Singapore- the emerging hub for management studies
Updated on Apr 26, 2016 - 12:17 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das #Singapore
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One of the main factors to consider while pursuing an MBA degree overseas is the destination for your study. While countries like the USA, UK or Australia have been tried and tested, a new breed of international students are exploring fresh destinations to earn their MBA degree. Singapore, which has made its name as a hub for management studies, is definitely one of them.

Singapore as a destination for management studies has been mainly pushed by its hyperconnectivity and by the fact that it is a well- known financial centre of South-Asia and all major companies of the world have created their base in Singapore. The country also happens to be a hot spot for business with MNCs like Unilever, DHL, IBM or General Motors having their regional headquarters here for decades now. No wonder then that Singapore is connected to most of the countries in the world. In fact, Changi Airport, which is one of the largest transportation hubs of South-Asia, has over 100 airlines flying to 80 countries and 300 cities every day. In 2014 itself, around a massive 54 million passengers passed through the airport during the year.

Not just that, if you want to be part of the global management society and experience the latest advancement in the field first hand, then Singapore is ‘the’ place to study in. Singapore is a major campus point for universities like INSEAD, James Cook University, Curtin, Newcastle University, to name a few.

Careers360 lists six reasons why Singapore is fast emerging as the hub for management studies and why you should give a thought to it to take your MBA dreams forward:

1. Best business schools: One of the main factors behind Singapore’s increasing popularity among management aspirants is the presence of some of the best business schools in the world on its shores. With management giants like INSEAD, NUS and Nanyang Technology University, Singapore leads the pack among Asian countries in the World MBA rankings.


Here are some of the best business schools in Singapore:


a. National University of Singapore (NUS): Ranked at the 31st position by Financial Times ranking,the MBA programme at National University of Singapore (NUS) is a 17-month long course which includes both internship and an exchange programme. Further, NUS provides a wholesome management experience through student- led study trips and business competitions. With more than 34,000 NUS Business School alumni represented in over 50 major cities, NUS enjoys a very high position in terms of employee reputation among large corporations.


b. Nanyang Technology University (NTU): A public autonomous university, the Nanyang Technology University was established in 1991 and offers an intensive MBA programme for 12 months with special focus on Asia. What is interesting is that NTU lets students engage in a ‘live’ strategy project with a company and also gives them an opportunity to do a business study mission in another country.


c. INSEAD: INSEAD, Singapore is one of the 3 campuses of the trio of institutions spanning across Europe, West Asia and Asia. The Financial Times ranking placed INSEAD in the 4th position in its 2015 MBA ranking, a jump of two positions in the previous two years due to an increase in salary, better research opportunity and a diversified campus life. INSEAD offers a 10- month long intensive programme which includes teaching via study groups, interactive class sessions and exchange programmes.


d. Singapore Management University (SMU): Modeled after the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s education system, the Singapore Management University is a public university that is specially focused on management studies. Although a relatively new institute, SMU has made its mark among the top management institutes in the world. It is especially known for its finance related courses like wealth management etc. The university offers a 12-month full time MBA which also includes student exchange programmes.


2. Wide range of programmes : While most of the countries in Asia offer very few and common specialisations in MBA, Singapore is one of those which stands out with its wide range of subjects. While the usual courses like MBA in Finance, Marketing and HR feature among the hot courses, many students are exploring newer subjects like MBA in aviation, MBA global and even MBA Asia Business. For example, the course structure in Singapore Management University is oriented towards the Asian business industry. Not just that, you can also pursue MBA in leadership, luxury management, CSR, energy management among a host of unique management courses.


Here are some of management courses you can pursue in Singapore:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

  • International Master of Business Administration (IMBA)

  • Dual MBA

  • Global Master’s of Business Administration

  • Certificate in Management Studies

  • Master of Business Administration in Aviation

  • Master of Business Administration Treasury Management

3. Cost effective MBA: Although Singapore is considered an expensive destination to study, it is still a viable option for anyone who is considering pursuing an MBA course abroad. While the tuition fee for the top colleges is more or less similar to that of western countries, Singapore wins in terms of cost of living. For example, while the cost of pursuing a PG course in Singapore is between $10,000- $12,000, it can go upto $27000 in USA.


4. Home to global MBA institutes: Singapore is a popular hub for international management institutes from across the world.  As such, management students in Singapore are exposed to multiple schools of thought in terms of management theories and practices. Where else would you find MBA specalisations centered around both on the Asian market as well as the European industry?


