Monday, 14 May 2018

#MBAJourney : Why I'm Saying No to UUM

This is my personal experience and you may or may not experienced the same thing.

So I'm looking to pursue my studies locally and I want to start as soon as possible *typical me*.
UUM offered classes in May, so I applied.

First things first. The reasons why I chose UUM;
  • The MBA program is quite good, accredited by global bodies
  • MBA structure : classes + exam + without thesis
  • Location is in central KL
  • Classes were held on weekend
  • Fee : RM18k

Just before I applied, I read through the new program book and surprise! Major changes!
  • MBA structure : classes + exam + thesis
  • Fee : RM35k (an increase of 94% / almost doubled)
  • Upon graduation, will receive Chartered Manager status by Chartered Management Institute
To fork out and invest RM35k for a local university MBA is not worth it.


Then okay, my second choice was to take MSc Management. 

Deep down in my heart, deep deep down I felt like it will be less challenging for me. Since I have my diploma, degree and ACCA. All of the modules in this particular MSc program are merely extensions of what I've learnt before. 

But I was stubborn. I want to start studying as soon as possible. 

So I bought the pin number to apply at UUM.

The due date for application was 31st March. I completed everything in the final week of February; the online application, referee report, everything. 

I know the registration day will be on May 6th. Ideally, candidates should know the result and gotten the offer a month before; early April right?

That leaves UUM about a week to decide. So I thought, it must mean they reviewed the application on a rolling basis kan, kalau tak everything will be super last minute. 

So I wait, and wait and wait until the third week of April.

This. Cannot. Be. I contacted UUM on FB since they are quite active. 


Eh? How come the result announcement is on 9th May, while semester starts on the 6th?

It's my own fault that I didn't clarify further.
Instead, I take it as 'Oh.. Maybe they defer the registration day to a later date'.

On May 6th, I saw a post on FB 'UUM welcomes 80 new postgraduate students'.
I was like ^%&#$#^

Mind you, me and N wasted RM200 for the application fee (N applied for another program).
We were confused. And pissed off.

Few days later, I received email from them.



Terrible customer service. No apologies, no explanation on the late offer whatsoever.

To make things worst, they send me the WRONG offer letter.



I replied to the email, asking for my correct offer letter; no reply.

My husband got his offer letter right but didn't get all the supporting documents.


I got all 4 documents while N only got the offer letter.

All in all, a terrible experience.
I truly believe the admission office did a bad job for this cycle of potential-students.

I did not regret saying no to UUM even though I've secured the offer.
Can't imagine the problems I will encountered as a student there.

Not to say other university is perfect but this is too much, for me.

Dodged a bullet!
Now I can apply at my first university of choice 💗 [will be in separate post].

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