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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  • 6 Exciting MBA Jobs You Can Get In South East Asia - From chief of staff at AirAsia to product marketing at leading super app Grab, find out what kind of exciting MBA jobs you could land across South East Asia. ...
  • From Airline Brand To ASEAN Super App - The recent COVID-19 pandemic has hit some industries harder than others, such as the aviation/aerospace industry. Looking back at the impact of Covid-19 on the industry, I had the opportunity to hear firsthand from Yizhen Fung, Head of Strategic Partnerships at AirAsia super app, through an insightful session organisedby Professor… ...
  • For a Young B-School, ASB’s Alumni are Already Enjoying Unrivaled Success - Since Asia School of Business (ASB) welcomed its very first MBA class in 2016, four cohorts have completed the rigorous 20-month, full-time residential program. In terms of career mobility, salary, and leadership roles, ASB’s graduates are already enjoying success comparable with top tier business schools. ...
  • Every Day is Day 1: Asia School of Business Introduces New Changes to MBA Program - As a further evolution of an already innovative curriculum, we are introducing key changes to our MBA program at Asia School of Business. These include greater flexibility in program duration to position students to better capture dynamic career opportunities in Asia, new concentrations in high-demand specializations, and a greater focus… ...
  • Amazon Advertising: An important pillar connecting sellers and customers on Amazon’s e-commerce platform - With a smile on its logo, Amazon is a powerful data engine leading radical innovation at the forefront of a data-driven era. As an MBA student, I had the opportunity to listen to a guest talk given by ASB alumnus, Ricardo Acosta, who shared his journey of working at Amazon… ...
  • ASB Welcomes the Class of 2023!  - On August 23, ASB commenced its Immersion Week for the Full-Time MBA and MBA for Working Professionals programs. Designed as an intensive week of "drinking from the firehose", Immersion Week is aimed at getting students acquainted with the life and culture at ASB, academically and beyond. ...
  • 4 MBA Admission Tips for Applying to Business Schools in Asia - From defining your career goals to pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, here are the MBA admission tips to help you choose a business school in Asia ...
  • Combining Engineering Expertise and Latest Technology to Help Those In Need During Covid-19  - The #benderaputih grassroots movement, which means “white flag” in the Malay language, sprung up on social media in response to the many cries for aid coming from Malaysians during the pandemic and extended lockdowns. A group of engineers and thoughtful citizens thought they could make it better. Through technology, they… ...
  • FoodPanda: Creating Time Through Convenience and Accessibility Across Asia - 1 in 3 digital consumers in Southeast Asia (SEA) are new to e-commerce platforms, a statistic especially true in the FoodPanda’s case. As MBA students taking the Platform Strategy course taught by Prof. Melati Nungsari, we had the opportunity to listen to the Sayantan Das, MD of FoodPanda, share about… ...
  • Sustainable Finance and What the Future Holds - As companies and the financial world moves towards becoming more responsible and transparent to their members and stakeholders than ever before, a rise in sustainable finance initiatives can be seen. What does the future hold and what kind of career opportunities lie in this space? This article explores these questions. ...
  • From an MBA to a Ph.D.: The Road Less Travelled - Conventionally, an MBA is the pinnacle of business education achievement. In recent years, however, a segment of MBA holders – particularly those with a passion for research – have opted to pursue a Ph.D. in related fields as well. ...
  • Alumni Interview: Landing a Role in Microsoft and Bouncing Back from Job Loss During Covid-19 - What are ASB alumni up to since graduation? As part of our alumni Q&A series, we speak with Latisha Udani (Class of ’19) about landing a role in big tech and pivoting from job loss during the pandemic. ...
  • Enlightening Lessons from the Covid-19 Remote Work Experiment - The pandemic unwittingly sparked a global WFH experiment. One year on, remote work and digitalization experts weigh in on key lessons we've learnt in the process. ...
  • Meet The MBA-Working Professionals: Capability Builder Areena Shahril - Areena Shahril of Sapura Energy Berhad and the MBA for Working Professionals (MBA-WP) Class of 2021 shares her journey of being part of the first MBA-WP cohort and completing an MBA amid a pandemic. ...
