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Academic Year 2013 – 2014


02 Why the NUS MBA?

18 Bringing the World to You

03 Dean’s Message

20 Individual Development

04 NUS Business School & NUS MBA Experience

24 Career Services

05 Accolades 06 Our International Faculty

30 Singapore: The Ideal MBA Destination

08 Industry-Focused Curriculum

32 Accommodation

10 Specializations

33 Cost of Living

12 Double Degree MBA

34 Application

14 Overseas Student Exchange

35 Scholarship

16 Overseas Study Trips

28 Global Alumni Network

Map of NUS


Leading from Asia

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.


World Class University

Gateway to Asia

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has a long tradition in excellence and a first rate reputation that is well-known throughout the world.

With a unique blend of East and West, the NUS MBA is the key for individuals who want to leave their mark and make their career in Singapore, Asia and beyond.

Asia’s Global Business School

Global Alumni Network

The NUS MBA achieved a global ranking of #23 and was ranked top 5 in Asia by the Financial Times in 2012.

As NUS MBA graduates, you will be part of the more than 33,000 NUS Business School alumni represented in over 40 major cities and counting.

Stellar Teaching Faculty

Specialisations to Meet Every Need

The NUS MBA has teaching staff from internationally renowned universities who are able to combine western business insights with Asian perspectives.

The NUS MBA offers specialisations in Finance, Marketing, Strategy & Organisation, Real Estate and Healthcare Management.

Network with the Best Gain international exposure through overseas student exchanges, student-led study trips, business case competitions and much more.

Learning from Diversity The NUS MBA students come from over 30 countries and nationalities and have a wealth of industry experience and knowledge ranging from Banking and Financial Services to Engineering to Non-Profit Organisations.

Best of Both Worlds The NUS MBA offers double degree programmes with Peking University, HEC-Paris, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and a Pan-Asian programme with Fudan University and Korea University Business School.

Top Notch Learning Facilities Learn from the best in a comfortable, conducive and convenient environment with stateof-the-art facilities.

Why the NUS MBA



Despite the challenges facing the global economy, Asia is expected to remain resilient and be the region of growth. There is growing demand in Asia for consumer goods, multinational companies are extending their reach here, and firms in this region are seeking new innovations.

Dean’s message

With the world looking to Asia for growth, NUS Business School – a leading institution situated at the heart of Asia – is the ideal place to gain knowledge on doing business in the region. The NUS MBA promises deep Asian insights, while giving you a global perspective. You will interact with classmates from more than 35 countries, take part in


exchange programmes with other leading universities, or embark on overseas study trips. Your classes will be taught by top international faculty members who are wellequipped with the latest business knowledge and real-life experiences. So invest in your future with the NUS MBA. We are confident that the NUS MBA experience will be the wind behind your sails as you navigate through the challenges and opportunities of the ‘Asian Century’. Professor Bernard Yeung Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor NUS Business School

MANAGEMENT ADVISORY BOARD Comprising prominent business leaders, corporate chiefs and alumni, the Management Advisory Board provides strategic advice and guidance to the Dean and the leadership of NUS Business School. Chairman Mr. S Dhanabalan Chairman, Temasek Holdings (Pte) Ltd Member, Council of Presidential Advisors Member, Presidential Council for Minority Rights Alumnus, NUS Deputy Chairman Mr. Hsieh Fu Hua Chairman, Fullerton Fund Management Company Chairman, Stewardship & Corporate Governance Centre Honorary Chairman, Securities Investors Association (Singapore) Independent Non-Executive Director, United Overseas Bank & Tiger Airways Advisor, Singapore Institute of International Affairs Co-Founder & Adviser, PrimePartners Group of Companies Member, National Arts Council Chairman, National Council of Social Service Alumnus, NUS Business School Members Dr. William Fung Group Chairman, Li & Fung Ltd Independent Director, Singapore

Airlines Ltd Independent Non-Executive Director, Shui On Land Ltd, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd & VTech Holdings Ltd Ms. Euleen Goh Non-Executive Chairman, Singapore International Foundation Non-Executive Board member, Aviva plc, Singapore Airlines Ltd, Singapore Exchange Ltd, CapitaLand Ltd & DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd Chairman, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School & Board of Governors of NorthLight School Advisor, Singapore Institute of International Affairs Mr. Hsieh Tsun Yan Chairman & Lead Counselor, LinHart Group Independent Director, Sony Corp, Bharti Airtel Ltd & Manulife Financial Governor, Singapore International Foundation Provost Chair Professor of Management, NUS Business School Adjunct Professor of Leadership, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public

Policy Member, Institute of Policy Studies Academic Panel Mr. Liew Mun Leong President & CEO, CapitaLand Group Chairman, Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd Non-Executive Director, Singapore Exchange Ltd and Singapore China Foundation Ltd Member, National Productivity and Continuing Education Council, Governing Council of Human Capital Leadership Institute, Centre for Liveable Cities and Board of Trustees of Chinese Development Assistance Council Distinguished Honorary Member, Securities Investors Association (Singapore) Board Member, Surbana Corporation Pte Ltd Alumnus, NUS Mr. Tan Soo Jin Partner & Director, Amrop Hever Group/ Gattie-Tan Soo Jin Management Consultants Pte Ltd Governing Council Member, Singapore Institute of Management


“ The NUS MBA experience is about getting to know, and learning from, classmates from several different countries. The highly interactive nature of many classes provides a conducive and fertile environment for sharing experiences and insights about diverse countries and industry contexts. There are several opportunities for students to take the lead in organising events and develop their leadership and teamwork skills. If I have to describe the NUS MBA experience in one sentence, I would say that ‘The programme imparts the skills, abilities and sensitivities necessary to lead in a dynamic and complex environment.” Professor Nitin Pangarkar Academic Director, The NUS MBA

National University of Singapore A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. NUS has 16 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multi-disciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 36,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives. NUS has three Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) and 22 universitylevel research institutes and centres. It is also a partner in Singapore’s 5th RCE. NUS shares a close affiliation with 16 national-level research institutes and centres. Research activities are strategic and robust, and NUS is well-known for its research strengths in engineering, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. It also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.

NUS Business School

The NUS MBA Experience

National University of Singapore Business School is known for providing management thought leadership from an Asian perspective, enabling its students and corporate partners to leverage global knowledge and Asian insights.

The NUS MBA was designed based on inputs by key stakeholders including students, practicing managers and faculty.

The school has consistently received top rankings in the Asia-Pacific region by independent publications and agencies, such as The Financial Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, and QS Top MBA, in recognition of the quality of its programmes, faculty research and graduates. In the Financial Times Global Rankings, the NUS MBA was ranked 23rd in 2012, while the Asia-Pacific Executive MBA and the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA were ranked 19th and 9th respectively in 2011. In the biannual 2011 Forbes rankings for two-year MBA programmes, NUS Business School was ranked the top school in Asia, and fourth among business schools outside the United States - the first time a Singapore business school has made the list. The school is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and is a member of the GMAC Council, Executive MBA Council, Partnership in Management (PIM) and CEMS (Community of European Management Schools)–endorsements and affiliation with organisations of high repute in the education circle that the school has met the highest standards for business education.

The NUS MBA programme equips graduates with the knowledge and skills that they will need in the workplace. Classes are taught by top international faculty members who are well equipped with the latest business knowledge coupled with real-life experiences. In addition to academic rigour, which ensures that graduates learn and practice key concepts and analytical tools, they are also encouraged to develop their communication, leadership, interpersonal and networking skills through taking on key leadership roles in MBA student clubs and participating in the planning and management of international, intervarsity events. Students can also gain deep Asian insights with a global perspective through interaction with an international student body with diverse industry backgrounds, our student exchange programme with prestigious partner universities and student-led overseas business trips.






