The Benefits Of Studying For An MBA In Singapore Over India

Vidit Chaudhary talks about why he didn’t want to study in India but equally did not want to leave Asia

Vidit Chaudhary is the co-chairman of the management consulting club at Nanyang Business School. Before his MBA he had six years of work experience from Capgemini, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Accenture. He talks about what made him want to study outside of his native country, India and why Singapore is such a brilliant country to study in.

Vidit, 28 grew up in Delhi, India and studied for his engineering undergraduate degree in Delhi. After graduating he joined Accenture where he worked for more than three years in Bombay, Bangalore and Australia. “After a year in Australia with Accenture I returned to India and worked for PwC doing two years of management consultancy with clients ranging from logistics, transportation, retail and chemicals.”

Next for Vidit was a year spent working at Capgemini before he realised he wanted to study for an MBA. “The seeds were there for a long time. When I was working for PwC as a senior consultant I realised I needed an MBA. I was doing an MBAs role but got there not because of degree but because of experience. Most MBAs in PwC, who were from premium colleges in India, were more sellable to clients because of their degree. “The degree was a sufficient differentiator and helped place these employees on a fast track career paths not only within the company but also outside. An MBA also gave them the flexibility to move within the different divisions, a luxury I strived to have but did not have even with 5 years of industry experience”

MBAs are rated very highly in India, much more so than in Singapore explains Vidit. “If you have an MBA from a top tier or second tier business school in India that you have an advantage in the job market.”

When the time came for Vidit to think about which business schools to attend he only looked within Asia, “primarily for monetary reasons but also I only wanted to be in Asia. Asia is the place to be – it’s a place where all the action is. I have no dream to be in Europe or America and even though I had the opportunity of Australia, I didn’t want to leave Asia.”

Vidit looked at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Nanyang Business School. “I got admission from all of them but I decided on Nanyang. I spoke to some Indians in Hong Kong who said that language was a barrier and people speak in Mandarin or Cantonese even though English is the official language. I would be required to speak in local language and deal in Cantonese, consulting is always done in the local language and I don’t believe you can learn that language fluently enough.”

After speaking to Nanyang alumni he realised how flexible the course was; “you can complete the MBA in 12 months or 16 months, there was a flexibility of combinations. I felt spoilt with choices. I also have an engineering background and Nanyang gives you the option to do specialisations in technology.” Vidit also says that at NUS the batch is much bigger and there are many more Indian students, “Diversity is important as it empowers absolutely everyone. I wanted to get an international MBA and wanted to join a diverse classroom.”

Nanyang alumni also reiterated the idea that when you are studying in Singapore you are studying for an international MBA not a local MBA. The Nanyang MBA has 60 cohorts from 20 different countries and is very diverse, “people talk about things you wouldn’t have even imagined before. Its learning from your peers who come from diverse industries, countries and cultural backgrounds” The Nanyang staff all know your name and know your career background, Vidit says this is a level of attention you would never get at an Indian School such as ISB. “Further, smaller classroom size facilitates greater interaction with professor and stimulates learning. I would prefer to make 100 friends than make 600 acquaintances. “

Vidit researched the diversity at ISB and found that in a class of 100 there would be one American, “and it would probably be a green card holder with an Indian background, the business school is lacking the culturally diverse backgrounds.”

Singapore has suited Vidit well and he says that it is an easy country to be an Indian in, “favourable to Australia as it is a very safe place to be. Food can occasionally be a bit of an issue for Indians but in Singapore there is a diverse range of food.” Vidit states that it is easy for Indians to find work in Singapore, 10% of the Singaporean population are Indian, “there is a high standard of living, a high life expectancy rate and no racism. Sometimes in the US and Europe you experience racism but here there is no discrimination. For Indians looking for a job the easiest place to find a job would be Singapore.”

