Eela Singai
Master of Business Administration

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With the desire to broaden my knowledge, leadership and analytical skills, I enrolled into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with The University of Adelaide (UoA) offered through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide (NAA) Education Centre.

The MBA is just one of the many programmes offered by UoA, a highly reputable, world-class university. UoA is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, and a member of the Group of Eight, which is made up of Australia’s top research-intensive universities. The University of Adelaide’s Business School is also awarded a 5-year accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) which is one of the world’s most respected accrediting bodies. It is noteworthy to mention that the AACSB accolade is awarded only to the top 5% of the world’s business programmes. The MBA programme has also been rated 5-Star, the highest rating by the Graduate Management Association of Australia.

With these knowledge, having decided to enroll in the MBA programme was probably one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Further, the programme structure, NAA’s centrally-located campus and international learning opportunities via an exchange programme drew me greatly into pursing my postgraduate education with NAA. Moreover, I am a privileged recipient of NAA’s bond-free scholarship which provided me generous financial assistance, so that I am able to focus better on my studies without having to worry about the programme fees.

UoA has a huge repository of learning resources and teaching staff of the University of Adelaide (UoA) fly in to Singapore for classes. Besides being recognised internationally for their outstanding academic achievements, the lecturers are well-connected with their respective industry and have diverse research involvement in their fields. They are adept at translating real-life case studies and experiences into relevant and topical classroom experiences to share with the students.

Classes are kept at optimal sizes, so as to achieve better lecturer-student interactions and to allow lecturers to pay attention to every student for a more personalised coaching approach.

Students at NAA undergo the same curriculum, which means that the rigour and quality of the content, as well as the course load and assessments are the same as the classes in Adelaide.

One of the modules, Managing Contemporary Organisations, was a real eye-opener for me, as it analyses individuals in various external environments and studies the motivational elements that inspire people. It is one of the modules I enjoyed most as I was able to asses my own strengths and weakness, learning how to thrive in all environments.

Conducted over intensive weekends to minimise disruption to students’ work schedule, the programme requires students to read up extensively before coming for class, so that they are able to actively participate in discussions and have a more fruitful understanding on the topics.

Students are also expected to have the discipline and commitment to get together in groups on their own time to discuss and work on assignments and projects, sometimes after work or during weekends when there are no classes. There are challenging days where it may be an arduous task to agree on a date and time when all members are available.

As an accountant who have benefited immensely from the programme, I feel strongly that accountancy and business work closely hand in hand together in all environments, regardless of the industry type, its structure and size of the organisation.

Pursuing a MBA degree is akin to aligning internally within oneself. Armed with the skills gleaned from the MBA programme, I see myself in a managerial position in the coming future, guiding my team and improving processes for the benefit of my organisation.

An MBA covers all key aspects of business management and is designed to extend one’s knowledge, skills and experience through the analysis of problems and challenges facing an organisation compared with professional qualifications such as ACCA and CFA which focus more on the financial and accounting operations, as well as compliance of an organisation.

Coursework usually comprises of a mixture of case study projects and examinations. To get the most out of the study materials, I would strongly encourage students to read up on their own, to ensure that they are also able to better master the modules.

I would also highly recommend this programme for several reasons. Firstly, materials taught in class go beyond the local context as students are exposed to the international knowledge and experiences shared by the lecturers who are very professional, interesting, and are always willing to share their real-life case studies to facilitate in their teachings. Secondly, with its intensive weekend classes teaching mode, the programme is best suited for professionals who desire to further their postgraduate studies in a programme that boasts of strong academic rigor and practical industry applications. Lastly, classes are always engaging and filled with activities, exercises and games to promote students’ critical thinking in a competitive business environment such as Singapore’s.