Singapore MBA by Financial Times MBA Ranking 2012

by QS Global 200 Top Business Schools report, 2012

by QS World University Rankings, 2011 by Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2011-2012

As ranked by Global Recruiters for MBA Employment

Only Singapore university in Top 100 University League

by Top 100 Business School Research Ranking by University of Texas, Dallas, 2011



in Asia by QS Global 200 Top Business Schools report, 2012 As ranked by Global Recruiters for MBA Employment

by QS World University Rankings, 2011

9 for


International Mobility

Globally for Education Experience



Globally by Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2012

in Asia by Forbes for “Best International 2-year MBA Programme 2011”

in Asia/Australasia by Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2011-2012



by Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2012

Singapore Business School


by Economist, “Which MBA?” ranking survey, 2011

28 Globally #

by QS World University Rankings, 2011

Only Singapore university in Top 100 University League



Globally by Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2011-2012 Only Singapore university in Top 100 University League


Globally for Post-Graduation Salary Increase by Economist, “Which MBA?” ranking survey, 2011


100 Globally by Economist, “Which MBA?” ranking survey, 2011


our international faculty Our stellar faculty consists of academic staff with PhDs from internationally renowned universities and is armed with extensive industry experience. Extensive knowledge of Western business concepts and practices combined with a deep understanding of Asian perspectives enables NUS Business School faculty to provide the best of East and West in business education and research.

Some of Our Faculty Staff 01 ANDREW


DELIOS PhD, University of Western Ontario

SINGFAT PhD, University of British Columbia



PANGARKAR PhD, University of Michigan

MAHMOOD PhD, Harvard University



SIEW MENG PhD, University of WisconsinMadison

SHI PhD, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities



XUAN TRUONG PhD, University of Minnesota

KRISHNAN PhD, University of Texas at Dallas

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SOO JIUAN PhD, Washington University St. Louis

HO BENG PhD, University of British Columbia






HWARNG PhD, Arizona State University

JAIN PhD, University of California at Los Angeles

JANE PhD, University of Western Ontario




TAMBYAH PhD, University of WisconsinMadison

SER AIK PhD, University of California, Berkeley

RAJIV PhD, Carnegie Mellon University


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19 LIM


WANG DBA, University of Newcastle

geok theng PhD, University of Western Ontario

CHIN PhD, Queens University

CHEE CHUONG PhD, University of Minnesota

CHERIAN PhD, Cornell University

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WEE YONG PhD, Indiana University (Bloomington)

CHIA-CHAN PhD, University of Texas at Austin

POH KAM PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Programme Structure: Graduation Requirements

The NUS MBA programme structure requirements are as follows:

8 full modules and 4 half modules equivalent to 40 core modular credits (MCs)

Industry– Focused Curriculum The NUS MBA programme combines the best of global business training with a unique focus on the vibrant Asian region. To complement this, the NUS MBA curriculum is constantly enhanced by a team of faculty and industry professionals, ensuring that students obtain the necessary rigour, business discipline and innovative thinking, setting them apart from other MBA graduates.


Management Communication (Compulsory)

Core Modules* (40 MCs)

Analytics for Managers Corporate Strategy Financial Management Financial Accounting Macroeconomics in the Global Economy Managerial Economics Marketing Management Management Practicum or Independent Study in Asia Management Management Accounting (half module)** Managing Operations (half module)** Management and Organisations (half module)** Leadership in Organisations (half module)** Management Communication (compulsory graduation requirement)


7 full modules equivalent to 28 elective MCs

Elective Modules* (28 MCs) Strategy and Organisation Consultancy to Management Emerging Markets Strategy Entrepreneurship & Innovation Global Business Leaders Across Cultures Global Management of Asian Multinationals Global Strategic Management Human Competitiveness Management Legal Issues in Business Management of Technological Innovation Managing Process Technology Managing the China Venture Negotiations and Conflict Management Operations Strategy Purpose-Driven Organisation and Responsible Leadership Strategic information Technology Strategy in Asian Family Firms Supply Chain Management Sustainability Strategy Talent Management in a Globalised Environment Technopreneurship

*Subject to change

cross faculty modules Students can opt for courses in other NUS faculties to pursue special interest topics, such as computing, engineering and public policy. A maximum of 2 cross-faculty modules can be chosen during the entire MBA candidature, subject to availability of places and approval by the NUS MBA Academic Director.




PROGRAMme SCHEDULE The NUS MBA programme is offered on both full-time and part-time basis.

Total 68 MCs

Full-time MBA students complete their studies within 17 months. This schedule offers students with the opportunity to enrich their learning experience by spending a semester on student exchange and another semester on internship. Core module classes are generally held in the day while elective classes are generally held in the evenings. The part-time NUS MBA programme allows working managers and professionals to upgrade their managerial skills and pursue further professional growth opportunities. Classes for part-time MBA students are held during weekday evenings and/or weekends. Example of FULL-TIME MBA SCHEDULE

Marketing Applied Market Research Channels and Pricing Strategies Competitive Marketing Strategy Consumer Behaviour Consumer Relationship Management Global Marketing Marketing in the Digital Age Marketing Metrics-Measuring Marketing Performance Marketing Strategy & Game Theory Product and Brand Management Sales Management Services Marketing Finance Advanced Corporate Finance Corporate Governance & Financial Policy Financial Statement Analysis Fixed Income Securities Fund Management International Financial Markets Investment Analysis and Management Investment Banking Options and Futures Private Equity Value Investing in Asia *The University reserves the right to revise *the curriculum accordingly. **A typical full module comprises of 4 MCs and meets 3 hours a week for 14 weeks. A typical half module comprises of 2 MCs and meets 3 hours a week for 7 weeks.

17-month Schedule Number of Modules

Other Activities

Semester I


Semester II


Special Term I


Special Term II



Semester I


Student Exchange/Internship

Example of PART-TIME MBA SCHEDULE 24-month Schedule

30-month Schedule

Number of Modules

Number of Modules

Semester I



Semester II



Special Term I



Special Term II



Semester I



Semester II



Special Term I



Special Term II



Semester I





Real Estate* The NUS MBA Specialisation in Real Estate, offered in partnership with the Department of Real Estate at NUS, is a unique programme designed to meet the specialised needs of real estate practitioners. This programme is distinctive in applying the best of real estate and business practices in a unique Asian context. It seeks to provide current and future real estate leaders and decision makers with state-of-the-art knowledge in real estate, management and leadership.

Healthcare Management* The NUS MBA Specialisation in Healthcare Management, offered in partnership with NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, aims at integrating global healthcare best practices within the Asian framework, to transform the management of the healthcare services. The Specialisation in Healthcare Management programme prepares students for top executive positions in the dynamic healthcare sector. It equips healthcare administrators with up-to-date knowledge and relevant management skills to face new healthcare challenges, such as increasing organisational effectiveness, improving cost control and maximising resources utilisation. Students who wish to specialise in Healthcare Management must fulfill the following requirements: Core MBA modules – 40 MCs

Students who wish to specialise in Real Estate must fulfill the following requirements: Core MBA modules – 26 MCs Core Real Estate modules – 16 MCs Real Estate Investment Analysis Economics of Real Estate Markets Corporate Real Estate Asset Management Real Estate Finance & Securitization

Core graduate medical studies modules – 16 MCs Health Economics & Financing Health Policy and Systems Management of Healthcare Organisations Measuring and Managing Quality of Care

Real Estate electives – 8 MCs from any of the electives below Real Estate Development Legal and Institutional Framework Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Development & Project Financing International Real Estate

Graduate medical studies electives – 8 MCs from any of the electives below Public Health Biology and Ethics Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Clinical Occupational Medicine Design, Conduct and Analysis of Clinical Trial Occupational Health Practice Control of Communicable Diseases Principles of Epidemiology The Environment in Health & Diseases Lifestyle and Behavior in Health and Diseases

MBA electives – 6 MCs

MBA electives – 4 MCs

1 Integrative Project – 12 MCs

Total graduation requirement of 68 MCs to be completed. * Students who wish to specialise in either Real Estate or Healthcare Management need to indicate their preferences at the application stage.

