Wawasan Open University's Qualifications Provide Avenue to Better Job Prospects

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Wawasan Open University offers more than 40 industry-relevant programmes which include nine postgraduate programmes.

Penang, Malaysia, January 16, 2014 (PressReleasePoint) - An administration manager with a property development company in Penang is pursuing his MBA in Construction Management (MBA-CM) at Wawasan Open University (WOU), having enrolled in the July 2013 intake.

Chang Shea Speare, 26, has been working for UP Properties Sdn Bhd, Bandar Perda for three years. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Communication Engineering from a private university.

He picked the MBA-CM programme as he wanted to learn the theoretical aspects of construction to add to his technical experience. He finds that he can apply the knowledge gained through his three courses - Accounting and Finance, Managing Human Resources and Strategic Management – this semester, to his work environment.

This MBA will help me plan, execute and administer projects more efficiently. I have a better understanding of management, and with this MBA from WOU, I can lead my company to become one of the best in business,” said Chang.

Chang said working adults should engage themselves in part-time higher studies to improve their job and career opportunities. “With proper time management and a passion to develop your career, anything is possible. Do not be afraid of the pressure, because at the end of the day, your hard work will be rewarded.”

WOU’s MBA-CM programme is ideal for professionals in the construction sector, namely engineers, quantity surveyors, architects, building technologists, construction supervisors, and managers who aspire to rise up to top positions like site manager, project manager, or general manager.

Meanwhile WOU, through the School of Science and Technology (SST) also offers the MBA in Manufacturing and Production Management (MBA-MPM) degree. It is useful for those in the manufacturing sector such as production and process engineers, quality control engineers, facility engineers, and other executives. Graduates will develop the necessary skills and leadership abilities to manage a manufacturing plant.

According to Ishan Abeywardena, Deputy Dean of SST, "The MBA-MPM and MBA-CM programmes have been developed specifically taking into consideration the high demand for expertise in the manufacturing and construction industries. Our MBAs provide professionals with a solid foundation in general management concepts through courses such as managing human resources; strategic management; risk and crisis management; and accounting and finance before exposing them to specialist courses which are directly applicable in industry.”
He said the advanced manufacturing course in MBA-MPM “introduces students to simulated manufacturing scenarios that assist in making major management decisions”. The programme, he added, also builds skills in supply chain management; total quality techniques; sustainability, health, safety and environmental issues; and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

“For construction, key areas like procurement management; construction management; and negotiation and dispute resolution, are covered in the programme. WOU’s MBAs will definitely open new avenues for your future career success," Ishan stated.

Students can complete their MBAs within two-and-a-half-years, or stretch their studies as long as they want to suit their convenience and preference.

Interested candidates can apply through Regular Entry using their Bachelor’s degree, or via WOU’s unique Open Entry Admission System that takes an individual work experience into consideration. For Open Entry, candidates must be at least 35 years old, with a minimum two principals in STPM/UEC or equivalent qualifications, and have two years working experience at supervisory level.

Enrolment for the January 2014 semester is still open. Take advantage of this opportunity to join the nearly 13,000 working professionals who have benefited from their studies at WOU. 

For more details on all WOU postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, log on to wou.edu.my or call WOU toll-free Careline at 1-300-888-968 (WOU).

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