in Oceania, which he said, is a huge achievement for the programme in the region.
An alumni group, according to Professor Pathak, develops a sense of community, a sense of solidarity, a purpose, a real sense of doing something good for others, fellowship with classmates, a time to reflect on the past glory and achievements gained and plan for the future.
He also highlighted the role of the University’s Alumni Office stating that, “USP also maintains an Alumni Office and supports GSB alumni activities.”
That Office is responsible for managing an alumni database, developing alumni contacts and network, building alumni relations, assisting in formation of alumni groups, facilitating communication with all relevant stakeholders, organising alumni events such as reunions and alumni eveningsand producing alumni merchandise.
The University’s Alumni Affairs Coordinator, Ms Artila Devi talked about the role played by the Alumni Office and the importance of USP Alumni to the University.
Former MBA student Ms Roshika Ranjini Ram said that the alumni function hosted by GSB made her feel connected to the University even after her graduation in March this year.
She added that it was a good platform to reconnect with students she had studied with, adding that it was a perfect time to meet former students, who graduated from the Western cohort.
“I got to meet people I made friends with during some of my units, and I am glad to be part of the MBA family,” Ms Roshika said.
Roshika travelled all the way from Suva to be part of the MBA Alumni Evening function.
The event was also attended by the Lautoka Campus Director, Dr Pramila Devi and staff of USP’s Lautoka Campus.
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