MSc E-Business & Innovation, 2008
Country of origin: Nigeria
Prior to coming to Lancaster University, I had a first degree in Biochemistry and an MBA. My experience in electronic banking garnered from one of the leading banks in Nigeria spurred my desire to learn more about the application of information and communications technologies to business processes.
I found that a couple of UK universities offered postgraduate degrees in E-Business and after extensive research, I chose the MSc in E-Business & Innovation at Lancaster for the following reasons:
- The excellent research rating of Lancaster University Management School.
- The EBIN programme content is structured to meet the needs of students whether or not you have an IT background.
- Modules such as E-Supply Chain Management, E-Marketing and Learning in a Project Environment can be directly related to trends in global employment opportunities.
- The collegiate layout of the campus.
- The beautiful geography and landscape of the area.
The EBIN programme has perfectly satisfied my needs and it has been an unforgettable year of discoveries, both academically and personally. The modules are structured such that opportunities are provided for students to interact with one another through group work and presentations and it has been interesting working with and learning from people from different parts of the world and diverse experiences. Some of the major highlights of the programme for me have been the SAP laboratory sessions in the E-Business module and the IBM-led workshops in the IT Architecture module.
I have also used my time in Lancaster to sit for the PRINCE2 certification exams which was arranged by the project management specialists in the Management Development Division of the Management School. I recommend this to students who are desirous of learning a structured methodology for project management and obtaining a professional qualification in that regard. On the social scene I have been on a GSA (Graduate Students Association) organised trip to Liverpool, a chaplaincy centre organised trip to Glasgow and a class-organised trip to Alton Towers in Birmingham.
This summer, I will be undertaking an organisation-based dissertation with the UK Meteorological Office, and I am sure this will be yet another step in my learning experience. It will also afford me the opportunity of applying some of the theories and concepts I have imbibed during the course of this programme.