NUS MBA 13 November 2013

Reflections of an NUS MBA Globetrotter

It’s been just over two months since I came to Yale from NUS to complete the NUS Masters Double-degree programme with Yale School of Management, but it sure feels like a life time when I think about the experiences and memories I’ve gained.

I’ve been fortunate to travel from China to Singapore, and then to the United States, in pursuit of knowledge and meaningful experiences. I chose NUS MBA because of the diversity of students, global experiences that are part of the NUS MBA programme, Singapore’s strategic location and the dynamic format of the MBA programme.


Yale MAM

Today, as I look back to the time that’s just gone by, I cannot help but reflect upon the rich experiences and benefits of taking up the NUS MBA double-degree Masters in Advanced Management (MAM) programme at Yale University.

The innumerable case studies, field trips, classroom discussions, projects, management practicum etc. provided me countless opportunities to network and learn about the growing Southeast Asian market.  I have to say it makes you different and stand out from the peers at Yale due to the experience and insights about Asian markets.

First major draw for me to take up MAM was the academic experience. Yale campus is beautiful and offers tons of resources. I still remember my very first visit to the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale, the world’s second largest university libraries, with a huge collection of everything from manuscripts from 18th centuries, to books, CDs, and other multimedia resources.

Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Yale also has some of the world ‘s top professors. The Nobel Prize winner in Economics this year, Robert Shiller and the Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, Dr James E. Rothman, are both from Yale. Imagine the thrill of meeting them, sitting in their lectures, discussing with them and having them as your mentor!

Emeritus Charles Hill

Yale International Center for Security Studies Professor Emeritus Charles Hills for us to teach Grand Strategy

Second major advantage of this programme is the course format itself. Spanned across nine months, the Masters in Advanced Management programme is exclusively designed to bring together the most promising management students from elite non-US schools to train them to become future leaders in the most real and practical way.  For instance, I participated in a class project led by the most popular marketing Professor Ravi Dahr at Yale School of Management, in which students are guided by professors who serve as mentors rather than teachers, and students have to themselves, independently provide innovative and creative solutions to real issues.  As an Asian, this is a great opportunity to learn about the vast U.S. market, like the U.S. Hispanic consumer behaviour on the real case sponsored by the big-name companies. This exposure to rich environment has largely improved my future professional outlook.


Qunyan (on left) with Professor Ravi Dahr (on right) with student team after completion of a term project report

Qunyan (on left) with Professor Ravi Dahr (on right) with student team after completion of a term project report

Last but not the least, I’ve made some best friends and most memorable relationships during my time at Yale. Between the variety of club activities, social events, company visits, group projects, and team meetings, my time at Yale just flew by! NUS is the strategic partner university of Yale in Singapore to join the ranks of the world’s leading business schools in the Yale partner network. So if you’re in NUS Business School, you should NOT miss this great opportunity!

Qunyan was visiting UNICEF-The United Nations Children’s Fund in the field trip of her class and had a talk with Tony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF

Here’s hoping my peers will make most of these opportunities by NUS Business School, while I continue my globetrotting!


About the author:

NUS MBAQunyan (Ivy) Liu is a student of Master in Advanced Management at Yale University, as a part of double-degree programme at NUS Business School. She has worked extensively in B2B and B2C marketing, sales, channel management and strategic consulting. To learn more about her experiences at Yale, drop her a note at  or to learn more about the double degree programmes at NUS Business School with Yale University, check out our earlier blog post here.