Asia School of Business


Asia School of Business - in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management

In September 2016, the Asia School of Business will launch its inaugural full-time, 18 month MBA program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management

The ASB MBA program will deliver a curriculum deeply interconnected with management practices and integrated with the rigor and values embedded in the MIT Sloan School MBA program. The program will foster entrepreneurship, innovation, and hands-on-learning through an active interaction among industry, government, faculty and students. Students will have the chance to master state-of-the-art management tools and obtain deeper understanding of global business dynamics. At the same time, immense exposure to the fascinating reality and growing opportunities of Asia will be provided.

The visionary for this initiative is Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, who has served as Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia since May 2000. She will serve as co-chair of the ASB Board of Governors alongside Professor Richard Schmalensee, who served as Dean of the MIT Sloan School for nine years and on its faculty for over four decades. The other initial BoG members include MIT Sloan faculty members Professor David Schmittlein, Dean of the MIT Sloan School, Professor S.P. Kothari, Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School, and Professor Charles Fine, who will serve as Founding Dean and President of the Asia School of Business.

A committee of MIT Sloan faculty will advise the ASB on faculty and curriculum matters. Professor Joseph Weber will chair this committee as Faculty Director, with the support of Professors Roy Welsch, Pierre Azoulay, Jake Cohen and Bill Aulet.

Highlights of the ASB/MIT Sloan collaboration include:

  1. Inaugural class begins September 2016
  2. International Faculty Fellows – Faculty members from ASB will take up residence at MIT Sloan for a semester focused on teaching and research development under the guidance of an MIT Sloan faculty host.
  3. ASB administrative development – MIT Sloan senior administrators responsible for admissions and marketing activities, student services, and career development function will share their practices and experience with ASB counterparts.
  4. The ASB MBA curriculum is comprised of:
  • Core curriculum taught in Malaysia by MIT Sloan Faculty
  • Multiple action learning projects in SE Asian institutions (one in collaboration with a team of students from MIT Sloan)
  • One month of classes at MIT Sloan
  • Two weeks of industry/institutional visits outside of SE Asia

Distinguished professors from MIT Sloan School as well as professors and practitioners who have profound expertise in Asian economies will deliver the program. A world class curriculum that combines analytical tools across the spectrum of management practices with in-depth case studies, collaborative projects, field trips, action learning projects, and discussions with industry and institutional leaders promises to grant a world class educational experience.


Corporate Partners

Asia School of Business is developing an extensive and significant collaboration and partnership with corporations and organizations in the region through:

  • Action Learning projects that are relevant to the partners,
  • Research collaboration on current problems, and
  • Internship opportunities where students may work on ongoing projects.

ASB will provide executive education offerings and will become a forum and a platform for corporations to discuss business issues. Corporate partners will have the possibility to nominate prospective students, and recruit from our MBA graduates.

Presence of corporate partners:

CIMB Group is a leading ASEAN universal bank, the largest Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) based investment bank and one of the world's largest Islamic banks. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, it offers consumer banking, wholesale banking, Islamic banking and asset management products and services. As the fifth largest banking group in ASEAN, the Group has over 40,000 staff in 18 locations across ASEAN, Asia Pacific and beyond.

Petronas is a fully integrated energy company with a leading portfolio and wide network of operations around the world. With growing demand for energy, Petronas aims to redefine the future of energy with innovative approaches to technology and engineering in order to maximize and deliver sustainable energy for tomorrow.

Khazanah Nasional Berhad is a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. It is the investment holding arm of the Government of Malaysia entrusted to hold and manage the commercial assets of the government and to undertake strategic investments. It is a leading regional strategic investment house that drives superior corporate performance with high standards of achievement in sectors that are deemed strategic to the Malaysian economy.

