Clarissa Tan left her native Singapore to pursue an MBA at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. We asked her about her aspirations, and how it’s been observing the financial crisis through a Chinese lens.
Why did you decide to do an MBA in China?
I wanted to switch careers from business unit control (primarily accounting and control) to private equity. There is substantial and increasing private equity activity in China compared to Singapore, which is why I am committed to building a career in China.
By doing an MBA in China, I can re-tool my skill sets, gain some China-specific knowledge of its economy and industries, and network with China-focused individuals. Doing an MBA in China also gives me adequate time and opportunity to form friendships and bonds in China.
Has studying in China given you a unique perspective on global finance?
Yes, studying in China has given me a unique perspective on global finance. One example is to learn about and to see first-hand the Chinese perspective on the current financial crisis.