  • Nigerian MBA Triple Jumps Into Real Estate Career In Thailand - The career ‘triple jump’—changing role, sector, and location—is an impressive feat. Oludare Oluwajuyitan tells us how his MBA helped him make this career leap. ...
  • My MBA + MIT Master’s Made Me A Senior Program Manager At Amazon - Read about how Ponce Samaniego used his Asia School of Business MBA to land a fellowship at MIT and a senior program manager job at Amazon. ...
  • Meet the MBA Working Professionals: Malaysian “Repat” Ir. Nik Hasmizie - Sapura Energy’s Ir. Nik Hasmizie from the Class of 2021 for Working Professionals (MBA-WP) discusses his ascent from Engineer to Project Manager, his experience thriving in international waters, and his thirst for upskilling even as an industry veteran. ...
  • Meet the MBA-Working Professionals: Entrepreneur Matthew Roman - Vasavah founder and CEO Matthew Roman, from the Class of 2022 for Working Professionals (MBA-WP), speaks to us about his journey of becoming an entrepreneur, the challenges he’s faced along the way, and advice he would give to people with a similar entrepreneurial path. ...
  • How the 24 Steps of Disciplined Entrepreneurship Helped a Company Survive in a Time of Crisis in Sudan - Amjed Ali, Class of 2021, is an innovation and entrepreneurship enthusiast. He reflects on how the Disciplined Entrepreneurship methodology helped his former company pivot and survive in a time of crisis in Sudan from 2017 - 2018. Today, he is pursuing a global MBA at ASB and had the privilege… ...
  • How to Balance Purpose and Ambition to Craft A Career with Meaning - Recently, students of the ASB MBA program had the privilege to have a virtual coffee chat with Tomohiro Hamakawa (or Tomo, in short), Co-Founder of two social enterprises – Mana Earthly Paradise and Earth Company – to talk about what inspired him to pursue a path in sustainability. Eng Vin… ...
  • A Cinderella Story: From Humble Beginnings to Leadership at Google - Haviva Kohl, presently Lead of Talent Development Programs at Google, epitomizes the phrase "The pen is mightier than the sword". Recently, I had the opportunity along with other students at Asia School of Business to hear her #havivastory, and rest assured I was left inspired and misty-eyed by her story… ...
  • 3 Things You Will Learn from MIT Sloan’s Marketing Management Course - Have you ever appreciated a product so much that you just keep talking about it to anyone, everywhere? And the company is not even paying you! That is the power of marketing – when a brand and product can understand and fulfill your daily needs. During the Marketing Management course… ...
  • Q&A with ASB Alumni Yizhen Fung: Securing a Job as Chief of Staff at the Height of Covid-19 - Hear from Yizhen Fung, our alumna from the class of 2020, who completed her MBA at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although most employers had frozen recruitment, she secured a job as a chief of staff at AirAsia.com. ...
  • What MBAs Need to Know About Product Management and Tech Jobs in Asia - AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Machine Learning) and PM (Product Management) – these are the hottest fields for jobseekers today. But few truly understand what it takes to succeed in these emerging fields. Dubai-based Swami Sekar is one of these rare individuals and technologists who does understand, having worked across Asia,… ...
  • How This ASB Entrepreneur is Building a D2C Beauty Brand Out of Asia - ASB 19’ alumnus Jack Farrell discusses how came to launch a fully vegan, cruelty-free D2C beauty brand after his MBA, the venture building support he receives, and why he thinks Asia is a great place for building businesses. ...
  • How to Land a Role in North Asia: Growth Hack Your Job Search During Covid-19 - Three expats who have built their careers in Asia shared their advice with the graduating MBA Class of 2021: keep expanding your fishnet and casting the net wide, so when Covid-19 turns and the floodgates open, you’ll be rolling in opportunity. ...
  • How an ASB MBA Will Transform You into a Seasoned Entrepreneur - Regardless of whether you’re a C-suite executive at a multinational company or an aspiring tech founder, everyone can benefit from thinking like an entrepreneur. In a recent interview, ASB alumnus Matthew Osofisan discusses his entrepreneurship journey and how a modern MBA program was an essential puzzle piece to his success. ...
  • 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. ...