Coming from a business family, Tanzima Ahmed from Bangladesh already knew she wanted to be her own boss. Joining Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT), Australia allowed her to take the all-important first step to embarking on her dream.
“I wanted to take things slow and steady before uni. SIBT’s teaching is hands-on and prepares students well and good for uni — I wanted that for myself,” explains Tanzima, who is now pursuing the Bachelor of Business at Western Sydney University (WSU), Sydney City Campus, ranked among the world’s top 2%.
SIBT’s six pathway programs — which includes a Foundation program — allow students to progress directly into the second year of a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. Since Tanzima wanted to work in the hospitality industry and wanted to learn about the business behind it at the same time, SIBT’s Diploma of Business Administration (DBA) met her needs perfectly.
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DBA students are trained in business skills such as management, marketing, human resources and economics. They complete seven compulsory (core) units and one elective, taken over two to three semesters.
The DBA holds professional recognition like Certified Practising Marketer (CPM), Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS). It is accredited by Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education, as well.
Getting to be part of WSU from day one strongly appealed to Tanzima as well. At the Sydney City Campus, students can make friends from both SIBT and WSU as they prepare to enter a bachelor’s degree with eight units of credit.
That is why for Tanzima, coming to Australia all the way from Bangladesh was a dream come true. Knowing that Australia is diverse and welcoming, her decision to study tourism and hospitality management at WSU was a no-brainer. It was made easier still by the superb teaching she had received earlier from SIBT.
“The two teachers who guided me – Barak Alkhaldi and Matthew Mansour – were so friendly and fun. I was technologically challenged but they made it easier for me,” enthuses Tanzima.
At the same time, the DBA enabled Tanzima to transition more smoothly to and be better prepared for WSU’s bachelor programs in Business or Accounting.
“SIBT’s diploma gave me a strong foundation which helped me to understand WSU’s assignments and overcome the obstacles more easily,” notes Tanzima.
Superior student support at SIBT, learning is more than just a qualification. Students balance their pursuit of knowledge and experience, ensuring their life and career get off to a great start.
They have full support from the start to end of their SIBT journey. Students can access English language support, direct lecturer access and receive guidance from a dedicated mentor as well. The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), a suite of government endorsed surveys for higher education, has increased SIBT’s scores of overall experience from 77% to 81% from 2019 to 2020.
Tanzima could truly depend on SIBT. “When I was struggling with immense homesickness and I was stuck in lockdown without a job, I developed severe depression,” she says. Student Support Service “really helped me to go through this.”
When Tanzima went home for the holidays in 2021, the pandemic took a turn for the worse. She could not return to Australia to continue her program. Fortunately, with SIBT’s hybrid learning method, she could adapt to online learning without any hiccups.
Tanzima, however, missed SIBT’s physical campus and the face-to-face learning with the teachers dearly. Being in Australia allowed her to thrive, which is why SIBT’s campus events stood out the most among her memories.
“I used to do and still do different kinds of events at my campus like cooking shows, Soup Kitchen, and special events during Diversity Week and more,” she says.
Thanks to her contagious commitment and enthusiasm, Tanzima recently won the “Ambassador of the Month” award.
“My teachers and marketing team noticed my work and offered me to join The Ambassador Program (TAP). Through TAP, I help many others to choose and make the right decision for their future,” says Tanzima.