Message from President & CEO

Assalamu’alaikum wbt and Greetings!

As the year draws to a close, I would like to take a moment, on behalf of Putra Business School (PBS), to express my heartfelt gratitude to all our valued collaborators who have made this year an exceptional one for PBS. With your support, the year 2023 has been filled with remarkable achievements and progress, firmly positioning PBS as a beacon of excellence in business education.

Foremost among our 2023 milestones, PBS’ MBA programme has been recognised by QS World University Rankings as the top (#1) MBA in Malaysia, the 24th in Asia, and within the top 48.6% of MBA programmes worldwide. With this accolade, PBS has yet again soared to new heights in national and global stature. Our recent convocation ceremony was also a resounding success — not only did we celebrate our brilliant graduates, but we were also privileged to welcome our new Chancellor, the Raja Muda Selangor, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj. His Highness’ presence marked the convocation as truly momentous in PBS’ rich history.

This year, PBS has also had the honour of appointing two outstanding Professors of Practice: YB Senator Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and recently appointed Minister of Higher Education, and Mr. Kamarul A. Muhamed, founder and group CEO of Aerodyne Group.  We thank them for their constructive insights during their respective visits and look forward to their invaluable guidance and expertise.

Our collaborative efforts have expanded across borders in 2023. PBS’ delegates visited top institutions in Indonesia, China, and Bangladesh, resulting in meaningful partnerships with Telkom University, Universitas Padjadjaran, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Xi’an Kedagaoxin University, EduCan International, and UCSI University Bangladesh. We have opened doors to prospective alliances and promising opportunities, reinforcing our commitment to our objective of international, industry, and community engagement.

I am also filled with pride as I recollect PBS’ achievement of co-hosting the Konvensyen Akademia 2023 with Akademi Profesor Malaysia, a gathering of over 100 distinguished academicians and researchers under our roof. I am pleased as well with the flourishing growth of our Executive Development Programme, such as our in-house trainings and the Putra Management and Leadership programme. Not only are our programmes gaining traction and acclaim in both the public and private sectors, but they have vastly surpassed our targeted revenue growth for 2023. This outstanding accomplishment is in alignment with PBS’s Five-Year Strategic Plan.

The unity and efforts of our staff and students this year have been heartening, sparked by the PBS Staff Retreat in February 2022. The objectives of the retreat were multifaceted, aiming to reflect on 2022’s achievements, synthesise Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for 2023, foster synergistic relationships across departments, identify performance gaps, and design strategic plans. The retreat’s engaging brainstorming sessions, interactive games, and effective activities involved celebrating staff’s achievements, fostering professional and personal growth, and expressing appreciation to each other. Ultimately, the retreat strengthened our teamwork and built a positive work culture, which I believe has played a key role in our success.

Our staff are also devoted to student welfare, exemplified by their expansion of our facilities to include carrel rooms and a comfortable student lounge to enhance the learning environment. Moreover, I would like to commend the Putra Student Association for admirably organising the ConnectED Series 2023 networking event, as well as numerous insightful sharing sessions, industry visits, volunteer initiatives, and an annual dinner. Together, both our staff and student body wholly dedicate themselves to bringing all PBS endeavours to triumphant fruition.

As an exclusive postgraduate institution accredited by AACSB, ABEST21, and MQA, PBS offers a diverse range of specialised business and management programmes, including the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with six specialisations and the Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with four specialisations. PBS also caters to current market needs with Postgraduate Certificates and fully online MBA programmes. With our philosophy of human governance, PBS focuses on nurturing leaders with humane and ethical values in addition to providing a world-class education and an unparalleled learning experience. For more details on our philosophy, programmes, accreditations, faculty, and partners, please explore this website.

Looking ahead to 2024, our strategic objectives outlined in the PBS Five-Year Strategic Plan 2023-2027 will continue to guide our upward trajectory, consistent with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and Malaysia’s aspiration to enhance environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance in all aspects of business. We aim to further diversify and increase student enrolment and curriculum, strengthen research and executive development initiatives, fortify student resources and infrastructure, and promote sustainable growth. Collaborations, both national and international, will be at the forefront as we push the boundaries of excellence in academia and industry.

As we close the chapter on 2023, I extend my highest appreciation to the Yayasan Putra Business School Board of Directors, the Putra Business School Board of Governors, University Management Committee, faculty, staff, students, partners, and associates. Your unwavering support and dedication have been instrumental in our journey as a rising star of the region in 2023. Thank you for the continued opportunity to lead this esteemed institution to greater heights. Together, let us forge ahead in 2024 to make a lasting positive impact in the business world amid the enervating economic and political climate of the world today.

Wishing you a prosperous year ahead!

Prof. Dr. Azmawani Abd Rahman

President & Chief Executive Officer

A Brief Session with Prof. Dr. Azmawani Abd Rahman