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Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2008, 03:44
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OK, though I'd post this up. I seem to be the only one applying to Asia (outside of INSEAD).

Let's have a discussion about them. I'll start by listing where I've applied and why. Where i haven't and why. (not all schools listed here)

Not Applying
INSEAD :- The course is very short, 10 or 12 months, meaning that the whole curriculum is cramped into 10 months. Their reputation is outstanding, and their admission stats show high figures. I did not apply because the course length meant i would have limited time to spend with my family, and some sort of balance with family life is important to me. The language requirements are not an issue for me, but for others (particularly people from an English speaking country) it may be a stumbling block for admittance.

IUJ :- The 'best' university in Japan. This is applicable to almost all schools in Japan. Unless you have fluent Japanese, you are limited to I-Banking, even there, they are more likely to take someone who has local language skills, because some of the companies you talk to will be Japanese speaking or custom led. This means that post-mba options are limited. On top of that Japan does not have an internship culture, a lot of companies are traditional and you will find a lot of Japanese who do their MBA are sponsored by their company.

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Hong Kong UST :- Personally for me, I have family in HK, so that will give me some support for my kid(s). But the main feature is the huge amount of research that comes out of this university. This means there is always potential to gain new insights into whateer field you intend to focus on. Generically speaking, the school is strong in Finance, and Hong Kong, in general, isa hotbed of activity for international companies. The main negative for some people is the focus in strongly on China, meaning some post-mba options will require you to have Mandarin speaking/writing skills. However, cost of living is cheap and the tuition costs are also low. Accommodation costs outside of the campus is high! There is a big emphasis on Business plan competitions where the school will sponsor the flights and hotel costs for them.

My status - Interviewed

NUS (Singapore) :- I visited the campus and was highly impressed with the facilities. The courseseems nicely balanced, and it is a very well respected university in Singapore. This means, post-mba, there is plenty of local focus from the companies based in Singapore. The main advantage of this is that there are over 7000 multi-national companies in Singapore, this means a lot of potential in the recruiting stakes. School-wise, they've gained enough reputation to be invited to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire’s AGM and are constructing a new building for the Business school. They also have a strong focus on business & business plan competitions where the school will sponosr the flights and costs.
Living costs are also low and accommodation outside of the campus are cheaper than Hong Kong (but suffering massive inflation). It's also a very clean environment and very low in crime.

My status - Interview scheduled this week.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2008, 18:44
Accepted into NUS
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2008, 19:51
Congratulations !! NUS is a very reputed business school and its brand is quite unparalleled in Asia.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2008, 21:40
Decisions for HKUST have started by the sounds of it. 1 guy in another forum claims he's recieved and acceptance e-mail
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2008, 22:43
Congratulations!!

I would be grateful if you could throw some light on the interview process and your general preparation around it.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2008, 02:22
For NUS, they call you for interview invites. I had mine over skype, but their internet connection was bad so we switched over to phones.
They asked questions about Why MBA, why NUS and focused questions based on your essays and CV. They also asked me what I though India and China would be like in 30 years.

After that, waited a couple of weeks and received an e-mail to say i was accepted.

For HKUST, received an e-mail for interview invite. Interviewed over Skype a week later. Similar sort of process except CSO was also involved in the interview and questioned me on my career choices and potential. In particular they questioned me about my mandarin skills and how i could get a job without mandarin skills. After the interview they said decisions would be made in february.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2008, 21:00
Just discovered that NUS sponsor your spoused visa but NOT your children! Will post more information when i find out about how to get round it.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 02:27
so is NUS MBA a two year or a one year one?

they give out a lot of scholarships for indians... so, how is the crowd there like.. is it well balanced internationally?

and how are placements like?
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2008, 18:47
Its an improving school. Number of Indians look like its being capped at around 30% but they are sdmitting them from different industries and functions. There also seems to be a general preference for Indians who have had international exposure.

Placements will be relative to your previous skill set and exeperience, generally speaking it is getting stronger due to NUS's undergrad influence. Their BBA career office has merged with the MBA career office which has increased the number of visiting companies and increased the number of potential opportunities. Locally, it is very strong, and it seems to have a strong reputation in India for any Indians who wish to return.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2008, 19:26
how long program will be taught? I have heard that tuition fee is not high (relatively), is it enough to know english language?
one more question: is it possible to stay here after graduation?
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 02:04
kazakhb wrote:
how long program will be taught? I have heard that tuition fee is not high (relatively), is it enough to know english language?
one more question: is it possible to stay here after graduation?


