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.
The Tsinghua – INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) is a unique partnership between INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools, and Tsinghua, one of China’s most prestigious universities. The programme takes place across INSEAD’s three campuses in Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Fontainebleau (France), and Tsinghua’s campuses in Beijing and Shenzhen. As a participant, you will exchange perspectives within an elite, dynamic, culturally diverse class of experienced professionals from all over the world.
Caveat: Before I continue on this sharing, I would like to highlight that many of the key takeaways posted in this blog are literally taken from the assignment that I have submitted post-module, least I get accused of plagiarising my own work. :)
This is one of those posts where I reuse and share some of my reflections done for the module. Data, Models & Decisions (DMD) is one of the courses that the class did in module one of the TIEMBA programme. With the explosion of data and now the capability to store and process it, DMD is particularly important.
This post is definitely late in the coming and after reading it, you will probably understand why. The readings are piling up, the assignments are never ending and the pressure is definitely mounting. Not trying to find excuses, but it is getting tougher and tougher to keep up the pace of posting on this blog. The intensity of the TIEMBA programme turned up a few notches right after module two.
GEMBA vs TIEMBA – Which programme is suitable for you? INSEAD’s Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) and the Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) are more similar than they are different. Both are modular programmes tailored for experienced executives to hone their leadership skills and advance their careers to the next level.