Developing critical thinking skills
Telecommunications specialist Patrick Tsie is a strong believer in lifelong learning.
He obtained a doctorate from King's College, University of London, and has 17 years' experience in the highly competitive and fast-changing telecommunications industry. However, these qualifications are still not enough for Tsie, senior director of technical marketing of Qualcomm International.
'I have a very strong technical background and my job requires me to serve clients in the Southeast Asia region, providing them with technical advice and hi-tech, innovative solutions, as well as strategic consulting,' Tsie says. A couple of years ago, he decided to develop his career and take on a more senior executive role. He chose Ivey's EMBA programme because he wanted to strengthen his strategic management and communication skills.
'At that point of my career, I thought I needed to broaden my perspectives and sharpen my business and management skills to complement my technical expertise if I wanted to advance further professionally,' he explains.
'Ivey's EMBA programme takes an unusual approach. It is innovative and interactive so that the entire learning process is not bogged down by theories. Secondly, the courses are designed in a flexible way to accommodate personal and work commitments,' he says.
Tsie found the weekend modules offered great flexibility for him to juggle between numerous business trips and other commitments.
Developing strategic thinking is vital in his industry and Tsie believes the course does offer students the know-how they need.
'In our industry, besides having the technical qualifications, we also need to have a strong analytical mindset and vision. The course helps develop our critical thinking skills which I find most useful in my job. 'Another interesting aspect of the course is the opportunity to learn and understand other cultures, and develop thinking and analytical skills from those perspectives. That sort of classroom experience was invaluable. The programme was very intense and was demanding for me because I travelled a lot during the week and had to attend classes at weekends, but it was definitely worth it,' he says.