Singapore, The Ideal Location for an International MBA?
Lyn Kwek chose to stay home and hedge her bets by studying in Singapore
Lyn Kwek was born and raised in Singapore and is looking for an international career, so why then did she opt for an MBA at Nanyang? When there are so many other top schools abroad, shouldn’t the Yunnan Garden Campus have been the last place she wanted to study in?
Lyn believes her homeland’s merits more than justified staying put. A marketer by trade, she dives right into explaining why Singapore is easy to pitch to foreign students. “I’ve lived here all my life and enjoyed every minute of it,” she says.
“Singapore offers an appealing mix of cutting-edge infrastructure, a world-class education system and a dynamic cosmopolitan vibe thanks to a blend of Eastern and Western cultures.”
She also points out that The World Bank’s Doing Business 2010 Report ranked Singapore as the easiest place in the world to do business.
The city state’s profile seems even better when compared to stagnating western rivals. Singapore’s export-dependent economy contracted by 1.9% in 2009, only to bounce back by growing14% the following year. It currently ranks sixth for GDP per capita, above the US and Hong Kong.
Nanyang itself is a great school for students who wish to familiarise themselves with the region, Lyn claims.
“We have many international students who maximize their Asia experience by travelling to other Asian countries during school breaks and Singapore’s excellent geographical position makes travel within Asia a breeze.”
During her part-time MBA, Lyn has continued working as a Marketing Manager, which often requires her to hop frequently between airports in the Pacific.
But despite Singapore’s central location, she admits that “the hardest part of the course is to juggle between my travel plans and attending classes.
“Fortunately the MBA course is flexible in terms of allowing me to decide how many courses I would like to take in a trimester which helps me in my time management.”
Lyn has chosen to build on her impressive background by specialising in marketing at Nanyang. When she finishes, she plans to stay within her sector and hopes to rise to more strategic roles as her career progresses.
For now, she’s enjoying playing host to a class of mostly international fellow students.
“My favourite part of the course is my classmates. I love being surrounded by so many smart people from diverse cultures and backgrounds and having the opportunity to work and learn from them is very stimulating.”
This is also a useful networking opportunity for Lyn. About 90% of Nanyang MBAs graduating from last year’s class went on to work in Asia.
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