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Aberdeen was love at first sight for Sanson

Sanson Selvanathar who grew up in Kuala Lumpur has completed an MBA at the University of Aberdeen
Sanson Selvanathar who grew up in Kuala Lumpur has completed an MBA at the University of Aberdeen

For Sanson Selvanathar it was love at first sight when he took a stroll around our Old Aberdeen campus when visiting the North-east for a conference.

My time at the University has been an amazing experience, and my only wish is that I could walk the grounds once again, now wearing my gown and mortar board! " Sanson Selvanathar

Sanson, who graduates this week with a Masters of Business Adminstration (MBA), grew up in Kuala Lumpur and completing an MBA had been a pipe dream, but that trip to Aberdeen sparked an unquenchable thirst to pursue his goal. 

Sanson said: “Embarking on a degree had never been a priority, especially living in an emerging country where opportunities are sparse and higher education is expensive. 

“But after that visit to Aberdeen, I quickly made the decision to complete a Graduate Diploma and then apply to study an MBA programme. 

“Whilst many programs required a bachelor’s degree, which I did not have, the University of Aberdeen was more flexible in recognising prior learning and industry experience. The pastoral care throughout the application process was unsurpassed, and I knew they did not just look at me as another number waiting to fill a seat. 

“My time at the University has been an amazing experience, and my only wish is that I could walk the grounds once again, now wearing my gown and mortar board! 

“Like many others I feel sad about having to graduate in a time where the future is so uncertain.  

“However, I think Benjamin Franklin said it best – ‘Out of adversity comes opportunity.’ I firmly believe that adaptability and resilience are the most valuable commodities at this time, and for me, I know that with a positive mindset, anything is possible. Completing my MBA, has taught me that!” 

Sanson is now ready to move on to his next ambition – to establish and operate his own business within the logistics industry in the Asia Pacific Region.  

Author: Euan Wemyss


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