For NUS MBA you can get the full scholarship from ADB which covers the full tuition and provides monthly living expenses. So the cost for you will be zero. Being from Central Asian country you have %99.9 chances to get in with full scholarship.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 03:50
I'm interested also on HkUST.
I wonder if have 2-3 years of work experience and 1 year as GM at my own company... can i do an EMBA program?
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2008, 14:12
2-3 years exp. is unlikely but you never know. Unless your company was working at a very high level.

On anothe rnote. Just got accepted into HKUST.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2008, 02:24
I;ve just declined the offer from NUS even though i paid a deposit. After much deliberation, HKUST is much better and provides a better student mix than NUS and chatting with some other NUS admitted students lead me to believe that the student body would not be 'mature' for me.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2008, 06:42
All the best Toga !

I think HKUST scores better if you see the student body and considering you have a family in HK, then i think its a good decision.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2008, 04:40
HKUST have offered me a scholarship now, so that's better.
Speaking to current students, they say that this year is a lot tougher in the internship stakes due to the credit crunch. They also said there is no preferential treatment towards HKUST in the recruitment stakes as opposed to the Elite schools. The one advantage they do have is their regional excellence, a lot of chinese speakers attend therefore bilingual capability is a big pull for some of the recruiters.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2008, 08:04
togafoot wrote:
Hong Kong UST :- Personally for me, I have family in HK, so that will give me some support for my kid(s). But the main feature is the huge amount of research that comes out of this university. This means there is always potential to gain new insights into whateer field you intend to focus on. Generically speaking, the school is strong in Finance, and Hong Kong, in general, isa hotbed of activity for international companies. The main negative for some people is the focus in strongly on China, meaning some post-mba options will require you to have Mandarin speaking/writing skills. However, cost of living is cheap and the tuition costs are also low. Accommodation costs outside of the campus is high! There is a big emphasis on Business plan competitions where the school will sponsor the flights and hotel costs for them.

I applied to CUHK's MBA program because I want to take a JD at the same time. However, I keep hearing about the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program. Is their regular full- or part-time MBA program as good? I saw their EMBA program is number 1 ranked in Asia, but it seems like their non-EMBA falls off the rankings.
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2008, 15:03
kruton wrote:
I applied to CUHK's MBA program because I want to take a JD at the same time. However, I keep hearing about the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program. Is their regular full- or part-time MBA program as good? I saw their EMBA program is number 1 ranked in Asia, but it seems like their non-EMBA falls off the rankings.


More to do with placements than anything else. HKUST is still relatively young (15 years) and it should be noted that the same HK faculty that teaches the EMBA also teaches the FT MBA.

Is it as good? not yet, probably due to the student body and developing reputation of the school. Regular FT MBA is competing against some of the giants, so it will take a long time to be called a global player, but it certainly is a regional giant. In terms of ROI, if you`re after a job in Asia, then HKUST will certainly give the big boys a run for their money, but if you`re after European or N.American employment... no point in HKUST
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2008, 21:12
togafoot wrote:
More to do with placements than anything else. HKUST is still relatively young (15 years) and it should be noted that the same HK faculty that teaches the EMBA also teaches the FT MBA.

Is it as good? not yet, probably due to the student body and developing reputation of the school. Regular FT MBA is competing against some of the giants, so it will take a long time to be called a global player, but it certainly is a regional giant. In terms of ROI, if you`re after a job in Asia, then HKUST will certainly give the big boys a run for their money, but if you`re after European or N.American employment... no point in HKUST

Thanks for the info. Looking at their website made me really interested and doubted my interest in CUHK. I'm not really looking for the MBA to net me a job offer since I plan on going part-time.

I'm just an average American, but I happen to have learned Cantonese. I want to stay in the APAC area for several years, so HK seems like a good fit.

I attended the intermediate Cantonese classes at CUHK last summer and fell in love with the campus. The MBA and JD campus appears to be in Central which will be a lot more convenient if I manage to get my company to transfer me to Hong Kong.

Although I'd absolutely love to be kicking it in Clearwater Bay!
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Re: Asian MBA's [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2008, 21:40
Rejected from Kellogg, so matriculating at HKUST.

Time to budget to see what i can afford. Hopefully shold be able to get a reasonable sized apartment with child play facilities, and hopeflly a full time maid as well.
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