Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ESMT in Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

When you think about MBA, the few typical countries that come to mind are USA, UK, France and perhaps Australia. What about Germany? In fact, MBA is gaining a foothold in Germany. The ESMT European School of Management and Technology in Berlin was founded by 25 German corporations in 2002. The ESMT MBA is a one-year, international MBA taught in English, offers a good balance between theories and practice on topics of technology management and sustainable business.

As an ESMT alumnus from Malaysia, I am pleased to share with you why I chose ESMT. Firstly, I wanted a unique MBA, not from your typical countries. In fact, when I told people that I did my MBA in Germany, I got lots of questions about why Germany, what was it like there, etc. The MBA itself becomes an interesting conversation topic. Secondly, I was interested in technology management and there were not many schools that focused on this area. Plus, Germany is known for its high-tech, engineering. Thirdly, 25 German corporations backed the school. And with this, at least 25 post-MBA career opportunities. I got mine from Deutsche Bahn.

Overall, I had no regards coming to ESMT and spending a good year with 39 other classmates from all over the world and with the faculty members. If you like to know more about ESMT, the ESMT marketing director Mr. Rick Doyle will be in South East Asia. Sign up to meet him for a 1-2-1 session at these locations:

Bangkok, 2nd June: http://connect.topmba.com/candidates/application/application-page/?eventID=64

Manila, 4th June: http://connect.topmba.com/candidates/application/application-page/?eventID=63

Kuala Lumpur, 7th June: http://connect.topmba.com/candidates/application/application-page/?eventID=65

Singapore, 9th June: http://connect.topmba.com/candidates/application/application-page/?eventID=66

I will be happy to share more about ESMT MBA. Please email me your questions. Here are some photos of the school and our activities: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.230316737956.136080.750812956&l=dd31a65205

Jimmy Low


Anonymous said...

Dear Jimmy,

Someone from QS decided to arrange for a meeting with ESMT in KL. The most important question is financial aid. What is the level available? Is it possible to borrow a study loan to secure the balance?

What is the accommodation like? Did you stay on campus? It seems that there are only 40 students each year, am I right?

Best Wishes,
Felix PJ

mytrainmaster said...


1. There are merit scholarships, which are reduction of the tuition fee. The amount of reduction subject to the Admissions Committee.

2. You could also apply for Corporate Fellowship - could be Deutsche Bank or Allianz, or others. All the fees are paid by the company plus you get 6-month internship with allowance at the company after graduation. This could lead to permanent job with the company.

3. There are other specific scholarships too. See http://www.esmt.org/eng/mba-emba/scholarship-opportunities/.

4. This is a loan arrangement with Deutsche Bank but the terms do not favour foreign students. http://www.esmt.org/eng/mba-emba/other-financing/

5. The school does not provide accomodations. Students leave next to the school or at a student hostel called House of Nations. The rental about Euro300-400 per month. I stayed off campus, about 15 mins walk.

6. Yes, the max. number they can accomodate for now is 40 students. Just nice for fellowship. So far, we have over 200 alumni from MBA and about other 200 more from Executive MBA.

Jimmy Low

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jimmy!

What are the job prospects like after ESMT? Is it easy to get a job? What is the job market like in Europe?

I intend to specialize in entrepreneurship.I come from a technical background with some sales experience.

My email is fckl at yahoo.com if you would like to keep in touch.

mytrainmaster said...

Anon 4.19PM,

So far, majority of my classmates (Class 2010) did not have problem getting jobs after our MBA, and in Europe. Of 39 of us, 5 were company-sponsored and went back to their job/got promoted. 67% of my classmates receive at least 1 offer within 1 month of graduation, and almost 90% within 3 months. Because of the connections with corporate companies in Germany and Europe, ESMT beginning to have good visibility.

Depending on the industry and company you are interested in, opportunities are open here in Europe. Also very much to do with country-specific requirements. Overall, I must say ESMT grads are quite employable as time goes by.

mytrainmaster said...

Anon 4.19PM,

One more thing to add. ESMT has monthly "meet-the-CEO" session called the Masterclass. There are about 10 per year and each session, 2 students will host the CEO. This is the chance to get to know the company and the top guy. If you're lucky, he might open door for you into his company; like how I got mine.

Jimmy Low