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Semester at Sea

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Every voyage, the Semester at Sea International Field Programs Office works with in-country partners, UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (UWI-ALJGSB), to recruit one to two outstanding university students from select port countries on the voyage itinerary to act as Interport Students (IPS). These students travel to the previous port on the itinerary, board our ship – the MV World Odyssey, and sail with the shipboard community to their port country. Two students were selected from our Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business programme, Julia Harripersad and Okera Duncan. They will sail from Brazil on November 15 to arrive in Trinidad on November 24, 2019.

Julia Harripersad, current student of Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business

Okera Duncan, current student of Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business

The primary role of the IPS is to act as a peer in cultural exchange, and provide shipboard staff and faculty with a native informant deeply familiar with the port country or city. During their time aboard the MV World Odyssey, Julia and Okera may do any or all of the following:

Responsibilities: 

  • Participate as a visitor in shipboard courses – offer personal insights from their experience growing up, living, working, and attending school in their home country
  • Share meals with student clubs or other members of the shipboard community
  • Assist the Field Office and Administrative Team with questions pertaining to their home country
  • Give a presentation on a topic of cultural or logistical interest or a topic of their passion / choosing (ex: things voyagers can see and do in port, an upcoming holiday celebration in their home country, an interesting community service initiative at their university, different types of local or regional cuisine, etiquette, etc.)
  • Host informal language lessons (if applicable)
  • Potentially assist a professor or trip liaison on an excursion during the first two days the ship is docked in their home country (depending upon schedules and professor preference)

Students will benefits from an intercultural academic exchange experience to add to one’s resume/CV as well as have the opportunity to meet peers, experience a different type of university life and culture, and make connections with faculty in a variety of disciplines.

To find out more about our Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business, Call: 645-6700 ext. 200 or email: admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt


Procurement Risk and Business Continuity: A Convergence

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(CNN) A 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook Puerto Rico September 23rd striking off the coast of the island in the Atlantic Ocean. The quake hit about 49 miles north-northwest of Isabela, Puerto Rico, around 11:23 p.m. ET, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake was felt in many other islands including, Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic and more.

A 6.0 Earthquake near a critical drug manufacturing hub?

Single Point of Failures can happen at anytime, anyplace. On September 23rd a 6.0 quake occurred near Puerto Rico , a major drug manufacturing hub. It wasn’t long ago, 2017, when Hurricane Maria struck PR and disrupted the global supply of IV saline bags (did you know this?). Major faults run through a critical supply region. 49 pharmaceutical have FDA approved manufacturing facilities in PR alone. Baxter, Eli Lilly, J&J, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, ABC, and Cardinal are just a few that operate in the region. How at risk are your patients and how resilient is your supply chain?  A fellow risk practitioner, Gary Lynch, shared these interesting facts.

How wide a net do you cast when you look at emerging risks or when you undertake a “horizon scan” or do you  not do any of this?

Procurement is much more than Compliance. It involves and must consider, Force Majeure’s, Business Continuity, Disaster Preparedness, Operational risks, Financial risk, political risk et all.

In a very interconnected world, where many suppliers/vendors to your business are located regionally and internationally, how is it possible that you do not look at these risk types? Further, you must look at the risks that they, your suppliers are exposed to, even if you, as the procuring agency may not be exposed to said risk.

 

I respectfully submit that the complexity and agility of procurement risks must form part of your overall risk management methodology.

Ken Hackshaw – Lead Faculty for Professional Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management.

 

Venezuela: Financial, Operational, Culture, Political Risk Eventuated

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Eighteen months ago I asked the following question of an executive working in the financial sector and a very senior police officer:

Are you guys considering hiring Bi-lingual employees?

I would respectfully submit that Trinidad and Tobago should have been more prepared to treat with what has been happening over the last 2 weeks (e.g. registration of Venezuelans), if the decision makers were employing more risk based decision making such as: scenario planning/analysis and being more proactive and anticipatory.

One did not need a “crystal ball” to see what the possible scenarios and risks would have been and still is, arising out of the Venezuelan crisis.

