Student Stories

Life at Asia School of Business is more than just academics. Explore some of the stories of how our students have been navigating life in Kuala Lumpur. Our Student Stories are constantly updated with real-life success stories and inspirational life lessons as told by ASB students themselves.

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  • The Face of An MBA In A Pandemic, According to This ASB Grad - While 2020 brought great disruption, some saw it as an opportunity to upskill themselves with an education to equip them with agility and resilience for the future. ASB alumni, Zoe Tate, is one such person who believes her MBA education has positioned her well for a fast-changing world. ...
  • Want to Build a Company That Will Scale? Find A World-Changing Cause - What separates companies that grow from those that don't? What is the balance between innovation and stability while scaling? Manish Sabharwal, one of India’s most influential and respected entrepreneurs recently took some time out to speak to ASB's MBA students on these topics and more, as part of a core… ...
  • Keeping the Spirit of Innovation Alive in a Pandemic - Eight fearless teams made their way through ASB's first-ever digital "Law of the Jungle" - the entrepreneurial event of the year during which ASB students showcase new products and services they have developed over the semester. This event marks the culmination of the students' fifth and final Action Learning trek,… ...
  • GPT-3: What You Should Know - ASB MBA student, Shaun H. Kim, lays down the future of Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology, providing us with details on the latest GPT-3 deep learning model by OpenAI. While there are still many flaws within the AI system such as racial/gender bias or the time decay issue of the… ...
  • Virtual Dubai Trek: UAE Sets Its Eyes on Becoming New Global Healthcare Hub - Dilip Suresh, MBA candidate, speaks with healthcare industry expert, Pankaj Paul, Principal at Vicaara, to get his expert insights on the health care industry in UAE, as part of the Virtual Dubai Trek, organized by the Career Development Office at ASB. If you’re considering a career in the Middle East,… ...
  • Team #ASBWeAllNeedToSee is One of Seven Winning Teams in First Virtual AI for Accessibility Hackathon - We’re very proud of our ASB students who were among the winners of the first virtual AI for Accessibility Hackathon APAC, hosted by Microsoft! Team #ASBWeAllNeedToSee from Malaysia designed BlindIn.co, a job-matching platform for potential candidates to showcase skills and capabilities through videos using Azure Cognitive Services and Machine Learning. Congrats to… ...
  • 5 Reasons Why ASB’s Action Learning Would Make a World of Difference for You - ASB MBA candidate, Jonathan Chu, describes the school’s Action Learning program as “the best kind of pressure cooker”. His article gives us a candid glimpse into what an ASB student stands to gain from the immersive program, and how ASB is the perfect community and environment for nurturing an entrepreneur. ...
  • The Importance of Hands-On Learning, At Every Stage - Ranjini Pushpa shares her motivation to pursue an MBA, having left Goldman Sachs to join ASB and how her deep-rooted passion for digital marketing inspired her start her SAP with a Swiss-based company. ...
  • The Face Of A New MBA, As Told By ASB’s Leaders - All MBAs are not created equal. But salary and job titles are hardly the only two reasons one should opt for doing an MBA during this time. Associate Dean Sean Ferguson and Senior Director of Admissions Emily Preiss share their thoughts. ...
  • Engineer To Blockchain Expert: 5 Ways My MBA Paid Off - "When Varun Singhi decided to do an MBA at ASB, the decision didn’t come lightly. He had a solid job, and a family to factor into the decision. Now, with a breadth of work experience, a book to his name, and new-found status as a blockchain expert, the benefits of… ...
  • Juggling Full-Time Work And An MBA During A Pandemic - Three MBA-WP students gave us an insight on their experiences of juggling a full-time job whilst pursuing an MBA during the pandemic. While it is challenging to balance work, school and personal life, they agree that it's less daunting when the ASB community has your back. ...
  • An Invaluable Skill During The Pandemic, According To This SAP Student - Brazil-born Luiza shares about her recent Summer Associate Program - her newfound adaptability, receiving unlimited support and staying true to her passions. ...
  • MBA Lands AirAsia.com Chief Of Staff Job During COVID-19 Uncertainty - Yizhen Fung completed her MBA at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most employers had frozen recruitment. But, through her b-school contacts, Yizhen secured a job as a chief of staff at AirAsia.com ...
  • My MBA Summer IRDP at JnJ Chile - Franco Bavard, an industrial engineer at heart, shares his Summer Associate Project experience at J&J Chile. He discusses three key points that enabled him to execute an 8-week project in the complex medical devices industry, allowing him to manage two projects at the same time, during a pandemic no less. ...
  • A Reflection on My Summer Associate Program during COVID-19 - Rex Bamba (MBA ’21) took on a Summer Associate Program during the pandemic and faced many challenges but overcame it with the skills instilled in him at ASB. Read more on his personal reflection and how he came out with more resilience, maturity and self-awareness. ...
