Master of Business Administration or MBA is one of the most popular post-graduate programmes in the world. The two-year programme is a gateway to a plethora of job opportunities in the corporate world.
An MBA is a great way to prepare for a changing business environment. The abilities one develops are also the best tools s/he have to adapt to the unavoidable change of industries, the marketplace, and the ways people do business.
Below we have listed the top ten Asian MBA schools in 2020, ranked by QS rating:
- INSEAD, Fontainebleau, Singapore
INSEAD’s accelerated 10-month MBA programme develops successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organisations and their communities. Conducted on our two campuses in Europe and Asia and with over 90 different nationalities in the classroom, no other business school offers such a multicultural experience.
INSEAD’s 10-month MBA format has proven to be a highly successful model. Students appreciate the opportunity to gain their MBA degree in half the time, meaning a much lower overall cost and less foregone salary.
- CEIBS, Shanghai
CEIBS offers a world-class, 18-month, full-time MBA programme taught in English and designed to prepare talented professionals with strong career aspirations, promising managerial potential, and clear international orientation for post-graduation roles as a global business thought leaders. The CEIBS MBA programme primarily aims to enhance students’ ability to identify and utilizing business opportunities, solve complex business problems, motivate people, and develop organisations. The programme focuses on developing participants’ leadership, professionalism, sense of social responsibility, cross-cultural competence, and entrepreneurial spirit.
- ESSEC, Singapore
The ESSEC Global MBA is a 12-month full-time program delivered in Singapore. The school’s two tracks: Strategy & Digital Leadership and Luxury Brand Management, offer unique paths, and each builds strengths, expertise, business connections, and global reach. At ESSEC Global MBA, students learn not only from the best international faculty and industry experts but also through interactions with each other.
In this one year MBA experience, participants gain strong academic foundations in management and learn how topics like artificial intelligence, sustainability, social justice, globalization, and politics impact functioning of companies, the broader economy, and society around the world. At the same time, the school’s talent centre and program team prepares participants for the job market and connects them with the extensive ESSEC’s alumni community.
- NUS, Singapore
Based in Singapore, the gateway to Asia, The NUS MBA is consistently ranked among the top programmes in the world, providing a strong ecosystem for those seeking deep understanding and insights into doing business in Asia.
The programme offers one of the most transformative MBA experiences – taking a balanced academic & experiential approach, the dual-core foundation balances- academic and experiential modules so students can build critical MBA knowledge, soft skills and valuable hands-on skills.
- University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The full-time MBA programme is an intensive 1-year programme with three tracks. All students spend nine months in Hong Kong to study the Asia Pacific focused core and elective subjects. Then, depending on the track they choose, they spend four months in London, New York or Hong Kong / Shanghai. Full-time MBA students will visit various cities in Mainland China during their first nine months, including company visits, executive talks, cultural events and alumni networking sessions.
- IIM Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad
The Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX) is one of the finest one-year, full-time, residential programmes in the APAC. Carefully designed by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad for bright, enthusiastic, and aspirational executives with substantial professional experience, the PGPX programme attracts top talents from diverse industries, cultures, and geographies.
- Nanyang NTU, Singapore
The 12-month full-time Nanyang MBA grooms global young leaders and prepares them for the age of disruption. Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and provides unmatched access to the dynamic Asian market.
The programme is offered by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, ranked 12th in the world, by QS University Rankings in 2018, known for its research excellence and technological strength.
- IIM, Bangalore
The full-time Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) is an intensive one-year residential programme created specifically for professionals with remarkable track records and 5 to 12 years of work experience in a wide range of industries. The EPGP provides students with the same solid foundation in key management concepts and disciplines as a two-year MBA, with similar rigour, range of electives, and grading criteria.
- HKUST, Hong Kong
Long regarded as a top MBA program in Asia, HKUST MBA has been ranked in the world’s top 20 for 13 years, in a row. The college’s strong global reputation speaks for the quality of education the students receive. The MBA degree is appreciated globally.
Students will gain what a 2-year MBA offers in just 12 or 16 months at a much lower cost than other top programs. The 16-month option includes both internship and exchange opportunities. The school also provides a 12-month program option to help the students shorten their time away from work if needed. Even after the MBA, students can continue to join elective classes as an alumnus.
- CUHK Business School, Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, CUHK Business School, is situated in Hong Kong.
The business school provides practical learning in Finance and Technology (Skill Development in Fintech, AI and Machine Learning; Hands-on Trading with Bloomberg Terminals in Finance Trading Laboratory), top entrepreneurial and innovation acumen (Hong Kong’s No. 1 and Asia’s No.5 in Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes QS Global MBA Ranking 2020; Fundraising Projects for Ventures around the World; Startup Support from CUHK Entrepreneurs Alliance and Alumni Torch Fund)
CUHK’s hillside campus overlooks Tolo Harbour in Hong Kong’s Shatin district and is only 30 minutes by train from downtown Kowloon and 20 minutes from, the border with mainland China.
CUHK Business School is located near the University MTR Station. The b-school boasts state-of-art lecture theatres, computer laboratories and other teaching facilities.