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First students on DBA programme

May 16, 2019


The University has welcomed its first cohort of students for the new DBA programme with a week-long residential to prepare them for their future studies.

The new Doctorate in Business Administration is a five-year blended learning distance programme that incorporates both residentials at the University’s campus and online taught modules.

Across the five years the students will take part in three residentials, two in their first year and one in the second. The remaining three years will be supervised online but the students are free to come to the campus whenever they wish to.

Dr Tahir Rashid, programme leader for the DBA, explained: “The programme is targeted at people in business who have significant management experience and a master’s degree who are looking to develop further in their organisations or looking to go into a different area in consultancy or maybe academia and are looking for a higher qualification in the business area.

“The DBA is the highest qualification that you can get.”

He added: “The DBA embeds our ICZ strategy because it is all about industry collaborations. We are collaborating with students who are from industry, students who are working in industry and will be researching industry, so it ticks all the boxes.”

The students will be researching the organisations or sectors that they are working in.

The first group consists of two students, Sam Raymond Afaria from Ghana and Niroshi Rajamohan from American Samoa.

Both students have previously completed their master’s with Sam studying Supply Chain Management and Niroshi studying Project Management.

Sam is currently working in the Procurement industry with the organisation Power Distribution Services Limited Ghana.

Sam explained that he is hoping the DBA will help him to progress in his career and allow him to make an impact in the first of Sustainable Procurement. He explained that he feels many organisations overlook the non-price factors that drive performance.

He added: “Mention is made of non-price factors, but it is not actually implemented. Possibly the understanding is not well-grasped. Somebody needs to at least try to explain the need for those non-price factors to be considered when you want to measure good procurement practices.”

Niroshi, who is currently working as an Independent Consultant in the telecommunications industry, took four flights to get to Salford for the residential.

Niroshi explained that she is sure completion of the DBA will accelerate her position in the industry.

She added: “I’m sure I’m going to make an impact. I am confident of the knowledge I will gain as well as all of the support that I am going to get. Once I complete this I’m definitely going to be in a better position where I can bring some change to the world.”

Niroshi also explained that she has really enjoyed her time at Salford during the first residential.

She added: “It’s been wonderful! A lot information, a lot of encouragement, a lot of motivation and we are truly geared. 

“I think that for both of us we are very proud that we are the first DBA students here and we really want to do our best and contribute to the degree as well as receiving the degree.”

Tahir added: “I’m very proud and delighted to launch the DBA and we are very proud of our students who have actually made a huge effort to get here from across the globe.

“We hope that they have enjoyed the experience at Salford Business School and that they actually feel part of our culture and university.”

The students will return to Salford for their second residential in September.