The project to run and track our collective progress via an app first started as an effort to keep the GEMBA19 cohort together when physically apart, and to help get us into better shape (fit body, fit mind). We also wanted to showcase our diversity and lastly, but most importantly, to be a force for good.
We have just finished the recruitment cycle for another incoming class of INSEAD Executive MBA participants. The GEMBA Asia and Middle East sections have already kicked off the programme with the first module, and we will welcome the new GEMBA Europe section at the end of October in Fontainebleau.
I was keen to expand my speciality at that time, which was sales – sales in China to be more specific.
All Chinese Nationals from Mainland China who wish to enrol in an Executive MBA programme are required to sit for a National Entrance Exam. Find out more about the exam format and preparation tips from Tsinghua-INSEAD EMBA participants.
When I face some troubles or if there is something I want to check around, the first thing that comes into my mind is to drop a message to my classmates.
It's very important to understand what is your role as an individual in the bigger system of things.
It has been three weeks into the start of my TIEMBA programme journey and here I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms following an intense 1.5 weeks of adrenaline-packed, intellectually stimulating flurry of activities, discussion and experience sharing. I still occasionally dream of class discussions and even competing again in the TechMark competition (where teams within the class compete with each other to design, produce and market products for global markets). Not sure if any of my classmates experienced the above.
Imagine yourself lying on the beach on a hot summer day: you are comfortable, and you could spend the whole day like that. But then there’s this endless ocean right next to you – inviting but somewhat scary – where you can swim, dive, surf and do other exciting things. So, you carefully approach it and try the water with your feet – it’s wet, chilly and uncomfortable. Five steps further you are waist-deep in the water and that’s when it gets really cold, and you think of going back to lying under the sun for the rest of the day.
When I was packing my luggage and flying back from Beijing in September, I realised how fast time flies. It is already three months and three modules into the TIEMBA programme. Before long, our class will be finishing the last module, defending a thesis and graduating from a high-ranking EMBA programme.
INSEAD’s Executive MBA programme is intensive, rigorous and challenging. To ensure that we bring the best talent to the class, applicants must either take the INSEAD Assessment, the GMAC Executive Assessment (EA) or the GMAT – all of which provide a uniform and standardised way of evaluating candidates’ aptitude to cope with the intensity and breadth of the programme.