Finance In the rapidly changing, competitive and multi-faceted finance industry, executives today require highly specialised knowledge in the areas of financial planning and analyses, foreign exchange risk management, fund positioning and budgeting. The last decade has seen the emergence of new concepts in the various areas of finance, investments and economics. In 2008, with the unfolding of the global economic crisis, there now exists an even greater understanding of financial instruments and models which are still plaguing the global financial system. The NUS MBA Specialisation in Finance focuses on the concerns of the financial industry in the recent years, covering topics like international financial management, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, options and futures and corporate governance. This specialisation equips students with strategic management skills to prepare them for success in both the regional and international financial arenas. Marketing Effective marketing is one of the most critical elements required for the success of organisations. Organisations no longer compete just on the merit of products and services alone. To create sustainable differentiation and advantage over its competitors, it is vital that organsations become familiar with the tools of advertising and marketing in the new age where rapid developments in technology have increased the need for the management of advanced, modern media tools. The NUS MBA Specialisation in Marketing focuses on understanding the market, the consumers, the marketing models and approaching different situations with winning marketing strategies for organisations. This specialisation prepares students for a career in strategic marketing, brand consultancy, product management, international marketing, advertising, direct marketing, consumer relations and sales, among others.



Strategy and Organisation With the ever-changing global business landscape coupled with the constant evolution of technology, the management of organisations in this dynamic business environment has evolved. The NUS MBA Specialisation in Strategy and Organisation focuses on the behavioral and strategic issues facing contemporary organisations today. The programme aims to cultivate a spirit of innovation and streamline business processes, especially in the areas of strategic management and planning, operations optimisation and human resource management. It also provides a comprehensive overview of the major elements of entrepreneurship, including evaluation of new business, intellectual property protection, team building, product development, management challenges, revenue and growth strategies. Students who wish to specialise in Finance, Marketing or Strategy and Organisation must fulfill the following requirements: Core MBA modules – 40 MCs MBA electives – 28 MCs (Including specialisation core and elective modules of at least 24 MCs) Total graduation requirement of 68 MCs to be completed.


Double Degree MBA

S3 Asia MBA Triple your experiences, network and opportunities! The 21st century can be described as the Asian Century as Asia gears up as the driving force of much of the world’s economic and political activities. Asia with its rapid development, has led to increasing complexities in doing business in a region bounded by vast differences in economic, business, cultural, institutional and sociopolitical conditions. Increasingly, there is a growing need for a PanAsian MBA programme offering in depth understanding of the theory and practice of conducting business in Asia. However, few universities in Asia have the research and teaching capabilities to offer programs that provide the depth of theoretical and practical education required by managers. The non-customised standard MBA was, until now, the primary formal management education and training tool available in Asia. In response to such needs, the Fudan University School of Management, Korea University Business School and the NUS Business School have launched the S3 Asia MBA. S 3 Asia MBA provides students the opportunity to receive high quality business education offered jointly by three leading universities

within three Asian economic power houses. Students are able to take Asian-focused modules including “Doing Business in Korea and Japan”, “Doing Business in China”, and “Business Ethics in Asian Companies”, among others. In addition, students also visit several iconic Asian companies including SK Telecom, Singapore Airlines and Asia Pacific Breweries to get insights from leading home-grown multinationals. Under the programme, students will benefit from the range of resources and student development activities provided by the three universities. They will also be able to tap on the universities’ networks and triple their career opportunities. The NUS-Peking University Double Degree MBA Into its 13th year, the NUS MBA Double Degree with Peking University (PKU) is a unique graduate programme that takes advantage of the vast resources and opportunities in China and the global reach of Singapore. It is pioneered by two premier institutions of higher learning in Asia – the National University of Singapore and Peking University. The NUS-PKU double degree programme immerses students for a year each in Singapore and Beijing and is specially developed for individuals who seek to have a strong understanding of business in the Asian region, with an intense focus on China.

The NUS-HEC Paris Double Degree MBA Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Paris and the National University of Singapore (NUS) are renowned institutions with over 200 years of heritage combined. When it comes to learning about business in Europe and Asia and networking within the rich cultural mosaic found in their classrooms and beyond, both schools provide the ideal learning environment with a rich academic tradition, strong reputation, extensive links with the business and public sectors, and high quality infrastructure. Earning a double degree MBA from two reputable business schools in Europe and Asia will enhance your professional value and position you well to face global challenges.

“ With an active international alumni, and backed by an outstanding reputation in academic circles and job industries. The NUS-HEC Paris Double Degree MBA empowers me with the edge in today’s competitive job market.” Liao-Ru Shan, Samantha Taiwanese The NUS-HEC Paris Double Degree MBA Class of 2010

The NUS MBA Double Degrees with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Both NUS Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy have long been preparing their students for leadership in the private and public sectors respectively. Combining the strengths of both NUS Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, this double degree programme – the first of its kind in the region – aims to attract the region’s outstanding executives; particularly those who intend to pursue careers in government and its enterprises. THE NUS MBA-Master in Public Policy This Double Degree programme enables early career individuals to gain knowledge and expertise in both business and government. Students will acquire competencies relevant to corporate, government and public sector organisations. The double degree graduate will be able to appreciate and manage the close relationship of business organisations and the public sector. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience.

THE NUS MBA-Master in Public Administration This Double Degree programme provides an intensive, interdisciplinary course of study for experienced professionals who wish to acquire new knowledge and skills to enhance their leadership and managerial capabilities. Taught by an expert faculty using a problembased learning approach and realworld case studies, students learn to apply the techniques of policy analysis and programme evaluation to resolve complex multi-dimensional policy challenges. It is suitable for candidates with a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.

“ The NUS MBA is a challenging programme that discusses a wide variety of business topics and which is relevant and applicable to my career. The programme’s modular structure allows me to apply what I have learnt immediately. The broad background in academia and business of the lecturers is especially impressive and has contributed to an excellent learning experience. My MBA colleagues come from all over the world and I have not only expanded my business network, but have also gained new friends. NUS Business School also provided me with the opportunity to obtain a second degree, the Master in Public Administration, from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Indeed the NUS MBA-MPA Programme has given me the best return on my investment on education.” Tam Wai Meng Singaporean The NUS MBA–MPA Double Degree Class of 2011


Geographic Region of our Partner Universities*


America & Canada 24 North

Europe 18 Continental 03 Oceania

*Subject to change

Overseas Student Exchange

The NUS MBA’s student exchange programme is one of the most vibrant and dynamic facets of campus life. Our students can spend a semester on exchange at one of more than 60 partner universities world-wide. The exchange programme provides students with the opportunity to broaden their outlook as well as to develop an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, political and economic environments. Needless to say, they will also be exposed to new approaches to doing business. Each semester, we also receive students on exchange from our

“ After spending almost a decade working, the NUS MBA overseas student exchange program gave me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and a chance to relive my university days. The exchange experience was exactly what I had hoped for. I enjoyed adapting to challenges posed by a foreign land, overcoming the language barrier and was deeply inspired by the intellect, kindness and ambition shown by the people that I have met. I returned from the exchange renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated.” Ryan Ik Cheong Guan (2nd from the left) Insituto de Empressa (IE) Spring 2010 The NUS MBA Class of 2011

partner universities. These students enrich the diversity of the class through their varied cultural and industry backgrounds. NUS Business School is a member of PIM (Partnership in International Management), an international consortium of leading global business schools. Each member institution represents the highest degree of excellence in the fields of business administration and management, demonstrating leadership in their geographic region and delivering a quality MBA or equivalent degree in management.

