February 22, 2024

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Savvy business masters

Master Your Future – CNA

Developing professionals holistically

Many options are available to help busy professionals keep abreast of new developments in their field, be it reading a book, attending a conference or workshop, or taking a short course. However, unlike a formal degree programme, these ‘quick fixes’ do not offer much opportunity to build deep knowledge in a specific discipline while also practising the hard and soft skills needed to navigate the new world of work.

“Beyond technical skills, the jobs of the future will demand a healthy dose of agility and flexibility to deal with structured and unstructured problems, as well as creativity to find solutions and take advantage of advancements in technology,” said Professor Themin Suwardy, Dean of Postgraduate Professional Programmes at Singapore Management University (SMU).

Being a specialised university focused on management, social sciences and technology, and their intersection, SMU’s Master’s programmes are increasingly practice-oriented. Real-world learning is provided through a mix of case studies, project-based assignments, consultative experiences and internships. SMU Master’s students also learn interpersonal and organisational skills that cut across disciplines through its Professional Development Workshops.

Graduate students are encouraged to gain knowledge related to their original area of expertise, which Prof Suwardy called “adjacencies”, to widen their skillsets and help them understand the world more fully. For example, given the game-changing importance of data analytics and knowledge of business, these are two practical adjacencies that SMU Master’s students from various disciplines are keen to learn.

global recognition

GLOBAL RECOGNITION

One of the best specialised universities in Asia and the world

interactive pedagogy

INTERACTIVE PEDAGOGY

Interactive, seminar-style pedagogy under thought leaders and subject experts

innovative programmes

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMES

Courses that combine cutting-edge research and up-to-date knowledge with best business practices

networking and career opportunities

NETWORKING AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A student population from many different countries, bringing diverse experiences into your network

city campus

CITY CAMPUS

Nestled within the arts and heritage precincts, right next to the CBD

GLOBAL RECOGNITION

One of the best specialised universities in Asia and the world

INTERACTIVE PEDAGOGY

Interactive, seminar-style pedagogy under thought leaders and subject experts

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMES

Courses that combine cutting-edge research and up-to-date knowledge with best business practices

NETWORKING AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A student population from many different countries, bringing diverse experiences into your network

CITY CAMPUS

Nestled within the arts and heritage precincts, right next to the CBD

Thriving in the asian century

According to the Financial Times, this year will see Asia’s GDP (in purchasing power parity terms) overtake the GDP of the rest of the world combined. While China and India account for a large part of this trend, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is emerging as a not-so-dark horse as well. ASEAN is poised to become the fourth-largest economy in the world by 2030, behind the United States, China and the European Union.

With Asia set to be the major engine of economic growth over the next few decades, there is a need for regional business leaders who can create, sustain and develop companies that drive this growth. Being based in Singapore, the business epicentre of Asia, gives SMU postgraduate students a better vantage point from which they can go on to become entrepreneurial leaders in the new economy.

Said Prof Suwardy: “Asia is complex, with many different leadership styles across the region, and even within the same country. So understanding and leading in Asia is all about context. Asian leaders need to be able to work across cultures and regions, and integrate know-how with a multi-disciplinary perspective.”

In these times, then, a Master’s degree entails more than simply completing a set number of courses. “We want to transform students in terms of their world views, competencies, strategic vision, spirit of collaboration and appetite for problem-solving,” said Prof Suwardy. It is about imbuing professionals with skills that will stay with them “beyond their current projects at work, their next posting or their next career move.”

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