Interview with NUS MBA’s Admissions and Marketing Officer Alan Chua (Singapore MBA News: Oct 18 – Oct 30)

My comments are in italics.

The Economist ranks MBA Programme at NTU’s Nanyang Business School top in Singapore for the 8th year running (Nanyang MBA Website)

“Nanyang Business School admits about 80 students to its full-time MBA programme every year, and another 40 who take the course on a part-time basis. About 20% of the full-time cohort comes from Europe, 5 to 10% from North America, and the rest, from Singapore and different parts of Asia.”

NUS Business School among world’s best: Princeton Review (Channel News Asia)

“The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School is one of the world’s best outside the United States, according to The Princeton Review.

The school said in a statement on Saturday that the education services company put its MBA programme among the top 10 from non-US business schools in the new 2012 edition of the book, “The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition”.

NUS Business School was the only Singapore-based institution to be included in The Princeton Review’s list of Best Business Schools (International).”

Interview of Alan Chua, from NUS MBA’s Admissions and Marketing Department (MBA Crystal Ball)

“MBA Crystal Ball: How easy or difficult is it for NUS students (specifically international students) to get a job in Singapore in the current economy?

Alan: Typically, 60% of our students end up working in Singapore after graduation, with the rest managing to secure jobs in Asia and the rest of the world. For the batch that graduated in 2010, 93% managed to secure jobs within 3 months after graduation.”

Sitting Pretty (Financial Times) – UCLA-NUS EMBA program ranked fifth worldwide by Financial Times

“The UCLA-NUS Global EMBA is based in four locations over a 15-month period. While the programme is taught mainly at the home campuses of the two institutions, students also spend time in Shanghai and Bangalore. The the programme scores well on the Financial Times’ international course experience rank. Based on the percentage of classroom teaching hours outside the country in which a programme is primarily located, UCLA-NUS is ranked fifth overall.”

Jobless in America? Find Work in Asia (FINS Asia Pacific)

“Recruitment firms say the number of resumes they’ve received from Westerners looking for jobs in Asia has surged by between 15% and 35% since the financial crisis hit in 2008.”

NUS MBAs organize CEREBRATION 2011, one of the largest MBA competitions in the world (NUS MBA Website)

SMU, SUTD to cooperate in course, student development (Straits Times) – hopefully SMU MBAs will eventually be able to take more design and technology focused management courses.

Professors Take Academic Road East (Singapore MBA News: Sep 26 – Oct 2)

My comments are in italics.

Professors Take Academic Road East (Financial Times) – Singapore Business Schools are paying top dollar to attract top faculty from all over the world.  Having world-class professors at a lower price tag makes Singapore MBA programs great value for money (especially relative to US MBA programs)

“Financial investment is particularly evident in Singapore, where business schools are paying “telephone number salaries” to lure top professors. “I think we all have the feeling that the governments are very committed to investing in education and in institutions,” says Prof de Meyer, now president at Singapore Management University. “The willingness to invest in research and education is very high.”

“The investment in research means many Asian schools can now compete at the highest levels in the type of rigorous, data-driven study favoured in US business schools, says Prof Thomas, dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at SMU. There are 10 Asian business schools in the 2011 ranking of the top 100 research institutions, compiled by the University of Texas at Dallas, compared with six European schools. (Insead has campuses in Asia and Europe.)”

“A decade ago most aspiring business professors headed west, to the US. These days they are heading in the opposite direction: Asia is becoming the hotspot for the top management thinkers.”

Looking for an Edge (Wall Street Journal) – gives an overview of the growth and effectiveness of the MBA admissions consulting industry.

“It is often said that the hardest part of an M.B.A. program is getting in, which may explain why applicants like Ms. Lo are willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a coach to help them through the nerve-jangling admissions process. Though exact numbers on admissions help aren’t available, there is some indication of how much applicants are leaning on consultants: Twenty percent of respondents in a recent global survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council said they had used an admissions consultant to help them gather information about M.B.A. programs.”

How to Woo the MBA Admissions Committee (Financial Post) – despite what the interviewed admissions officers say, your GMAT score is very important to Singapore MBA programs, as well as your fit and perceived future contribution to the program.

Nanyang Business School Promotes Green Trading (Business Because)

NTU’s Nanyang Business School Gets $3 Million SGD Dollar Gift (Channel News Asia)

Steve Jobs: 4 Lessons for MBA Applicants (Technorati) – impact, passion and leadership are essential to winning MBA applications.

Can MBAs Guarantee You get the Big Bucks? ( – practical, down-to-earth analysis over whether MBAs are worth it.  It’s important that you have realistic expectations over what an MBA can do for your career – unfortunately, it is NOT the career panacea many applicants believe it to be.

“A decade ago you could come out of a good programme and get a six-figure salary when you finished,” says Rowan Manahan, managing director of Fortify Services, the career management firm. “But things are different now. Top jobs like that are still around, they are few and far between, so don’t jump into an MBA without thinking.”

“Don’t let timing be a factor; you should do an MBA when you are ready, not when the market is ready,” says the Dean ofInsead Business School in France, Dipak C Jain.