“ As an exchange student from NUS to NYU Stern, I am glad to have this precious opportunity for my last semester. At NYU Stern, I experienced totally different style of courses and atmosphere, such as many professional and practical courses, good quality of discussion in the classes, the stress to apply the jobs among students, advanced technology support, and plenty of organised career events and alumni networking.”

“ It was a very “real” exposure for me to experience what it was like to live and work in China. Through interacting with the Chinese students, I was able to get a good understanding of the diverse mentality held by today’s young and successful Chinese population. Living in Shanghai also gave me a good idea on the future direction of the Chinese economy and the potential challenges that the Chinese economy could face.”

Jayson Huang New York University Stern School, USA – Fall 2010 The NUS MBA Class of 2010

Lee Pak Kiong (extreme right) Fudan University, China – Fall 2010 The NUS MBA Class of 2011


Selected partner universities North America USA Columbia University Columbia Business School Cornell University The Johnson School Duke University The Fuqua School of Business Texas A&M University Mays Business School University of Texas Austin McCombs School of Business University of Wisconsin Madison School of Business University of South Carolina Moore School of Business University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Vanderbilt University The Owen Graduate School of Management University of California The Paul Merage School of Business University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School New York University Stern School of Business Indiana University Kelley School of Business Emory University Goizueta Business School Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management University of Connecticut School of Business University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management

Canada McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management McMaster University DeGroote School of Business University of British Columbia Saunder School of Business University of Toronto Rotman School of Management York University Schulich School of Business Queens University Queen’s School of Business HEC Montreal Business School Europe Aarhus School of Business Denmark Copenhagen Business School Denmark Aalto School of Economics Finland ESSEC Business School Paris-Singapore France HEC Paris France WHU Koblenz Otto Beisheim School of Management Germany University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences Germany Mannheim Business School Germany Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration Norway Tel Aviv University Recanati School of Business Israel European Business School (EBS) Germany Athens University of Economics & Business Greece St. Petersburg State University Russia ESADE Business School Spain Instituto de Empresa Spain University of St Gallen Switzerland Warsaw School of Economics Poland Sabanci University Turkey


Oceania University of Melbourne Melbourne Business School Australia University of New South Wales School of Business Australia University of Otago School of Business New Zealand Asia Gadjah Mada University Indonesia Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Business School Hong Kong SAR International University of Japan, IUJ Business School Japan Keio University Graduate School of Business Administration Japan Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad India Bangalore India Lucknow India Calcutta India Indian School of Business India Korea University Business School South Korea Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies South Korea Seoul National University Graduate School of Business South Korea Asian Institute of Management The Philippines The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Business Administration Hong Kong SAR Fudan University School of Management China Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management China Xi’an Jiaotong University School of Management China Zhejiang University School of Management China Shanghai Jiaotong University Shanghai Advanced institute of Finance China National Chengchi University College of Commerce Taiwan SP Jain Institute of Management and Research Mumbai India


Overseas Study Trips

Organised by the students and supported by the MBA Office, the overseas study trips are conducted every semester with the objective to provide international exposure by allowing students to learn the best corporate, entrepreneurial and governmental practices in another country. These trips offer a wealth of knowledge as students get immediate access to Directors, CEOs and government officials, engaging in insightful dialogues. Past study trip destinations include USA, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, France and Vietnam.

1 The NUS MBA visits Seoul in 2009. 2 The NUS MBA students enjoying a little R&R after a full day of company visits in Australia in 2010. 3 The group visits the world famous Pernod Ricard to learn about the finer sips in business. Executives present include Mr Bruno De Monplanet (1st row, 6th from left) – Senior HR Manager and Mr David Experton (2nd row, 1st from left) – Head of Marketing. 4 In May 2011, the NUS MBA visits Vietnam and Microsoft Vietnam.


“ I learned a lot about the way that French firms are organised. Many of them have emphasised on decentralisation and how this breeds creativity. I remember going to Group Danone, LVMH, and Pernod Ricard – all FMCGs – and they have very similar values. I realised that in France, they believe that technical skills are important, but they look at people with passion and the willingness to learn to be more favourable than academically smart people who are too callous to learn new things.” Nancy Chai Chua Filipino The NUS MBA Class of 2012


“As a part-time student, I often miss the chance to bond with my fellow full- time classmates because of conflicting class and job schedules. The NUS study trip to Vietnam offered me a chance to learn more about businesses in Vietnam and also gave me the opportunity to know my classmates better in an out-of-classroom setting. I must say I enjoyed the interaction thoroughly.” Simon Koo Singapore The NUS MBA - Part-Time Class of 2013



“The NUS MBA study trip to Korea was the most eventful trip I have participated in. We had chances to visit many companies that played a critical role in the development of the Korean economy. I also had the opportunity to explore different parts of Korea. I visited several manufacturing towns such as the one in Yeosu which was completely different from the urban city of Seoul. I would not have been to these places if not for this study trip.” Wang Yong Chinese The NUS MBA Class of 2012



“Prior to the USA trip, I used to think that the whole purpose of these trips was to have fun. This is especially so after looking at personal pictures of my classmates on Facebook. I nevertheless discovered afterwards that the trip was indeed a lifeenriching experience as well. It was a good opportunity to apply what I have been taught in class and evaluate the relevance of the MBA programme in real life.” Krishan Kant Indian The NUS MBA Class of 2013

“ The ‘Dream Trip to USA’ gave us a wonderful opportunity to meet up with well-known investment guru, Warren Buffett, in Omaha. The 3-hour session was the highlight of the trip! In addition, there were several important subjects which were adequately covered during the company presentations and networking sessions with company executives. Some of the subjects include entrepreneurship, venturecapital, investment banking, role of creativity and innovation in successful IT/high-tech companies of Silicon Valley, etc.” Tan Wai Keat Malaysian The NUS MBA Class of 2013


Denmark Germany Hungary United Kingdom Netherlands France Austria Switzerland Spain


United States of America

Bringing the World to You

International Experience comes to you not only in our class diversity and faculty composition but also opportunities for students to go to other countries for exchanges, competitions, industry visits, cultural trips, and conferences – all to equip you for a solid career in international business.