  • 6 Tips to Strategize Your Grad School Applications - For college students, recent graduates, and those just starting their professional careers, grad school options can be overwhelming. Senior Director of Admissions Emily Preiss breaks down the options and explains how to determine if, and when, you should enroll in grad school. ...
  • What a Chief of Staff Does, and Why MBA Graduates Are a Perfect Fit - Many assume a Chief of Staff is the Head of Human Resources, but the role goes well beyond one department. To do it right, you need the ability to work across departments and at many different levels. Ashley (MBA '20) breaks down the role and explains why MBA graduates are… ...
  • 6 Trends Shaping the Investment Industry in 2020 and Beyond - The investment industry is in a period of transformation, and professionals and investors alike will benefit from knowing and applying the latest trends. Duncan (MBA '20) delves into and demystifies these trends for the benefit of both financiers and everyday investors. ...
  • Why the Secret to Entrepreneurial Success is Continuous Learning - A would-be religious scholar, Aidil (MBA-WP '21) took what started as an RM 400 investment and built it into an 8-figure business. Find out why he believes in continuous learning and why an MBA was the next logical step to grow his business. ...
  • How My Action Learning Projects Helped Me Land a Top Job During Coronavirus - Graduating during a pandemic is stressful. But Kevin (MBA '20) was prepared, thanks to his Action Learning projects. From literally surviving the jungle to working with startups and VC's, his experiences have enabled him to adapt to change. Read more to find out how. ...
  • How the MBA for Working Professionals Led to Our Career (and Personal) Growth - Rafael and Aisyah (both MBA-WP '21) had different paths to the MBA for Working Professionals. Nonetheless, they agree that an MBA is about more than climbing the corporate ladder. Read more for their advice on how students can leverage their MBA for both career and personal growth. ...
  • 3 Ways Action Learning Prepared Me for Remote Work - Many lives have been disrupted by the shift to remote work. But for Crystal Cha (MBA '18), the transition was easier than expected. She credits Action Learning principles for her adaptability. Read more to learn her top 3 tips for transitioning to remote work. ...
  • Using Data Science to Accurately Predict Hospital Demand - Demand forecasting is especially important in hospitals. It requires balancing patient needs with expiration dates, and isn't always accurate. One group of MBA students came up with a model that can better predict the demand for medical devices. Read more to find out how. ...
  • How to Design a Blockchain Business Case: Benefits, Costs and Risks - Varun Singhi (MBA '20) has spent his MBA studying all things blockchain. He argues that to build a business case, leaders need to look into the full costs, benefits, and risks of using the technology. Read more for a detailed list of each of these considerations, and how they should… ...
  • 4 Things I Learned After Leaving Legal Practice to Pursue an MBA - Janice Tan Ying (MBA '20) was unsure whether leaving law would be a good idea. But after her 20-month MBA journey, she calls it "one of the best decisions" she has made. Read more for her advice for lawyers and other professionals who are thinking about making a career change. ...
  • Navigating Retail Operations During a Pandemic - Two retail leaders, one in e-commerce and the other in brick-and-mortar retail, discuss the rapid business transformations they underwent as a result of COVID-19, and give advice on how to take care of consumers. ...
  • How MBA Students Can Prepare for the Future of Blockchain - The COO of a global blockchain accelerator and an experienced consultant in digital transformation discuss the changing role of blockchain in business, and how MBAs can take advantage of the opportunities it presents. ...
  • Tracking My Personal Expenses as an MBA Student - Nodira (MBA '21) knows that being a full-time MBA student costs money. Before joining ASB, she set out to create a 20-month budget. After three months, she noticed that living in Kuala Lumpur was more affordable than she expected. Read more to fInd out how much she spends as a… ...
  • Fiona Career Article I Went From Multinational Agency to Full-Time Entrepreneur and Never Looked Back - After graduation, Fiona (MBA '19) embarked on what she thought was her dream career. Now, she realizes she was meant to be an entrepreneur. A jill-of-all-trades who picked up even more skills from her MBA, she is launching a company that designs websites for small businesses. ...
  • A 15-Year PETRONAS Veteran Talks Lessons Learned on Her MBA, Family Life, and Career Growth - An engineer and manager at PETRONAS as well as a mother of four, Anis (MBA '20) has a demanding schedule. Despite this, she not only survived the ASB MBA, but considers it "the best educational experience I've had." Read her advice and find out how she has grown her career… ...
  • Starting Your MBA Application? 4 Things You Need To Do - All around the world, MBA application deadlines are being extended. If you're planning to submit a last-minute application, make sure you follow these 4 tips from Associate Director of Admissions Gulnura Rakhyshova. ...
  • Business Continuity Plan in 72 hours: leadership, personal growth and resilience during COVID-19 - Many businesses are drafting Business Continuity Plans for the first time, and are discovering how difficult the process really is. Our MBA students dealt with this firsthand, completing a plan in less than 72 hours with zero community infections. Read their inspiring story. ...
