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Posted by: on November 13, 2017

Certainly worth it – reflections at the middle point of the journey

While looking across the world at the programmes that allow mid-career professionals to hone their understanding of how to manage change and promote innovation in public and international institutions, I came across this programme at the Saïd Business School at Oxford. This programme promised to combine organisational strategy and innovation as its core components and offer […]

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Posted by: on October 30, 2017

Farewell and Welcome

I received recently an email link containing our pictures during our last black-tie dinner at St. Cross College. As I browse through all the pictures, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about the whole Oxford experience, thinking how time flies really fast.   It was only late last year when I decided to pursue a […]

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Posted by: on August 3, 2017

My shoulders are footstools

Each time I’ve packed my bags to go to Oxford, it’s been somewhat bitter sweet. Sweet because of the excitement and adventure that awaits and bitter because of my family that I leave behind and whom I can’t share this experience with. I have found some consolation though. What consoles me is that I know […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

In the battle of town and gown, it was gown that won

This is my third trip to Oxford. As I write I’m on the bus. I remember the first time I caught this bus. I walked all the way from terminal 2 to terminal 5, today I got it from terminal 2 because I learned when I took the bus back after we finished module 1 […]

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Posted by: on June 2, 2017

The Lull Between Modules

Lull… If it is, it really shouldn’t be. But, we work a lot don’t we, the type of student who attends a part-time graduate program? And if you are worried for yourself that work and life will get in the way of studying – I can nearly promise you it most certainly will. Being overwhelmed […]

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Posted by: on May 8, 2017

The Moocs are taking over… or are they?

After a hiatus of around 5 years I decided to study again. My last certification was CIA (not the investigative kind, the audit kind). I breezed through it if I may say so myself. It was in essence the kind of certification that in today’s world would be considered redundant. It reinforced skills that I […]

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Posted by: on May 2, 2017

Tearing down walls, building perspective

Returning home on Saturday evening from Module 2 of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, the adrenaline was starting to slow down from the previous days, but I still had the feeling of awe. Words like “intense”, “challenging”, “life changing” that described the week before were still in my head. We arrived as a cohort […]

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Posted by: on May 2, 2017

Our First Exam

Well, we did it! Wednesday morning was our first “final” exam at Oxford (yes, I know “first” and “final” sounds like a contradiction, I’ll explain in a minute). As you may know, examination here is a VERY different experience from most any other exams experience anywhere else… First, I offer the actual, non-emotional description of […]

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Posted by: on April 20, 2017

The Big Race

It’s a gorgeous sunny afternoon in London! Perfect weather to watch the famous Oxford v Cambridge Boat race. The very first race was held in 1829 and since 1856, it has been an annual tradition. The spirits are high, we are excited and impatiently waiting for the women’s and men’s rowing teams to pass, so […]

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Posted by: on April 11, 2017

Encoding a possible future

Inna Mal Am’malu Bin Niyyat, the outcome depends on the intent, ancient wisdom suggests. For me, Oxford is a pilgrimage. A journey to one of the roots which define my own existence as a sentient being and this is my will-of-wish. I have reasons to believe that we are practically at the end of an […]

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