Colombia Ecuador


Countries Represented in 2011 and 2012 Intakes

Our 2012 Student Profile

Full-time MBA

Part-time MBA

Average GMAT

Average GMAT

Average Work Experience

Average Work Experience

Average Age

Average Age

658 634 5.5 years 7.7 years 29.4 years 32.2 years






Japan South Korea Pakistan


China Nepal Hong Kong SAR Myanmar


Vietnam Thailand

Sri Lanka


Malaysia Singapore



Indian ocean


Industries prior to mba Advertising/Public Relations Services Aerospace Agribusiness Architecture and Design Services Automotive Banking and Financial Services Biotechnology Consulting Consumer Goods (FMCG) Education/Training Services

Energy/Oil & Gas Engineering Services Government Services Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Information Techonology Services Insurance Legal Services Luxury Manufacturing Media/Film Natural Resources (Water/Mining)

Non-Profit Organisations Publishing Services Real Estate/Construction Services Research and Development Retail Supply Chain/Logistics Telecommunication Transport and Distribution Services


individual development

Name: Pierre-Yves Riou Nationality: French Age: 33 Education: Master of Electrical Engineering, Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris (ISEP), France (2003) Work experience prior to the NUS MBA: Consultant, Capgemini Telecom & Media, France, 7+ years of experience in launching innovative mobile services. Why dID you choose THE NUS MBA? I definitely wanted to pursue my MBA in Asia, to feel the pulse of this emerging region. Besides its top academic reputation, NUS is one of the very few Asian business schools where you can learn about the complexity of the South East Asia business environment (not only China), and create your own regional network. What are you doing at the moment? Right now, I am securing visits of companies and speeches from Thai entrepreneurs for our study trip to Bangkok in September, and am formulating the business plan for an online retail company I plan to start. I always see the MBA programme as the opportunity to develop myself further. To improve my voice projection, I have also decided to hire a vocal coach that will help me to use my voice more efficiently, and be more persuasive for speeches and presentations. What DO you like about the NUS MBA programME as a current student? One of the things I liked about the NUS MBA is something that you can never learn in books: team projects with people from various professional backgrounds and nationalities. Frankly speaking, this was sometimes very challenging; I made some mistakes, but I felt that I grew so

much! I am definitely more sensitive to the specificities of each culture and I can anticipate communication problems better and handle such issues with more confidence. Secondly, I love our course on competitive strategies for SMEs. The professor had extensive experience in the region and gave us so many insights! I learnt about the controversial beauty of gray marketing and how a small company can compete with giants. Last and not least, I love how we can put theory into practice within and outside the programme. With my friends, we did a consulting project (management practicum) for a Finnish startup. We assessed the business opportunities in the region and formulated a market entry plan for their venture. For 3 months, we had meetings with their CEO and Business Development Director. Putting theory into practice is paramount in our MBA journey. Have you been to any study trips / attended any student activities? I have done a Summer Exchange with Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. This was refreshing and exciting. I could feel the pulse of the ultra-vibrant city of Seoul and get more insights about the complex and unique South-Korean consumers. My interactions with the CEO of Pizza Hut gave me deep insights on how they penetrated the Korean market and the mistakes that they committed. I gained an in-depth understanding of the power of networks in South Korea, and even spoke with a world expert on national security issues with North Korea. The big plus was the opportunity to connect with Korean students during the class and to experience Seoul’s nightlife with them. In Singapore, I joined the NUS Alumni Dragon Boat team, the ultimate team


building sport, perfect for creating bonds with Singaporeans. WHAT IS YOUR Best moment in THE NUS MBA so far? The best moment for me so far is reaching the semi-finals of the famous Singapore Dragon Boat Festival in July. 800 metres of rowing means enduring physical and mental pain and going beyond your limits. The only reason why you find energy after exhaustion is the vocal support from your teammates. That was an amazing experience! Name: Ng Teng Hwee Nationality: Singaporean Age: 36 Education: Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical), Major in Microelectronics, National University of Singapore (1999) Work experience prior to the NUS MBA: Manager, Singapore Land Authority Why dID you choose THE NUS MBA? The idea of pursuing a post graduate course was mooted in 2010. After working for a number of years, it was an opportune time for me to enhance my professional skills. What I had in mind was to pursue a programme that could impart business finance skills and enhance my analytical and management abilities. As my last job placement was in the real estate field, I also hope to acquire relevant finance and technical knowledge in this area. To me, a programme that integrates real estate elements with modern business theories will be able to help me elevate to the next level of my career placement. The NUS MBA programme with a specialisation in real estate is exactly what I was looking for. The NUS business school is internationally reputable with excellent academic setting and facilities.

What are you doing at the moment? I will be heading to New York University (NYU), Stern School of Management for a one-semester long student exchange programme. The student exchange programme is an excellent mix of international flavour to the NUS MBA. I am very delighted to be one of the selected candidates to go to NYU as it is indeed a great channel for Singaporeans, like myself to widen our exposure to international culture and enrich our learning experience while immersing in the vibrant 24/7 hustle and bustle of New York City. What DO you like about the NUS MBA programME as a current student? I came to NUS with high expectations of its MBA programme. The NUS MBA learning experience has indeed been very fulfilling and satisfying. The rigorous and relevant programme structure has equipped me with excellent business finance skills and enhanced my analytical and management abilities. The sharing of varied perspectives and experiences from the very well-qualified professors and the diverse student cohort during class discussions, case studies and group projects have broadened my outlook tremendously. In addition, the NUS MBA office is always so forthcoming, dedicated and helpful in any areas which you may need assistance. Have you been to any study trips / attended any student activities? I participated in a study trip to Los Angeles in February 2012. The overall experience was insightful and enjoyable. The interactions with the management from a diverse range of companies gave us good perspectives of their business challenges and processes. Of course, the study trip to LA, being the home base of


Hollywood, will not be complete without learning anything on the media and entertainment industry. To this end, we had the opportunity to attend an awesome half-day executive course in UCLA. One of the biggest takeaways for me was to witness the preparation for the Oscar Award and experience the ambience of this mega event. WHAT IS YOUR Best moment in THE NUS MBA so far? Beyond the academic and professional experiences, the best part of the NUS MBA experience is the friendship which I have fostered. The student cohort is diversified with people from all over the world, with different professionals, cultures and all walks of life. The lecturers are approachable and always more than willing to share their wealth of knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions and exchanges with all my newfound friends and lecturers. They have cultivated a new mindset in me and I believe this is important to my career journey ahead.


Name: Lee Vivas Nationality: Filipino Age: 32 Education: B.S. Accountancy, De La Salle University, Manila (2001) Work experience prior to the NUS MBA: Senior Director, Tax Division, SGV &. Co. (Ernst & Young) Philippines Why dID you choose THE NUS MBA? I wanted the NUS MBA primarily because it was a highly ranked business school in a developed Asian city that was away from - but at the same time, close enough to home. I wanted a programme that had a diverse international student body with a strong Asian mix. I was also looking for a Western style MBA education with an Asian perspective. I wanted to take the opportunity to develop a network within the region - a network that, being based in Asia, I would more likely be able to sustain beyond the programme itself. The NUS MBA also offered a specialisation in Strategy and Organisation - something I had not been able to find elsewhere. What ARE YOU doing at the moment? Next semester (Fall, 2012), I will be going on a student exchange programme at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Since I will be going back to Manila to continue public practice after my MBA, I figured that an exchange programme rather than an internship would be more valuable to my MBA experience. The exchange programme with HKUST allows me to attend another good Asian business school in another great, cosmopolitan Asian city. While I always look to NUS as my home business school, going on exchange allows me to interact with a new set of faces and gain fresh Asian perspectives and insights, thus expanding my network even further.

What DO you like about the NUS MBA programme as a current student? Personally, I liked the quality (curriculum and professors) of the modules, particularly for finance and strategy. I also liked the variety of courses that I was able to choose from. In addition to the academics, I also liked the students in the programme. Our cohort was fairly diverse but close knit, with a few large circles rather than many small cliques. This was due largely to the efforts of the student council and the student development office, bringing us together through student events and activities throughout the programme. Have you been to any study trips / attended any student activities? I lent my photography skills to the school in several interschool events. The most memorable events for me were Cerebration 2011 and the Holi 2012 celebrations. I felt honoured when some of my photos were selected by the school for use in their publications and banner in our cohort’s Facebook page. WHAT IS YOUR Best moment in THE NUS MBA so far? My favourite moment in the NUS MBA so far would have to be the Academic Year end party. It was one of the biggest parties our cohort had been able to put together, and it came at a time when the cohort had already bonded, and before everybody started to get busy with their respective internships and/ or exchange programmes. There was a video tribute, a jam session, great food and drinks. It was no longer about networking, making new friends or getting to know each other. This time, everybody that went just wanted to have fun! Beyond the parties, though, the relationships I will always cherish are those that were formed through small group informal activities and get togethers.

