Insightful business education

WHEN Chong Zhi Yuen began her Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme with Edinburgh Business School on the Heriot-Watt campus at Putrajaya, she never expected to get such a practical insight into the reality of business theories and their applications.

Zhi Yuen, an operations executive for Roofseal (M) Sdn Bhd began her studies in September 2015 after studying for a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting and Management (FAM). She had previously worked for IBM Malaysia for over two and a half years as a financial analyst and a HR accounting analyst.

"Although subjects like Finance and Economics were not foreign to me, learning them at Bachelor's degree level was great in terms of laying a foundation of theories but it had a shortcoming; the application of these theories across different industries were insufficiently demonstrated and simulated."

"The MBA programme from Edinburgh Business School addresses this shortcoming brilliantly by tying in the theories with real world business cases," she said.

"Studying for an MBA part-time while working full-time is hard, and you have to be organised. By cons-tructing well-defined plans and objectives for both work and studies you will succeed – but the key is to execute them with strict discipline.

"Edinburgh Business School offers an attractive 100% examination-based MBA programme which, in my opinion, paves a shorter albeit more challenging route to achieving a well-known MBA degree. Its classes are on weekends so working professionals can find time to attend," she added.

"One of the most attractive aspects of the programme is the plethora of course mates from various industries, countries and experience levels.

"It's therefore very likely you will learn something new just by interacting with them. The least attractive part is juggling time between studies and work which can be challenging.

"My studies have taken me on a walkthrough across the essential pillars which will hold a business together. These have made me more confident and comfortable in leading and managing a team/department/company in the future.

"My aim is to become a Business Strategist, or set up my own company in the future," she said.

Edinburgh Business School has welcomed its latest cohort of 21 students to the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus at Putrajaya to begin their Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.

The students – all busy, working professionals – have chosen one of the most popular and flexible MBA programmes in the world which boasts more than 11,200 active students and 20,500 graduates in 166 countries worldwide.

The world-renowned MBA programme has been delivered by top UK and Asian staff at the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus since January 2013. To date, 47 students have completed the programme with a further 98 currently studying part-time.

The Edinburgh Business School MBA programme is approved by the MoHE and fully accredited by the MQA in Malaysia.

Preview evenings for prospective students will be held at the Putrajaya campus on Saturday, Aug 5.

For more information on the MBA programme, email