Ms Nicole Tee at Nanyang Technical University

Ms Nicole Tee at Nanyang Technical University

What sets your MBA apart from other programmes?

Nanyang MBA draws from the strengths of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the #13 University in the world (according to QS University world rankings) and one of Asia’s most comprehensive research-intensive universities.

Industry Relevance

Participants will do a ‘live’ strategic consulting project with a company (Strategy Projects at Nanyang), spanning 2 trimesters, solving on real life issues, and guided by faculty supervisors.

Focus on Leadership

Our curriculum has a strong focus on leadership – “Leading People Globally” (LPG) is an innovative module that focuses on a core set of skills that will help distinguish an MBA graduate in the next 5 years in their careers. It involves “soft” skills such as managing oneself (self-motivation, self-care, how to deal with setbacks), managing people (effective communication, building relationships, how to engage and motivate/inspire) and negotiation skills (how to work towards win-win situations).

Double Degree Options

Participants in the programme may choose to do a double degree at top programmes in Asia or Europe through these options, at no additional tuition fees:

  • Nanyang-Waseda Double MBA: 2 MBA degrees in 14 months in Singapore and Japan
  • Nanyang-St Gallen Double Masters: Nanyang MBA and Master of Arts in Strategy & International Management in 24 months in Singpaore and St Gallen, Switzerland
  • Nanyang-ESSEC Double Masters – Nanyang MBA and MSc in Management in 24 months in Singapore and France

Why should prospective students choose to study in Asia, at your business school?

The growth and potential of Asia is widely known. Within Asia, Singapore has distinguished itself as the best place in the world to do business* and Asia’s Most Liveable City**

Singapore’s strategic location, vibrant and stable environment, business-friendly policies and excellent infrastructure are some of the key reasons why many MNCs have decided to locate their regional headquarters here, providing career opportunities, personal development and boundless potential to network.

With its focus on Asia, the Nanyang MBA is an excellent spring board for those who want to establish themselves in Asia.

The strength of the Nanyang MBA is underpinned by research institutes at Nanyang Business School which generate Asia-specific knowledge, such as the Centre for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence (CLCI), the world’s first research institute on Cultural Intelligence, Institute on Asian Consumer Institute (ACI) as well as Asian Business Case Centre (ABCC).
* Six consecutive years, 2010-2015 Economist Intelligence Unit
** EA International’s 2015 Most Liveable City Survey

Who is the ideal candidate for your MBA programme?

Someone with four to five years of solid work experience (minimum is 2 years) with good career progression and demonstrated ability to thrive in diversity. Ideally, he or she should be well-rounded, with plenty of drive, while at the same time is grounded and mature.

How is your business school programme different from that of European and American schools?

The fact that the Nanyang MBA is a one-year programme differentiates it from many other European and American programmes.

The strength of Nanyang MBA in Asia, with NTU’s extensive network in Asia also differentiates it.

It also offers much more diversity. Typically more than 80% of our participants are from outside of Singapore, with close to 20 nationalities in each class.

How diverse and international are your MBA cohorts?

More than 80% of our participants are international participants, representing by around twenty nationalities.

What is your programme’s ROI?

The Nanyang MBA is ranked #27 in “Value for money” in the Financial Times MBA Ranking 2015. According  to the same survey, the average alumni salary 3 years after graduation is US$110,642, signifying a 107% increase in salary 3 years after graduation.

Based on Nanyang Business School’s Graduate Studies Career Development Office’s 2015 Employment Report, 85% of our MBA participants found jobs through the Graduate Studies Career Development Office, with 92.5% of students finding employment within 3 months from graduation.

Where does the faculty/teaching staff hail from?

With over 106 faculty members from more than 30 countries, 98% of our faculty has PhD degree, mostly from top universities in the US.

Among these eminent faculty is Professor Vijay Sethi, who was awarded the World’s  Best Business Professor by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in 2013.

How does the curriculum adapt to the shifting world economy?

The Nanyang MBA curriculum undergoes constant revamp to keep abreast of changes in the world economy, including a major revamp 2 years ago when we shortened the programme to 1 year, added a mandatory live consulting project and an integrated course in leadership, as we strongly believe the importance of acquiring soft skills.

Does it bother you that China’s economic growth appears to be slowing down? Should it worry your future MBA students?

No. The demand for talents will always be there, whatever the economic growth rates. We keep our Nanyang MBA cohorts relatively small (about 70 participants) to ensure that they receive a highly personalised experience and maximum support from our Career Development Office (CDO) Helmed by Assistant Dean and Professor Peter Giulioni, the CDO team works with each student individually, starting months before they even begin the MBA programme, to craft their CV, and prepare their individualised job search and career strategy. Besides initiating numerous workshops and on-campus recruitment activities, CDO also proactively reaches out to over 1,000 recruiters for internship as well as career opportunities.

Tell us about your alumni networks, how powerful are they? How do they benefit your graduates?

With close to 200,000 NTU alumni in over 127 countries and 39,000 Nanyang Business School alumni, graduates are part of a powerful network which benefits their career development and beyond.

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