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6 reasons to get an executive MBA in Singapore

By Stephanie L

Updated May 4, 2021 Updated May 4, 2021

Sponsored by ESSEC Asia-Pacific

Singapore is well known for its varied culture and flair for innovation and has become an increasingly popular study destination for aspiring business professionals.

With easy access to the rest of Asia and its fusion of eastern and western traditions, Singapore offers an abundance of benefits and opportunities to those who decide to do an executive MBA (EMBA) there.

Read on as we discover six reasons to get an executive MBA in this dynamic city-state.

Growing recognition for academic excellence and research

Singapore may be small, but its reputation in the world of higher education and research is big, attracting thousands of students from all over the world as well as some of the world’s top business schools, including ESSEC, which set up its Asia-Pacific campus at the invitation of Singapore’s Economic and Development Board.

ESSEC Asia-Pacific’s ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA is designed for seasoned senior-level managers and business owners with at least eight years’ worth of professional experience – including three years of managerial experience. The programme offers a unique learning experience designed to prepare candidates to adapt to the challenges of the changing world of business and economies.

“The ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA programme provides an exceptional leadership and networking experience in an environment of academic excellence for tomorrow’s top business leaders,” said Professor Cedomir Nestorovic, Academic Director of the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA Asia-Pacific track.

“This recognition reflects the quality of our programme as perceived by our peer institutions and the career evolution of our participants,” he added.

Get an academic experience that goes beyond the classroom

Singapore boasts one of the world’s most open and innovative economies and is a leading competitive business hub in the heart of Asia. It has also been crowned the world’s smartest city.

Executive MBA participants at ESSEC Asia-Pacific can benefit from Singapore’s economic and innovative flair through experiential learning opportunities and career-centered initiatives which allow them to connect with key business players across industries and top-tier companies.

Overseas residences between ESSEC Asia-Pacific and Mannheim Business School in Germany, as well as with another university partner in Asia, allows participants to develop their cross-cultural business perspective, while the practical entrepreneurship project is a chance for participants to apply their theoretical knowledge to a real practical case-study.

Specialise in the latest and most relevant digital trends

Historically, the executive MBA has primarily focused on finance and leadership. But in today’s increasingly globalised and competitive world, executive MBA programmes can give you a significant advantage in the job market by allowing you to explore new subject areas that have evolved significantly in recent years.

The ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA’s innovative curriculum incorporates the latest digital business trends including big data, value-creating innovation and branding with digital and social networks which is designed to prepare managers and leaders from any industry and sector who can adapt to change and who are capable of reinventing new ways of doing business.

Learn from industry experts

The opportunity to learn from industry experts who have practical, real-world experience within a particular field is one of the main aspects applicants look for when choosing an executive MBA – and for a good reason.

They have a pulse on their industry, they understand the specific skills needed for jobs within a certain industry and they can bridge the gap between theory and practice which equips participants with the skills and knowledge needed to stand out in the competitive job market.

ESSEC Asia-Pacific boasts an impressive faculty that spans across its campuses in Asia and Europe and which has a global reputation for influential research that has been published in some of the world’s leading academic journals.

Gain an Asian focus with a global outlook

Sitting at the crossroads between east and west, studying an executive MBA in Singapore offers value that is two-fold. It allows students to develop valuable international insights into both Asian and global trade markets while acting as a gateway to the Asian job market.

This is a key element in the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA curriculum. Its international outlook with an Asian focus examines new business models in Asia. It also offers region-specific courses including Geopolitics in Asia from a Managerial Perspective and Islamic Business in Asia: The New Frontier. Topics such as supply chain and finance are taught using Asia-specific examples are used as professors highlight and explain the similarities and differences between Asian and European markets.

Be part of a diverse learning environment and expand your international perspective

Business in the modern era is inherently global and so being part of a diverse and representative cohort has naturally grown to become an important element to those who are looking to study an executive MBA.

This is why the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA focuses on creating a cohort that reflects the diversity of the world and the various career paths participants come from.

The ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA community comprises of students from various continents including Europe, Asia and North America – as well as different academic and mid-career backgrounds, from manufacturing to finance, marketing to biomedical science and even engineering.

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This article was originally published in May 2021 .

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