INSEAD, the leading international business school, has launched several initiatives at the start of the academic year 2012-13 in the MBA programme and the Global EMBA (GEMBA) programme as well as expanding the school’s executive education portfolio.Additionally, the Master in Finance will be launched in April 2013 on the Asia campus in Singapore.
A new MBA module is being introduced on the INSEAD campus in Abu Dhabi to deepen students’ understanding of this dynamic region and to help them cultivate career opportunities in the Middle East. A group of 30 to 40 MBA “pioneers” will make three trips to the region from January to March 2013 as part of their curriculum.
MBA participants at the Asia campus recently tookpart in a social project as part of their orientation programme at the start of term. In total, 200 MBA students appliedtheir leadership and management skills in building a playground area as a community project to benefit a children’s home under the Children’s Aid Society in Singapore. INSEAD develops such programmes with the aim of giving its students more social awareness and aims to build more sustainability in business. This is a prerequisite for operating in today’s environment and gives a wider perspective to students.This pilot has been such a success that it may now be rolled out to all incoming MBA classes starting in Singapore and Fontainebleau.
The first Global EMBA (GEMBA) class in Asia was welcomed on campus in Singapore in August this year, exceeding the number of admissions by 40% and testifying to the increased demand for executive training in Asia. This expanded offering of the GEMBA programme has been designed to provide senior-level executives the flexibility of minimal time off work, through the use of weekend modules which cover much of the core curriculum. The Global EMBA in Asia completes the portfolio of GEMBA offerings across all three INSEAD campuses, giving executives the choice of studying in Europe, Asia or the Middle East.
The new INSEAD Master in Finance, starting in Singapore in April 2013 and targetingexperienced finance and investment professionals, will also be offered in modular format to accommodate the working schedules of busy full-time professionals.
The Master in Finance degree programme is designed to provide participants with a rich, integrated learning experience combining finance, accounting, leadership, management, strategy and investment banking to prepare them for financial leadership roles. Details of application procedures and access to the online application can be found at www.INSEAD.edu/MFin/Admissions.
In Executive Education, an increased number of Customised Programmes with leading companies in Asia and the Middle East will be delivered this academic year. At the same time, INSEAD’s portfolio of 45+ Open Programmes has been expanded to address the evolving business challenges that executives face in Asia’s dynamic markets.
The senior management programme LEAP: Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice has recently been introduced and is delivered only on the Singapore campus. Aimed at senior executives who already occupy significant leadership positions, the programme gives participants the opportunity to improve their understanding of their leadership style, its roots and its effects on others.
A new collaborative programme with China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) has also been introduced. CEIBS-INSEAD Expanding Business to China provides participants with knowledge of the essential ingredients of doing business in China, focusing on insights, financing and partnership. It represents a unique business development opportunity for companies, whether they are considering entering China or expanding there.
In terms of initiatives in Europe, a new Finance programme will run in Paris this September. The Advanced Valuation Programme is aimed at experienced professionals in strategic positions. Kevin Kaiser, Programme Director explains, "This programme will give you the tool kit, the conceptual understanding and the real-world ability to make sure you're making the right valuation decisions to help your clients and your companies survive and thrive."
Finally, as a follow-up to the International Directors Programme launched in 2011, INSEAD will award in early September the first INSEAD Certificates in Corporate Governance to fifteen participants of the programme who have successfully met the course requirements. Certification is fast becoming a requirement to join the boards of some of the listed companies in Europe. INSEADCertificate in Corporate Governance is one of the first global credentials offered by an academic institution for board members operating internationally. It affirms a director’s commitment to continuously develop his or her effectiveness and thus contribute to the creation of an effective board culture and performance.