Engineer Ivan Fernandez joined the ESSEC & Mannheim Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) - Asia Pacific to equip himself with sharper skill sets.
Now a project director of Bombardier Transportation Singapore, the 35-year-old joined the company 10 years ago after graduating from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering and Specialisation in Automotive Engineering.
Keen to gain a different perspective on management and leadership, he enrolled in a 15-month modular programme to pursue the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA - Asia Pacific last year.
The programme created by ESSEC Business School and Mannheim Business School, is ranked 10th in the world in the 2018 QS Global Joint EMBA Rankings.
While the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA - European Track is conducted in Paris, the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA - Asia Pacific is delivered at ESSEC’s Singapore campus located at Nepal Hill at one-north.
Mr Fernandez appreciated his employer’s support in granting him paid time off to pursue the programme from October 2016 to December 2017.
Not only did the courses on accounting and corporate finance make project financial reporting more meaningful, they also instilled in Mr Fernandez a greater sense of confidence in the delivery of such reports.
“The programme, with its intimate class size and open sharing environment, created an optimal learning experience,” he says.
Mr Fernandez also participated in three overseas stints as part of the programme — a short course on politics and leadership at the renowned Georgetown University in Washington DC; a course on doing business and negotiation in Latin America conducted in São Paulo; and an immersion programme in South Korean business culture and technology at the Yonsei University in Seoul.