Ari Patera Nikicio, who hails from Jakarta, Indonesia, shares why he chose to pursue the NUS MBA programme.
About Me: Prior to joining the MBA program, I worked as a Business Development Manager for Mortindo, a ready-mix cement manufacturer in Indonesia that is part of a leading conglomeration called Triputra Group. When not working, I enjoy traveling, exploring new cultures and environments, as well as meeting new people. My favorite destinations so far are Bali and Tokyo. I am also an avid supporter of Manchester United.
In my three years working, I have had various experiences from being a team member to a leader. I realized that in order to become a successful business leader in the future I needed to enrich myself with more managerial and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. Hence, I took the initiative to take a long break from work and seek more knowledge from a suitable MBA school.
Why NUS MBA? Leadership, Diversity and Reputation.
Creating Asian Business Leaders: I chose NUS MBA because it has an immense emphasis on creating Asian business leaders. It offers special programs that provide extensive knowledge of the Asian economies and how successful businesses are conducted in Asia. Some specific modules include: Value Investing in Asia, Leadership in Asia, Family Business Management, and Macroeconomics and Finance: Perspectives from Asia.
Rich Cultural Diversity: My second reason for choosing NUS MBA is because it has a very rich cultural diversity. In fact, NUS MBA is ranked #6 in 2013 for its Global Mobility, according to Financial Times. By joining a multi-cultural environment, I benefit not only from challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone, but also learning from my classmates’ experiences and different perspectives.
Reputation of NUS: The third reason is the huge reputation of NUS. As one of the most reputable universities in the world, NUS owns the network to invite world class guest speakers. Apart from learning through faculty members and classmates, learning from global business leaders is also an opportunity I highly seek.
So Far So Great!
I have only just started the MBA program in August, but I am very excited about the upcoming journey ahead! Since the start of the program, I have been exposed to various exciting and unique programs such as the Management Communication Camp, Outbond Camp, Career Management Workshops, company presentations, networking events, and inspirational guest speakers.
The in-class environment has also been great. One of my favorite modules is Marketing Management. Passionate about Marketing, I greatly enjoy this class because the module covers lots of interactive study cases that provide better understanding on how marketing approach is implemented in real business practices.