Number of Later-in-Life DBA students rises

Mantissa College-JulianHaytham
Number of Later-in-Life DBA students rises

'Lifelong learning is one of the biggest buzzwords in education right now. Recent news indicates that people of all ages are eager to get in on the educational activities, including more older students in pursuit of DBAs -- many of them without plans to work in their fields. Here’s a closer look at the trend

From Detour to Doctorate
From time off for family responsibilities to unfulfilling first careers, there are many reasons older adults find themselves returning to the classroom. Many of these people, however, are looking beyond bachelor’s and master’s degrees to DBAs.

According to the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia aims to become a hub of higher education excellence in the next 10 years, by aiming to train 60,000 PhD/DBA students between 2010-2023 as part of its “Malaysian National Higher Education Strategic Plan Beyond 2020”.

The Job Market and Beyond
Many later-in-life students view DBA studies as a way to advance their career prospects or in the hopes of getting into academic research or teaching.

The PPA France senior vice president and graduate school dean said, "One of the shifts nationally is more emphasis on career paths that call for a DBA. Part of it is that we have much more fluidity in career paths. It’s unusual for people to hold the same job for many years."

However, not all older DBA students are driven by career goals. Many, in fact, are there for personal reasons, including 52-year-old Soo Ling, who is working on her DBA-Doctor of Business Administration programme.

"[People my age] are doing it out of love of learning. [...] There was never any question for me that I was somehow embarking on a new career," Soo Ling said.

Soo Ling also pointed to the benefits of approaching DBA studies from a more mature perspective. She added, "What's not there [for me] is the sense that I've got to do this because the rest of my life depends on it. And that's a huge difference, in that it takes away so much of the pressure."

Finding and applying for a DBA

At Mantissa College, we deliver the Doctor of Business Administration programme (DBA) in collaboration with the Pole Paris Alternance (PPA)-France. The study duration for this programme takes around three (3) to five (5) years to complete with 100% assignment, no examination.

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