Top 5 Reasons you should get an NUS MBA

The following are reflections by Maria Patricia Villar, an expected graduate of NUS MBA.

Finals are over. From here on, I may no longer see the face of graded homework and group projects. There may be less of the formal networking events to prepare small talk topics for. GPA will no longer dictate my “future”, and the sting from the mistakes I made in the Accounting mid-terms will feel less painful.  Hooray for that! …Or maybe not. Because instead of these, what I must now face is the more cruel reality of work and projects on which my family’s living will be based upon, more crucial conversations on which depend millions of dollars in sales or losses, and mistakes that may lead to getting fired. Clearly, MBA is merely a means to an end. Looking back with fresh eyes, let me share some reflections on the benefits I gained from taking my MBA in NUS, and hence the reasons why one should consider taking it as well:

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Voices: I Value Cultural Diversity – Prasad Bakre’s story

This post is a part of the NUS MBA Blog’s “Voices” series, where MBA candidates at NUS Business School share their personal stories.

Having worked and traveled to the USA, Europe and South East Asia, Prasad Bakre‘s key consideration for an MBA was cultural diversity. Just over a semester later, the NUS MBA Student Ambassador shares his story and some valuable tips for admissions into the NUS MBA.

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Why did you choose Singapore to pursue your MBA? And why NUS MBA? 

Singapore appealed to me for two main reasons. First, I had a reasonable work experience in Asia, and Singapore is the central hub of Asia – it was a natural choice for me to grow. Second, I was impressed with the the rich diversity in Singapore as well as in the NUS MBA cohort. I had already visited NUS in March and knew that the school was a really good fit for me.

What are some of the tips for admissions that you can share with prospective applicants?

I would suggest a few things: First, just be as genuine as possible. The admissions committee is already dealing with super-talented people, so it can easily make out if you are faking it. Second, sit back and ask yourself why you really want to do an MBA and whether the school you are applying to fits your life-strategy. And finally, DO NOT mix up applications. That is the worst thing a future manager can do!

How did you feel when you received an offer letter? 

I clearly remember that moment. I was preparing for my weekly sales meeting when my cellphone chimed, “Congratulations! You have been selected…” The message made me almost jump in the air! The admission process was very smooth. However, I did have to make few critical decisions about leaving my job, financing the MBA and relocating to Singapore. Right now, I am in a long distance relationship with my wife, since she works in Tokyo and I am in Singapore.

How has the NUS MBA experience been for you so far?

It seems just like yesterday when I sat at my UTown Residence, looking forward to our Orientation. The Outward Bound tour, followed by the Management Communication Camp, helped us know our cohort better. Classes, assignments, parties and studies were quite demanding. The first semester has definitely made me a wiser and a more mature person. I’m looking forward to more!

I believe that the NUS MBA is for those who have a keen interest in Asia and who value rich diversity. It’s amazing to see Indians, Columbians, Chinese and Singaporeans try some Bollywood dance moves on tunes of German songs during Oktoberfest! If all the above things AND some excellent leadership opportunities around the world excite you, NUS is just the place to be!

Could an NUS MBA equip you to be the next trailblazer? Find out more about the curriculumfaculty, and opportunities available on our website, mba.nus.edu.sg.

Voices: I Chose a Singapore MBA – Marie Cheong’s MBA Story

Why did an overseas Singaporean pick a MBA in Singapore as her best option? This post is part of the NUS MBA Blog’s “Voices” series, where MBA candidates at NUS Business School share their personal stories.

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For Marie Ann Cheong Hui Fen, who worked with a multinational construction firm in the UK for 5 years, it was the relatively-small cohort size, impressive teaching staff, and the potential to contribute in the short- and long-run that motivated her decision. Read on for more about Marie’s experience flying the flag high for the NUS MBA on an international stage.

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Featured Interview | Ari Patera Nikicio

Ari Patera Nikicio, who hails from Jakarta, Indonesia, shares why he chose to pursue the NUS MBA programme. 

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Ari Patera Nikicio, Indonesian
Full-time MBA student, Class of 2015, Intake 2013

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.

Could the NUS MBA be the perfect fit for you, too? Find out more about the curriculumfaculty, and opportunities available on our website, mba.nus.edu.sg.

Spotlight: Family Business Management

What’s the value of an MBA for family business management? In this post, Harry Santoso shares why he decided it was time to get an MBA, how he got his family board to see the value in this decision, how he’s been managing his time, and what he’s learned so far.

Family Business MBA Story

Harry, could you share about your family business & background?

My family is in the scrap metal trading (Examples of commodities that we deal with include aluminium scrap, copper scrap, stainless steel scrap, etc) and aluminium ingot manufacturing business. Our main export markets are Asian countries (e.g. China, India, Japan, Middle East, South Korea).

After I completed my undergraduate studies in accounting and finance, I immediately joined the family business. Since it was a family business, some job functions were customized and there is sometimes no clear-cut separation of duties. I was more involved in the general management, logistic planning, and marketing, because those three responsibilities are the core of the business. As the job functions imply, it involves frequent travel, overtime, and dealing with various kind of people, from warehouse staff right up to government officials or top management. While technical accounting and finance skills were useful to evaluate reports, certain soft-skills, such as influence, negotiation, communication, effective wielding of authority are very important too.

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