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As the demand for professionals with a management and business-related Ph.D. is increasing worldwide, the Graduate School of Business (GSB), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has taken the early step to offer the offshore Ph.D. programme out from the home country. GSB offered the first offshore Ph.D. programme in Indonesia with the signing of MoA with Telkom University in 2015. The Telkom University has funded a total of 17 academic staff to enrol in this programme. In August 2016, GSB has expanded its offshore Ph.D. programme to Hong Kong with the second MoA signing with The Hong Kong Management Associations. The intake for the first batch of Ph.D. candidates in Hong Kong will start from 2017.

The offshore programme involves the movement of faculty across Malaysia borders for the purpose of delivering the supervision to the students and also to increase the global presence of USM. To ensure the effectiveness of delivery, GSB has designed the offshore Ph.D. programme in a structured mode, and a close monitoring of the candidates’ progress aims to assist the candidates in following through with their Ph.D. studies.

The offshore PhD programme at GSB aims to achieve the following goals:

LG1: Produce scholars with relevant knowledge and skills in conducting scientific business research. 

LG2: Produce scholars who are able to deliver academic courses in institutions of higher learning. 

LG3: Produce scholars who are highly aware of issues pertaining to business sustainability.