ASB Movers & Makers

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.


Asia School of Business: Creating an ASEAN legacy

Kuala Lumpur, 29 April 2016: Malaysia is positioning itself as an education hub in the region and a destination for international students, a vision that is shared by the many international universities that have already established a presence here.

Monash University, Curtin University, Heriot-Watt University and The University of Nottingham are among the globally-recognised names that have established campuses in Malaysia. Then, last year, Bank Negara Malaysia and the MIT Sloan School of Management forged a partnership that has now made Malaysia an even more prominent education destination. The result of that partnership is the Asia School of Business (ASB), located in Kuala Lumpur.


Dr Zeti: Asia School of Business to train Asia’s future leaders

The Asia School of Business (ASB), a collaboration between Bank Negara and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan (MIT Sloan), will give birth to future leaders for emerging countries in Asia once its new campus is completed in 2018.

Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said the set-up of ASB was part of the central bank’s commitment to invest in education as its offerings were ambitious and could meet the needs of corporates and businesses to produce quality talent.


Asia School of Business Breaks Ground for New Campus

The Asia School of Business in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management (ASB) today reached another milestone since its inception a year ago with the commencement of the construction of its own campus in Bukit Perdana, Kuala Lumpur. The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by the Co-Chairs of the ASB Board of Governors, Professor Richard Schmalensee and Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz. It was witnessed by members of its Governing Board, business leaders, and dignitaries from the corporate partners, the diplomatic corps, and the public sector.


Governor Zeti’s Remarks at the Asia School of Business (ASB) Campus Ground Breaking Ceremony

The establishment of ASB aims to develop future leaders that will contribute towards the advancement of the emerging world, in particular, in Asia.  In view of Asia’s increasing role in the global economy, there is already a growing global interest to be part of the Asian experience and its exciting transformation and growth potential. The Asia School of Business offers two key value propositions: the practical application of business management education; and being a global learning centre that focuses on issues and challenges from the emerging world, especially from the Asian region.


Business leader promotes early access to “maker training”

Speaking at the American Centre at the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Rajesh Nair, Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Asia School of Business, spoke about maker training programs at the Maker Movement Promotion Forum


The Vision to Succeed

The Business Year talks to Dato’ Seri Idris Bin Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education, on the importance of education in the national agenda and the internationalization of higher education.


Forging entrepreneurs in India – THE HINDU

Twenty students of engineering are being mentored as entreprenuers by Rajesh Nair through MIT. Academic and innovator Rajesh Nair shares his hands-on approach to turn engineering students into entrepreneurs through the ‘MIT-Make in India’ project.

Entrepreneurs are being made in Chirayinkeezhu, a quiet coastal town in the Thiruvananthapuram district. Twenty students of engineering, 10 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States (U.S.) and 10 from colleges in India are being mentored by Rajesh Nair, an academic, entrepreneur and innovator, who is convinced that entrepreneurs are made and not born.

The first of its kind, Rajesh hopes that the project will encourage colleges to create employers and not only employees. The founder of the decade-old TechTop, a contest for innovators among students of engineering, Rajesh says with missionary zeal that his dream is to increase the percentage of college graduates in India starting businesses to at least 10 percent.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Planting The Seed Early – The Star, Malaysia

An exciting initiative by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in youth has arrived on our shores. Introduced by the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) of the Asia School of Business (ASB), we had a chat with Rajesh Nair, director of the center.


More Than Just a Number – The Star, Malaysia

Earlier this week, I had a serendipitous meeting with Prof Charles Fine of the MIT Sloan School of Management, a professor who has not only conducted research in operations management, supply chain strategy and value chain road-mapping, but also applied that research and consulted with many large organisations over the years.