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China bound study tour for MBA students

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The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) recently organised a study tour to Beijing, China for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) students.

A group of fourteen students from Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) Malaysia and the University’s partner institution PSB Academy Singapore gained first-hand experience on global business culture through a series of visits to multinational corporations. This included gaining insights on Huawei Technology’s investments in big data technology and artificial intelligence to anticipate its customers’ needs.

They also learnt how Tencent Corporation’s keen understanding of the market enabled it to capture a large share of China’s social media users, and also about Lenovo’s experience in creating a culture of innovation against the background of its rapid growth and global expansion.

Apart from technology companies, the MBA students also visited companies in the accounting and stockbroking industries.

The students learnt how BDO China revamped its strategy to better leverage on its competitive advantage in advisory projects on initial public offerings (IPOs), and how China Galaxy Securities reorganised its business strategies in the face of declining profits and falling market shares.

According to MBA Programme Director Professor Khong Kok Wei: “As an integral part of the Nottingham MBA curriculum, we regularly invite business leaders and industry experts into the classroom to expose our students to a variety of ideas, trends, philosophies and viewpoints. The annual Study Tour helps students to synergise, appreciate and validate what they have learned.”

“Through NUBS Malaysia's business connections, we gained exclusive access to major industry players such as BDO China, Lenovo and Tencent, whose executives provided us with invaluable insights on doing business in China,” said Ethan Siew, an MBA student who participated in the study tour.

“The trip benefited me immensely, allowing me to see up-close China's strength, not only as a manufacturing powerhouse but also as a leader in innovation.”

The MBA students who attended the study tour included senior managers, heads of business units, partners in professional service firms and business owners, who are studying towards either the MBA, MBA Finance or MBA Entrepreneurship.

The MBA students also had the opportunity to visit the Beijing Foreign Studies University, where academics shared insights on the trends shaping growth and business opportunities in China, as well as the socio-cultural nuances of doing business effectively in the country.

Nottingham University Business School Malaysia's MBA international business study tours offer a unique and invaluable business and cultural programme for MBA students, allowing them to gain direct experience of business and insights into current hot topics through meetings with executives, company visits, and cultural excursions. Study tours are organised every year in January, where the destinations focus on emerging markets such as China, Taiwan and Vietnam. The study tour is available to full-time and part-time students, as a separate activity from those covered by the programme's academic fees.

The next intake of the MBA is in September 2017 (full-time and part-time). For further information, please email

About Nottingham University Business School Malaysia

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) Malaysia has had more than a decade's experience in providing international quality teaching and scholarship in various areas of business, management and finance, and is accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

NUBS has campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, with the MBA programme offered in the UK, Malaysia, and at the University’s overseas partner institution in Singapore, PSB Academy. The Nottingham MBA is highly valued by corporations worldwide as an ideal preparation for senior positions in both public and private sectors. Our graduates are highly sought-after in the job market, with many alumni holding senior management positions both in Malaysia and internationally.

The NUBS MBA programme is placed 82nd globally and in the UK's Top 15 in The Economist's 2016 Top 100 MBA Ranking. It is also ranked 12th in the world and 2nd in the UK in the 2016 Better World MBA Ranking.

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(Image caption: The MBA students with Dr Lau Chee Kwong, Associate Professor of Accounting (front row, 2nd from right), at the Summer Palace in Beijing.)


More information is available from Professor Khong Kok Wei  on Wen Li, Director of Information and Communications of Nottingham University Business School on or Josephine Dionisappu, PR & Communications Manager at UNMC on +6 (03) 8924

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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Posted on 10th April 2017

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