Another valuable moment for me would have to be the business plan pitch we did in front of actual venture capitalists for our Technopreneurship module. It was a totally new experience for me to be involved in writing a complete business plan and learning about every aspect of the business, like problems in operations, technical issues, regulatory considerations and sales and marketing concerns. Ultimately we had to pitch the business plan to a real, live and thinking panel of experienced venture capitalists. The business pitch culminated weeks of hard work with probably the most diverse and balanced mix of talents I have ever worked with all at once. In addition to the accountant, we had an aerospace engineer, a dentist, an IT engineer, an automotive sales and marketing manager, a chemical engineer, a business process specialist and a microeconomist.


Name: Jose Paul Mathew Nationality: Indian Age: 26 Education: Bachelor in Commerce (Honors) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, 2007 Work experience prior to the NUS MBA: Consultant, Risk Advisory, Ernst & Young. Why dID you choose THE NUS MBA? As Asia is widely acknowledged as the future growth engine of the world, I wanted to enroll in a programme which had an Asian focus but at the same time was global in its outlook. The NUS MBA fits the bill on both counts with a good number of study modules focusing on Asia and a highly talented and diverse cohort drawn from all around the world. Also the lure of studying and living in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city such as Singapore was a decisive factor in selecting the NUS MBA. What ARE YOU doing at the moment? During the summer, I interned with a Japanese strategic consulting company in Singapore called Dream Incubator. Having prior work experience in advisory, I had targeted strategic consulting as the next step in my career. During my internship, I worked on consulting projects in the real estate, healthcare and automobile sectors. I also received an offer from DHL Inhouse Consulting for a full-time role in Bonn, Germany which I intend to pursue after finishing the last semester at NUS.

What DO you like about the NUS MBA programme as a current student? There are so many things to like about the NUS MBA programme: the highly qualified and knowledgeable professors and teaching staff, the layout and structure of the programme which are both rigorous and flexible, the most modern physical infrastructure around, the supportive & energetic personnel at the MBA office who do their best to improve the overall experience of the students and most importantly, a highly talented and diverse bunch of students. All of these take the entire MBA ‘experience’ to the next level. Have you been to any study trips / attended any student activities? In my role as the President of the Student Council, I have been closely involved in organising many events/ talks, seminars, competitions and parties. The objective of all activities undertaken by the Student Council (including the Clubs which form a part of the Student Council such as Consulting Club, Finance Club, and Marketing Club etc.) is to enrich the experience of the cohort at the NUS MBA. We are eagerly looking forward to Cerebration 2012, the flagship event of NUS MBA which is one of the largest business case competitions in the world with over 500 teams signing up for the event in 2011.


WHAT IS YOUR Best moment in THE NUS MBA so far? I loved the time I spent organising events and activities with my peers and working closely in the NUS MBA Student Council. These experiences taught me a lot about myself, especially skills and areas where I need to work harder on. But if I have to select one moment, I would say it would be receiving a fulltime job offer in strategic consulting field from one of my ‘preferred companies’.


Name: Jin Kwang Yim Nationality: South Korean Age: 36 Education: Seoul National University, Korea (BA, 2002) Work experience prior to the NUS MBA: GS Caltex (Formerly LG Caltex) 9 years Why dID you choose THE NUS MBA? Prior to the NUS MBA, I had worked in a sales function for nine years. I enjoyed my work very much and learnt a lot from the people I met. However, for personal advancement and career development, I felt a need to acquire more in-depth knowledge in areas like economics and finance. When I was given the opportunity to pursue a MBA with a company sponsorship, I decided to apply for the NUS MBA after much careful research. The NUS MBA struck me as a well-structured programme with flexible schedules, outstanding facilities and was powered by a stellar cast of international teaching faculty and a diverse student population hailing from close to 30 different nationalities from across the continents. My longterm goal is to become a global market leader with a deep understanding of Asian values and I believe that it will be fulfilled through this renowned programme. What are you doing at the moment? I just finished my overseas exchange programme at NNH – Norwegian School of Economics and I am anticipating the start of the new semester. The summer holiday (May to August) is the best time for students to go for an internship and/or participate in an overseas exchange programme.

What DO you like about the NUS MBA programme as a current student? What I liked most about the programme is that I can meet friends from diverse industries, backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, all bearing different skill sets and expertise. The network and experience I gained and the memories we shared are invaluable to me. Have you been to any study trips / attended any student activities? The NUS MBA office organises many events throughout the year. Among these events, “International Day” is the one that I enjoyed the most. It is an event that celebrates cultural diversity and our families were also invited to the event. My international classmates enthusiastically showcased their traditional and contemporary music, food and sports. Adding to the festivity, my Korean friends prepared a humorous reenactment of the traditional sport, “Ssireum” (Korean wrestling). My son and I also demonstrated “Tae-kwondo”. My son has a black belt in the sport and I had to run away quickly to avoid his kicks. This drew much laughter and joy from my classmates and their families. We all enjoyed the event and the “Tae-Kwon-Do” movie clip will be a great memory for my family and me.

WHAT IS YOUR Best moment in THE NUS MBA so far? I was given the opportunity to join a business case competition in Israel. Initially hesitant, I was worried that I could not play my part well as I was not a native English speaker. However, my worries were unfounded and quickly dismissed once we started to work on the business case. Our team was strong and we had members of different backgrounds, industry experience, expertise and skill sets. We enjoyed working together as there was always something new to learn. This is the one of my best learning experience of my life and I strongly encourage MBA students to challenge themselves with such activities throughout the programme.


Be it securing a job in an MNC, making a career switch, climbing the corporate ladder, or starting your own business, NUS Business School Career Services has a comprehensive suite of offerings that will boost your chances of success in the increasingly competitive global job market .

Career Services

Organised exclusively for MBA students, events are lined up right from the start of the term to conclusion of the MBA programme and beyond, to best prepare NUS MBA students for their next career move. NUS BIZ Career Services has developed workshops, recruitment and industry talks, networking sessions and corporate visits, all to ensure that our MBAs make the right contacts and get the relevant information and training to boost their chances of success in reaching their next career milestone. Recruitment Events Recruitment presentations and industry panel discussions are organised on campus to give our students a glimpse into specific companies and fields. Attend recruitment talks to build your network, better understand what these employers expect of prospective employees and to find out what kind of career opportunities awaits you in these industries and organisations. Networking Networking is the key to landing your ideal job. NUS BIZ Career Services offers numerous platforms where our students can connect directly with corporate partners and industry leaders, to gain valuable insight and develop personal contacts in Singapore and across the region. Resume The resumes of graduating NUS MBA students are published and distributed annually in both hard and soft copy in the NUS MBA Resume Book, ensuring that recruiters across the globe have easy access to NUS MBA talent.


