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Seeking GLOBAL MBA in ASIA [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2010, 08:45
I'm a US citizen and my end-goal is to live and have my career centered in Asia for the long-haul. Hence, enrolling into a Global MBA program in Asia seems logical and preferable as long as my baseline assumption is correct: that it is easier to attain employment in Asia via an Asian MBA program over a domestic MBA program (all things being equal).

HKUST, CEIBS, and other top tier schools are discussed here often, but I'm afraid top tier schools are out of reach for me, and I'm not delusional about this fact.

So, what school would you suggest beyond the tier-one/top-tier Global Asian MBA schools? I've looked and can't seem to find a list of schools...
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That phenomenon is mostly Japan. Corporate culture is different there and job switching is not as common as in the West. There is also a culture of promoting from within rather than hiring from outside, therefore recruitment focuses are usually at the Graduate level. Having said that, Western companies in Japan still recruit MBA`s (IB, Consulting also). But the major corporations, the Mitsibushi, Fuji`s Matsushita etc., do not usually recruit MBA`s and will promote from within. Japan also has a low GINI co-efficient and a high GDP/Capita Ratio = less incentive to switch jobs on a salary basis.

In terms of China, job switching is common as people are looking to get higher salaries, recruiting is competitive, also, due to the growth of China, it`s developing education system and its human resource, the sheer number of bi-linguals with intellectual brain power to match is enormous. Many companies, who used to recruit ex-pats who spoke no/limited Chinese, now have a larger recruiting pool and are looking for bi-linguals for common MBA level jobs. For specialist roles (or someone with a strong network), knowing Mandarin is less of an issue.

In terms of schools and recruiting, CEIBS will be better networked and connected in Shanghai, Tsinghua - Beijing, both cities have different focuses, Shanghai has a higher proportion of finance related industries, Beijing has more tech companies. Hong Kong is a gateway city, mostly finance, but deals with more regional aspects beyond China. HKUST mostly serves this city.

All top tier companies will recruit at the top schools in the USA, but most of these companies are usually looking for bi-lingual Chinese. In terms of staying out in Asia, coming here will help you build a network, and the network you build will usually be the source of where employment comes from due to the cultural differences of the recruitment process, and you have a better chance of networking when you are out here.

An alternative strategy is to go to a US school and exchange out to Asia, then you can sample, see and network in Asia and mitigate some risk, although it could end up being a jack of all, master of none strategy.
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Re: Seeking GLOBAL MBA in ASIA [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2010, 09:02
HKUST, CEIBS, IIMA-B-C-L, ISB, Nanyang university, INSEAD are good options in Asia.

Aim high and try to get good Gmat score. Then prepare best application for yourself and give it a shot. Do not underestimate yourself before taking the initial step.

Check asia section : http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/04/geographic.htm
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Re: Seeking GLOBAL MBA in ASIA [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 09:06
i am thinking of HKUST as well... is ceibes a lot inferior to hkust?
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Re: Seeking GLOBAL MBA in ASIA [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 09:39
I heard Tsinghua is a great MBA in China from adcxaway. Not sure if its "GLOBAL".
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Re: Seeking GLOBAL MBA in ASIA [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 10:33
Dawgie wrote:
I heard Tsinghua is a great MBA in China from adcxaway. Not sure if its "GLOBAL".



yeah tsignhua is a darn good UG in china but seems people go by hkust more though... ceibes i never heard of either
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Re: Seeking GLOBAL MBA in ASIA [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 04:14
The University of Hawaii might actually be a good fit for you. They have China and Japan focused MBA programs.

And your baseline assumption might be off. For example, in Japan, a good 90% of the students in any MBA program are company sponsored. So there is little to no recruitment going on at the schools. If that trend is the same in Chinese schools and if you lack prior connections and/or native-level language skills you might actually be harming your career prospects by pursuing an MBA program here. In my opinion.
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Re: Seeking GLOBAL MBA in ASIA [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2010, 08:12
UPGRAYEDD wrote:
And your baseline assumption might be off. For example, in Japan, a good 90% of the students in any MBA program are company sponsored. So there is little to no recruitment going on at the schools. If that trend is the same in Chinese schools and if you lack prior connections and/or native-level language skills you might actually be harming your career prospects by pursuing an MBA program here. In my opinion.


That scares me.

A former professor of mine who now teaches at two universities in Asia (NCUB Japan and Peking China), recently told me that, "...most of the students here seem to already have their foot in the door". Although he didn't exactly say it; I took what he said to mean that most students already have jobs or are company sponsored.

I wonder if this phenomena is Japan-only, or is everywhere in Asia (China)?

What about attaining employment via the universities career resource--How strong is the chance or is this equally unhelpful?

And the bigger question: Will attending an American MBA program increase my chances at attaining employment in Asia as opposed to an Asian MBA?
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Re: Seeking GLOBAL MBA in ASIA [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 02:10
very fruitful discussion..
thanks a lot
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