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MBA programme at UUM is No.1 in Malaysia and No.28 in Asia

Nordiana Shafiee

Nordiana Shafiee

UUM News Editor, Journalist

Image by Norazlina Ahmad/UUM Today

SINTOK: The Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme offered by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) has been acknowledged as the number one programme in terms of the Entrepreneurship & Alumni Achievement indicator among universities in Malaysia.

According to the recently released QS Global MBA Rankings 2024, the MBA programme at UUM has achieved an excellent ranking in terms of Nation Diversity and Student & Staff Gender Equality indicators, surpassing other universities in the country.

In fact, at the Asian level, UUM has achieved a notable ranking, securing the 28th position within the 151-200 group globally. This represents an improvement from the previous edition, where UUM was placed within the 201-250 range.

The ranking is determined by five indicators, which include class and faculty diversity, entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, return on investment, thought leadership and employability.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan (in pic) has announced that UUM’s MBA programme has achieved significant progress within a three-year period starting in 2021. The programme has successfully advanced more than 50 positions and is now ranked in the 151-200 range of the best Global MBA programmes in the world.

According to him, this success can be attributed to the successful implementation of UUM’s strategic plan along with enhancements in areas such as graduates’ marketability, leadership skills and return on investment (ROI).

“In addition, the significant increase in all indicators also strengthens the reputation of the UUM MBA programme as a superior school in the field of business and management.

“Well done, and congratulations to all the denizens of UUM for the achievement and unwavering commitment that have enabled us to establish an outstanding standing on the global stage. A special recognition is extended to the staff at OYAGSB,” he said.

The Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business (OYAGSB) at UUM is well recognised as a prominent postgraduate business school in Malaysia, emphasising the offering of comprehensive and multidisciplinary business education for professionals.

The OYAGSB offers a range of academic programmes, encompassing the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Business Management (MBM), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Management (D Management).

OYAGSB has obtained international accreditation from organisations such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 2016 and the Association of MBAs (AMBA), which is an international accreditation organisation based in London, since 2015. The AMBA accreditation was successfully renewed for five years, until June 2028.

The MBA and DBA programmes offer various areas of specialisation and have successfully captured the interest of corporate leaders, top government officials, and community leaders. These individuals serve as evidence of the high calibre of business and management studies offered by these programmes.

Dr Mohd Foad said that the latest achievement is a testament to UUM’s hard work in enhancing the quality of teaching, research and societal impact.

According to him, this esteemed reputation serves as an indirect source of assurance for both prospective students and current students, instilling confidence in the fact that they are enrolled in a prestigious and globally competitive educational institution.

“This gift is intended for UUM, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024. I hope that UUM will continue its efforts to enhance its performance and gain greater recognition on a global scale in the field of education and research,” he said.

The QS Global MBA Rankings, which is released annually, included a comprehensive list of 318 Global MBA programmes from around the world for the 2024 ranking.

The comprehensive results are available at https://www.topuniversities.com/mba-rankings/2024 – Mahaliza Mahadhir