Swinburne University, pioneering innovative approaches to adult education

Kuching: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is ushering in a new era in adult education by integrating real-life industry experience with academic learning.

The innovative methodology, designed to foster personal and professional growth, is being led by the university’s business school and applied to its graduate programs, the university said in a statement on Friday.

“Australian universities’ Master of Business Administration (International) (MBA(i)) programme is testament to the university’s innovative approach to education. The two-year postgraduate course offers adult learners an excellent blend of classroom instruction and dynamic industry engagement.”

“This pioneering model will not only enable MBA(i) students to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world applications, but will also effectively bridge the gap between academic research and the business ecosystem,” said Associate Professor Dr Fung Chorng Yuan.

Recently, a group of 48 students from China, India, Canada, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and the country participated in an immersive industrial visit to KOPILAB (Sarawak Coffee Heritage).

As a leader in the food and beverage sector, KOPILAB sells premium Sarawak coffee beans, showcases indigenous crafts and fosters development partnerships across various sectors.

During the visit, the students participated in an interactive sensory assessment and demonstration under the guidance of KOPILAB Store Manager Mr. Leo Tan.

“This hands-on learning experience enabled students to explore consumer behaviour from a marketing perspective. The site visit also highlights Swinburne University’s dedication to developing well-rounded leaders who can meet the challenges of tomorrow’s business environment,” he said.

Specifically, the teaching approach of the MBA program fosters a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, putting students at the forefront of the global job market.

Abdul Hamid Haddad, a student from Canada, and Yang Yi Yuan, a student from China, also expressed their gratitude for the enlightening experience.

“Overall my visit to KOPILAB was great, especially learning how coffee beans are selected and brewed to produce the perfect coffee beans,” Abdul Hamid said of his experience.

“Our visit to KOPILAB was a rewarding experience and we learned about their keen commitment to promoting Sarawak’s Liberica coffee, which further demonstrates their support for sustainable local agriculture,” added Yang Yi Yuan.


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