Expand your horizons through exchange programmes

Full-time MBA student Jose Antonio Borrero is finding that going on exchange programmes overseas brings major benefits. Last month, he took part in an entrepreneurship course at the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) and found the time spent there to be a precious experience.

The MBA programme offers some 17 courses under its short exchange programmes at universities worldwide, giving students the opportunity to broaden their outlook and develop awareness of different cultures and economic environments.

Participating schools include Tel Aviv University, Tsinghua University, and the Norwegian School of Economics. The duration of these courses ranges from one week to a month.

Jose Antonio Borrero (bottom left) with his classmates in Bangalore

Jose Antonio Borrero (bottom left) with his classmates in Bangalore

This year, IMM-B started the week-long Creative Disruptive course that is designed to expose international students to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Bangalore. Some 37 students from 19 universities attended Creative Disruptive.

Participants attend classes on entrepreneurship and visit companies such as tech giant Infosys and retail start-up Chumbak.

Jose, who is interested in entrepreneurship, as well as India’s culture and history, said:  “I was able to network with the entrepreneurs and investors and meet students from business schools worldwide.”

The skills Jose picked up at NUS Business School prepared him for the Bangalore experience. For instance, he felt he was able to analyse business models of the companies there, giving him deeper insights into Bangalore’s business ecosystem.

The School’s exchange programmes give students valuable learning opportunities, according to Jose. “Go to as many programmes as you can. There is always something amazing to learn,” he said.

“I went to IIM-B, now I´m at London Business School and the next semester I´m going to IE Business School in Spain. Take full advantage of what our great school offers and let the world know more about our Business School community,” said Jose.

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