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Why Choose INSEAD’s Asia Campus?
Singapore is the home of INSEAD’s Asia Campus. Inarguably the world’s most internationally diverse business school, INSEAD is unique in that it pioneered the way to give MBA students a genuine multicultural experience by being the first business school in the world to establish two fully integrated campuses with separate, permanent staff and faculty – and on two different continents, at that.
INSEAD chose to establish its second campus in Asia in 1999, forecasting the continent’s enormous potential for growth in economics, business and finance – despite the onset of the Asian financial crisis in 1997. This prediction has become reality: today Asia is a global competitor, and Singapore itself has arguably been named the most competitive city in Asia and the third most competitive city in the world (behind only New York and London). In 2000, the campus was officially inaugurated by Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister and founding father of modern Singapore.
Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world, giving easy access to Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and India. The economy of Singapore is extremely innovative, business-friendly and competitive. For these reasons, it is home to over 100,000 enterprises and over 70,000 multinational companies — despite being only 3.5 times larger in space than the city of Washington, D.C.
Mirroring the country’s growth, INSEAD students at the Singapore campus have jumped in population from a mere 53 students in 2000 to nearly 400 students in 2010, thus prompting the expansion of the Asia Campus in 2005 – two years ahead of the originally scheduled expansion. The Asia Campus offers programs for the full-time MBA, global executive MBA, PhD, as well as ten Centers of Excellence to facilitate research and other executive education programs. Although Singapore is home to four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil), English is the language of instruction for all courses.
Many students based at INSEAD’s Fontainbleau campus choose to participate in the campus exchange program, giving students experience in multiple continents. However, during the application period, full-time MBA applicants must indicate whether the first two terms of their program will be spent in either Singapore or Fontainebleau.