Meet the Quantic MBA Class of 2022: Kenny Ooi
“Kenny is an active musician and artistic administrator named one of the top 20 social entrepreneurs in Australia / Asia.”
City State Country: Penang, Malaysia
Fun fact about yourself: I am a salmon lover, I would even have salmon at every meal of the week.
Undergraduate and major school: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music,
National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Music (Honors)
Current employer and job title: Founder and Director of The Rondo Production
Why did you choose an online format like Quantic? The most important reason would be the flexibility offered by the program. As an entrepreneur, I am eager to learn and improve myself. Pursuing an online masters degree gives me the opportunity to work and study on my schedule. Accessibility is another reason – it allows me to learn from anywhere in the world, especially in these difficult times.
I don’t have to travel from country to country because the classroom can be anywhere. Additionally, I believe that studying online requires more personal motivation and time management skills. After all that, it’s very profitable. I can get a top level education and don’t have to pay for accommodation, travel and other additional living expenses.
Apart from your classmates, what was the key element of Quantic’s MBA program that led you to choose this business school, and why was it so important to you? I think that aside from the affordable tuition fees, the condensed 13-month MBA program offered by Quantic is definitely one aspect that caught my eye. I was looking for online MBA courses and found that most of the courses
would take much more than a year. The length of time offered by the Quantic MBA seems perfect for someone like me, who would like to focus on the program for about a year. I signed up for the introductory classes (Business Foundations) after doing some research. These courses made it possible to verify that Quantic’s mobile first course method is interactive and efficient. This allows me to study at my own pace and I can access the lessons even on my mobile phone. This is very important for a music entrepreneur like me, where flexibility and mobility are key factors allowing me to perform all over the world while studying.
Quantic is very competitive and only around 10% of students who apply to the MBA program are admitted. What advice would you give to someone who intends to apply to Quantic to increase their chances of being accepted? Be yourself. I strongly encourage potential students to be clear about their goals for this program (e.g. why do you want to pursue this program but not others? How can this program help you achieve your career goals or professionals?) Having them in mind before applying would be very helpful throughout the learning journey. Of course, introductory classes also require a lot of self-discipline and time management. When it comes to the interview, the best way to prepare is to make sure your answers reflect your true identity and your thoughts on learning and advancing in your life and career.
What achievement are you most proud of as an MBA student? It was being able to study while growing professionally.
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? I would say that there are two accomplishments that I am most proud of, both as a musician and as an entrepreneur. As a musician, I am very proud to have been selected as one of the only 2 representatives from Malaysia to participate in the 2019 Asian Youth Orchestra Summer Camp and Asian Tour. I am happy to be able to to be part of this big family where we spent almost two months together rehearsing and traveling in 11 cities in Asia. I hope we can have the chance to travel and play together again soon after this pandemic.
As an entrepreneur, I am proud to have been selected as one of the Top 20 Social Entrepreneurs in ASEAN and Australia by the Australian Government in November 2020. After years of performance and travel in d other countries in the world, I realized how much support for music education is
in Malaysia. I decided I wanted to bring my knowledge to the community. Therefore, by creating my social business – The Rondo Production – my team and I hope to make music accessible and affordable for everyone. Receiving these prestigious awards motivated me and my team to grow.
What is your ultimate long-term professional goal and how has your MBA studies helped you progress in this field? My long-term goal would be to establish myself as an agent of social change or
industry leader. I like to see people succeed and be happy with what they are doing or will be doing. I hope that through this MBA program, I can connect even more dots between business and the arts, especially to find a lasting solution for the arts. Besides, I also hope to expand my network of connections with my classmates. Definitely looking forward to the coming year!