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DEAC Recognizes 2017 UMT Outstanding Graduate & Famous Alumni

ARLINGTON, Virginia, April 25, 2017

UMT is pleased to announce that Mr. Artez Franklin and Dr. Cheung Kwong Hung were selected as UMT's 2017 Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni respectively. Each year, DEAC conducts its Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni programs to recognize the achievements of the millions who study at a distance today.

UMT's 2017 Outstanding Graduate

Artez Franklin

Montgomery, Illinois

Online education helped him reach personal goals and allowed a continued successful career

Mr. Artez Franklin achieved a distinguished career serving in a combat support role while in the United States Air Force (USAF). He credits his Master of Business Administration in Project Management from the University of Management and Technology (UMT) for earning him multiple prestigious job offers in the Chicago area.

Artez Franklin graduated from UMT with an Associate in Business Administration (2013), Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Technology Management (2015), and a Master of Business Administration in Project Management (2016). He began his undergraduate program in January 2013 while still in the Air Force. Artez was able to apply the knowledge he gained from UMT's business courses to his profession. This assisted him in effectively managing personnel, a wide range of projects and programs, and streamlining business processes for 47 government facilities. He also used his education to inform project and program improvements while at Headquarters, Air Force Personnel Center saving the organization $1.6 million.

As a 20 year USAF veteran, Artez retired from the military in 2014 at the top enlisted tier as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer. He dedicated the next two years to reaching his personal education goals by completing the Business Administration program and graduated in December 2016 with a 3.54 GPA. Since graduating Artez has received multiple offers from several Fortune 500 companies and is currently in negotiations with one of them. He attributes his many opportunities to the experience gained in the Air Force and the outstanding education he received at UMT.

"The University of Management and Technology demonstrated a genuine investment in my education throughout the undergraduate and graduate program and provided unparalleled schedule flexibility while I transitioned from the military, which resulted in me entering the civilian workforce well equipped and very qualified."

UMT's 2017 Famous Alumni

Cheung Kwong Hung

Hong Kong

Distance education gave him the knowledge vital in establishing and enhancing his company's operations

Dr. Cheung Kwong Hung graduated from the University of Management and Technology with a Doctor of Business Administration. He pursued the DBA in order to strengthen his management knowledge, skills, and techniques.

Combining the knowledge and experience from having worked in the industry for many years all the way up to senior management level and from obtaining his DBA, he established a number of companies in the consulting and engineering practice. These companies are now running hundreds of consulting jobs in new hotels, cinemas, schools, swimming pools, offices and residential buildings and the modernization of more than 100 elevators. The practical and contemporary management knowledge, skills, and techniques obtained from the University of Management and Technology have proven indispensable in his daily operations. The research study of non-engineering topic areas in the DBA program extended his creative and innovative thinking beyond the framework normally established by engineering professionals, which is a derived lifelong benefit.

Dr. Hung regularly contributes to society by being active in public service. He is the chairman of the Hong Kong Institution of Building and Services Engineers and a member of the Government Technical Committee. As an industry expert and technical adviser, Dr. Hung gives advice and contributions to the industry. Dr. Hung is the founding chairman of the University of Management and Technology Hong Kong Alumni Association as well as the Global Universities Alumni Union, which connects more than 50 local and overseas university alumni associations, the first of its kind in Hong Kong. They promote cooperation and networking among alumni associations throughout the world and strengthen the social and ethical responsibilities of university graduates and alumni associations. He lectures part-time at different universities and educational institutions.

"The University of Management and Technology's DBA program is a perfect choice for me. It enriched my business and modern management knowledge, which significantly benefited me in exploring and establishing companies in the consulting and engineering field as well as enhancing their daily operation, management and growth."

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