25 Sep 2018

Regional Business Director of a Multi-billion Company Overcame Challenges to Earn A Distinguished MBA from California State University

Mr Dennis Tan, one of Aventis’ students, shares his journey towards earning an MBA from one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

What made you pick the California State University (CSU) MBA programme among others?

When I was doing my research among the many postgraduate options in Singapore, three distinct factors came to my mind. These helped me to make a firm decision that the CSU MBA was the right MBA for me:

Firstly, the delivery of course contents was conducted solely by CSU professors who have flown in to our local campus. Their curriculum was a robust and well‐balanced spectrum of business modules as well. Secondly, the one-year accelerated programme met my heavy work schedule. Lastly, extensive and diverse student profiles offered end-to-end B2B and B2C experiences within the Asia Pacific region.

Are your expectations met?

Yes. We managed to mitigate any cultural voids and expectations through the collaborative work of both Aventis and CSU Academic staff. I am especially impressed with Professor Monica Lam, Associate Dean for Graduate and External Programmes, College of Business Administration and her dedication.

What do you like about the programme?

I would say mainly for these three reasons:
One, the opportunity to work and learn with many great classmates, all vastly experienced in their respective fields with different specialisation and skill sets, was very enriching.

Two, the delivery of the course contents through engaging discussions, multimedia, social media, live and virtual by all the professors so far makes my learning journey pleasurable.

Third, unique intensity (as compared to other MBAs) of the course made me wake up in the morning with drive and enthusiasm to attend the lectures.

Describe your favourite module and the reasons you like it.

Global HRM taught by Prof Amy Mickel is my personal favourite as she plays the facilitator role perfectly while engaging the class to touch on the exhaustive course content, shaping us well, relating and learning, with real‐life examples in cross‐cultural HR management. The class, with its diverse mix of seven different nationalities and exposures, was fully engaged, selflessly sharing their individual experiences.

Besides Prof Mickel, how do you find the other professors and their teaching styles?

Classes are broken down into lectures, group assignments, discussions, and presentation. In today's social media era, it is definitely inspiring to see professors extensively doing their research and using Youtube videos to deliver their points. Parallel online delivery was also impressive, with required online face-to-face conferencing requirements for presentations and discussions combined with their positivity in embracing such methods. This further motivates the class towards continuous and lifelong learning.

How do you think your MBA would help you in your career?

Coming from a US multinational corporation, it is essential to equip myself with the necessary business management knowledge on top of my specialisation for career advancement. I am earmarked to head a business unit before taking up the course and both the management and I clearly identified certain aspects of my competencies to gap up prior to my climb up the corporate ladder. This MBA will definitely help me to bridge the identified gaps while exposing me further in mitigating common business thought processes and communication with my US senior executives or even counterparts.
Impressive for a Business Director of a Global Enterprise juggling work, travels, family and three lovely kids. A shining testament of the global leaders of tomorrow, Well done Dennis!
If Dennis Can Do it. So Can You

And here are what some of our other Alumni shared...

“My interest to obtain a second graduate degree was sparked by the impressive curriculum available only through the MBA. I now feel much more prepared to truly challenge myself in any given business situation and feel that I have become a risk-taking leader.” 

Ms.Maria Medrano, Business Manager, Cisco Systems

“Being an international student, I have gained rich experience about the plethora of business models in US and the world. The biggest attraction to join CSU, Sacramento was its reputed business school among other well-known state universities in the region. The MBA programme is designed to touch on every aspect of domestic and international business by seeking assistance from case studies from Harvard Business School, MIT etc.”

Ms. Anamika Singh, Business Strategist, Hewlett Packard 

“Throughout the entire MBA programme, we studied and worked together on the projects and we really got to see each other in action. This experience and network has open doors to opportunities that never existed previously and will continue to do so in future.”

Mr Max Bauer, System Engineer, Intel Corporation

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