Online MBA Programmes Emerge As Pandemic Prompts Temporary Closures
Singapore Business Review|April-Jun 2020
Some of the top MBA providers are planning to launch online programmes in the future.

In this year’s Singapore Business Review rankings of the largest MBA programmes, INSEAD MBA emerged on top, with a whopping 1,008 students enrolled in the programme. It is followed by S P Jain Master of Global Business with 239 students, and Manchester Global Master of Business Administration by Alliance Manchester Business School with 219.

Amongst MBA providers, INSEAD with just its sole MBA programme still has the most number of MBA students, followed by S P Jain School of Global Management and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School with 509 and 373 students, respectively. As a whole, the overall number of students in the top 33 MBA programmes and top 13 MBA providers fell 12.86% to 3,671 in 2020, compared to 4,213 in 2019.

In contrast, online MBA programmes have been on the rise. Aventis School of Management academic director Stanley Soh told Singapore Business Review that they received a spike in requests from prospective students who are considering taking an online MBA, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing digitisation of business school offerings.

In response to such demand, MBA providers have increasingly been bringing such programmes in Singapore. For instance, a spokesperson from the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) shared that they are offering five online or e-learning MBA programmes through Edinburgh Napier University with different specialisations, namely Leadership and Innovation, Marketing & Sales Management, Events Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Health Management.

Aventis is also currently in talks about launching an online MBA programme, after digitising some of their Graduate Diploma programme.

Further, Kaplan Higher Education is considering the possibility of launching online MBA programmes. Currently, they are offering an online Master’s programme for Executive Master in Leadership and Strategy and Innovation, in partnership with Murdoch University.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM SINGAPORE BUSINESS REVIEWView All

S-REITs to generate yields despite economic weakness

The average yields of S-REITs have bounced back to around 5.5%, despite seeing a 6.5% decline in prices early in the year, according to DBS Group Research. This figure implies a spread of over 4% against the Singapore 10-year bond yields.

4 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

Miniso seeks to attract older buyers with $2 concept stores

It aims to provide the best bang for the buck with its super cheap yet quality items.

3 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

How Singapore's $5.1B Solidarity Budget Could Tide Over Tough Times

Analysts are coining that the property, retail and financial sectors may drag Singapore’s GDP down, so the government has been ramping up its citizen’s spending power.

4 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

Online MBA Programmes Emerge As Pandemic Prompts Temporary Closures

Some of the top MBA providers are planning to launch online programmes in the future.

5 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

Will Co-Living Survive In Singapore's Fast-Changing Rental Market?

Landlords still favours the flexibility to cash out on their investment properties at short notice, so most developers still prefer the traditional build-to-sell model as rents continue to escalate.

5 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

Hotels Bank On Contactless Tech To Entice Guests During Coronavirus Pandemic

Firms are installing self check-in kiosks, chatbots, direct booking applications, and digital in-room dining services.

5 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

Clothing Rentals Gain Popularity As Fashion Takes Over Sharing Economy

Since 2015, a number of clothing rental services have sprung up in Singapore’s retail scene.

5 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

Credit Card Revenues Threatened As Singaporean Travellers Shun Usage

Card users turn to cash as they steer clear of lofty transaction fees and poor exchange rates.

5 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

New Startup Sectors Gain Ground As Venture Capital Firms Fill Up Coffers

Specialised funds are growing larger than ever, but where does the money go?

6 mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020

Business In The Time Of Corona

The global pandemic has forced most of the world into circuit-breaking lockdowns, Singapore’s business leaders reveal how they responded and how firms are coping with it.

10+ mins read
Singapore Business Review
April-Jun 2020