  • 3 Lessons Learned from Scaling a Fintech Company During COVID-19 - Despite COVID-19, companies cannot afford to decelerate lest they be left behind. This was Jon Chu's (MBA '21) insight working with a Malaysian fintech startup this past semester. Find out how his team helped the company scale amid uncertainty. ...
  • Isolation Reading List Stuck inside? Read these 15 books hand-picked by ASB faculty - When you're stuck inside, Netflix binges and scrolling through social media can sap your energy. One mind-stimulating alternative is learning something new, which is especially beneficial if you're preparing for business school in the process. ...
  • Making Teamwork Work Despite Social Distancing - At the beginning of this semester, John Loh (MBA '21) had very different expectations for his Action Learning project experience. Nonetheless, his team was able to deliver results despite working through a global crisis. Read more for their insights on how to navigate the challenges faced by remote teams. ...
  • How my social enterprise stepped up in the fight against COVID-19 - What started as a response to one hospital's desperate plea soon became a countrywide effort to produce 18,000 face shields. John Loh (MBA '21) interviews Zoe Tate (MBA '20) on how her social enterprise, as well as her MBA classmates, is helping out in the fight against COVID-19. ...
  • How my global MBA prepared me for a job at Amazon - Venezuelan-born, American-raised Klara Markus (MBA '19) always had a global mindset. So, after working with an education firm in Vietnam, she chose ASB to broaden her business experience, leading to a role with Amazon in Spain. ...
  • Why ASB’s MBA Class of 2020 is more prepared than anyone to tackle adversity - Hosting an unconventional micro-graduation was just the latest "first" the ASB MBA Class of 2020 has had to handle. Find out why the ASB program has equipped this cohort, more than nearly anyone else on the planet, to deal with uncertainty and adversity. ...
  • An award-winning marketer gains cross-functional experience in his MBA - Andy Chin (MBA-WP '21), VP of Marketing at MR. DIY, is using his MBA to excel in multiple functions across the business. Find out how Andy helped make MR. DIY an award-winning brand, and how he's now helping them operate the warehouse of the future, proving himself as a multi-talented… ...
  • How I am leveraging my MBA to learn with purpose - Before coming to ASB, Amanda Silver (MBA '21) was struggling to find and pursue her passions. Now, she has begun to "learn with purpose," starting a regular blog and newsletter about issues that interest her. Read more and discover her work here. ...
  • 3 things I value about the MBA for Working Professionals - What's it like to be a student in the MBA for Working Professionals? Ai-Ping See (MBA-WP '21) outlines three memorable aspects of the program that stand out. ...
  • MBA jobs: 4 insider tips for launching a career in Asia - The MBA jobs market in Asia is different to that in Europe or the US. BusinessBecause interviewed two ASB career experts who shared their insider tips for starting a career in Asia. ...
  • How Action Learning helps MBAs become experts - What does it mean to become an expert? Can students become business experts by sitting in a classroom? Paul (MBA-WP '21) explains how Action Learning, coupled with theory, can be useful for solving real-world business challenges. ...
  • MBA-WP Class During Immersion MBA for Working Professionals and the story of 20% - The MBA for Working Professionals is an intense modular program. With students managing "full-time jobs and full-time families" on top of coursework, the program is full of highs and lows. But with the support of the ASB community, they've made it 20% of the way there. ...
  • 10 takeaways from the first 100 days of my MBA - Hear from one of our students about his first 100 days at ASB, and how the experience has already shaped him into a better student, teammate and global leader. ...
  • Why the MBA for Working Professionals is the “best of both worlds” - Want a world-class education without leaving your job? Deputy Director Juliana Roth discusses the development of #ASB's #MBA for Working Professionals, and why it helps both students and employers succeed. ...
  • Michael Chin Entrepreneur How my MBA made a RM 500K impact on my business - Student and entrepreneur Michael ('20) weighs the costs and benefits to business owners of pursuing an MBA. He shares how, within his first year, the learnings and connections he made at ASB led to a RM 500K impact on his business. ...
  • How my MBA prepared me for a role at Microsoft in Singapore - Deepika Mahankali’s MBA showed her the possibilities of Southeast Asia’s exciting tech growth. Now she’s capitalizing on it through her job at Microsoft ...
  • How I used my summer to build an eco-tourism business - Some MBAs spend their summers working on spreadsheets in air-conditioned offices. Allenie ('20) decided to take an unconventional approach, exploring an eco-tourism business concept on an island in the Philippines. ...
  • How Meiyume is challenging the “Made in China” stigma - Though China struggles to be recognized as an innovator in manufacturing, Meiyume and other companies have been taking steps to overcome this stereotype. Amelia ('20) reflects on a summer project she completed with the company. ...