Job Posting Daily job postings are offered through our exclusive online recruitment system, TalentEdge, offering both students and recent alumni access to roles that match their profiles and expectations. Internships At NUS BIZ Career Services, we give our students the opportunity to embark on dynamic internships across different industries. Students typically undertake full-time summer internships from May through late July. International students do not need work authorisation for full-time summer internships in Singapore, and can take on part-time internships of no more than 16 hours per week during the Academic term. Career Skills Workshops From industry-specific interview clinics and assessment centre simulations to personal grooming and personal branding, our carefully chosen workshops are focused on meeting our students professional and career development needs. Career Resources Our online job portal allows NUS MBA students to apply for internships and job conveniently and securely. Our Career Resource Center is stocked with a wide range of useful materials on career choices, DIY kits on resume and cover letter writing, and recruitment brochures from hiring organisations. We also make some of the top online career resource libraries available to our students. Career Advisory The NUS BIZ Career Services Team will guide you through selfassessment, market research, coverletter and resume writing, and assist you in formulating your personal goals and developing a career plan. Working closely with your assigned counselor, as well as the sector specialist in your area of interest, our Team will support and guide you through your internship and job search.


From Our MBAs:

“My experience with NUS BIZ Career Services has “ My first encounter with Career Services (CS) was been very fruitful. I am especially grateful for the during the first week of my semester. I actively sought job postings relevant to my background and profile, advice from the career services counselors and and the networking and recruiting events, which attended a number of CS organised workshops and have been particularly helpful in connecting me programmes conducted by real life practitioners. with the right people. And I am most impressed by It was through the CS’s active job postings that I how CS continuously contacted me to provide gained numerous interview opportunities with advice, feedback and interview tips. Thanks various multinational corporations and financial to applications I made through TalentEdge, institutions, in which I successfully obtained my our online job portal, in one week, I had three internship at Citibank that led to a permanent interviews and got two job offers, and am now position. Thank you CS!” working with an amazing group of people at a Park Kwan Hoon dynamic, up- and- coming consulting firm. Thank NUS MBA, Class of 2012 you, Career Services, for reminding me that I can Citibank always turn to you and the School for support.” Nancy Chua NUS MBA, Class of 2012 Double Effect From Our Recruiters:

“ NUS MBA is recognised internationally for its reputation and global learning environment. The emphasis on diverse and inter-cultural learning enables the students to view things from a wider perspective which puts them a notch ahead from the others. Students also embrace the work they are given and perform up to their best. This commitment showed by them is one of the reasons why NUS is one of our key schools that we work with for recruitment of our talents. We would like to thank the NUS Career Services for their continuous support and hope that the MBA faculty will be able to develop more of these high calibre individuals whom we will be looking forward to work with.” Gina Kuek Senior HR Manager Frost & Sullivan, Asia Pacific

“ The NUS MBA programme has groomed many driven and capable business leaders. The programme promotes a meeting of minds, yet embraces diverse experiences and cultures and this reflects the current global business environment. KPMG is proud to be a partner of the NUS MBA faculty and Career Services in its recruitment outreach. Our experience with their graduates has been promising, and many of them have the potential to go on to becoming future captains of industry and leaders in our community.” Mr Sharad Somani Executive Director KPMG


Graduate Employment – Class of 2011 9%

By Function

28% 12%

Finance Sales, Marketing Consulting General Management Operations Business Development


23% 14%


3% 9%



By Industry Finance Technology Consulting Energy Government Healthcare / Pharmaceutical Others



Internship – Class of 2011 1% 1% 2%


By Industry

2% 4%



24% 21%

Finance Consulting Technology Engineering Consumer Product Building/Construction Oil & Gas Supply Chain Telecommunication Government



Global Alumni Network

The network within the business community that an MBA programme offers is crucial to the realisation of one’s career objectives post-MBA. NUS MBA students will become part of the more than 33,000 Business School alumni and over 200,000 alumni of the university. They can tap on the network to gain insights into business and industry, forge friendships and develop links that will last a lifetime. The Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) helps link students to alumni from different industries, job functions, and nationalities throughout major cities in the world. Students will be a member of a robust and powerful alumni network with representation in more than 40 major cities, and growing. A range of activities is organised throughout the calendar year for the alumni community. The activities are designed to engage the alumni

in different areas, ranging from formal events like industry talks and seminars, and workshops, to informal ones like networking dinners and even movie outings. Students are invited and strongly encouraged to meet and network with our alumni at these functions. As an incoming MBA student, you have embarked on your journey as an alumnus. We invite you to stay engaged with the alumni community and benefit from its various programmes such as:

Class reunions Networking events Career development and guidance Lifelong learning Mentoring opportunities Community outreach programs Online profiling tools Industry advice from our industry experts Volunteer opportunities



“ The Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) has been instrumental in keeping the NUS MBA alumni connected. Events organised by GANO offer opportunities for friends from the same cohort to meet and also connect us with the wider MBA alumni community, the academic staff and current students. I eagerly look forward to these events as they are great professional networking platforms. Kudos to GANO for their effort and I look forward to more events in future.”

Shobhit Choubey Indian NUS MBA, Class of 2012

Anhui Tokyo




Bangkok Beijing


Brazil Caracas Chengdu

Sydney Surabaya

Chennai Colombo




Exeter Seoul


San Francisco & the Bay Area

Gottenheim Guangzhou


Hainan Oslo

Hawaii New York

Helsinki Ho Chi Minh City

New Delhi Mumbai

Hyderabad Manila

Malé City London

Los Angeles

Jeddah Lagos Landegem

Kuala Lumpur


Hong Kong


A modern city and business hub for the world’s multinational companies, Singapore serves as the perfect gateway to an international career in Asia. Consistently ranked as one of the top cities globally and in Asia, Singapore provides you with excellent living and education infrastructure, seamless transportation and communication systems, and a rich heritage blending centuries of Asian and Western traditions. Singapore is one of the most stable societies in Asia. Its society is multiracial, multi-religious and multilingual. The city fuses modernity and tradition, with both celebrated in equal parts. Cosmopolitan Singapore boasts of a resident

population of 5 million of which Singaporeans make up two thirds. The remaining third hails from almost every corner of the globe, making Singapore a melting pot of cultures and a global city in Asia. Living conditions in Singapore are among the best in Asia, with stateof-the-art facilities for education, shopping, sports and recreation. Singapore also consistently scored high marks in global and regional rankings of the factors that matter to businesses and quality of life. There are ample employment opportunities for graduates of the Singapore education system. The personal income tax rates for

residents in Singapore are among the lowest in the world and ranges from 0% to 20%. Singapore’s compensation packages are among the highest in the Asia-Pacific region. The quality of life in Singapore has also been rated as comparable, if not better, than cities like London, New York, Boston and Osaka. Indeed, with the country’s high employment rate, financial and political stability, great urban infrastructure, quality of life, high healthcare standards, and a sense of safety and security, working in Singapore has never been so attractive. Come and take your MBA in a city that gives you the advantage!



Singapore: The Ideal MBA Destination

Singapore Rankings Singapore is the world’s easiest place to do business. Doing Business 2012 Report, World Bank Singapore is ranked first in the world as the city with the best investment potential. BERI Report 2011-12 (August 2011) Singapore is among world’s top 2 most competitive countries. The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, World Economic Forum Foreign talent rank Singapore as Asia’s best country to work in. The Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, World Economic Forum Singapore is ranked 7th in the world and 1st in Asia for having the least corruption in its economy. IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2011 Singapore is the best place in Asia to live, work and play. Quality of Living worldwide city rankings, Mercer survey, 2011 To learn more about Singapore’s Global Rankings, visit To find out more about Singapore, visit

Photo courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board. Photographer: Liang Huan Chuan. Night Out Singapore. JPG.



