In the last decade, Asia has become a lucrative destination for MBA seekers ready to forge international careers. Economic force China lures business students from near and far, and with an increasing range of MBA programs taught in English, its cities are becoming ever more attractive for those looking to take the next steps in their careers, whether they plan to stay and find work in Asia or take their experiences and understanding of the region back home. There are many locations in Asia to do an MBA: Singapore and Hong Kong both combine insight into Asia with strong connections to the West, and world-class business programs taught in native-level English. MBA programs in India and on mainland China are catering increasingly to international students as the two nations court more and more international investors.
For Asia-bound MBA applicants, it’s hard to look past Singapore. Indeed, the school’s Full-Time MBA is currently ranked right at the top of the Global MBA Ranking from the Financial Times. Although INSEAD’s first campus was its Fontainebleau, France one, since 2000 the school has also run programs out of Singapore, the sovereign city-state in southeast Asia. The triple-accredited school, whose MBAs are also highly ranked by The Economist and Businessweek, runs its Full-Time MBA program in parallel with INSEAD’s campus in France. Students can also take part in an elective course on the Abu Dhabi campus, as well as making the most of INSEAD’s partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.View School Profile
CEIBS’ Full-Time MBA is typically ranked as one of the best MBA programs in Asia in the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking. Its Executive MBA also received a top-20 placing in the Financial Times’ EMBA Ranking 2016. Students can select from concentrations in Finance, Marketing or Entrepreneurship. With its main campus in Shanghai, CEIBS also has a presence in Beijing, Shenzhen, Zurich and Accra.View School Profile
In terms of MBA programs in Asia, Hong Kong’s position as a financial city where East meets West is a compelling choice for business students, and HKUST Business School delivers on that promise. Ranked 15th in the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking 2017, HKUST’s MBA is a 12-month program, which sits alongside the school’s part-time MBA programs that meet weekly or fortnightly.View School Profile
Another top business school in Asia is Singapore’s Nanyang Business School, which was also ranked among the top 100 MBA programs by both the Financial Times and The Economist in their most recent surveys. The general MBA is offered with three tracks: General Management, Strategy & Innovation or Banking & Finance. Meanwhile the Nanyang Fellows MBA, designed for senior executives, begins in Singapore and continues at three universities in the United States: The Wharton School in Philadelphia, Georgetown University in Washington DC, and UC Berkeley in California.View School Profile
For those interested in studying business in Asia’s financial powerhouse Singapore, NUS is another school worth considering. Ranked within the top 100 MBA programs by the Financial Times, The Economist and Businessweek, the school’ general MBA is offered alongside the Executive MBA, which has been ranked within the top 20 EMBA programs by both the Financial Times and The Economist.View School Profile
For students looking to study in the South Asian country of India, one of the country’s most highly-regarded b-schools, the Indian School of Business has campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali. Ranked 27th in the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking 2017, IBS’s Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) includes concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Infrastructure and Healthcare.View School Profile
Further north in Ahmadabad, the IIMA was also ranked within the top 30 MBA programs in the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking 2017. The 12-month Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) is the school’s equivalent of an MBA. As well as the regular program of classes, the PGP is also available as a Seminar track, where students undertake a research project.View School Profile
For Asia-bound MBA students looking to break into the world of Chinese business, the Antai College of Business and Management makes the most of its place within Asia’s largest economy. The school’s International MBA is a two-year program taught in English. This triple-accredited business school is also home to a well-regarded Executive MBA, which was ranked 7th in the Financial Times’ EMBA Ranking 2016.View School Profile
CUHK’s MBA program is allegedly Asia’s longest-running MBA, with a reputation for placing almost 30 percent of its MBA graduates in finance roles following graduation. As well as the standard 12-month MBA, the school offers dual MBA degrees with HEC Paris, the University of Texas at Austin and the Rotterdam School of Management. CUHK is also home to a two-year Executive MBA taught in English on weekends every two to three weeks, allowing students to keep up with work commitments.View School Profile
Accredited by AACSB and EQUIS, the University of Hong Kong sees MBA students spend time in Asian hubs like Beijing and Hong Kong and, depending on the chosen track, four months in London, New York, Hong Kong or Shanghai. This international focus has helped the program to be ranked within the top 100 MBA programs in the world by both the Financial Times and The Economist. More than 30 percent of graduates find roles in the financial services industry, while another 29 percent are placed in consulting roles, across Asia and elsewhere.View School Profile
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