Asian MBA Programs Reach Out to the West (Singapore MBA News: Oct 31 – Nov 13)

My comments are in italics.

Asian Schools Reach Out to the West (Wall Street Journal) – Singapore MBA programs are hungry for western applicants.

“For years, Asian business schools have enrolled mostly students from the region, but now they’re aggressively recruiting Western applicants to improve their world-wide reputations and attract a broader swath of corporate recruiters.”

“The lackluster U.S. and Western European job market has already enticed some students with prospects of greener economic pastures in cities like Singapore and Shanghai, while others seek more global experience.”

“But even without additional language skills, schools say students can land jobs in finance and energy in Asia, or with regional companies looking to expand into international market, like the U.S. and Europe.”

“The schools, however, still have a way to go before they reach a critical mass of Americans and other Westerners.  Just 5% to 8% of Nanyang’s students are American citizens, and Indian School of Business, about 5% of the class is international. At CEIBS, about 40% of the student body is international, with one-third of that from the Americas. And at HKUST, which had almost no international students when Mr. DeKrey joined 16 years ago, Americans comprised 14% of the student body this year, second only to Chinese.”

Opening Doors to Success: Top MBAs Shape Asia’s Leaders of Tomorrow (Asian Correspondent) – it’s interesting to hear what MBA programs in the UK, US and Australia are doing to give their students exposure to Asia.  But why not live, study, and work IN Asia to build your knowledge, network and skills?

The link between creativity, freedom, and entrepreneurship (SGEntrepreneurs) – Singapore recently hosted the World Entrepreneurship Forum on Nov. 3. The Singapore government  has done much to encourage entrepreneurship in Singapore (see www.spring.gov.sg as an example).  Ultimately, nurturing innovation requires not only a great start-up support but also a flourishing cultural life.

“This opening up of Singapore society is what Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts executive chairman Ho Kwon Ping described as the ‘New Normal’ — a term used to describe the changes to the country’s socio-political landscape leading up to and after the recent General Election in May 2011.”

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