Students can choose to stay on campus at the Prince George’s Park residences (PGPR) or at the Graduate Residence at the new University Town. For more information on campus accommodation, visit the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) website at For off-campus accommodation, students are encouraged to make use of the various online housing portals and websites available in Singapore to search for private accommodation that suit their needs. Graduate Residence at University Town The NUS University Town (UTown), the first of its kind in Singapore’s higher learning landscape, opened its doors in 2011. Located across the NUS Kent Ridge campus, this is where some 2,400 undergraduate

students, 1,700 graduate students and 1,000 researchers work, live, and learn in close proximity. Graduate students moving into the Graduate Residence can look forward to facilities dedicated to the university’s growing graduate community. The graduate residence can house up to 1,700 residents, with units for single and married graduate students. Resident advisors will also be living alongside the graduate residents. The design of the complex emphasises open common areas and the architecture fosters a sense of community and crossdisciplinary discussion. The graduate residence is equipped with seminar rooms and student lounges. For more information on UTown, visit



The estimated cost ranges in the table below gives a rough guide of the basic expenditure an international student may incur per month. Estimated Monthly Expenses* Accommodation

Renting a public housing apartment S$1,500 – S$3,000 a month Renting a room in a public housing apartment S$400 – S$1,000 a month Renting a 3 bedroom condominium S$4,000 – S$7,000 a month


Public clinics S$23 per visit; S$50 - S$90 monthly Private clinics S$40 per visit; S$100 - S$200 monthly


Buses and Trains S$0.71 – S$2.80 per trip Taxis S$8 to S$24 per trip


Varying based on usage S$80-S$400 a month


Budget Joints – Hawkers centres, food courts, fast food restaurants S$5 upwards per head per meal Restaurants S$25 upwards per head per meal

Groceries for one person

S$200 monthly


Movies S$12 per visit Clubbing S$30 upwards per night Cable TV S$30 per month upwards


Mobile phone plans S$19.95 – S$200 per month Broadband S$19.95 – S$208 per month

Cost of living



NUS Business School MBA Programmes Office Mochtar Riady Building Level 4 15 Kent Ridge Drive Singapore 119245

We welcome qualified NUS MBA candidates who: value absolute integrity and honour beyond question; hold global aspirations and pursue excellence fervently; engage people and care about the social surroundings.

APPLICATION DEADLINES FULL-TIME MBA Round 1 – 31 January 2013 Round 2 – 31 March 2013 PART-TIME MBA 15 May 2013

Application for Academic Year 2013-2014 The NUS MBA seeks individuals who have strong leadership capabilities and the desire and drive to achieve academic and management excellence. In addition, we are looking for individuals who are motivated, mature, focused and wish to make a positive impact on business and society. THE NUS MBA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Bachelor’s degree Minimum 2 years of post-university full-time work experience Good GMAT score Good TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score (if the medium of instruction in your undergraduate studies was not in English) TOEFL: Minimum score of 260 for computer-based test, 620 for paper-based test and 100 for internet-based test IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 PTE: Minimum score of 68

HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION AND WHAT IS REQUIRED? All applications must be submitted online at from 15 October 2012.

HOW MUCH IS THE TUITION FEE? Full-time MBA: S$58,000 payable over 2 semesters Part-time MBA: S$58,000 payable over 5 semesters

The following documents are to be scanned and uploaded online: Resume A copy of your degree scroll A copy of your GMAT results A copy of your undergraduate and/or post-graduate transcripts/ marksheets A copy of your TOEFL/IELTS results (required if degree is not in English)

WHEN WILL I KNOW THE OUTCOME OF MY APPLICATION? We will start making offers from November 2012. Admission offers are made on a continuous basis. Dates are subject to change. Please refer to for updates.

In addition, you are required to provide the details of two referees. Both referees should preferably be work-related. An email will be sent to your referees to inform them on how to submit the online referee report. WHEN SHOULD I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION? For the full-time NUS MBA, the application window is from 15 October 2012 – 31 March 2013 Round 1: 15 October 2012 – 31 January 2013 (Scholarship qualifying period) Round 2: 1 February 2012 – 31 March 2013 For the part-time NUS MBA, the application window is from 15 October 2012 –15 May 2013.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I RECEIVE AN OFFER? You will need to confirm your acceptance by completing an acceptance form and paying a deposit of S$5,000. This amount is non-refundable and will be credited towards payment of your tuition fees. Payment of the deposit can be made online via credit card or by cheque. In addition you have to: a. Request your university’s registrar to send one set of official transcript directly to the NUS MBA Programmes Office. b. Send in your attested university degree scroll. c. Ensure that GMAC has sent your official GMAT score to the NUS MBA Programmes Office, if you have not instructed them to do so.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; hence, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and documents early. Information is correct at the time of printing.



The NUS MBA programme offers a wide range of scholarships ranging from 15% to 100% tuition grant plus living allowance. To learn more, visit The NUS MBA Global Scholarships Over S$1 million worth of NUS MBA Global Scholarships will be awarded to deserving full-time candidates of all nationalities and part-time Singaporean candidates who showcase well-rounded, exceptional and promising profiles. Scholarships will be given based on background, performance during the application process and overall leadership potential of the candidates. Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship The ADB-Japan Scholarship programme is awarded annually by the Government of Japan to outstanding full-time NUS MBA candidates who are citizens of borrowing member countries of the ADB. NUS-APEC Scholarship Funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education, this scholarship is awarded annually to deserving candidates from APEC member economies who are admitted to the full-time NUS MBA programme.


CapitaLand International Scholarship CapitaLand is the largest real estate company in Southeast Asia and offers the CapitaLand International Scholarship for those whose ambitions are aligned with CapitaLand’s vision of “Building People to Build for People”. SPRING Singapore’s Management Development Scholarship (MDS) The MDS Scholarship aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders for the trailblazer companies of tomorrow through a co-funding scholarship arrangement. MDS Scholars will pursue high quality business education in renowned graduate business programmes at leading local universities. The scholarship is open to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents applying for the part-time and fulltime NUS MBA programmes. Peh Chin Hua Bursary The Peh Chin Hua bursary provides financial aid to one full-time NUS MBA student and another full-time NUS-Peking University Double Degree MBA student. The Bursary is open to Singapore citizens.

Sampoerna Foundation – Singapore Education MBA Scholarship This scholarship aims to groom Indonesia’s future business leaders by providing scholarships to an outstanding young Indonesian to pursue an MBA in Singapore. Upon completion of the programme, the scholar is expected to return to Indonesia to contribute to the country’s economy. Lien Foundation Scholarship The Lien Foundation Scholarship for Social Service Leaders is a prestigious postgraduate scholarship open to outstanding staff from voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) and members of the public. Scholars can pursue either the fulltime or part-time NUS MBA.

International Business Fellowship (IBF) Programme for the Double Degree with Peking University The IBF aims to develop a pool of talent with in-depth knowledge of the business environment in emerging Asian markets. The programme supports Singapore-based companies in training fresh graduates or mid level executives in acquiring business knowledge and building networks in the supported markets of China, India, the Middle East and Vietnam. The programme is open to Singapore citizens who are keen to pursue the full time NUS MBA Double Degree with Peking University. Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship The Tan Kah Kee Foundation has been awarding the Postgraduate

Scholarship since 1983. The scholarship is open to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents. Candidates are appraised based on their academic achievements, outstanding personal character and bilingual capabilities. The scholarship is awarded annually and is bond-free. Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship is synonymous with both prestige and the willingness to serve Singapore. It marks Singapore’s continuous effort to recognise outstanding individuals with the aptitude and inclination to contribute to our society. With generous contributions from the public, the LKY Scholarship Fund was set up in 1991 in honour of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. The Scholarship is open to Singapore citizens.

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