Organization Theory Review (OTR)

School of Professional Advancement

The School of Professional Advancement (SPA) is a subsidiary of UMT. It is a dynamic sub-unit of UMT catering for the lifelong educational needs of participants and professionals. SPA’s core activities revolve around the theme of “building professionals for the future”. It has been established to provide a base for upward mobility and professional growth of individuals across various sectors.

The recent trends of the business world suggest that professionals will continuously need to learn new knowledge and skills in order to retain their jobs in a highly competitive business environment. SPA not only understands these trends but also makes periodic estimates for future developments which provide professionals a dynamic platform to equip themselves for the mounting competition.


SPA pursues a three-pronged mission:

Instructional Mission

  • To serve as a source of knowledge and expertise for the students’ education and professional development through designing state-of-the-art programs and courses.
  • To continuously experiment in developing new programs and instructional models which enhance educational quality for SPA students.
  • To provide high quality research-based master degree programs.
  • To pitch the same level of intensity by all faculty members (permanent and visiting) in all classes and all courses.


  • To ensure that ‘learning by doing’ approach, underpinned by the philosophy of reflection-change-action, is demonstrated by the faculty throughout all SPA programs.
  • To encourage students to think critically about their academic as well as personal frames of references and to provide them the skills and abilities to challenge their own and others’ habits of mind and points of view.
  • To ensure provision of technology supported learning environment in and off the classes.


  • To transform SPA students into better individuals and members of society.
  • To serve as a liaison and a resource between industry and academia.

To enable all SPA staff members to increase their academic and professional knowledge as a means of constantly improving the school and its activities.


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