KUALA LUMPUR: The MBA Tour, an independent resource for business school admissions, is for the first time in Kuala Lumpur for its Asian tour itinerary this year.
The MBA Tour will bring with it a collective of the world’s leading business schools to be a part of its MBA Conference tomorrow.
“We have received multiple requests from business schools to host an MBA Conference in Kuala Lumpur this year due to the qualified applicant pool growing in the city. It only made sense to bring our events to the available talent in this emerging market.
“KL warrants a stop because a lot of our B-school partners have expressed interest in Malaysia and have noted the increasing number of quality students coming from Malaysia,” said Peter von Loesecke, the chief executive officer of The MBA Tour.
The MBA Tour aims to offer reliable information and guidance on admissions to executives who are interested in enrolling into business school.
Key admissions staff from 12 business schools will be participating in the conference. Among the institutions are the prestigious IE Business School of Europe, Hult International Business School, Temple University, and ESMT Berlin.
“The KL MBA Conference is a way for MBA aspirants to ‘visit’ the campuses of the various schools without actually going there. Anyone seriously thinking of doing an MBA should attend. “The knowledge you will gain from the sessions go a long way in helping you make a decision. And it comes at no expense; just your time and curiosity,” von Loesecke said in a statement.
The MBA Conference is expected to attract some 250 prospective students.
von Loeseck said there will be a panel called How Admissions Decisions Are Made, where the MBA application process is discussed in thorough detail by panel speakers consisting of business school representatives.
“This panel is consistently the most popular with our attendees throughout our tour. The panel speakers provide an overview of the application process, discuss and dispel common myths of the process, answer questions from the audience, and offer professional insight and advice invaluable to candidates when positioning themselves in their applications,” he said.
He also said The MBA Tour’s partner, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) will also have a presentation on De-Mystifying the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test).
It contains an overview and answer questions on the GMAT testing process as well as advice on preparing for the test and how to submit scores to schools.
“We also have a résumé-building workshop educating candidates on optimising their résumé when applying to business schools. We also have a MeetUp session where business schools meet selected candidates to discuss the programs and allow them to express their interest to the schools,” he said.
Ultimately, according to von Loesecke, what is discussed at the MBA Conference is limited only by what questions the attendees come with.
von Loesecke said MBA not only adds value to one’s résumé, but also it qualifies the degree holder for more positions because of the skills acquired while earning the degree.
“It allows applicants to command generally higher salaries than colleagues without an MBA, if all else is equal.
“An MBA on your résumé indicates to employers that you have taken the time to master certain skills and acquire valuable knowledge and experiences relevant to their desired position,” he added.
On the criteria that applicants should look at when choosing a business school, von Loeseck said it depends entirely on that applicant’s objectives.
He said before applying to any programme, applicants should have a clear understanding of what they would like to achieve once they earn their MBA.
“Keeping that goal in sight will inform their criteria in selecting the best business school for them.”
For the business schools, von Loesecke said in general, schools look for those who have had a few years of professional work experience and possess clear objectives of what they hope to achieve after earning their MBA.
The MBA Tour has been offering reliable information and assistance to prospective MBA students for 20 years.
To attend the free conference at the Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur, individuals can register their details at the MBA Tour website at http://bit.ly/signupMBATourKL