Muhammad Riaz Bin Mohd
Bachelor of Commerce
What were the factors that made you choose NAA to pursue your degree education?
The University of Adelaide (UoA) is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia’s leading research universities. Its excellent reputation in research and teaching gave me the assurance that I will be learning from the best minds and emerge career-ready upon graduation. The state university in South Australia, UoA is also consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.
Classes at NAA are structured such that students will focus on one course at a time during an intensive study week. Thereafter, there will be a break of a few weeks before the second intensive run of the same course begins. This arrangement is highly beneficial to students as it enables us to grasp a thorough understanding of each course by giving our 100% concentration.
The institution also offers students many learning opportunities beyond classroom boundaries in Singapore. Students enrolled in UoA have the option to either embark on a semester exchange to a myriad of partnering universities around the world or accelerate their studies by attending the Winter/Summer school at the main campus in Adelaide, Australia. I opted for the latter which was undoubtedly one of the most exciting and enriching educational experiences I ever had.
Can you share with us why you chose this programme?
With a strong passion for business, I was absolutely certain that a Commerce degree was the next step for me upon graduating from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing major).
I embarked on the Bachelor of Commerce degree programme at NAA due to the generous exemptions granted in recognition of my business diploma. I was admitted directly into Year 2 of the programme and had to complete only 12 courses to graduate. Furthermore, this flexible business degree provided me with the option to major in marketing which strongly builds upon the knowledge from my diploma and prepares me well for future career roles in this field.
Are there any courses in particular that stand out? Why?
The course which stood out the most for me, is Market Strategy & Project III.
A major component of our grade for this course, is dependent on how well we performed in a simulation game. In groups of 4-5, we had to brainstorm and work on strategies with a focus on best business practices, while competing against our classmates. I enjoyed the course thoroughly as the simulation game allowed us to put our knowledge gained to test instantly while also enabling us to clarify any doubts during the process.
Describe your learning experience in one sentence.
At NAA, learning takes place in a group instead of individually, as a quote by the famous Greek philosopher Aristole goes, “The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts”.
Would you recommend this programme to others, and why?
Absolutely! In fact I have already recommended this programme to many of my friends who subsequently became students here or will soon commence their studies.
The Bachelor of Commerce business programme is internationally recognised and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate of Business (AACSB) that is awarded to less than 5% of the world’s business schools. This accreditation ensures that the programme imparts relevant, quality skills to students, ensuring that they are ‘industry-ready’ upon graduation.
What are your lecturers like and how do they enhance your learning?
All of our lecturers are from the Adelaide campus in South Australia, and many of them have held high positions in their previous career. Not only do they educate us on the relevant textbook theories, they also proactively guide us in applying these theories to real-life case studies. Beyond the classroom setting, the lecturers are all very approachable and willing to provide advice relating to our future career plans, in addition to queries concerning our studies.
Pick 1 value from NAA’s 5 values and how this value applies to you during your learning journey with NAA. (Choose from: Excellence / Leaders / Innovation / Teamwork / Ethics)
Whilst all the 5 values have been applicable thus far, I personally relate to ‘Innovation’ the most, particularly when working on our assignments.
My team members and I take great pride in ensuring that we conduct extensive research prior to writing our assignments to present the most ‘innovative’ yet pragmatic idea. This would also not have been possible without the help of our lecturers who are extremely enthusiastic in guiding us during our brainstorming sessions that often produce fruitful results.
Why should potential students consider your school?
With a strong emphasis on students’ success and well-being, the institution provides excellent academic support. Course booklets containing lecture slides and reading materials are distributed to students prior to class commencement each trimester. Such an arrangement allows us to read up on the notes in advance to better prepare ourselves for classes.
The various group projects, discussions and activities held in class also inculcate a spirit of team-work and camaraderie among students. Working together on assignments has brought us closer and I have forged friendships that I feel would last a lifetime.
How has the scholarship helped you?
I am privileged to have been awarded the Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship valued at $5,000, which will help fund a substantial portion of my school fees and lessen my financial load. The scholarship will also help me in my career search upon graduation, as well as allowing me to be well-poised to pursue bolder opportunities.