EDINBURGH Napier University has joined forces with an Asian gaming and entertainment company to develop Macau’s first in-house Bachelor’s degree.
Melco Crown Entertainment will reinforce their Whole Person Development project for employees with MCE YOU-niversity, which includes a top-up programme for their management and supervisory staff in the Chinese peninsula.
The first degree to be offered with the project – Bachelor of Arts in International Business Practice - will be launched next year, with preparatory workshops also being set up for participants.
The Business School/Edinburgh Institute initiative was announced by Edinburgh Napier’s Principal, Professor Andrea Nolan, and Melco chief executive Lawrence Ho in a ceremony at the company’s City of Dreamsresort in Macau.
Professor Nolan said: “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Melco Crown Entertainment in developing this programme.
"As an educator, I believe that lifelong learning is essential for one’s personal and professional development. It allows us to gain new perspectives and have a deeper understanding of the environment around us. I am very pleased to work with an organisation that is focused on developing its staff.”
Lawrence Ho said, “At Melco Crown Entertainment, one of our core values is lifelong learning and whole person development.
“MCE YOU-niversity is an important component of our Whole Person Development programme, which encourages learning through theory, advanced thinking enabled by a higher level of education, in addition to knowledge gained from practical experience.
“It is both theory and experience which create profound knowledge.
“I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to Edinburgh Napier University for their support. I am confident that this groundbreaking in-house bachelor’s degree programme will be a great success. I am also very proud of the 15 colleagues who have expressed interest in the programme.
“Striking a balance between a full-time job, studying and family commitments is very challenging. I wish them all the success, and hope that it will inspire other colleagues to do the same.”
The programme will comprise six modules: International Marketing, Introduction to Accounting, Casino Management, International Business, Strategic Management in Global Context and Service Management. Credits are awarded for leadership and managerial experience.
Jack Mathieson, J.Mathieson@napier.ac.uk, 0131 455 6251