Asian Correspondent » University of Kent Asian Correspondent Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:10:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A reflection on the BRIC economies discussion Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:15:27 +0000

It was the 9th of November and I was excited to attend my first event at Westminster Business School, London, designed for MBA students and graduates with an interest in global business and the BRIC economies. It was an event conducted by the Association of MBA’s (AMBA) and Kent Business School, being accredited by it, was given preference to attend the event.
The journey from Canterbury to London began at 4:15 pm where our School has arranged a mini van for the 14 of the MBA students. We were all pretty excited, as some of us were international students and therefore were going to London for the first time. We were accompanied by Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios, who is the School’s Director for PG Development and Accreditations and a Senior Lecturer in International Business. The journey to the destination took us around 2 hours and it was enjoyable being able to spend time with our classmates outside of the teaching room! We reached Westminster
on time and were welcomed by AMBA. The BRIC panel discussion started soon with the introduction of the guests by Sharon Bamford, the Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs. The guest speakers were Anna Stupnytska and Guy-Fraser Sampson. The panel mainly discussed how the growing BRIC economies will affect business in the next decade. It also discussed why the four countries are the largest economies, the risks and opportunities of investing and doing business with the BRIC economies. It was an interactive and useful session. After the discussion we had the opportunity to network with other MBA students of business schools in and around London. We left London just after 9pm and headed back to the Canterbury Campus
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to attend more of these events conducted by different associations where I get to improve my networking skills and also understand the business around the world in a better way.

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One to one with Steve Robinson, Pfizer Worldwide R&D Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:59:09 +0000

Recent changes in the pharmaceutical industry have reflected wider global business trends: refocusing on core businesses, building external alliances, outsourcing operations and developing opportunities in emerging markets. Patients and healthcare providers have also become more organised, collectively demanding lower prices (and greater differentiation) from new products, which has led to a relentless focus on organisational design, continuous improvement and workforce/facilities planning within pharma companies. I was looking for a way to develop transferable skills and knowledge to allow me to grow and operate more effectively in this new environment, which led me to the Executive MBA program at Kent Business School.

What impressed me most was the design of the learning experience: the modular format was extremely convenient for me and my employer, whilst the small class sizes created a real interactive learning environment with the teaching staff and my peers. At a basic level, the course helped address some gaps in my business knowledge, through the accounting, corporate finance, marketing and strategic management modules. However, the course has developed my managerial capabilities in a more fundamental way: the development of critical thinking skills has helped me challenge ‘received wisdom’, and my work effort is more grounded by contemporary business theories and ideas (rather than just what I term ‘DIY management’). For example, the course helped me design a balanced scorecard that was explicitly linked to our work unit strategy map and related initiatives, rather than a just a collection of tactical, convenient to measure items.

I would like to mention the Business Report as a special highlight of the course, where I chose to evaluate opportunities to promote an innovation culture in my work unit, with 1:1 expert mentorship from KBS staff. Using evidence from an organisational climate survey and focus group discussions, I showed how leadership priorities and HR processes created a perception of downside risk to innovation, and generated some key recommendations around vision and strategy, performance management and resourcing. The rigour of this process really helped build the credibility of the report and its recommendations with senior leaders, as well as demonstrate my personal development and the value of the course to them.

In summary, the Executive MBA at Kent Business School helped me achieve my development objectives and continues to make a positive impact in my work, and I would not hesitate recommending it to any prospective student.

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Kent MBA to sharpen skills for healthcare professionals Tue, 08 Nov 2011 18:00:04 +0000

My MBA journey started 8 years after dental school when I took a bold step to open the Omnipark Dental Surgery from scratch. Today, we have over 6000+ registered patients. I realized that if I were to effectively manage these people, including 8 staff members, I needed to acquire leadership and managerial skills. The MBA covers all functions and practices of a business. In turn, it broadens one’s horizons, opens doors and creates new opportunities. Others see an MBA as a career change or to gain more knowledge.

I chose to do an MBA at the Kent Business School, University of Kent for several reasons. However, the over-riding factors were because of its academic rigor, and strive for excellence. The academic staff are leading experts in their chosen field, and their combined knowledge and experience creates a rich environment for learning. By the time I finished in 2010, the school had been re-accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). The AMBA is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education.

Studying for an MBA depends on how proactive one is in persuading others to invest in one’s development. Despite its critics, the MBA in the UK attracts over 10,000 students per year. These are mostly graduates with 5-10 years post qualification experience. For healthcare professionals in particular, this allows for a rich classroom discussion based on real-life experiences.

Be warned, studying for an MBA is time consuming but very rewarding. One of the things I have valued most is meeting a myriad of people I wouldn’t otherwise have been introduced to. I’ve since teamed up with an industrial pharmacist and an engineer from South Africa and we’ve come up with a brilliant idea for the future, thanks to the Kent Business School.

Speaking on behalf of the Kent MBA, Dr. Pamela Yeow, Deputy Director of the MBA says “Dr Julius Babayemi was a dedicated student despite his hectic schedule. He was an enthusiastic and informed participant on our MBA programme. We are glad that he valued the fantastic opportunity to deepen and develop connections in his professional arena”.

To find out more about why gaining an MBA can sharpen your skills, develop leadership and make a difference to your business, visit

Dr. Julius Babayemi.
BSc, BDS, MBA, Cert in Sport Dentistry.
Omnipark Dental Centre, Rainham, Kent.

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Worlidays? Wed, 02 Nov 2011 10:23:38 +0000!

In the first week of October 2011, Blackberry users experienced two crashes on their phones which resulted in users only being able to use their phones to call and text, losing all functionality in web browsing, BBM (Blackberry Messaging) and email services. RIM, the company that makes Blackberry suggested that the delays in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure.

So what does this outage resulting in worldwide outrage mean for the way we do work in the 21st Century? Has the notion of ‘time’ shortened such that emails are expected to be replied to within minutes, whilst we’re on the trains, travelling to our next meeting? Work emails can be accessed from our bedside table just before we go to sleep? We can be alerted to new mails when our phone beeps at us at 3am in the morning?

Why do we want to access our work emails at 3am; by our bedside table; whilst on holiday; commutin

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