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10% scholarship for all int'l students at one UK MBA institution

KARACHI, Aug 6: A UK business institute, the University of Portsmouth (UoP), despite being accredited by AMBA (Association of MBAs), charges not only lower tuition as compared to other similar institutes in the UK, but also offers a 10 percent scholarship to all international students intent on admission for September 2007, officials from UoP stated.

For international students, UoP charges 10,200 for an MBA and the course takes 15 months to complete, said Dr David L. Ndzi, a senior lecturer who visited Karachi for an admissions seminar.

The 10 percent scholarship translates into 1,020 and has been offered to every enrolling student. This brings the total cost down to approximately 9,000. "This is the lowest cost for an MBA course in the UK from an institution accredited with AMBA," Ndzi explained. Other universities with AMBA status cost about 15,000, he added.

Elaborating on why a student should select the UoP for an MBA, he said that the Portsmouth Business School, which is a faculty of UoP, is one of the most successful business schools in Southern England. According to him, it has an impressive reputation for research, quality and academic excellence.

The institution has more than 3,500 students. "The latest UK Government Research Assessment Exercise of 2001 places us among the top 20 percent of UK business schools for research. And gives us the highest rating on the south coast of England."

"Whatever your discipline or employment sector is, you will find our programme intellectually stimulating, challenging, relevant and rewarding," he said.

He said that the school delivers one of the longest-running MBAs in the UK and it is specifically designed to enhance a career by developing strategic and decision-making capabilities, giving its students the knowledge necessary for leadership roles.

The Portsmouth Business School is also recognized as a centre of excellence by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Quality Institute, he added.

Beside that, one of the most important reasons for choosing Portsmouth Business School is its close involvement with both public and private sector organizations - for education, consultancy and knowledge transfer, he said. "As well as helping to ensure that the development of our courses continue to meet the needs of employing organizations, these links also encourage direct collaboration on specific opportunities," Dr Ndzi said.

Muhammad Khurram, the admissions manager of Allied Consultants and UoP's official agent in Pakistan, explained that the MBA international programme was a full-time course that lasts over a period of one year, plus another three months to complete a research project.

It also includes a development centre activity, two residential elements and Masters classes. "This 15-month course requires a bachelors degree (not necessarily in a business-related subject), plus a minimum of three years of appropriate management and professional experience. Applicants also require IELTS Band 6.5 or equivalent," Khurram said.

"A satisfactory personal development statement, a discussion on your management aspirations, aptitudes and skills, and the reasons why you wish to study for a Portsmouth MBA will also have to be provided along with the application form," explained Khurram.

The application form also has to contain two references - one from an enrolled student or your most recent employer and the other from an academician from your most recent university or, alternatively, another employer. References must contain full contact details and are normally expected to be signed and stamped with an official stamp.

"The university prefers applications from an official admission agent for primary verification," claimed Khurram. Each applicant is charged Rs 1,000 for all agent services and, if the full course fee is paid then the agent provides a years' free service and an additional two percent discount from the university, he added.

On living in the UoP campus, Dr Ndzi said that Portsmouth is one of the most alive and cosmopolitan cities on the south coast of England. In addition to world-renowned maritime and naval heritage, it offers a huge range of social activities and multi-cultural experiences. The prosperity of Portsmouth's economy is based mainly on services, high technology and engineering. The city is home to the Royal Navy, and major companies such as IBM, Lockheed Martin, Zurich, and British Aerospace.

However, the Portsmouth University Business School is a five-minute walk from the city center and the landmark Spinnaker Tower. "We are also just five minutes away from the nearest mainline railway station, from where London can be reached in an hour and 15 minutes. London Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton Airports are also within easy reach, he added. Daily times
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