Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Synergy of Three Prominent Business Schools

Asia’s rapid development results in an increase in the complexity of doing business in a region with substantial economic, business, cultural, institutional and socio-political differences.

Sharing a vision of global competitiveness, three of Asia’s prominent business schools established the S3 Asia MBA program for meeting the need in today’s global business education.

S3 Asia MBA is the only tri-country and tri-university collaborative double degree program. The students are able to leverage on the strengths of 3 universities – the deep understanding of Asian economies; the global standard of MBA education, the faculty team trained from top business schools around the world and global networks. Its Asia-specialized curriculum will facilitate the students to be the true future global leaders with expertise in Asian business context.

In addition, the students start their first semester in Shanghai and spend their second semester in Seoul, and finish the last semester in Singapore. This unique structure of the program exposes the students to different cultures and lifestyles. Having 2/3 of the classmates from different countries with various educational and professional backgrounds require the student to engage in teamwork and increase their cultural awareness.

Looking back at my experience as the program manager, S3 Asia MBA has faced new challenges and more complexities than any other collaborative programs due to the uniqueness of its structure. Thus, one of the most critical points in its management is to identify challenges and find solutions, so the program progresses favorably for the students.

School administration is definitely a unique experience for me because I work with people full of passion and commitment and be part of their personal growth. Throughout the journey, we learned to cherish the differences and by giving. Their enthusiasm and diversity made the experience even more rewarding.

I hope for great success and an ever-bight future for the S3 Asia MBA students.

Contributed by Ms. Bina Ok, Program Manager, Korea University Business School

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