Global Innovation Awards 2017: Winner
Category: Moving Forward with Integrity | Africa and Middle East
University of Fujairah, United Arab EmiratesNominated by: Dr. Fermin Castillo, Jr., Associate Professor
“As a result of the use of Turnitin our MBA Students are able to create original piece of their research and publication."...“We have to groom them in a way that they should know what is right and what is wrong.”
The University of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has received its initial accreditation to offer MBA Program being the first in the Eastern Region of Emirates. The MBA Program is designed to prepare students to become business leaders of tomorrow.
It focuses on teaching students the skills that will give them a competitive edge, including critical thinking, effective communication, and ethical analysis. They’ve developed a unique pedagogy, focused on inquiry, research, and in-depth writing, and backed it with smart learning technology and policy. After just one year of operations they’ve won the “Best B-School Leadership Award 2017” given by CMO Asia.
Associate Professor Dr. Fermin G. Castillo, Jr, one of the pioneers of the MBA Program, says their teaching methodology/pedagogy is modeled after some courses he took at Harvard Business School, where he taught “Case Analysis” and “Case Writing” for their students. He adapted what he learned for his students and is proud that many of the case studies they’ve written have been published in respected international journals. “I know there are many other universities who are more established than us, but all I can say is that what we are doing is authentic learning,” he says.
In an orientation, students are introduced to common referencing standards, the value of originality, and expectations for academic honesty. Then they’re asked to write and publish their own case studies. They use Turnitin within a Moodle platform to submit their work online, and know that plagiarism won’t be tolerated.
“As a result of the use of Turnitin our MBA Students are able to create original piece of their research and publication. We are really proactive in that sense, so things will be moving forward,” says Dr. Castillo. He says that students today tend to seek convenience, so it’s up to professors to set a high bar for ethical standards and values that will help them later in life. “We have to groom them in a way that they should know what is right and what is wrong.”
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