Dual Degrees Set Joseph Chilala G’ 14
Apart from Competitors
Joseph came to Western New England from Zambia looking
for an education that would give him a competitive edge.
Having majored in Chemical Engineering for his undergraduate
degree, Joseph sought a master’s program that would give
him a higher knowledge of both engineering and business
expertise to complement his extensive work history. Pursuing
a Master of Science in Engineering Management/MBA combined degree fit the bill.
Especially valuable to Joseph were the classroom discussions in his MBA courses, which he feels were equally as enriching as the textbooks. He says another asset of those
discussions was that they blended online and in-class sessions that allowed him to interact with classmates from other
countries, and learn from their perspectives.
“We had classmates from Ghana, France, and all across the
United States, participating in real time,” he says. “I don’t
think many other schools can offer that type of experience. I
have met students who have changed my ways of thinking, to
look at life from a positive point of view. I have learned about
other cultures and things that are very different from what I
am used to.”
While enjoying the global participation aspects of his classes,
Joseph also felt welcomed here as part of the Western New
England family. At his undergraduate institution, he recalled
visiting a professor during office hours and having to provide
his student identification card so the professor could verify that
Joseph was enrolled in the class. Because of this, Joseph has
an appreciation for the professors at Western New England,
who know his name and offer personalized career advice.
Joseph said he would recommend the University to other in-
ternational students, not just for the academics, but also be-
cause of the different professional backgrounds of fellow
“The school is also becoming more and more diverse, so
international students and domestic students with different
backgrounds should be able to fit in well. So many people
from faculty to fellow
students are willing
to help you with anything,” he says.
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Wanying Shi Relishes Advanced
Study in the United States
A doctoral candidate in the growing PhD in Engineering
Management program, Wanying Shi sees herself as a
problem solver. After completing both undergraduate and
master’s degrees in logistics management in her native
China, she decided to delve deeper into supply chain
engineering and management.
Right away, Wanying noticed the high level of academic
quality at Western New England. She says that in her experience, the average faculty qualifications are better in
the United States, and there is a much greater access to
computers, libraries, and experimental equipment.
“One obvious difference is that U.S. higher education
places more requirements on students, which assures
program quality. Professors here assign meaningful projects that are necessary for students to apply theory to
practice, and understand the actual application,” she
She feels the evolving doctoral program has been an
excellent experience for her. The program has provided
the funding to make it possible for Wanying to study at
Western New England, and has made available various
research opportunities. The flexibility of the program has
created a collegial environment for students to exchange
ideas and learn from each other, with faculty support.
After the completion of her doctorate, Wanying plans
to gain industry experience in a supply chain and logistics. She also sees herself returning to the classroom as a
professor to share her professional knowledge with students.
Dean S. Hossein