Singapore is an attractive campus point for universities in the UK, Australia, France and India, among others. James Cook University, Newcastle University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, INSEAD, Curtin are some of the popular universities which have their branches in Singapore.


5.  Hub for management jobs: Singapore is home to Asian headquarters of many multinational companies of the world. In fact, the city-state is well known as the financial centre of Asia as it has been consistently ranked as one the top places in the world to do business. Name any big MNC- Unilever, IBM, Louis Vuitton, General Motors – all have their headquarters in Singapore. As such, it is the best place for fresh management graduates to explore job opportunities.  Also, universities in Singapore enjoy a special reputation among employers globally. In the QS World Universities ranking, the National University of Singapore comes 10th in the world in the Employer Reputation category while the Nanyang Technological University stands at 35.


6. Flexibility in the duration of studies: One interesting point about studying management in Singapore is that there is no country-wide specific duration standard. Having institutes from different countries in the world, the duration of the management programme varies compared to full-time management programmes in countries like the UK where it is one year or the USA where it is 2 years.  So, if NUS offers 17 months long course, NTU and INSEAD offer the same for 10 months.

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hi.. im planning to do masters in singapore, what are best courses available for electronics and instrumentation engineer and in which singapore universities

Ina 23rd Jan, 2020

You can do your masters in Singapore, but still I prefer you think it twice before you do. Here are some top engineering Universities of Singapore:

  1. National University of Singapore
  2. Nanyang technological University
  3. SIM University
  4. Singapore University of technology and design
  5. Singapore institute of technology
  6. Singapore institute of engineering technologists

Hope this data may help you.
All the best for your bright future.

part time Job jobs in singapore

Ameya Narendra Parkar 21st Jan, 2020
Dear Priya,
I would like to tell you that there are many part time jobs might be available in Singapore.
You need to Google and search for the part-time jobs and also you can find some advisements about the same.
I would suggest you to choose the part time job of your interest only.
It's difficult to predict what exactly is present in Singapore for part time jobs.

I hope this information helps you

All the best

sir am a Indian planning to pursue Masters in Urban Designing in James Cook University. Is that a good university and a good course to get a job in Singapore.?

Kanupriya Gupta 18th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

James Cook University has started the course of Masters in Urban Designing by collaborating with professionals around the world and therefore, this degree is unique in its ways. This is a collaboration of cultures and they will shine through the course. This course is meant for those who want to change the world through their actions and their career and job opportunities. This Master's degree is only available at this university. The campus is in Singapore from which you wish to pursue and the start dates are February and July. Planning and Urban Design is a 2 year full-time Masters course.

This will help you get a job anywhere in the world in creative roles in all sectors, be it government, not-for-profit, in developing countries where there is a need to impart such knowledge or corporates. As it is singularly established, it will remain a valuable course, wherever you go. You would be able to design cities and would be able to help communities to tackle climate change through your planning. You would be able to work towards issues relating to population, urbanisation, poverty and homelessness, land use and create a culturally inclusive and economically developed environment for those around you. This course will equip you with hazard mapping, planning sub-divisions, ecological sustainability, policy development, environmental law and urban and regional planning. Therefore, you will have special knowledge in the field of tropical planning and you would be able to articulate this knowledge to make a career in politics or research as well if you wish to.

Therefore, it is a good course to move forward with and will surely enable you to get a job in Singapore.

Hope this helps. All the best!


I am a Citizen of India. My Father was working in Singapore as a S pass. Now I compIeted a 12 th in India. I want to Study Engineering in Singapore.What Can I do for Study in Singapore

sarthak goel 31st Dec, 2019

Hello Astil,

You will have to apply to a Singapore university. Since you are an Indian Citizen you will be considered as an international student. Below is the link for some singapore universities:

Below is the link for the application process in singapore universitites:

Since your father is working in Singapore, you may have some additional benefits in applying of VISA or completing some formalities.

Hope this Helps


which university provides undergraduate course of bio technology in singapore?

Yashu Shrivastava 26th Dec, 2019

Hello Sejal

Here is the list of some colleges for Bio Technology in Singapore-

  1. PSB Academy.
  2. NGEE ANN Polytechnic.
  3. Singapore Polytechnic College.
  4. Temasek Polytechnic College.
  5. Management Development Institute Of Singapore.
  6. Republic Polytechnic.
  7. Nanyang Polytechnic.

Hope It Helps

Best Of Luck!

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