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NTU Singapore and University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam plan to launch international MBA to empower global leaders

Business Announcement

Nanyang Technological University

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image: (L-R) UEH President Professor Su Dinh Thanh and NTU Deputy President and Provost Professor Ling San at the signing of the joint Memorandum of Agreement between both universities for the International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) programme. view more 

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Vietnam’s University of Economics Ho Chi Minh (UEH) are planning to launch a new International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) programme.

The new programme, which would commence in the second half of 2024, aims to deliver a comprehensive business education, leveraging the combined expertise of both universities to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s green and tech world.

Upon meeting the graduation requirements of the programme, students would be
awarded the NTU MBA Degree conferred by NTU Singapore. Students will also receive the Certificate of Completion in Business Administration from UEH, acknowledging their successful completion of the programme's curriculum.

The joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between both universities for the programme was signed in July at UEH by Dean of NTU’s College of Business (Nanyang Business School) Professor Christina Soh, and Dean of UEH’s School of Management, College of Business, Dr Ngo Quang Huan.

The signing was witnessed by NTU Deputy President and Provost Professor Ling San and UEH President Professor Su Dinh Thanh.

NTU Deputy President and Provost Professor Ling San said: “The Nanyang IMBA is a collaborative effort between the two universities, combining NTU's strengths in technology and innovation with UEH's local insights. Together, we aim to transform working professionals into global business leaders equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the technology-driven global business environment. This collaboration strengthens the existing competitive advantage of both Singapore and Vietnam, as they rank among the top three startup ecosystems in Southeast Asia.

“With our IMBA programme's focus on Technology and Innovation, both universities can tap into each other's innovation ecosystems to nurture the next generation of business leaders ready to thrive in a tech-driven world. We are confident that this partnership will yield fruitful results, and we eagerly anticipate the various ways our institutions will collaborate and contribute to the betterment of our communities.”

UEH President Professor Su Dinh Thanh, said: “We look forward to the continued vibrant collaboration between UEH and NTU. It would emphasise the potential and opportunities that the International MBA programme will bring to students. This collaboration between UEH and NTU will bring together the expertise of our two institutions, to help us foster global knowledge exchange, develop leadership, and cultivate talents to contribute to the economic growth of both nations.”

The IMBA programme offers three key value propositions to participants. First, it focuses on technology and innovation, providing participants with a solid foundation in business principles while equipping them with a good understanding of current and future technologies and innovations.

This enables them to leverage technology for enterprise transformation, smart economy development, and urban sustainability. The IMBA programme is also aligned with the Vietnam Government's national master plan to foster economic growth through science, technology, innovation, and digital transformation.

Professor Christina Soh, Dean of NTU’s Nanyang Business School, said: “As a premier business school in a leading technological university, NBS is perfectly placed to offer the NTU-UEH International MBA. The programme’s diverse array of modules, each tailored to address a distinct facet of business and management, will equip aspiring leaders with the agility and foresight to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving business environment.

“This partnership brings together global perspectives and local context. UEH faculty possesses a strong understanding and experience of the local business environment in Vietnam, including cultural, economic, and political factors, while NTU’s faculty provides evidence-based knowledge and global applications for this programme. This collaboration strikes a balance between acting locally and thinking globally.”

Both universities also recognise the demands of working professionals and have responded by adopting a hybrid teaching model for the Nanyang IMBA programme.

This approach combines in-person classes with online synchronous seminars enabling dynamic in-person interactions, collaborative learning experiences, and real-time engagement in online seminars, fostering a vibrant and enriching learning community. With this flexible approach, this empowers working professionals to excel in their careers while gaining transformative education that fits their busy schedules.

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