Dean’s Editorial – Read here.


Momentum is building at INSEAD. As we continue to track the school’s progress across multiple dimensions—from the academic calibre of our students to the strength of our thought leadership to the growth of our fundraising—it’s clear that we are progressively setting the bar higher for ourselves.

Consider our most recent data from the 2016/17 academic year, which speaks to the pace of our trajectory. During this year, we witnessed:

  • Highest average GMAT score of incoming students (709)
  • Highest percentage of female MBA entrants (36%)
  • Largest-ever proportion of students with scholarships (28%)
  • Highest amount raised in philanthropic gifts in a single year (€33.6M)
  • Double-digit growth in revenues (€245M)

What’s driving this momentum? Our alumni, students, faculty and staff are closely aligned on the INSEAD mission and vision, enabling all of us to move forward with greater speed, precision and strength.

“We are united in our belief to use business as a force for good. We are committed to working together to develop leaders who put societal needs at the centre of value creation; who work fervently to protect the health of people and the planet; and who use their ingenuity and creativity to address critical problems on a global scale.”

Although we haven’t finished tracking all of our metrics for the 2017/18 academic year, it’s clear that the school’s momentum continues to increase. Recent examples include:

Tackling world-scale problems: An increasing number of students, alumni, faculty and staff are coming together to take on some of the most challenges issues of our day. New initiatives are forming in pursuit of goals such as reaching gender parity, driving sustainability, decreasing wealth inequality, making ethical decisions, promoting social impact and harnessing technology for students. For example, the Gender Initiativeand iW50 are helping us to build on recent successes, which include achieving the highest-ever percentage of female students (36%) in our MBA programme and achieving gender balance in our PhD programme (September 2016 intake).

Disseminating thought leadership: Our world-class faculty, who currently represent 41 nationalities, continue to earn recognition as influential thought leaders, talented researchers and accomplished authors. In 2015-17, the 11-most rigorous academic journals in management—covering strategy, operations, organisational behaviour and entrepreneurship—published more articles by INSEAD faculty than faculty from any other business school. With 102 articles, INSEAD is ranked #1 in the world, followed by Wharton (90 articles) and Harvard Business School (70 articles)*. On an individual level, four INSEAD faculty members were among The Case Centre’s 40 best-selling case authors for 2016/17: Professors Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim (#8), Pierre Chandon (#10), and Ben M. Bensaou (#39). Professors Mauborgne and Kim also earned worldwide attention for Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing, the highly anticipated follow up to Blue Ocean Strategy. To build on these successes, INSEAD recently established several new Centres of Excellence—bringing our total to 20—including the Gender Initiative and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre for the Study of Wealth Inequality.

Spotlighting esteemed women scholars: The celebration of 50 years of women at INSEAD continues with a new and innovative site for thought leadership: 50 Years, 50 Women, 50 Ideas showcasing 50 noteworthy women scholars from INSEAD—both faculty members and doctoral alumnae—and the powerful ideas they’ve developed through their research and insights. These ideas, which cover a diverse range of academic disciplines and geographic regions, speak to the significant impact that our women scholars continue to have on business and society.

Doubling the success of Giving Day: Our second-annual Giving Day was an incredible success, and I’m deeply grateful to those of you who contributed to this important effort. We raised €681,453 from 1,507 donors in 78 countries—doubling our participation rate and funds raised from last year—with the top three giving allocations dedicated to the Dean’s Innovation Fund, Robin Hood Scholarship and MBA Scholarships for Women. It’s wonderful to see this progress, especially on the heels of last year’s 41% increase in giving results.

Pursing greater operational efficiency. We recognise that the growth of INSEAD, in both size and complexity, is putting pressure on the structure of our organisation and our operations. To address this challenge, we have partnered with consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on a new project—aptly named “Momentum”—in which we’ll analyse how we work and identify areas for improvement. After this process is complete, we’ll work to implement a series of new strategies in order to optimise how we operate as an institution.

In the meantime, the pursuit of excellence continues across all aspects of our school. With your support, we can take this great institution to even greater heights.

Ilian Mihov

*The UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings™

Singapore tops Asia Pacific in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2018

10 April 2018

Singapore retains its top position in Asia Pacific for the fifth consecutive year in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2018, announced today during GTCI’s Asia Launch Event at INSEAD campus in Singapore.

Produced in partnership with The Adecco Group and Tata Communications, the GTCI is an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability of 119 countries to compete for talent. 

With the theme of ‘Diversity for Competitiveness’, the GTCI 2018 examines two types of diversity: cognitive (differences in knowledge, experience and perspectives) and identity (gender, race, age etc.). The report underscores the importance of diversity for building innovative teams and to equip organisations with the ability to address the needs of markets and operations in multicultural environments. The report underlines that diversity is also an investment: people are often ill equipped to collaborate with others who are different from themselves. Leveraging diversity for competitiveness hence requires resources, commitment and leadership.

In GTCI 2018, six Asia-Pacific countries rank in the top 30: Singapore is first (and second globally), followed by Australia (11th), New Zealand (12th), Japan (20th), Malaysia (27th) and South Korea (30th).  Read more here.

Important Information about renewing your NAA membership

Please read this document to find out more about changes to NAA Membership renewal.

We are currently changing the payment portal for credit card payment so please consider paying by direct transfer, cash or GIRO.  Read more here. The Singapore NAA has simplified your Membership signup/renewal – now available via GIRO payment. This is a convenient way to pay and ensure that your membership won’t lapse and you won’t miss out on the great events and members-only benefits available.
Pay by GIRO and get discounted membership price of SG$130 per year.

Download the form, complete your banking details and return the original to us. We will do the rest.
Giros take approximately one month to set up with your bank. But you can enjoy your membership benefits immediately and get access to our upcoming great events at members prices. For more information please email us.


Volunteering Opportunities at INSEAD NAA

  • Buona Vista Alumni Lunches require a new coordinator. Ami has moved on but is happy to brief any volunteers who would like to help out with this popular worthwhile social activity.
  • Alumni Entrepreneurship Alumni Club of Singapore
    Thanks to all the engaged and driven volunteers that have shown their interest and support in helping the Association!! We are proud of our community and we are currently processing all of your interest to support us.

    We are also working with the Alumni Entrepreneurship Alumni Club of Singapore led by Eugene Yap on finding the next generation of the Club’s leaders for the future. In light of that Eugene Yap  and the other volunteers working with him are looking for action-driven individuals that can help drive and shape the next stage of the club in Singapore as a driving force for our Alumni community. Please email Eugene expressing your interest on leading the next stage for the Club and how you plan to contribute to the team and the community.