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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Bubble Soccer – When we had a ball of a time!

The following is contributed by Cheong Jia Ling, NUS MBA part-time student for the 2014 Intake.

When we first started our NUS MBA, I was known by name, Jae. Yet somehow after the Outward Bound School camp during the Orientation, I was given the nickname, Bubble by my wonderful MBA friends. When the semester first started, the boys met up for weekly soccer. I wondered what it’d take for the girls to be part of the sports activities. That’s when it struck: Bubble Soccer!

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So the boys of sports club and yours truly, the Bubble, got together, to organise the first ever Bubble Soccer.

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Being a relatively new sport, it wasn’t surprising that no one had ever tried Bubble Soccer before. Even though most of us had spent the previous night stuffing ourselves silly with Korean chicken and booze, everyone still huddled together at U-town at 10am for a game – Bubble Soccer was too good to be missed!

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So what exactly is bubble soccer? Soccer! Except that instead of typical soccer jersey uniforms, you get strapped onto a bubble suit. With in-built straps and handles, it’s surprisingly safe. Within minutes, everyone who managed to land their hands on a bubble suit were tumbling down the slope and bumping each other.

The two-hour session was short but memorable. One reason why I love my NUS MBA is because it’s when the best memories are created. So here’s how I sum up our experience that day: We (literally) had a ball of a time!

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.

Doing meaningful work with a dose of finance savvy

Despite doing well as a banking executive, Lynnette Wang Lingfang desired a socially rewarding career in healthcare. She says she’s found “the best of both worlds” in doing an MBA programme at NUS, given the business school’s consistently top global rankings and its tie-up with the university’s school of public health that would allow her to specialise in the sector.

Lynnette Wang Lingfang, Singaporean Part-time MBA Student. Class of 2015, Intake 2013

Lynnette Wang Lingfang, Singaporean Part-time MBA Student. Class of 2015, Intake 2013

Monetary incentives not the sole motivation

My career started after I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Singapore Management University. Like many of my peers aspiring to enter the banking industry, I was elated when I had the opportunity to join Citibank as a trade operations executive. Year 2008 was the onset of an economic downturn with the high-profile collapse of the Lehman Brothers company. With banks cutting jobs worldwide, I was glad I managed to secure that position. While work went on well, I started to reflect on what I really wanted to do as my long-term career. It became apparent to me that monetary incentives of the finance industry would not be the sole and main driver of my career; I wanted to do something that would be socially rewarding as well. Continue reading

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.

NUS MBA in SingaporePhoto credit: Luca Sartoni

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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