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Nanyang Business School at Nanyang Technological University


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One of the most exciting cities in all of Asia is Singapore and Nanyang Business School was the very first MBA school in the country. So if you’re looking for a school that would allow you to do a deep dive on Asia in an incredibly welcoming city, Nanyang is the place to be. It’s full-time MBA program, which boasts a focus on Asia, can be completed in just 12 months.

For incoming students in 2013, a newly revamped MBA curriculum will put more emphasis on both leadership and applying the lessons learned in class to the real world. Students go through nine core courses and four electives during the year but also have time for either an overseas or local business study mission as well as an industry project.

With nearly nine out of ten students from outside Singapore, the school attracts a wildly diverse group of MBA candidates, especially from all across Asia. Some 16% of the Class of 2012 were from Europe and from Southeast Asia; 18% from India, 13% from China, 12% from Northeast Asia, and 6% from the Americas. An unusually high percentage were women, 43%, compared with the more typical one-third in U.S. business schools.

The vast majority of Nanyang’s MBAs tend to land jobs in Asia (some 81% of the Class of 2011), with 14% going off to Europe and 5% to North America. The school says that 48% of the class used the MBA degree to transition to a new industry, while 46% changed functions. Even more impressive is the fact that more than a third of the graduates (38%) were double-switchers, using the MBA to change both industries and job function at the same time.

Latest Up-To-Date Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2012) — 32
BusinessWeek (2012): NR
Forbes (2011) NR
Financial Times (2012): 34 (Global), 19 (Non-U.S.)
The Economist (2012): 72 (global), 32 (Non-U.S.)

Rankings Analysis: Poets&Quants’ 2012 composite ranking places Nanyang’s MBA program as the 32nd best in the world, outside the U.S., an inconsequential dip from its ranking of 28th a year earlier. That ranking is based on the school’s performance in the global rankings of The Financial Times and The Economist. The school is not ranked by either BusinessWeek or Forbes which publish separate but more limited lists of the schools outside the U.S.

In 2012, the FT ranked Nanyang the 19th best MBA program outside the U.S. and 34th in the world, versus a global rank of 33rd in 2011. The Economist’s 2012 global ranking had the school’s MBA program at a rank of 32nd outside the U.S. and 72nd in the world, a tiny dip below its global rank of 69 in 2011.

Contact Information

Block S3, 50 Nanyang Avenue
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore, 639798
Admissions Office:
+65 6790 6183/4835
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From Nanyang Business School:

The NANYANG MBA is globally recognized as one of the Top MBA programmes in the world. Achieving this status in a short span of 20 years is a testament to the quality, rigor, and relevance of our MBA programme. Our MBA programme is ranked regularly as one of Asia’s best and we are accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – the world’s most widely recognized quality assurance standards for accounting and business education.

With global markets characterized by rapid changes, heightened public scrutiny on corporate practices and Asia’s continuing ascendance, Nanyang Business School is introducing its new MBA curriculum to address these challenges. The new NANYANG MBA curriculum will produce a new generation of leaders through a 12-month MBA program. Aside from well-honed leadership capabilities, you will have a deeper knowledge of industry issues, especially in the Asian context. You will also attain a greater sense of corporate governance and sustainability. In short, you will be ready to lead in the face of these new challenges.

The Nanyang MBA

The new NANYANG MBA full-time program is a 12-month programme conducted in Singapore, with options for further international exposure outside of Singapore.

Designed to meet the needs and requirements for industry,  and a strong focus on Asia, your MBA academic program is comprised of the following

a) 9 core courses

b) 4 electives

c) either an overseas or local business study mission

d) an industry project

e) a global leadership module (cultural intelligence)  spread over 2 trimesters

There are a number of advantages of choosing to do your MBA studies at Nanyang:

Ideal Location – Singapore

Asia’s growing influence on the global marketplace is much more evident now than before. Its importance to any company and organization has increased many fold. Thus, doing your MBA in Asia – being right where the action is – will give you the competitive advantage over other MBAs in this aspect. Not to mention, the global city state of Singapore, with its East meets West environment and strong influence to regional economics, it is home to leading multinationals regiona l(Asia) headquarters. It is the most ideal place to kick-start your career, here in Asia.

New Curriculum

For AY 2013, we are introducing the new NANYANG MBA curriculum based on the challenges posed by rapid market changes, Asia’s increasing influence, and increasing public scrutiny on corporate governance and sustainability, while at the same time meet the changing requirements of employers for MBA hires.

This new curriculum is designed towards making you better prepared to lead in the face of today’s myriad of challenges, as well as those of the future. With a stronger focus on Asia and more relevant industry applications, you will be able to make decisions that will make an impact and execute plans to achievement.

The new curriculum’s main features include the following:

1)     increased emphasis on leadership development

2)     deeper focus on Asia

3)     broader relevance and application to industry needs

Value for money

With a comparable learning experience at par with the world’s best and a new & relevant curriculum in place, pursuing the NANYANG MBA is real value for money in terms of costs compared with studying in business schools in the US or Europe. Coupled with lower tuition fees, living expenses are also very much affordable inside the campus (graduate accommodation is available in a conducive living environment with lots of greeneries and with an array of facilities).

