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A Reflection of the 8th EDS International Residential CEO Program from 7th to 13th March in Penang by GK Lim, President of HRD Gateway PDF Print E-mail

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dr. Ben Lee, EDS President & Founder welcome GK Lim to the 8th EDS International Residential CEO Program

I thought I had experienced them all, me being a veteran training consultant. But when I arrived at B-Suite Hotel in the morning of the first day of the EDS Residential CEO/DBA Program, I sensed excitement in the air, something I had never felt before.

The second floor of B-Suite Hotel had the atmosphere of a campus building hallway, people milling around, checking out the lecture rooms they were assigned to.

But this was not the ordinary university students crowd. These people were working adults, coming to “sharpen their saw.” Most looked like they were in their early thirties; others were obviously middle-aged.

And the chatter was in different languages – Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hokkien, Mandarin, and English.

And I saw someone who obviously was from the African continent: I found out later that Ms. Mascelyn Nyangoni is from Zimbabwe.

That morning was the beginning of my exciting journey to my Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program.

In all we were at B-Suite Hotel for seven days, going thru three sessions by three faculty members; each session lasting two full days.

My coursemates were working for their DBA’s, and the quality of discussion was reflective of a high level of maturity of thought. These people are mid to senior managers of their companies, as well as university lecturers and professors. A few were entrepreneurs.

This is indeed a unique educational project involving state and private universities from the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Macedonia and USA, the brainchild of Dr Ben Lee, President & Founder, EDS Advance Academy, an international centre for executives and lifelong learning.

Faculty members as well as students of these universities meet in Penang to learn from and interact with industry professionals who share their experiences thru a series of lectures, case studies and discussion sessions.

On the top of that, participants got to experience industry in action first hand with a visit to the B Braun Medical Industries manufacturing facility.

According to Dr Ben Lee, the next EDS session would be held at Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines, and after that at universities in Vietnam, China, Macedonia and the USA.

MBA and DBA candidates from all over the world would be able to draw from experiences of faculty members who are themselves industry experts, and in various campuses, interacting with delegates from diverse backgrounds and nationalities.

As for me, this DBA that I am working towards is by far the best educational investment I have made for myself.
G. K. Lim, FInstSMM, CMS, CEI
Training consultant, www.gklim.com
President, HRD Gateway, www.hrdgateway.org
Past President, China HRMTel: 6-03-23811060, 6-019-2268987
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GK Lim has an exciting moment with fellow participants and the lecturer during one of the training session.

Ready by EDS Team @ 21st March 2009.

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