Having said that, there are opportunities in any given crisis. The following questions therefore arises:

  • Have you and your institution conducted a risk and opportunity assessment on Venezuela and the Venezuelan migration?
  • Do you need to revisit/update our strategic plans?
  • What about your risk profile/risk appetite?
  • Have you met with your risk teams to chat about any NEW risk and opportunities around financial risk, legal, compliance, operational risk, HSE, demand risk, culture risk, disaster recovery and BCP?
  • What about our social services, not immediately but one year from now?

Trinidad and Tobago and by extension your organization has been/will be disrupted. A determination must now be made as to what is the extent of this disruption and measure/quantify both the constructive disruption element and the negative disruptive potential. 

The velocity and complexity of the risks we are exposed to is rising. How prepared are you ?

Ken Hackshaw – Lead Faculty for Professional Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management. Find out more about our Professional Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management at 868-645-6700 ext. 367

How safe is your IT Infrastructure?

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“So there is no reason for us to be overly concerned about an intentional attack on data.” National Security Minister Stuart Young

I respectfully disagree with the Honorable Minister: Given these “little events” there is reason to have some concern with respect to your data.

  • Have your organization ever conducted threat and vulnerability assessments of your facility, infrastructure and operations inclusive of your information technology systems?
  • How much due diligence have you done on the vendor you engaged for your IT systems?
  • How secure are the systems/applications said vendor(s) are using ?
  • And is your BCP  tested?

Cyber security, like risk management are buzzwords that are bandied about and discussed but apparently not actioned.

A riddle for you:

There are five executives in a meeting discussing cyber security. 3 of them have decided to enhance their IT security. How many have not enhanced their IT security?,,,,,,,,,,NONE

Decisions and agreements if not operationalized/implemented is just that….decisions and agreements. 

Decisions must be followed by actions.

The recent “infiltration” or hacking of the websites of state entities demonstrate, in my humble opinion, that there are players out there that have the capability to attack the technology infrastructure of institutions in Trinidad and Tobago, and if one extrapolates these events, there is nothing that prevents them from doing or attempting to do the same to organizations in the private sector. That said, the assumption maybe that these private organizations have MORE integrated IT security employed to protect themselves than the public sector. And many do.

In the last 3 months some US cities , like Baltimore and Albany (NY), where Ransomware was employed by hackers, totally shut down many critical sites that serves the public and  these cities were asked to pay a “ransom” to be allowed to regain access to their systems. Are we there yet? (Ransomware attacks use malware to lock out users unless the hackers get paid)

Is your organization sleepwalking into one crisis after another?

Let’s be careful out there.

Ken Hackshaw – Lead Faculty for Professional Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management. For more information on this professional certificate 868-645-6700 ext. 367

Relevance of Master of International Business to the Guyana Market

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       1. What is the relevance of the MIB programme to the Guyana market?             

Developments within the oil based sectors are redefining the Guyanese economy. As a result, an impending influx of multinational and international business opportunities is indisputable. Guyana’s economic integration and growth will deepen and it is imperative that the local workforce understand the complexity associated with maneuvering this complex and diverse global business landscape. If these skills are not developed, the country and its citizens are at risk for capturing only minimal benefits from its newfound natural resource wealth.

 

       2. What are the benefits of this programme?             

This programme will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to function as key bridges for international business. As foreign businesses enter the local market, they require competent individuals that not only understand the local market, but are also knowledgeable the various facets of international business. Persons that are able to master both components will possess key competitive advantages over expatriate and regional labor.

                 

        3. Who should do this programme?    

This programme is suited for individuals interested in the global dimension of business and management. These persons should have a keen interest in working directly with (1) multinational enterprises, (2) local firms engaging or providing services to multinational enterprises (3) local firms interested in exploring foreign markets for growth or (4) local firms interested in leveraging global opportunities to drive local growth. Likewise, government officials charged with international trade and policy development will find this programme useful.

             

        4. What are the opportunities upon completion?

Persons completing this programme are well equipped to capitalize on opportunities within:

·        Subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises interested in establishing local operations (Subsidiary liaisons, managers, brand and business development managers)

·         Local firms supporting foreign firms operation in Guyana (Supply chain executives)

·        Import and export associates/managers at local firms

·        Consultancy firms aiding foreign firms on market entry (Management analysts, International Business Consultants, Compliance officers)

·        Guyanese trade ministries and international policy units

 
To learn more about the Master of International Business, speak to an Academic Advisor at 868-645-6700 ext. 200 or email: admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt 

Amir Hosein, current student of the Master of International Business

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Meet Amir Hosein current student of the Master of International Business at Lok Jack GSB and Export Manager at S.M Jaleel and Company Limited. We’ve asked Amir for his feedback thus far on the master programme, see his responses below. 

