An update from the Executive MBA team at Sunway University

New People, New Perspective, New Direction

2020 has been a harrowing year for everyone. The Covid-19 pandemic has both altered and pushed our online learning and teaching paradigm to the next level, whilst both students and staff operating within the academic sphere grapple with this new change. This is no exception for the MBA leadership at our partner institution in Malaysia, Sunway University. A new leadership team is in place, which consists of Professor Yuka Fujimoto (Associate Dean of Sunway University Business School (SUBS)) and Associate Professor Derek Ong (MBA Programme Leader).

Professor Dr Yuka FujimotoYuka, who holds a Bachelor of Business Management First Class Honours from the University of Queensland Business School (Brisbane, Australia) and a PhD in Business Administration from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), has been with SUBS for five years. Her research has been published in leading journals such as British Journal of Management, Business and Society, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Applied Psychology. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management & Organization and served as an executive member of the Academy of Management (AOM), U.S. Diversity Inclusion Theme Committee, focusing on Member Inclusion at AOM. Currently, she is serving as part of the AOM global committee, Organizational Behavior division.

Associate Professor Dr Derek Ong Lai TeikDerek has been with the University since the beginning of the partnership with Lancaster University and has seen the partnership grow over the years. His interest lies in Social Marketing and Digital Marketing. He is a Chartered Statistician with the Royal Statistical Society and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He believes that marketing and management in the 21st century should be done with putting people at the heart of unfolding current issues, and that the new digital space in which the world has been forced to operate is an important leverage for businesses to thrive in a circular economy.

These perspectives from the new MBA leadership in Sunway University have shaped the way we teach and learn within the digital space. We are working hard to bring more industry-led speakers to current students and alumni. Webinars on weathering the current business climate focus on lessons that that can be learned from these business leaders, who are truly a wealth of inspiration. Some of these online seminars include speakers from Top Glove and DHL, covering topics relevant to leadership and resilience development during the current pandemic.

Hence, we at Sunway University MBA hope to continue to foster stronger industrial links with more key players and move forward with continuous improvement in our teaching and learning online. This is in the hope that cooperation within the Lancaster-Sunway partnership will continue to grow, bringing new perspectives of business and management education in a post-Covid-19 world.