A Real Master
Byline: By Nick Whitten
A business lecturer has become the first at her university to be awarded a doctor of business administration (DBA).
New Delhi-born Dr Sonal Minocha works at Newcastle Business School (NBS), which is part of Northumbria University.
Dr Minocha, who leads the masters in international business administration programme at NBS, completed her part-time DBA in record time ( a year ahead of schedule.
She recently donned her graduation robes to collect the award at a special ceremony at Newcastle City Hall.
Sonal, 27, arrived at NBS in 2001 after successfully completing her undergraduate degree at Delhi University.
She signed up for the masters in international business administration course at NBS, the programme she now runs, after finding out about it at a British Council Fair in Delhi.
Having graduated with a distinction, she was offered the chance to study the DBA.
She said: "I was all set to go home and had even booked my return ticket to India, but I realised what a fantastic opportunity the DBA was to continue my studies at NBS.
"Needless to say I cancelled my flight and haven't looked back since ( it was definitely the right move.
"It's been an intensive four years, but all the sweat and toil has been worthwhile."
Professor Sharon Mavin, associate dean of research at NBS, paid tribute to Sonal's success.
She said: "We are genuinely delighted for Sonal, not only for being the first DBA graduate at Newcastle Business School, but for completing the programme one year in advance of its standard duration. …