Julian Tan

 

Malaysian
TIEMBA 2009
Job after INSEAD: Executive Vice President, Digital Division at Singapore Press Holdings

We were undergoing transformation in my company and the module gave me good principles and ideas, which I could immediately implement at work.

Why did you decide to do the TIEMBA? 

I was always considering going back to school to get an MBA to upgrade my skills and knowledge. However, I had also just started a few major projects at work so it wasn't feasible for me to do a full-time MBA. As a result, I decided that an EMBA would make more sense.

Why did you choose the TIEMBA amongst all other EMBAs available? 

I was looking for a programme that was not only academically vigorous but also had some exposure to China as I was involved in some China projects at work. The TIEMBA offered the best of both worlds with INSEAD’s excellent EMBA programme and Tsinghua being one of the top universities in China. 

How would you describe your TIEMBA experience? 

I would say that the TIEMBA is definitely worth the time and money. I was able to learn from top professors, understand China better and make lifelong friends.

What do you think is the benefit of TIEMBA’s dual-degree curriculum and faculty structure? 

The TIEMBA dual-degree curriculum combines the best of the East and the West. I was able to get insight into both the Western and Chinese way of thinking, problem solving and doing business.

Additionally, through the TIEMBA I got unparalleled access to the expertise of my classmates. As a management consultant, I always need to leverage a broader network to gain insights from other industries and geographies whether it is mining in Mongolia or the food industry in China: and my classmates are there to share their expertise!

What was one module that made an impact or was exceptionally useful? 

The Organisational Behaviour (OB) module led by Prof Charles Galunic had a lasting impact on me. We were undergoing transformation in my company and the module gave me good principles and ideas, which I could immediately implement at work. 

How has the TIEMBA helped you in your career?

The TIEMBA has broadened my horizons and mindset and enabled me to build a strong network of friends who have helped me advance my career.

 

 

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