AirAsia is the leading low-cost carrier, connecting people and places across 132 routes, spanning over 20 countries. Since 2001, AirAsia has swiftly broken travel norms around the globe and has risen to become the world’s best. AirAsia continues to pave the way for low-cost aviation through its innovative solutions, efficient processes and a passionate approach to business. Together with its associate companies, AirAsia X, Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines’ AirAsia Inc and AirAsia Japan, AirAsia is set to take low-cost flying to an all new high with its slogan, "Now Everyone Can Fly".

The YTL Group is one of the largest companies listed on the Bursa Malaysia. Its core businesses are the ownership and management of regulated utilities and other infrastructural assets, serving 12 million customers in three continents. YTL Corporation's strategy of providing "World Class Products and services at very competitive prices" along with its history of Innovation, has led to the achievement of superior earnings and an enviable track record of creating shareholder value.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Campus Full time 18 months September 2017 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Bank Negara Malaysia and MIT Sloan School have collaborated to create an innovative school in Kuala Lumpur with the mission of changing the business school paradigm. [+]

Master of Business Administration (MBA) What is the future of management education? Join us and we will build it together at Asia School of Business. Bank Negara Malaysia and MIT Sloan School embrace the challenge to trace a new and better path. ASB is the opportunity to start an educational institution from scratch and address the needs and challenges of management education with a fresh, innovative and entrepreneurial approach. We strongly believe that the next generation of transformative leaders for the emerging world will be developed on the basis of theories found in the top global universities combined with the experience and action learning perspective. Learning about problems companies face from case studies is a model of the past. Action Learning is the future. ASB will offer management students, management practitioners, and the institutions that employ them a new way of doing things, new ways of learning, new ways of thinking and a better integration of theory with practice. ASB's MBA 3.0 blends theory and practice at every level. The MIT Sloan faculty will teach the same rigorous core curriculum at ASB that is delivered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Additionally, ASB's curriculum will include action learning projects with our corporate partners and institutional partners throughout Asia, providing ongoing opportunities to test and apply the theories of the classroom in a broad range of organizational, institutional and field challenges. Our exciting and highly innovative curriculum is in the approval process but in the meantime visit our Curriculum page to learn about the main highlights of the program. Action Learning at Asia School of Business Action Learning is a process which involves working on real challenges, using the knowledge and skills of a team to question and re-interpret old and familiar concepts, create new solutions and execute them to evaluate outcome. Action Learning projects can resolve significant business, organizational and social problems and take the classroom into the field and the client companies into the classroom. Asia School of Business will provide a structured, rigorous and sustainable engagement of learning by and from doing. ASB students and project sponsors engage with real-time management and entrepreneurial challenges that bring theory to life in projects. Action Learning projects will be deployed throughout the curriculum. Action Learning builds self-efficacy in students, through repeatedly taking on real challenges in a safe academic environment. MIT Sloan School is the leader in Action Learning in management education and has held that esteemed position for several decades. This pedagogical approach develops principled, innovative leaders through the active integration of theory with real world practices and personal reflection. The method brings together faculty and students to tackle real world complex managerial challenges, and through this process, enhances students’ leadership capabilities. The curriculum will feature the MIT Sloan Action Learning pedagogy: THINK - ACT - REFLECT - REPEAT THINK - the class experience ACT - the "go and see" experience REFLECT - the critical thinking experience REPEAT - Knowledge comes from repeated experimentation. The ASB experience will span the globe from across Asia to Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The program will be conducted in the ASB campus in Kuala Lumpur with a four-week residential program in the MIT Sloan campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Ample site-visits will be organized to offices and factories of ASB's corporate and institutional partners across Asia. The ASB MBA program is designed to prepare you for a challenging and fulfilling career ahead. The ASB education puts you in a position to experience exponential growth — academically, personally, and professionally. More than that, the MBA program at ASB will build your confidence as a leader and an agent of change, putting you on a path to accomplish your career goals and aspirations. [-]


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Asia School of Business

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Kuala Lumpur 50480 , Malaysia