ASB Movers & Makers

Inspiration from unconventional MBA journey

Young, passionate and vibrant are words best used to describe this 32-year-old,who left school when he was 14 to dive into the world of business, becoming an entrepreneur at the age of 18.

A music lover, Eizaz Azhar is the founding secretary for the World Youth Jazz Festival,a jazz festival to celebrate the best youth jazz groups from all over the world.

He plays the clarinet and has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He had a stint with the Communications and Multimedia Ministry as a youth adviser to the minister.

He also had the opportunity to attend a state dinner at the National Palace with former United States president Barack Obama during his visits to Malaysia in 2014.

More recently, he received a Masters’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Asia School of Business (ASB) not following the usual route.


How MBA Students Can Get More International Experience

A growing interest in international degrees has even led to the creation of a new global MBA school – so new it doesn’t even have its own campus yet. The Asia School of Business is a partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia, the central bank of Malaysia. The 82 first- and second-year students currently enrolled represent 21 different countries.

The program is heavily experiential. “We are teaching (students) how to go into a country they’ve never been in before and build a business, build networks,” says Charles Fine, dean of the Asia School of Business and a professor of management at MIT.


ASB marks historic milestone

It’s an exciting time to join the workforce because of fast-evolving, significant shifts, in the terrain. But as opportunities abound, so do challenges.

Whether you’re entering the workforce as entrepreneurs or startups, or joining social enterprises, conglomerates, or the public sector, you will have an opportunity to bring change, Asia School of Business (ASB) Board of Governors co-chair Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz told the school’s first batch of graduating students.


First batch of MBA professionals graduate from Asia School of Business

KUALA LUMPUR: The first batch of MBA professionals of the Asia School of Business (ASB) from various countries, including Malaysia, today graduated in a convocation ceremony held at The Majestic Hotel here.

The ceremony which was a joint collaboration between Bank Negara Malaysia and world renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management (MIT Sloan) saw 45 graduates for the Class of 2018.


Hanyang U signs MoU to build ASEAN reach

South Korea’s Hanyang University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Malaysia’s Asia School of Business in a bid to promote academic collaboration between the two institutions and further tap into the international education market.


MIT-ASB-IIT Make in India boot camp for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

In a 28-day boot camp on social innovation and entrepreneurship, 48 students from MIT, Asia School of Business, IITs and engineering colleges across India are exposed to India’s pressing rural and urban social issues in healthcare, agriculture, slums, traffic, inclusion, energy, education and communications. The teams will work together to find technological solutions during the camp days. The camp is led by Rajesh  Nair, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre in Asia School of Business  and a visiting scholar at MIT. Of the 48 students, 19 students are from MIT and Asia School of Business (ASB) Malaysia and the rest from IITs and several technical institutions from India.


A New B-School Startup From MIT Sloan Reinvents The MBA Experience

Changes to the MBA education are rarely radical. That was not the case for long-time MIT Professor Charles Fine, who was asked to lead an unusual business school startup in Kuala Lumpur three years ago. Fine, president and dean of the newly created Asia School of Business, a partnership with Bank Negara Malaysia, the country’s central bank, literally took a blank sheet of paper and, with no legacy or politics, crafted the shape of what he believes is an ideal MBA program for the times.


MIT Sloan School of Management welcomes inaugural ASB class to Cambridge campus

As a part of a six-week program in the United States, the inaugural MBA class of the Asia School of Business (ASB), located in Malaysia and established in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management, is visiting the Sloan campus for one month where they will enroll in courses taught by the top-ranked School’s faculty.


From School Dropout to MIT Student

I have a friend. His name is Eizaz Azhar, 31. I think you’ll like his story.

He was recently in Myanmar, and next month he’ll be going to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for classes, and thereafter he will stay on in the United States for an internship.

Eizaz is currently studying for an MBA at the Asia School of Business (ASB) in Kuala Lumpur, set up by Bank Negara Malaysia in collaboration with MIT Sloan Management School.

Oh, yeah, there’s one more thing. Eizaz left school at 14.


Malaysia’s higher education mid-year report

The Higher Education Ministry’s battle cry, “Soaring Upwards” – meaning continuous improvement – continues to ring loudly in 2016. While there have been many positives, the year has seen its share of challenges. Let’s take a look.


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