Why did you choose to do the MIB program?

The MIB program is directly aligned with my current career path and currently not offered by any other institution. I saw it as an opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of international business to more than just exporting. Upon completion, I aim to be a greater asset to my organization and a more versatile employee.

 

What is your experience thus far within the program?

The courses covered so far have been challenging but equally rewarding, matching practical experiences with sound business theories that I have already been able to apply in my current job. The semesters have been very intense but the work load is manageable and team work is a must to succeed.

 

Who should do this program?

This program will be rewarding to anyone who wants to expand a business overseas, or who works for a local business that operates outside of Trinidad and Tobago or someone who wants to attract new business from abroad. The MIB program will be beneficial to Managing Directors, Business Owners, Export Managers, Regional Managers, Commercial Managers and Marketing Managers.

 

How has this program impacted you professionally? 

It has made me more proficient in my current field as an Export Manager. I am able to make better decisions based on the knowledge acquired thus far.

 

For more information on the Master of International Business, call Ms. Kerry-Ann Jordan at 868-645-6700 ext. 200 or email: admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt 

 

 

Women’s Convention 2019

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The Women’s Convention 2019 carded for October 17th and 18th promises to be Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business’ most exciting and progressive event yet and is catered specifically for women seeking to #LevelUp! We have an all-star line up of 8 speakers, 2 International Keynote speakers including Janice Sutherland, author of This Woman Can 4 rigorous workshops over the 2-day experience and the opportunity to network with other like-minded women.

Breakdown:

  • 8 Speakers
  • 2 International Keynotes
  • 4 Dynamic Workshops
  • 2 Day Experience
  • Connect with 100+ likeminded women
  • 1 Location

Key Learning Takeaways for Participants:

  • Confidence V.S Arrogance – Women who portray confidence are often labeled and wrongly so, of being arrogant. This Convention will give an understanding of these two traits and teach how we could eliminate this stigma for women.
  • Overcome societal labels – Societal labels can make or break you; learn how to overcome these labels and carve your own path to success.
  • Identify and leverage your personal strengths – We all have personal strengths. Let us help you to identify, nurture, and growth these strengths.
  • Packaging and valuing your professional expertise and experience – Never sell yourself short. Your professional expertise and experiences honed from your years of practice are highly valued and should be packaged as such.
  • Own your career on your terms – Your career path is your choice. Develop the blueprint for owning your career on your own terms and create a roadmap to achieving success from start to finish.

 

Why should you attend this Convention?

1. This Convention prepares you to become a leader by providing you with the tools and skills you need. Be mentored on aspects of Female Leadership, Empowerment and Career Advancement.

2. Enjoy the authentic Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business experience with a mixture of traditional and modern mentoring techniques.

3. Unlock your hidden strengths and learn how to make these strengths work for you.

4. Learn how to break the barriers in your personal and professional life.

5. Make a personal investment in yourself and your future that starts paying off immediately.


“This Woman Can is akin to an MBA in leadership. The practical stories of real people plus the personal experience of the author make for an interesting and fun read. I literally could not put it down when I started reading. I finished it in one day which is not usually the case for me when I am reading a book. It is done in such a way that it can be read in one go or simply as reference material when the need arises. I recommend it without reservations.”
– Review of Janice Sutherland’s This Woman Can.

 

Interested? Partner with the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business and become part of this exciting Convention! See the behind-the-scenes workings and get special benefits that are reserved just for you!

For further information click here http://info.lokjackgsb.edu.tt/uwi-aljgsb-womens-convention-2019 or contact Reannah Corbie at 645-6700 ext 363 or via email r.corbie@lokjackgsb.edu.tt.

