School of Business and Economics


9 Sep 2016

PSB Academy graduation in Singapore celebrates extraordinary achievers

LU-PSB graduate Kyi-Kyi

The 2015 and 2016 class of graduates from our Business Studies programmes delivered via the PSB Academy, Singapore, graduated on the 9th of September in a very special ceremony held at Chijmes Hall in Singapore.

This year's graduating batch from PSB Academy, which offers joint degree programmes with a range of universities, boasts two students who have topped their classes in both Singapore and UK cohorts of about 500 students -- both of them earned first-class honour degrees from Loughborough University. Aung Kyi Kyi, pictured, holds a full-time position as an Executive Assistant at the National University Hospital, and hopes to someday pursue a Master's degree that will further enable her to climb the corporate ladder in the operations and administrations industry.

Kyi Kyi said:

I have come this far, partly due to lecturers who have been so committed to guiding students like me. I hope that this degree will open doors for me to enter a managerial role in my company, I look forward to what the future brings.

As a finance officer at the National University of Singapore, it was important to Priyanka John that she was able to toggle between a working professional and a conscientious student seamlessly. For this very reason, the part-time degree programme presented itself as an almost divine opportunity because it allowed her to do retain her job while still working towards a better version of herself.

Priyanka said:

With this degree, I feel that so many career options in the finance industry are now open to me, and now I have proven to myself that I have to aptitude to explore new opportunities in this professional field.

Loughborough University established its first and only offshore programme with PSB Academy in year 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies degree. The University subsequently expanded its range of offerings at PSB Academy with concentrations in Human Resource Management and Banking and Finance. More than 750 students, enrolled through PSB Academy, have graduated with an honours degree from Loughborough University since.

Graduates from this year's ceremony will be receiving their degrees from Guest-of-Honour, Christopher Pook, Regional Director for Department for International Trade ( DIT ) at the British High Commission, Singapore, along with the School's Associate Dean (Enterprise), professors on the programme, PSB Academy staff and family members in attendance.

Professor Jim Saker, Associate Dean (Enterprise) and Professor of Retail Management at Loughborough University, said:

Our students, graduates, staff and partners are at the heart of all we do. They're the key to our continuous success at preparing industry-ready graduates, some of whom we are proud to celebrate with today. Within this close-knit community, shared across our UK shores with PSB Academy, there is an atmosphere of determination and a will to succeed, which creates an environment that motivates everyone to be the best they can be.

Joao Ponciano, Dean and Senior Vice President, PSB Academy, said:

We are proud to be partnered with one of UK's leading universities--they have been consistently rated as one of the best, with an international reputation for research that matters and excellence in teaching. We are certain that our graduates today, most of whom so bravely juggled with both work and rigorous study commitments as part-time students, are well-equipped to overcome industry challenges in this age of disruption, and continue to soar to new heights in their careers.

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