Ayshwarya Mohandas can't wait to see what opportunities will be available to her in Canada, once she completes Vancouver Island University's master in business administration program this year.
Mohandas, who is from India, is in the final academic semester of VIU's increasingly popular 16-month dual-graduate business program, a unique Canadian/British partnership between VIU and the University of Hertfordshire in England.
The two universities offer a dual degree with a Master of Business Administration from VIU and a Master of Science in International Business through UH from the Nanaimo campus.
The program ends with a fourmonth internship to gain practical experience in a professional setting chosen by the students.
There are 90 new international students in the program registered this year, bringing the total to 180 currently in the program that has been in place for the past six years.
"I decided to apply to this program because I felt it would give me more of an international flavour to my studies and having a degree recognized by two universities in different countries would be more beneficial," Mohandas said on campus this week.
"Besides, living on the Island is not as expensive as other areas and tuition at VIU is reasonable. I've been applying at local banks and other financial institutions for jobs when I graduate. I'd prefer to stay in Nanaimo or on the Island, but I'm mobile."
Students in VIU's dual degree MBA program choose from options that include a finance, marketing or general theme, the latter focuses studies on international business.
MBA students who are beginning classes this month will graduate in 2015 with two degrees awarded through the partnership between the two universities.
MBA program director Brock Dykeman encouraged the students to work hard, find a balance in their lives through activities across VIU and in the community.
He also urged them to give serious thought to what kind of business or industry they would like to work in once they have attained their degrees.
"That's what employers are looking for, graduates with a passion for their industry or company," he said RBarron@nanaimodailynews.com 250-729-4234
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