February 4, 2008: Capilano grads tackle world-class MBA programs

      Monday, February 4, 2008
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—The ink has barely dried on Govind Singh’s bachelor of tourism degree from Capilano and already he knows that his next classroom will be found in five different cities worldwide.

      The 26-year-old is one of the lucky few to be accepted into the international master's in management (IMM) program at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business. Over the next two years he will be doing residencies in the university’s home state of Indiana and at its partner institutions that include: TiasNimbas Business School of Tilburg University in the Netherlands; CEU Business School in Budapest, Hungary; and GISMA Business School in Hannover, Germany. He will also be taking a 10-day international study trip to Shanghai, China at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

      “I did a lot of research into MBA programs and found that the program at Purdue is ranked number one worldwide by London’s Financial Times and 11th worldwide for overall educational experience,” said Singh, who starts the multi-city program on February 17. “Competition was fierce with only 45 students accepted and just six per cent of them under the age of 30.”

      From Singh’s perspective, there has never been a better time to go to school. Admission requirements in Canada have been lowered, there are more seats available, and there will be jobs waiting for grads when they complete their studies.

      “Many people in Canada aren’t going to school right now because they can get jobs due to the hot economy,” he said, “so there are lots of opportunities for people to get a good education.

      “I will be graduating in September 2009 and my MBA degree will help me be a part of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Companies will be looking to hire people with the right qualifications.”

      Singh came to Canada in 2000 from Dehradoon, India as an international student looking for a study abroad opportunity. His search for something unique brought him to Capilano’s tourism program in North Vancouver, B.C.

      “Most people in India want to come to Canada to study hotel management, computer sciences or engineering, but the qualities of Capilano’s tourism programs were much more appealing to me,” he said. “The bachelor of tourism management program provides a much broader perspective – not just hotel management and business, but also adventure tourism and customer service.”

      It was that bigger picture education and the customer service aspect that recently landed Singh a divisional sales manager position with Staples Business Depot. It, like so many other companies looking to attract the best and the brightest, is giving Singh the necessary time off to do his MBA residencies, even though he has only been with them for four months.

      “It’s a good organization and the tourism degree helped me enter into retail with an operational and service perspective,” he said. “During my interview, I explained that tourism management is all about service and they obviously were very interested.”

      Singh first enrolled in Capilano’s tourism management co-op diploma program in 2000. Once that was completed, he got a full-time job in the tourism industry and continued working towards his bachelor degree in the evenings and on weekends.

      “My instructors were incredibly helpful and very understanding,” said the Surrey resident. “They stuck to their classroom instruction, but they also had a completely open door policy. They made it their personal duty that their students were successful.”

      He particularly singled out instructors Chris Bottrill and Rorri McBlane for their teaching excellence.

      “Chris showed me how to think out of the box,” Singh said. “He is very visionary. Rory broadened my perspective on global understanding. That knowledge of cultural differences and his real-life experience really made me think deeply.”

      Singh’s potential and his strong desire to learn was recognized by his instructors who said that they took great pleasure in watching his self-assurance grow over the years.

      “His confidence grew immensely throughout the entire program and he grew significantly as a person,” said Bottrill, who is also chair of Capilano’s tourism department. “Govind is a wonderful illustration of the rewards that can come from teaching. He makes all those little extra efforts worthwhile. It is extremely gratifying to be a part of his success.”

      Two other graduates from Capilano’s bachelor of tourism management program have recently been accepted by Queen’s University’s MBA program and another has just graduated with an executive MBA from Normandy University in France.

      “We could not be more proud of Govind and of all our students,” Bottrill said. “Our curriculum is set at a very high standard and we hope that our hands-on experiential learning will encourage them to do great things.

      Capilano College serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 6,800 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university transfer courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.