Nanyang Business School, Singapore
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Nanyang Business School, Singapore

The Nanyang Business School in Singapore is one of the leading educational business institutes in Asia. The school combines excellence in academics with an ethical philosophy designed to shape future business leaders.


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Sustainability is at the core of the Nanyang experience. This refers not only to environmental awareness, but economic security and community interests as well. Nanyang graduates are taught to be progressive, innovative thinkers who bring to the table an inclusive but focused worldview.

The business program at Nanyang began in the 1950s, when the university first offered a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accountancy. But it was not until 1990 that a separate School of Accountancy and Business was established. Five years later, the name was changed to the Nanyang Business School and the programme has been growing ever since. In 2009, Nanyang was ranked number 24 on the Financial Times list of top global MBAs. That was the first time a Singaporean University had broken the top 25.

Nanyang is currently accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is also one of the few schools outside of the United States to have received accreditation from this organization.

Nanyang scores well consistently in yearly ratings. In October 2011, The Economist magazine ranked the Nanyang MBA programme 69th out of 100 globally. The Nanyang MBA has also been named the best in Singapore and one of the top 10 in Asia.

The Financial Times has included Nanyang among the top 100 MBA programmes in the world each year since 2007. It ranked 34 in the prestigious newspaper’s poll as of January 2012.

Nanyang partners closely with other top schools around the world. It counts institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, the Norwegian School of Management, the Wharton School, the University of California at Berkeley, and several others among its partner schools. Such relationships benefit students a good deal, as they enhance networking and study abroad opportunities.

There is perhaps no better place to be to observe and engage in the fast-paced global market than Asia, and Singapore is an excellent city in which to live and learn. Singapore has been called the most livable city in Asia, which means that whether students come from other Asian or from Western countries, they will be able to acclimate and thrive in the environment.

The Nanyang MBA fosters a global perspective among all of its students, but places special emphasis on Asia. The faculty here are all well-seasoned professionals who bring strong insights from their previous experience to bear, as well as analysis on current global market trends.

The MBA is a 16-month programme and is geared toward those looking to make rapid career advancements and take on a leadership role, and those looking to make a career change and move into a business sector.

MBA students work closely with one another as part of Nanyang’s commitment to simulating diverse work experiences that will prepare students to be part of an international business community. Coursework includes classes such as Cultural Intelligence & Strategic Leadership Development, as well as single market focused work, as in the Global Strategy & Business Opportunities in Latin America and Africa classes.

While study abroad is not required for graduation, the option is available to students and international exposure is encouraged. Students may choose to do a business study mission in another country, or participate in a 3–4 months long exchange program.

Nanyang also offers an Executive MBA degree (EMBA). While Nanyang does teach with an Asia-centric global view, Executive MBA degree candidates gain exposure to Western practices as well. Each will visit the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona.


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EMBA applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years experience in a management position.

Nanyang also caters to exceptional mid-career business leaders with its Fellows MBA. Geared specifically toward those who have already made significant achievements in their careers, the yearlong intensive takes participants from Singapore, to the Wharton School in Philadelphia, to MIT in Boston. These already successful individuals will have networking and coaching opportunities to take their careers to the next level through international experience and exposure.

Executive education is important at Nanyang, and that is reflected in the numerous professional development and management study opportunities held at the campus.

In addition to its MBA programmes, Nanyang also offers Master of Science in Financial Engineering, a Master of Management in Hospitality, and a Ph.D. programme.

Undergraduates may earn bachelor’s degrees in business and accounting.

Like Nanyang’s Facebook page for school updates. To see photos of students and the campus, check out the Nanyang flickr page. For videos on the benefits of a Nanyang education, see their youtube stream.