Each year, NUS Business School postgraduate and undergraduate students work closely with a range of industries on consulting projects, as well as take part in programmes outside the classroom. These projects give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and sharpen their skills. Beyond classroom teaching, such real-world experiences groom and nurture our students to be future global leaders.
Start your MBA journey by building vital soft skills that are essential for success in any leadership position. Immerse yourself in an intensive 5-day boot camp, and learn to build better personal and professional relationships by analysing the keystones to effective communications. Master the power of influencing others to get things done. This interactive boot camp will spark new ideas, and deliver essential leadership insights that will guide you throughout the programme.
The second pillar of The NUS MBA Experiential Core – MBA Survival Kit – allows you to build a solid foundation and empowers you with a set of essential skills that will help you to excel in the MBA and beyond.
The Experiential Core culminates in the MBA Consulting Project. Apply what you have learnt in a real business scenario, working directly with a company to solve current business challenges. You will define and solve strategic problems, explore business opportunities, enhance organisational competitiveness, and improve organisational and managerial effectiveness – all within a limited time frame. Working in teams of 4-5 students alongside company representatives and under the supervision of a faculty, you will research and analyse issues to produce a comprehensive, in-depth strategic business plan that incorporates financial, marketing, operational and strategic recommendations.
This flagship experiential learning module has offered over 300 projects across 12 different industries with more than 150 companies in fields such as Fintech, Banking & Finance, Consulting & Professional Services, Technology, Hospitality & Tourism, Industrial Engineering/Manufacturing, FMCG & Retail.
For undergraduate students, the Field Service Project gives honours students the opportunity to learn directly from businesses about real-world business issues through consulting practicums. They work closely with multinational companies like L’Oreal, government-related bodies such as Singapore Tourism Board, as well as small- and medium-sized companies. Many of the latter projects are highlighted each year in the Enterprise 50 awards and are featured in The Business Times.
Sam Chee Wah, the general manager of an SME – Feinmetall Singapore, a probe card manufacturer and Enterprise 50 winner – says three groups of NUS students had helped with research into such markets as India, Indonesia and the Philippines. “They have done a fantastic job. I believe the market research is done very thoroughly. In a nutshell, in an SME, we are not able to do all this by ourselves. Secondly, as students, they look at things from a different perspective.”
The Bizad Leadership Development Programme (BLDP) offers BBA students rich, in-depth experiences through attachments to captains of industry over the course of a few weeks, during which time they engage in multiple one-on-one discussions with the CEOs. For some, they also benefit from shadowing the CEOs to meetings and observe how they work. As part of the programme, students also undergo an intensive two-week module on business leadership case analysis.
NUS Business School also provides an experiential ‘classroom’ for EMBA (Chinese) students to learn through nature and strengthen their resolution, health and stamina for any challenges they may face.
Held in Mo-Kia-Yen Gobi Desert on the border of Gansu Province and Xinjiang, the Gobi Desert Challenge is an annual competition, with EMBA students participating from more than 30 top global Chinese business schools.
The 112-kilometre endurance test is inspired by the journey of Tang Dynasty monk Xuanzang, a central character in the novel Journey to the West.
Through the challenge, our EMBA students experience first-hand the journey Xuanzang made in pursuit of truth, and as a result better understand the keys to success: vision, action and perseverance – qualities also important for leadership.