Diversity of talents

You will be among a diverse group of talented individuals from different backgrounds and industries coming from around 22 countries around the world. This select group of talent will ensure an inspirational learning experience with diverse views and debate of ideas.

Global Perspective & Experience

The global perspective of the NANYANG MBA comes not only from the use of international case studies, but also from the diverse views reflected by the high percentage of international participants and faculty in the programme. Our faculty is chosen for their outstanding track record in industry, research and consulting. The pedagogy of the NANYANG MBA emphasizes not only the global nature of business, but also the application of models and frameworks in the Asian context. You may choose to further broaden your international exposure with an exchange term at one of our 50 partner institutions worldwide.

Asian Focus

The other pillar of the new NANYANG MBA curriculum is the stronger focus on Asia. With Asia’s increasing influence, the programme will use more case studies relevant to doing business in Asia- whether multinational or regional (Asia) or local companies and organizations.

Riding on our expertise of Asia, we offer a selection of pan-Asian electives which include courses like Sun Zi Art of War and Business Applications, The Dynamics of Investment in Greater China, Managing in Asia: Issues and Ethics, State and Politics in Modern Indonesia, etc.

The first case center focusing on Asia, Asian Business Case Centre was set up in Nanyang in collaboration with the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, in recognition of the need for quality business research in the Asia-Pacific region. The centre is a leading producer of Asian case studies which are widely used in our MBA courses. You have access to Asian business intelligence via an extensive collection of over 1,100 Asian cases, written by the faculty of Nanyang Business School and top universities worldwide.


Nanyang Business School is the first Singapore MBA business school (and 4th in Asia) with accreditation by both AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) from US and EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System) from the European Union.

These accreditation bodies attest to the quality of higher education programs offered by the business school, thus your MBA degree from Nanyang is acknowledged worldwide.

AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is an association of educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations devoted to the advancement of higher education in management education.

It is also the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide. AACSB assures quality management education by providing the world’s most prestigious business school accreditation.

Less than 5% of the world’s business schools have achieved this elite distinction.

EQUIS is the leading international business school accreditation system known for its strict standards in granting their accreditation. Institutions must first demonstrate not only high general quality in all dimensions of their activities including research and community outreach, but also a high degree of internationalization.

EQUIS also looks for a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. A strong interface with the world of business is, therefore, as much a requirement as a strong research potential.

EQUIS attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment that favours the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills, and fosters their sense of global responsibility.

It also looks for innovation in all respects, including programme design and pedagogy. EQUIS is supported by a broad international body of academics and professionals.


The following are some of the rankings and accolades of The NANYANG MBA and Nanyang Business School.

The Economist (October 2012)

  • The Nanyang MBA was ranked 72nd  among The Economist’s list of the world’s top 100 MBA programmes. It was the 4th best placing by an Asian business school
  • Since 2004, the Nanyang MBA has consistently been rated among Asia’s top 10 MBA programmes and the best in Singapore .

Financial Times (January 2012)

  • The Nanyang MBA was ranked 34th in the Financial Times’ Global MBA Rankings 2012.
  • It has been ranked within the Financial Times’ global top 100 every year since 2007.

Singapore’s # 1 MBA, Global MBA Rankings, Financial Times 2007-2010

13th in the world, 1st in Asia, International Mobility, Global MBA Rankings, Financial Times 2010

15th in the world, 2nd in Asia, Career Progress, Global MBA Rankings, Financial Times 2010

5th in the world, 1st in Asia Diversity of recruiters, Economist Intelligence Unit, “Which MBA?” Ranking Survey 2010

15th in the world, 6th in Asia Education experience, Economist Intelligence Unit, “Which MBA?” Ranking Survey 2010

21st in the world, 4th in Asia Jobs found thru career services, Economist Intelligence Unit, “Which MBA?” Ranking Survey 2010

1st in Singapore, Top 3 in Asia, Accounting Research, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting

1st in Singapore, Top 3 in Asia, Finance Research, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal

First in the World, Centre for Leadership & Cultural Intelligence (CLCI)


Our faculty doesn’t just lecture – they share information, elicit responses and dialogues, and encourage people to share their perspectives and ideas. Whenever you are with a Nanyang faculty, expect well-informed thoughts as well as active engagement in a supportive environment.  In short, they ot only encourage you to contribute, but will inspire you to do so. So bring with you a willingness to debate ideas and stretch your mind in new directions.

The Nanyang Business School has more than 160 professors, which makes it among the largest business schools in the world in terms of faculty strength. They are from more than 20 nationalities and competent in more than 30 languages. Our professors hold doctorates from globally renowned education institutes including Harvard University, Stanford University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Around 900% of our faculty  that teaches at the MBA program are PhD holders.

The NANYANG MBA teaching faculty is made up of our more experienced faculty who are top educators, researchers, as well as active consultants for regional corporations in varied diversified industries and market segments. Our NBS professors are highly regarded consultants to numerous multinational corporations as well as large local enterprises in Singapore and around the region.

