Overview On Parameters Involved In Doing An MBA In Other Countries
So far, we have covered Europe and the USA…so what about MBA in other parts of the world? Many International MBA programs are acquiring brand value in Asia and Africa. In Asia alone, internationally acclaimed B-schools are located in countries like Singapore and India. English-only MBA programs are also offered in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. For international students who want a different experience, many Asian programs offer scholarships and discounted tuition to encourage an international environment in the classroom.
The Financial Times in its Executive Education Rankings for 2012 included 5 African business schools. And even Australia and New Zealand have a lot to offer in the management studies sector. Let’s have a look into each section to examine what are the parameters involved in doing an MBA in other countries
Most of the MBA programmes offered in Asia provide a deeper understanding of the Asian economy. A degree from an Asian university is an advantage to those who want a career within Asia itself. GMAT scores are usually powerless here and entrance is granted on the basis of either excellent academic record or considerable amount of work experience. There is no uniform accreditation body, rather it depends from country to country. In a rough country wise breakdown, we can have an approximate idea on the MBA programmes offered:
The medium of MBA programmes are usually in English and B-schools usually conduct their own entrance exams. There are more than 50 B-schools offering MBA as a course and they are mostly targeted for those who have negligible work experience. Some B-schools in Bangladesh worth a mention are Asian University of Bangladesh, University of Dhaka – Institute of Business Administration, IUBAT – International University of Business Agriculture and Technology, International Islamic University Chittagong and North South University.
MBA programmes here are typically a 2 year full-time course. Admission into these B-schools depend upon academic record, work experience and entrance exam results. Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) in India are one of the world’s most selective B-schools in all of Asia and offer a post graduate degree in management studies. Other well renowned institutes offering MBA programmes include SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Symbiosis Institute of Management, Xavier Institute of Management, etc. (just to name a few)
B-schools offering MBA programmes in Singapore are rising in terms of their brand value. Singapore is now home to many different branches of MBA schools from across the globe. Admission depends on the B-school requirements. Some notable institutes offering MBA are National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, SP Jain School of Global Management Singapore, James Cook University Singapore, Singapore Institute of Management and Singapore Institute of Commerce.
MBA studies continues to struggle here as traditional companies still believe that practical knowledge and application cannot be obtained inside a classroom.
Countries like the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, etc. have excellent studying opportunities for those willing to study under programmes offered by the respective universities and institutes. Some universities worth mentioning are
United Arab Emirates:
1. University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)
2. Institute of Management Technology (IMT) – Dubai
3. INSEAD – Abu Dhabi
1. University of Leicester Qatar
2.University of Northampton Qatar
1. Istanbul University School of Business
2.Sabanci Üniversitesi – Sabanci School of Management
3.Bilkent University – Faculty of Business Administration
1. Sultan Qaboos University
- Majan University College
- Modern College of Business & Science
- MDCI (Muscat) – Gulf College
In mainland Australia, B-schools either accept students on basis of merit or impressive non-academic history. GMAT is not compulsory and IELTS / TOEFL are the exams you should take just to keep oneself the safe side. Some aussie B-schools worth mentioning are – Melbourne Business School, AGSM MBA at University of South Wales, College of Business and Economics at Australian National University ANU…just to name a few. In New Zealand, most universities offer MBA classes, typically through part-time arrangement or evening classes. Work experience may or may not be necessary for admission into their respective programmes. A few B-schools out of the many in New Zealand are: University of Auckland Business School, Auckland University of Technology School of Business, University of Waikato Management School, etc.
The Financial Times in its Executive Education Rankings for 2012 included 5 African business schools. In countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana, many B-schools offer varieties of MBA degrees for their students to choose where to make an informed decision for admission into these programmes. Ghana also has foreign MBA programmes that enable distance learning for students. Business schools in Tanzania are Tanzanian Universities, including Mzumbe University, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Dodoma, St. Augustine University of Tanzania, St. John’s University of Tanzania, the Open University of Tanzania, and CBE-IFM, Tanzania Institute of Accountancy. In Kenya courses are typically spread out over a course of 4 semesters – each of four months duration.