Why Join the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA program Asia-Pacific Track?


For senior executives looking to grow in the Asia-Pacific region, the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA Asia-Pacific track brings together the best of the east and west for one to develop the leadership skills, cultural knowledge, and business acumen needed to thrive.

Executive MBA programs are favored by senior executives for their ability to help candidates rise the ranks, change tracks within their career fields, or even move careers entirely. When looking for a program to join, one will do well to consider the program’s reputation and standing in the global sphere.

This is where the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA program stands out. Bringing together the best of the ESSEC and Mannheim business schools, the program is rated 2nd for career outcomes on the QS Joint EMBA Rankings 2022. Returns on investment are high, and according to the Financial Times business school rankings in 2022, the weighted salary for EMBA candidates three years after graduation has risen by $17,276 compared to the previous class.

A major reason for this is that the program offers an effective framework for leadership—giving participants an edge in a competitive world where technological and social advances are altering the way businesses operate. Here is how the program achieves this and why the program’s Asia-Pacific track is such an asset:

Classroom Diversity Inspires Confidence and Incubates Ideas

The first is because of its diversity. At the ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus, EMBA Participants hail from a wide range of industries, ranging from IT, consulting, to health, finance and more. Each cohort has an average of 10 to 15 different nationalities, and comprises around 40 percent of women. Put together in an intimate classroom setting, the variety of different perspectives drive discussions, and take peer-learning to a whole new level.

“We learn as much from participants as from the professors because everyone in the cohort will come with an established career and wealth of experience to share,”  Elena Hyeseon Jeong, Store Design & Visual Merchandising Director at the Estee Lauder Companies Inc, shares. “Because of this emphasis on peer learning, diversity becomes a very important consideration when you choose which program to apply for,”  she recommends.

Fellow alumni from over the years testify to how this classroom style has a profound impact on their career trajectories: Christophe Gonet, Global Commercial Excellence Director at Essentra,  was promoted; Wesley Alves, director of operations for French industrial company ARMOR, cemented his leadership capabilities;  James Ching, Director of Sales Operations Asia-Pacific secured his role at Adecco Group, and Carisa Mann started three companies.

Exercises on Responsible Leadership

In tandem with how businesses today are increasingly aware of their social impacts, the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA program also incorporates aspects of corporate social responsibility into the program.

“It opened my eyes to new methodologies in managing aspects of business in areas of sustainability and responsible innovation,” Kay Lot, owner of Cambodian digital Agency QED Quantum Endorphine Digital, testifies. “I’ve gained renewed energy and changed the way I view business and leadership.”

This is achieved through modules catered specifically to the topic of responsible leadership and via the EMBA’s program-long group project on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability. This project drives participants to develop start-up skills, consider innovative business approaches, and ultimately train them to consider people, planet, and profit in each decision they make.

“I don’t believe there is another business school with as strong a focus on critical concepts like ethics, environmental sustainability, and responsible leadership,”  President of Balibago Waterworks, Alejandro Cristina Isabelle from the class of 2021, affirms.

Adding the Asia Advantage

Last but not least, having a dedicated Asia-Pacific track ensures participants have the hallmark ESSEC global experience—learning from an international faculty, attending overseas residences in Asia, Europe, and the United States—but with a focus on Asia.

They are encouraged to dive deep into the historical and political contexts of the region, and classes, whether on digitalization, innovation, and more, are taught with Asia-specific examples from a variety of countries. This ensures participants gain a nuanced view of the best practices, which is undoubtedly an asset for those hoping to ride on the rise of the Asian century.

“With this training, we will never view the same challenges at work the same way. We’ll have more opportunities to work with our colleagues and devise new solutions simply because we better understand how they operate,”  James declares.

To him and many others, this is the true value of the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA program at the ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus: It’s the ability to shape perspectives and unlock opportunities.

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