UWI – ALJGSB launches Not – for – Profit Programme in collaboration with JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II

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The UWI – ALJGSB and the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II welcomed the first cohort of participants into the Professional Certificate in Not – for – Profit Management programme which commenced on 22nd June 2019. A first of its kind in the region, the programme will equip participants will the skills and tools to navigate a sector that is demanding more professionalism, greater transparency, increased financial accountability, and a growing focus on measuring results. The JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II awarded five (5) scholarships for tuition into this intake of the programme. This 6-month programme will run once annually.

 

 

For more information on this programme contact our Executive Education team at 645-6700 ext. 286 or email: openenrolment@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

Lok Jack GSB MBA in Sustainable Energy Management ranked # 17 in Oil and Gas Management and Trade Worldwide

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We are proud to announce that our MBA Sustainable Energy Management programme is the only one in the Caribbean that has been ranked number seventeen (#17) in the Oil and Gas Management and Trade worldwide in the ‘Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking Worldwide 2019.’
The MBA in Sustainable Energy Management is recognized by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) with its prestigious MBA Innovation Award. This award is for MBA programmes that “are innovative in content and they have taken risks by introducing new ideas and concepts.” The Association of MBAs is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Their accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes.

For more information on this programme speak to our academic advisor Mrs. Shivana Ali at 645-6700 ext. 200 or email: admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

Ms. Renee Thomas, Programme Director of Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business

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Ms. Renee Thomas is the Programme Director of the Bachelor of International and Sustainable Business at UWI-ALJGSB, she has over 15 years’ marketing and sales experience in the banking, distribution, media and education industries. As Programme Director for the Bachelor of International & Sustainable Business, she works closely with faculty and other key stakeholders to create a positive learning environment for students while maintaining the Business School’s quality standards through the design, delivery, and evaluation of the programme. Ms Thomas outlines below the value the undergraduate programme provides to students and some advice to persons that are uncertain on their next step!

The BISB programme aims to prepare students with the foundation required for launching and leading successful businesses as well as the development and running of businesses or business units with directions towards innovation, international expansion, sustainability and growth.

Students will:

  • Focus on the problems and challenges of business and society, while seeking to address unmet needs
  • Understand the evolving world of business
  • Develop the skillsets to operate with self-confidence as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs
  • Launch and grow new businesses or ensure the sustainability of existing corporations through the creation of innovative add-on products and services

Why should someone do this programme?

  1. The programme prepares you to become an entrepreneur (someone that starts a business at taking on financial risks in hope of making a profit) or an intrapreneur (employee who develops innovative ideas, products or projects within a company)
  2. Practical learning environment. Classrooms are a mix of traditional learning (students listen while lecturers teach) and authentic learning (guest speakers, games, case study discussions, debates, group projects and presentations and simulations)
  3. Learning approach was designed to help students:
    1. Develop a global, entrepreneurial and sustainable mindset.
    2. Become critical thinkers, social activist, leaders, problem solvers
  1. Lecturers are a mix of academic and industry specialists
  2. Business Spanish is delivered every semester to prepare students for international business opportunities in non-English territories
  3. The specialisations (Technology & Operations Management, Strategy & Project Execution and Disruptive Innovation & Entrepreneurship) are designed to help students develop the capacity to innovate along the value chain in their own business or an existing organisation
  4.  Socially responsive projects that are executed as part of the core curriculum (for e.g. for your Self Awareness & Leadership course you will be identified/develop a community-based project and work on it for the duration of the course)
  5. The Capstone project integrates all the learnings of the programme. Students are required to solve a challenge or undertake an intervention in a sustainable manner for an existing organisation
  6. Access to the University of the West Indies facilities (library, gym, swimming pool, tennis court, clubs, social activities centre)

 

My advice to persons who are unsure about your next step upon completion of CSEC or CAPE

“If you find yourself uncertain about the area of business you want to study or the type of career you want to pursue, then the BISB programme is definitely for you! This programme was designed to allow students to dream big, find their passion, purpose and voice. You practice as you learn, giving you the ability to prepare yourself for the world of work. You gain basic business management knowledge while focusing on how to lead, launch, innovate and sustain your own business or a multinational company.”

Sign up now, and let us help you make your University experience one you will never forget!

 

For further information, speak with the academic advisor Ms. Kersha Garner at 645-6700 ext. 200 or email: admissions@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

 

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