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sojodavid

Education: Bachelors in Physiotherapy and a PG Dip in Health Informatics
Age/Nationality: 37/Indian
EA prep under-way

Experience: 3 years clinical + 9 years in IT consulting services in Deloitte and Accenture across India, Middle East, and SEA where I am currently based. My clients are large-sized hospitals wherein I help them implement/maintain/upgrade medical records and other ancillary clinical systems. I am at the mid-management level and lead about 10 people in a PM role, overseeing daily operations, system maintenance, and release cycles.

My short-term goal would be to get into senior leadership positions in my current role/function. Still, primarily I would want to expand my network to potentially access higher-level roles in healthcare/pharma/diagnostics, be it product-based or strategy consulting in the mid-long term.

I have looked at part-time MBA programs at NUS, NTU, and SMU. While these are great options locally, they don't seem to go very far regarding network, alumni, and global opportunities. If I were to continue in Singapore for the rest of my career, I think one of these would work fine.
However, there is a good chance my work might take me either to the UK or the Netherlands in the near future. Given some uncertainties around my location, I am looking at a program that's well-received across the EU and Asia. Hence adding the following to the mix too -

IE Global Online (or) EMBA
Warwick or Imperial Online MBA
HKUST DiMBA
Manchester Global MBA

Would you have any advice for me in terms of how I navigate this through in picking the right school/program that serves me well? My budget would be in the range of 60-65k USD, completely self-funded and slightly flexible.

Also, does an EMBA make more sense in my case? Should I just scrap this all and look at top-ranked EMBAs in these regions?

Thank you!

Education: Bachelors in Physiotherapy and a PG Dip in Health Informatics
Age/Nationality: 37/Indian
EA prep under-way

Experience: 3 years clinical + 9 years in IT consulting services in Deloitte and Accenture across India, Middle East, and SEA where I am currently based. My clients are large-sized hospitals wherein I help them implement/maintain/upgrade medical records and other ancillary clinical systems. I am at the mid-management level and lead about 10 people in a PM role, overseeing daily operations, system maintenance, and release cycles.

My short-term goal would be to get into senior leadership positions in my current role/function. Still, primarily I would want to expand my network to potentially access higher-level roles in healthcare/pharma/diagnostics, be it product-based or strategy consulting in the mid-long term.

I have looked at part-time MBA programs at NUS, NTU, and SMU. While these are great options locally, they don't seem to go very far regarding network, alumni, and global opportunities. If I were to continue in Singapore for the rest of my career, I think one of these would work fine.
However, there is a good chance my work might take me either to the UK or the Netherlands in the near future. Given some uncertainties around my location, I am looking at a program that's well-received across the EU and Asia. Hence adding the following to the mix too -

IE Global Online (or) EMBA
Warwick or Imperial Online MBA
HKUST DiMBA
Manchester Global MBA

Would you have any advice for me in terms of how I navigate this through in picking the right school/program that serves me well? My budget would be in the range of 60-65k USD, completely self-funded and slightly flexible.

Also, does an EMBA make more sense in my case? Should I just scrap this all and look at top-ranked EMBAs in these regions?

Thank you!
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Duncan

The obvious choice here is an international programme with campuses and alumni networks in both SEA and Western Europe: Chicago; ESSEC/Mannheim; Insead; or Manchester.

The obvious choice here is an international programme with campuses and alumni networks in both SEA and Western Europe: Chicago; ESSEC/Mannheim; Insead; or Manchester.
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Before worrying about regional reputation and network, you may want to ask yourself 2 questions
1) Which program will give you the courses and education you are looking for? Each online program and EMBA is different in terms of courses offered, # of courses, etc. Make sure it fits your goals
2) Which program will fit your schedule and allow you to complete it in a way that fits your personal needs? Do you want to travel on many weekends for courses? (expense can also add up). Will you have flexibility in choosing courses?

I find that sometimes people overemphasize network or regional reputation. Usually it is the student that makes the difference by being proactive and contacting alumni. 

Before worrying about regional reputation and network, you may want to ask yourself 2 questions<br>1) Which program will give you the courses and education you are looking for? Each online program and EMBA is different in terms of courses offered, # of courses, etc. Make sure it fits your goals<br>2) Which program will fit your schedule and allow you to complete it in a way that fits your personal needs? Do you want to travel on many weekends for courses? (expense can also add up). Will you have flexibility in choosing courses?<br><br>I find that sometimes people overemphasize network or regional reputation. Usually it is the student that makes the difference by being proactive and contacting alumni.&nbsp;<br><br>
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StuartHE

I find that sometimes people overemphasize network or regional reputation. Usually it is the student that makes the difference by being proactive and contacting alumni. 


It's a multiplication.  Schools have more brand equity and relevance in the places and companies where they have alumni. If the alumni are not there,  then it's much harder to be proactive with them. 

[quote]I find that sometimes people overemphasize network or regional reputation. Usually it is the student that makes the difference by being proactive and contacting alumni.&nbsp;[/quote]<br><br>It's a multiplication.&nbsp; Schools have more brand equity and relevance in the places and companies where they have alumni. If the alumni are not there,&nbsp; then it's much harder to be proactive with them.&nbsp;
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Hi sojodavid,

I'm glad you brought up this topic because I've been exploring similar options myself recently. From my research and personal experience, here are some insights I've gathered:

Part-time Programs: I found that part-time programs offer flexibility for working professionals who want to pursue further education without leaving their current jobs. It's important to carefully consider the time commitment required and how it aligns with your work schedule and personal responsibilities.
Online Programs: Online programs can be a great option for those who need flexibility in terms of location and schedule. However, it's crucial to ensure that the online program you choose is reputable and accredited. Look for programs with strong faculty, robust student support services, and a track record of successful graduates.
Executive MBA (EMBA) Programs: EMBA programs are designed for mid-career professionals who want to enhance their leadership skills and advance their careers. These programs often cater to professionals with significant work experience and offer a more condensed format compared to traditional MBA programs.
Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your career goals, schedule, and personal preferences. I recommend researching various programs, reaching out to alumni or current students for insights, and considering factors such as program curriculum, faculty expertise, and networking opportunities.
I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck in your decision-making process!

Best regards,
Mahargha

Hi sojodavid,
<div>
</div><div>I'm glad you brought up this topic because I've been exploring similar options myself recently. From my research and personal experience, here are some insights I've gathered:
</div><div>
</div><div>Part-time Programs: I found that part-time programs offer flexibility for working professionals who want to pursue further education without leaving their current jobs. It's important to carefully consider the time commitment required and how it aligns with your work schedule and personal responsibilities.
</div><div>Online Programs: Online programs can be a great option for those who need flexibility in terms of location and schedule. However, it's crucial to ensure that the online program you choose is reputable and accredited. Look for programs with strong faculty, robust student support services, and a track record of successful graduates.
</div><div>Executive MBA (EMBA) Programs: EMBA programs are designed for mid-career professionals who want to enhance their leadership skills and advance their careers. These programs often cater to professionals with significant work experience and offer a more condensed format compared to traditional MBA programs.
</div><div>Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your career goals, schedule, and personal preferences. I recommend researching various programs, reaching out to alumni or current students for insights, and considering factors such as program curriculum, faculty expertise, and networking opportunities.
I hope this helps, and I wish you the best of luck in your decision-making process!
</div><div>
</div><div>Best regards,
</div><div>Mahargha </div>
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