How to make grad school recommendations work for you?

Anyone who has ever been to college realizes the tremendous emphasis placed on letters of recommendation. If anything, the emphasis is even greater for applications to graduate programmes. While graduate school applicants tend to focus more on personal essays and GMAT scores, the admission departments prescribe a significant investment of time and attention towards recommendations.

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Choosing Your Recommenders

While it might be preferable and a whole lot easier to ask your mother, or someone in your immediate circle of acquaintances to write your recommendations, remember that the objective of recommendation letters is to provide a realistic piece of advocacy for your own performance, potential and personal qualities. Here is a list of individuals best suited to write about those three areas: Continue reading

So you want to be an entrepreneur… ?

Did you know that innovation is a strong feature of our community and a core value of our school? Following are some excerpts from a blog post by Christian Halberg, an NUS MBA student who perfectly embodies the school’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Collaborative Environment

One of the big perks of being in NUS Business School is the thriving community of smart, intellectual peers who sometimes share the same passion. I found these peers – our team, comprising of me (from NUS Business School), and three fellow engineers (from NUS Faculty of Engineering), got together at Lean LaunchPad (LLP), a new initiative by NUS Entrepreneurship Centre.

“Flipped classroom” Approach

National University of Singapore is the first university in Asia to have adopted this experiential ‘flipped-classroom’ teaching methodology, as a way to match-make teams of engineers and business people. Continue reading

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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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.