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Learning across the miles

by: MUN

Part of an ongoing special successful student feature in the lead up to spring convocation 2013.

Self-directed learner Horace McPherson was drawn to the Marine Institute’s master of technology management (MTM) program for its flexibility and accessibility.

Now that he’s completed his degree via distance education, Mr. McPherson will travel from his home in Toronto, Ont., to attend his convocation ceremony at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre on Wednesday, May 29.

Having searched for graduate studies in technology management within his own province and failing to find any that fit his personal needs, Mr. McPherson decided on Memorial’s Marine Institute.

“I needed a graduate degree that reflected my experience and expertise,” he said. “The MTM really fit that profile as well as my busy work schedule and family commitments. Memorial University has the most competitive tuition fees amongst all the universities I researched and the cost of the degree was manageable.”

Mr. McPherson was thoroughly impressed with the program’s course lineup, program materials, knowledgeable professors and the challenge it presented. He credits the knowledge gained within the program to increasing his competency and proficiency in his career.

Currently working as a senior technology manager for the Government of Ontario, Mr. McPherson primarily works in the field of information and communications technology. He also leads a business unit that offers video and converged communications services to Ontario’s Office of the Attorney General and Community Services and Correctional Services, which includes the Ontario Provincial Police and Child and Youth Services.

“Technology management studies have broadened my horizons in terms of becoming a thoughtful leader and innovator,” he said. “I would certainly recommend the program.”

Mr. McPherson will celebrate this significant life accomplishment at Memorial University. He plans on bringing his wife, two sons and mother to see him walk across the stage.

“Once I get my master of technology management degree, I will display it proudly.”

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