For the new NANYANG MBA curriculum, 3 former business school deans will be teaching in the new NANYANG MBA curriculum, demonstrating our commitment to this new program.

Aside from the NBS professors, world renowned visiting professors and industry practitioners and experts teach at The NANYANG MBA in their field of expertise.

Top industry leaders, mostly those holding top positions (C-level executive, such as CEOs, CMOs, and CFOs among others) from leading companies, complement the academic with the practical real world learning as they conduct classes for the MBA participants.

Career Development

The NANYANG MBA Career Development Office (CDO) main objective is to work with you as an aspiring MBA, to increase your brand and economic value to enable you to further pursue your leadership career across the globe.

To achieve this objective, CDO will craft with each one of you a personalized development programme to enable you to determine and develop your individual career maps, and progression, and eventual career success.

Your career development programme will comprise two (2) main drivers:

Personal Development

  1. Self-Awareness and Career Direction – Providing an increased awareness of personal preference, values, aspirations, and career choices.
  2. Networking & Culturalisation – Developing interpersonal sensitivity, confidence and ability to lead, motivate and work with different nationalities.
  3. Academic Asset Acquisition – Acquiring necessary academic prowess for certain career tracks.

Professional Charting & Enhancement

  1. Sector Leverage & Interconnectivity – Engaging Alumni and Business Leaders to enhance your standing in the Sector eco-system.
  2. Continual Knowledge & Competency Acquisition – Developing a Brand Model for Leadership Success.
  3. Increasing Professional Value & Career Mapping – Actively engage with Headhunters/Recruitment Firms throughout your career to map and build your ROI value to organizations at key points in your career.

You will constantly be engaged in your own development throughout your NANYANG MBA programme, and beyond, in 3 broad time-pockets:

The NANYANG MBA CDO will continue to be your partner even after you become a NANYANG MBA Alumni and way into your future.

 About Nanyang Business School

Consistently counted among the world’s top-tier business schools, we are one of the most established and comprehensive providers of business and management education in the Asia-Pacific.

For over 50 years, we have nurtured leaders from around the world, employing innovative pedagogy that melds rigorous academic theory with real-world business practice. Being fully integrated into Nanyang Technological University, we are able to draw on the strengths of one of Asia’s most comprehensive research-intensive universities to provide enriching opportunities for interdisciplinary study. This holistic approach extends across our wide array of undergraduate and graduate programmes – as well as non-degree executive courses – ensuring that our graduates thrive and succeed in today’s increasingly dynamic and interconnected world.

Our academic excellence and industry relevance is well recognized globally by independent publications and organizations. Our MBA programme is ranked regularly as one of Asia’s best and we are accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – the world’s most widely recognized quality assurance standards for accounting and business education. Our research has also received outstanding ratings in various academic surveys, with several of our faculty recognized as global leaders in fields such as accounting, finance, and culture intelligence.


The Singapore Advantage

Singapore is a top-class global city to Work, Live, Study and Play. This globally connected, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan city-state offers an environment conducive to numerous industries, such as manufacturing, life sciences, information technology, supply chain, and creative and knowledge-driven industries. In the recent Global Competitiveness Report (2012), World Economic Forum ranked Singapore second-most competitive economy in the world and Asia’s most competitive economy.

Singapore is no stranger to success. Part of the reason for this is the hard work ethic of Singaporeans and of course the influx of talented professionals from around the world who comprise Singapore’s workforce. The present living conditions of the country makes it a great place to start a family and settle down, thus attracting many talents from around the world.

Discover Singapore

You can find out more about Singapore through the following websites below:

MICA’s official website on Singapore

Singapore Tourism Board’s official website

Abundant Opportunities

Global businesses chose to site their Asian headquarters in Singapore. Strong trade and investment makes Singapore the most competitive Asian country (Global Competitiveness Report 2012). The World Bank also ranks the Republic as the world’s easiest place to do business (Doing Business 2009 report).

By situating their international HQs here, some 6,000 multinational companies benefit from Singapore’s network of over 50 comprehensive Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements. They also gain from Singapore’s many free trade agreements and the 35 Investment Guarantee Agreements. These FTAs have enable Singapore to establish a network to countries that contribute at least 60% of global GDP. Companies can always rely on protection of their ideas and innovations through Singapore’s rigorous enforcement of its strong intellectual property laws.

Singapore is a leading provider of services such as international banking, trade finance, maritime finance, insurance, treasury operations, and asset and wealth management within the region. Singapore is the fourth largest foreign exchange trading centre in the world.

Companies based in Singapore can tap the diverse capital markets and cutting-edge financial services from more than 500 local and foreign financial institutions here. In addition, there are over 4,500 companies offering professional services, including audit, accounting and management consulting; market research, advertising and public relations; human capital services; and legal services.

Singapore is also fast emerging as an optimal destination for the centralization of services or “shared services”. Centralizing activities such as IT, finance, and logistics, offers benefits such as lower operating costs, consistent service levels and enhanced productivity.