News Details | 25-Oct-2011

NTU’s Nanyang MBA Programme celebrates 20 years of success

Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Business School (NBS) celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Nanyang MBA programme − consistently ranked as Singapore’s best − with a host of events and activities that will gather alumni and friends to commemorate this major milestone.

The highlight of the celebrations is Homecoming Week. This starts on October 27 with a golf tournament for NBS alumni at the Warren Golf & Country Club, followed by a Leadership Conference on October 28 at Mandarin Orchard Hotel, where distinguished speakers will share their thoughts on transformational strategies for succeeding in a volatile marketplace. That evening, alumni will unwind to live jazz at Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The week rounds off with a gala dinner on October 29 at Marina Bay Sands, where Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck will be the guest of honour. Mr Teo is an alumnus of Nanyang Business School and a member of the school’s advisory board, which is chaired by Spring Singapore chairman Philip Yeo. A Nanyang MBA Alumni Scholarship Fund, where alumni donations will support scholarships for participants from non-profit and non-governmental organisations, will also be launched at the dinner.

Professor Gillian Yeo, Interim Dean of Nanyang Business School said, “The Nanyang MBA has come a long way in the past 20 years. All of us here at the school take great pride that the programme has gained significant global recognition in such a short period of time. This reflects not just the rigour and relevance of our teaching, but also the quality and success of our graduates. This milestone is as much a celebration for the school as it is for all alumni.”

Launched in 1991, the Nanyang MBA has grown rapidly to become one of the world’s top MBA programmes. From its early days as a largely part-time course for local students, its alumni now numbers almost 3,000, spread across more than 50 countries. Today, full-time participants outnumber part-timers two to one. Of these, 80 per cent are international students. Even as international participation has grown in number, so has ethnic diversity, about 20 nationalities these days, compared with less than 10, a decade ago.

The programme enjoys strong placing in several global MBA rankings. In 2004, it broke into The Economist’s Top 100 list of MBA programmes, a first by a Singapore business school. In the eight years since then, the Nanyang MBA has been ranked consistently as Singapore’s best, and among the top 10 in Asia. In another well-respected ranking, the Nanyang MBA entered the Financial Times’ global top 100 list in 2007 at #67. Since then, it has climbed up to be consistently among the world’s top 35 MBA programmes.

The Nanyang MBA has also established collaborations with several international business schools – Switzerland’s University of St Gallen, France’s Essec, and Japan’s Waseda University – to offer double degree programmes. And since 2000, Germany’s Bayer Group has been sponsoring high-flying executives for the Nanyang MBA as part of its management development programme.

The internationalisation of the Nanyang MBA parallels the rising global stature of Nanyang Business School. The school is the first in Singapore to be endorsed by the top accreditation boards for business education in Europe and the US. Nanyang Business School attained EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation in 2004 and was conferred accreditation by America’s AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in 2005.

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About Nanyang Business School

The Nanyang Business School (NBS) seeks to nurture leaders who understand and pursue the simultaneous advance of business, environmental and societal interests – to secure a sustainable future for our world.

As one of Asia's leading business schools, NBS offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programmes in accountancy, business, and management that meld rigorous academic theory with real-world business practice.

Located on an expansive campus, filled with lush greenery, NBS provides an outstanding learning environment, with state-of-the-art facilities and world-class research centres.

NBS is the first business school in Singapore, and the third in Asia, to be accredited by both the European Quality Improvement System and Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). It is also one of only nine business schools outside of the United States to be accredited with the AACSB in Accounting. These are the most widely recognised European and American quality assurance standards relating to the provision of accounting and business education. 

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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