New Scholarships

Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself.

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The case for pursuing an MBA at NUS Business School has become stronger for prospective candidates. The school is providing more than S$1 million worth of scholarships and awards to deserving applicants for its August 2014 intake. In some instances, the school pays up to 100 per cent of the tuition fees. And every year, the top 20 to 30 per cent of full-time NUS MBA students are eligible for various scholarships.

We recently launched new scholarships for Singaporeans, women (including Singaporeans), ASEAN nationals, and citizens of countries in Latin America, Africa and Central Asia.

We also invite you to enter the Brightest Minds Scholarship Contest for an opportunity to win a S$25,000 NUS MBA scholarship.

For more information about the NUS MBA Programme, visit our website: http://mba.nus.edu

Learning by doing

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them,” Aristotle said.

It is in that spirit that the NUS MBA programme launched the Management Practicum, a mandatory module for its MBA students. It is an extensive project that allows students to work with companies on their business challenges. Students get to use their management skills and apply concepts and theories acquired in the NUS MBA programme to real-life business dilemmas. Masana Takahashi, an NUS MBA student from the Class of 2014, advised Integrated International School, for his Management Practicum project. Here, he shares his thoughts on his experience.

Describe your management practicum experience in brief

  1. Management practicum involves hard work and teamwork, team discussions late into the night, number crunching, and running about for field research. The experience was tough, but there are lessons to be had from it.
  2. The more you devote your time and energy to the project, the more you will learn from it. The opposite is also true.
  3. If the client uses your ideas, they become a real strategy. If not, it is a good opportunity to learn about what worked and what didn’t from the project. In both instances, students will gain confidence and pride, as well as valuable lessons.
  4. Knowledge of yourself and your team members is crucial to the project’s success. A person cannot know everything there is to know, and is unable to do everything alone. All projects need teamwork. Think about how you can contribute. Continue reading

5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Part-time MBA

5 tips for those of you considering a part-time MBA

For the benefit of those contemplating a part-time MBA, we’ve rounded up 5 Tips for “Making the Most of Your Part-Time MBA”.  Read on for the insights shared by part-time NUS MBA candidates Luke Goh,  Celena Yew, and Nipun Deora .

Communicate your plans early

Tell supervising managers about your plans so that arrangements can be made, advises NUS part-time student Luke Goh. This helps to avoid misunderstandings about your commitment to your work, and allows you sufficient time to negotiate your work arrangements if you need to plan your schedules and working hours around class. Continue reading

Featured Interview: A part-time path to achieving academic and career goals

To fulfill her career goals, Filipino expatriate Nerissa Camposano decided to pursue a part-time MBA programme at NUS Business School. She felt that would sharpen her skills in finance while applying what she has learnt to her work, and fast-track her career without losing touch with the corporate world. As she is self-financing her studies, the economic cost of a part-time programme would be easier to manage, she says. Ms Camposano also appreciates the support of her husband and colleagues, which she says is important.

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Nerissa Camposano
Part-time MBA Student

Tell us about yourself and your interests.

Prior to my part-time MBA, I worked in an international bank in London for three years. I was responsible for managing the credit risks of a portfolio of project finance and structured finance transactions. I have always wanted to move back to Asia, so I seized an opportunity to move to the risk team of a project and asset-backed finance company in Singapore. My company aims to act as a catalyst for Singaporean companies in the infrastructure and offshore marine sectors that are looking to expand internationally. It feels great to be part of achieving this overall purpose.

I love to travel. I lived in the Philippines and Indonesia when I was young and caught the bug early on. I tried to make the most out of my stay in Europe by travelling to a lot of cities in and around the continent. One of my most memorable experiences was getting to see the northern lights in Iceland. My next project is to travel around Asia with my husband. I also love to read and indulge in television-series marathons whenever I have free time. Continue reading

Post-NUS MBA salaries jump 147%: FT Rankings

FTIn the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings for 2014 released today, the NUS MBA has climbed four places to 32nd rank, becoming the highest-ranked MBA programme by a Singaporean business school. It has ranked 10th for International Mobility, and moved up 12 places to 19th in the world for International Experience, reflecting the diversity of the programme and global exposure for our students.

The most encouraging news for our students however, was the increase in post-MBA salaries – 147% on average – over the pre-MBA salaries. It is a validation of the significant impact of the NUS MBA brand and reputation.

The business education world is full of rankings, but not all rankings are equal. The FT MBA rankings rank the world’s best full-time MBA programmes using 20 different metrics, including several measurements that attempt to rate campus diversity and the earning potential of the graduates, through a survey of global business schools and its alumni who graduated three years ago.

We are honoured to be in the company of the best business schools in the world. The FT rankings are added motivation for us to continue enhancing our curriculum”, says the Dean of the School, Professor Bernard Yeung.  “For instance, we recently introduced the compulsory Management Communication module and the Management Practicum in the NUS MBA. These courses are similar to training given to top executives in companies globally, in which participants are trained to manage difficult conversations and make sound judgement. With good management communication skills being a key foundation of influential business leaders, the aim is to develop our students into effective leaders guided by strong values”, he adds.

For the full ranking list, click here. For more information about the NUS MBA, click here.