Interview with Business School

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11 Years ago, Pehin Orang Kaya Ratna Setia Dato Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Hapidz bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laksmana Hj Awg Abdul Razak founded Laksamana College of Business a joint venture with Kensington College of Business, London. He had the following vision:

“I believe that it is important to send out a message and ensure the next generation of people know what business is and find it enjoyable. This is one of the most important reasons why I decided to set up Laksamana College of Business.”

A decade later, how much of Pehin’s vision has come to fruition?
More than half a decade since its establishment, Laksamana College of Business (LCB) has successfully provided about 2500 local and international students with the opportunity to further their education in an affordable and comfortable environment.

LCB is a subsidiary of Kensington College of Business (KCB) in London. KCB is an associate college of the Glyndŵr University and is validated by Northumbria University. The University Foundation Course designed by Northumbria University is delivered exclusively by Kensington College of Business in London, and its overseas affiliated centres. This course is a recognised one and can be used to gain admission into bachelor’s degree courses at the majority of British Universities.

The top ranking Business Schools in the UK which LCB is linked with through KCB are the University of Chester, University of Northampton, Bangor University, Aberystwyth University, University of South Wales, University College of Birmingham, University of the West of England, Cardiff Metropolitan University and many others. In 2010, LCB launched a program which collaborated with Pearson BTEC, UK.

Our college has created an opportunity for the students to further their studies in areas of their choice. We have produced outstanding students who are working in the government, private sectors and also independently. In fact, this year we have a student who is completing a PHD.

laksa2Tell us about the state of the art facilities you have here and about the trainers.

We wanted to create an environment where students would feel comfortable and would enjoy spending their time from 8.30am to 9.30pm. Our aim was to get the students to use the space to interact and network.

In terms of our teaching facilities, in order to make the teaching and learning experience more interesting, we installed interactive boards in all of our rooms. Our resources include an extensive library and our lecturers are all well qualified with degree’s from recognised institutions in UK, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.

Laksamana College places a huge emphasis on “Global Perspective”. Tell us why this is important to your college, and about how you foster a “Global Perspective” for your students.
We have teaching staff from different countries, and they all have international qualifications. Qualifications attained at Laksamana also give students the opportunity to work abroad. And while studying at our college students get the chance to interact with international students from countries like Nepal, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, UK, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore. This experience gives them a great global insight.

As a business college, what is the central message the school teaches about business?
At Laksamana College of Business, we train the students to be future Business Leaders. We teach them all they need to know about subject areas like Management, Marketing, Administration, Accounts and Finance. At our college students are taught from the basic level in business right up to the professional level – they gain a real understanding of what doing business is like in today’s world.

This article was published in the Jul-Sept 2014 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!