NUS Business School launches new specialisation courses in entrepreneurship from upcoming academic year

The National University of Singapore Business School’s Master of Business Administration (NUS MBA) programme will be launching a new Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) specialisation in the upcoming academic year beginning in August 2017, NUS administration said in a statement.

Mochtar Riady Building, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
Mochtar Riady Building, NUS Business School,
National University of Singapore. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

“To maintain our MBA graduates’ competitive edge, NUS Business School seeks to continually enhance our curriculum and pedagogy to nurture dynamic entrepreneurs and business leaders for the future business economy,” said Professor Jochen Wirtz, Vice Dean (Graduate Studies), NUS Business School.  

 Open to all part-time and full-time students of the NUS MBA, a total of 10 elective modules are offered to students that will count towards the I&E specialisation. Developed in consultation with an Entrepreneurship Expert Panel comprising academics, practitioners and alumni, the curriculum aims to give students hands-on exposure to every aspect of the entrepreneurship journey.

“The specialisation answers the call of a rapidly changing business climate, in particular, the increasing interest in entrepreneurship among current MBA students and potential applicants,” it read.

The new academic year starting in August 2017 will see four new electives available to students, listed below:

  1. Corporate Entrepreneurship and Business Model Evaluation
  2. Entrepreneurship Study Mission – Silicon Valley, USA
  3. Social Entrepreneurship
  4. Venture Capital

“We are expecting an economy with greater disruptions, restructuring and ambiguity. Embracing these changes means learning new skills, and strengthening fundamental and functional knowledge across industries,” said Prof Wirtz. “The Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation covers the entire entrepreneurship eco-system including incubators, accelerators, venture capitalists, providing a progressive and holistic view.”  

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Students of the NUS MBA can also undertake short exchanges to experience the entrepreneurial culture in Germany’s Mannheim Business School, Israel’s Tel Aviv University, and Norway’s NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

Describing entrepreneurship as the management of extreme uncertainty, alumnus Randall Sie said, “We need to stretch the learning approach beyond theoretical frameworks and work on soft people skills such as leadership and team building, which are vital in all types of organisations.” Sie is part of the Entrepreneurship Expert Panel, sharing his personal experience and contributing to the development of the new modules.

The NUS MBA programme was ranked 26th in this year’s Financial Times (FT) Global MBA rankings. Each year, the School welcomes a class of about 100 participants from over 30 nationalities.