Graduation Ceremony 2016:
Dr Eric KWONG, 2016 UMT DBA Graduate Representative
Dr. Kwong used his stories to encourage the fellow to embrace the lifelong learning
mindset in order to stay competitive and sail smoothly through
any transitions. Starting from September 2016, he will start his new teaching position as Assistant
Professor at BNU-HKBU United Interanational College, Zhuhai.
In a rapidly changing environment, education has become ever
more important.The idea of jumping into a permanent job that
lasts until retirement
is obsolete. My experience tells me that one must embrace the
lifelong learning mindset in order to stay competitive. By constantly
upgrading knowledge and skills, an individual can always be prepared
for the arrival of new opportunities or challenges and sail smoothly
through any transitions.
One of the obstacles I face as an educator in the tertiary sector is that my
office hour is relatively unstable. It is difficult for me to
settle aside time for a traditional face-to-face DBA programme.
Fortunately, the UMT distance programme allows me to pace my
own study with maximum flexibility. I can put a hold when my
work is busy, and double my efforts when term break or vacation
Looking back, I have managed to learn many
contemporary knowledge and develop useful research, analytical
and problem solving skills with the UMT programme. The UMT staff
and my dissertation supervisor have been both professional and
supportive throughout my DBA journey. Though my DBA programme
is coming to an end, the education of a man is never completed
until he dies. The end of one stage is only the beginning of
another. I hope there are passionate individuals who would share
my aspiration and join me on the lifelong learning path.
Dr. Eric Kwong
DBA, UMT US
Carey CHEUNG, 2016 UMT DBA Graduate Representative
long as there is an idea, everything can be achieved.”
I studied full-time doctoral program in the United States for one year but did
not finished the course and went back to Hong Kong for work as
an IT professional and part-time Instructor in local University
for 28 years.I have a dream that it should be fulfilled in my
life, “To finish my doctoral degree”.
Four years ago, I worked as an Operation Manger in Dongguan and started to search
the doctoral program offered byvarious University but did not
find any programs that were suitable for me.That's because my
study time didn't allow me to be so flexible.Someday, I went
through the list in Hong Kong Education Bureau and found the
name of UMT offering the doctoral program. After reviewed the
UMT website, it offered a distance learning programwhichwas suitableto
my particularcondition, so I applied without any hesitate.
Three years have passed, I overcome many challenges
in the learning process., particularly working on the dissertation.
It turned out to be both exciting and rewarding as I was in a
fortunate position to be able to combine both worlds, an integral
theory perspective at the UMT, and a practical view on the topic
from working in Dongguan and Hong Kong.I recognized that the
pursuit of my DBA is not a solo journey and without all these
people in UMT that have assisted me throughout these years, none
of this would ever have happened.
There are one word in my life, “As long as
there is an idea, everything can be achieved.” With this distance
learning theprogram,I make my idea come true. This doctorate
program is only the beginning, and as a reminder, that learning
is a continuous process in my life.
Dr. Carey Cheung
DBA, UMT US