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Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer at Family Bank in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr David Thuku got a major promotion as a result of his University of Liverpool Online DBA – as well as fulfilling a lifelong dream.

“When I started the DBA, I was a retail director but when I finished the programme, I was promoted to Managing Director. I got a truly valuable education, practical skills and a major promotion!” said David, a Doctor of Business Administration graduate who studied online.

There was a definite connection between my promotion and my DBA. For my research on ‘Leadership practice in a fast-growing Kenyan bank’, I focused on a transformational project that actually led to the bank becoming more customer-centric. It involved making contact with every part of the organisation – I had to talk to senior managers and members of the Board. It gave me extra confidence as well as a lot of exposure across the organisation.”

Highest level of education

“It was a childhood ambition to do a doctoral programme. I wanted to have the highest level of education,” said David, a banker for 26 years, previously with Standared Chartered and Barclays.

“Before doing the DBA, I never thought that online learning was something where you could get the true value of learning. I had very mixed feelings about it. But once I started, I realised that I actually got much more value from online learning than from a physical classroom.

Everything I learned in class, I applied in my work. It was structured and there was a lot of interaction with other students – a lot of working with people from all over the world. As a University of Liverpool online student, you are part of a global community, sharing experiences from all corners of the globe”.

David graduated on campus in Liverpool in December 2016. 

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