NUS MBA 26 December 2019

MBA exchange at NUS — Say hi to the videocam!

What is life like as an MBA exchange student in NUS? Five students decided to use video to document snippets of life. Aired on YouTube channel “MBA Times”, the videos covered topics such as exchange experience, interviews with students and faculty, and even a week in the life of an MBA couple in Singapore.

The channel is the brainchild of NUS MBA students Ivan Voloshyn and Julia Kozina, as well as exchange students at NUS – Amaliya Safiyeva (Yale University), Willie Zhao (HEC Paris) and Li Ying from Tsinghua University.

Ivan said, “Before I applied for an MBA programme, like many other applicants, I scavenged the internet for information on the schools I was interested in. While there is plenty of information on the GMAT or application process, it is very hard to come across any information on the MBA experience itself. This is why I decided to start a podcast to showcase the lives of MBA students from the inside. I hope this will help potential applicants to make more educated decisions.”

So how is the NUS experience like for the exchange students? Outside-In carries edited excerpts from their first video “Exchange semester at NUS”.

A screen capture of the Youtube video “Exchange semester at NUS”.

 Lukas Rehm (WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany): When I was deciding where to go for my exchange semester, two things were really important to me – the quality of the university and its accessibility to culture and travel. Looking back at my time in Singapore, I can put a check mark against both of those things because on one side, I learned a lot about Asian business environments and how to do business in Asia. I also managed to travel to Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. It was a great experience and I had a great time with friends.

Li Ying (Tsinghua University in China): I think it’s amazing. I learnt a lot about Asian markets. In my home university, we always talk about China and the US. We hardly talk about Asian business, which features many new and promising markets. The professors are great, providing case studies and stories on the government, history and culture. This has inspired me to learn more about it.

A group of NUS MBA students and exchange students taking in the sights of Singapore.