The Rolling Stones released the song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in 1969, during a period of social upheaval and disappointment in the ability to effect meaningful change. The song verses wander through melancholic vignettes while each refrain of the chorus increasingly uplifts Mick Jagger’s gut punch of proud contentment in spite of it all and acceptance of a less than ideal outcome.
“You might say I am a dreamer. But I am not the only one.” The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges to our TIEMBA'22 learning journey, preventing us from having long-awaited and wished for face-to-face studies under one roof.
The Tsinghua-INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) Class of 2022 started their first module recently from all over the world – on campus and online. We caught up with a few of them to find out what inspired them to embark on the programme amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and what dreams they have for the future.
After a two-year long decision-making process, I am about to embark upon a new learning and self-discovery journey starting this September. The moment that I opened the offer letter, signed by the two schools, was a real joy. I shared it with my wife, my daughter, with my parents, and with all the coaches who have helped me to be ready for this opportunity.
It was late January 2020 and I finally decided to apply to the TIEMBA programme, which also coincided with the start of the COVID pandemic. I had been researching and casually poking around the Executive MBA space for a couple of years, but now felt like it was the right time to make a commitment.
A few months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that a pandemic would come our way, causing the whole world to stop. I imagine that this outbreak wasn’t in anyone’s plans. My first thought was to abandon all my objectives for the year, due to the uncertainty about the future.
As a senior director for a fast-growing global real estate development company, I face a much more complex environment now, than when I first started my career. I am required to tackle challenges and make strategic prescriptions to the board — decisions that have an impact on the future of the business in a context of an overall transformation of the industry. This is particularly heightened by the uncertainty the global pandemic brings to many aspects of the business, of our projects and my responsibilities.
The region of Asia is incredibly diverse in people and culture, and you need to be aware of those differences to be successful when conducting business or pursuing a career in Asia. The Tsinghua–INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) is a unique partnership between INSEAD 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.
The region of Asia is incredibly diverse in people and culture, you need to be aware of those differences to be successful when conducting business or pursuing a career in Asia. The Tsinghua – INSEAD Executive MBA (TIEMBA) is a unique partnership between INSEAD 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.
June 2018: 44 students from 18 countries forming the TIEMBA class of 2020 got together at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, to start a two-year study journey. Though we all have different backgrounds, speak different languages, and have a different set of expertise, we embrace our differences, and we learn to grow together. Our hearts are connected. 2018年6月，来自18个国家/地区的44位EMBA国际班2018级（TIEMBA2020）学生相聚在清华大学经济管理学院并开始了2年的学习之旅。虽然我们在不同的环境长大，说着不同的语言，有不同的专业背景，但是我们拥抱差异，心灵相连，共同成长。