Nanyang has impressed Vidit, “the teaching is amazing and the faculty impressive. We have PhD’s from Harvard, those who have held positions in the treasury, currently on boards of many banks and they come to teach us! Last term one professor teaching Strategy Formulation is the CEO of a large hospital in Singapore and he comes and teaches us in the evening. This trimester we have an ex-BCG partner who is teaching us Strategy Implementation”

After his MBA Vidit plans to return to the consulting industry but hopes to find himself in a different role. Ten years from now he hopes to be running his own company back in India. “India is definitely the place to be if you want to set up your own company as it is just growing so quickly. We used to have IBM and Accenture outsourcing to India through the U.S. but now Indian companies require their work to be done. IBM and Accenture are now working for clients in India. There is a lot of scope for development with India’s growth rate.”

 

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Comments.

Akhil

Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 03.02 (Europe/Paris)

Hi Vidit, Thanks for sharing information about Nanyang MBA Program

Charlotte Davies

Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 12.32 (Europe/Paris)

Very interesting - thanks Vidit!

One question for you: Do you think that MBAs are too highly valued in the Indian business world?

Vidit

Thursday 24th November 2011, 15.01 (Europe/Paris)

In India, students go for MBA with very less and mostly with no prior experience. I do not believe in an MBA with no prior experience and cannot imagine a class of recent undergraduates doing an MBA. They are surely too highly valued. Trend is now changing with people realizing the value of experience but it will take a lot of time for the existing culture to change. An Indian MBA is hence not appropriate for people with more than 3-4 years of prior industry experience.

Shikha

Thursday 24th November 2011, 15.34 (Europe/Paris)

:) :)

Hung Vu

Sunday 11th December 2011, 19.52 (Europe/Paris)

This is Hung from Vietnam, Vidit's classmate. I'd like to echo Vidit about the program in Nanyang MBA. Great program with real experience experts in industries. Very diversified participants. Good career development office holding many workshops and talks with recruiters, employers in the industries. Two thumbs up for the Nanyang MBA.

karush

Tuesday 10th January 2012, 18.34 (Europe/Paris)

Hi vidit,
very informative and helpful insight into NTU.
You said you secured admission into NUS and HKUST.
what was the admission procedure and which exams did you give.
Would be helpful if you answer these queries.

Vishal Kr Sinha

Monday 16th January 2012, 09.39 (Europe/Paris)

Hi Vidit,

I am an applicant for the NTU-Waseda Program for 2012 intake.
My major concern was the inception of 6 months of program in Japan from this year onwards.
How well will be the job prospectus after the course and how does the companies recognize students with normal Full Time MBA with that of ours (Double MBA).
Also how well are the chances to get a decent job in India?

Kindly throw some light into this matter.

Regards,
Vishal Kr Sinha
Lead Engineer
Samsung
Bangalore
Mob: (+91) - 9900924750
INDIA

nidhi

Wednesday 8th February 2012, 11.36 (Europe/Paris)

I have got admission in Auston institute for PG diploma in IB.Can you tell me about how useful the course would be from the point of view of getting placement.

Banshali

Thursday 22nd March 2012, 13.47 (Europe/Paris)

Hi Vidit,

I echo whatever you have mentioned above. Doing an MBA should actually help people interact and get exposure to the international community. And this is something which acts as a differentiator. Even I am planning to do an MBA from Singapore after factoring in all the variables.

Thanks for the insight

manish

Friday 11th May 2012, 10.08 (Europe/Paris)

thanks vidit for your kind inputs, i am having experience of 15 + would it be use full for me to join this cource.

Varun Sareen

Thursday 13th September 2012, 12.03 (Europe/Paris)

Hi Vidit,

Nice to read some usefull information from you .

I am currently working for Accenture India - Technology with 14 months of work experience . I am very much confused with my goals at the moment .
I had plans to pursue MBA after my B-tech which i pursued in Computer science and engineering . I am really not much interested in the kind of work i am doing . I am more of interested in Consulting rather Technology . Please let me know if it is the right time to pursue MBA or i have chances to join some Consulting firm at present .

Warm regards,

Varun Sareen

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