Combines European innovation, Asian dynamics with global recognition and accreditation.
Master of Business Administration FHNW – Swiss-Asian Programme
Basel, Switzerland and locations in Asia
The Swiss-Asian MBA is based on the existing MBA programme of FHNW (90 ECTS; European Credit Transfer System), but set-up as a blended learning MBA. The MBA programme at FHNW has been conducted since 1992 with several intakes per year. Our rolling intake concept allows you to join the course at any time.
Theis programme, which includes webinars and virtual classrooms, is conducted in English. During the four residence weeks in Basel (Switzerland), Shenzhen (China), Bandung (Indonesia) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), there will be a keen focus on actual business case studies and company visits.
The programme is tailor-made for executives and experts, entrepreneurs and innovative managers, aspiring to obtain an official Swiss Master’s degree without interrupting their professional career. The regional focus on Asia is for instance reflected in the respective case studies. Therefore, the programme is designed in a blended format, meaning that online study modules are combined with four residential weeks in different locations, where participants meet in person.
We deliver knowledge online. Subsequently four residential weeks will be organised where participants are exposed to other cultures, interact and get to know each other. These residential weeks consist of company visits, real-life case studies and team work. Residential weeks will be held at renowned universities in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Switzerland. The programme duration is usually 18 months, plus 6 months for the master thesis; a faster completion is possible. Our concept allows maximum flexibility due to its module structure and the rolling intake. About 70% of the contents are delivered online, 30% during residential weeks.
The Swiss-Asian MBA consists of the following units:
The MBA Thesis is a particular assessment of the participants' performance and is written towards the end of the study programme. However, depending on their capacity students may start to work on thethesis already at an earlier stage of their studies. Through the thesis, participants demonstrate their ability to work with the knowledge acquired from the course and to relate it to a topic that serves as the foundation for the next career step.
The objectives of the MBA Thesis: In their MBA thesis the students apply scientifically based considerations and draw up theoretical and practical solutions to a task derived from the topics addressed in the study programme, for which they are allowed a defined period of time (as a rule, 6 months).
The students demonstrate in individual work that they are independently able to:
A complete list of Study Regulations will be shared with you once you have enrolled into the programme.
As a rule, an undergraduate degree (bachelor’s degree) or an equivalent qualification from a recognised academic institution is required, the previous subject of study is irrelevant. A minimum of three years of relevant work experience is expected, and a good command of English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent). An entry interview is compulsory.
CHF 19,000.00 – excluding the estimated travel costs of CHF 7,000.00 for the four residence weeks (individual travel costs only). Scholarships, discounts for corporate clients and early-bird offers are available.
The Swiss-Asian MBA is set-up as an e-learning MBA – with four residence weeks in Switzerland, China and selected ASEAN countries.
Teaching location in Switzerland:
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwester Switzerland FHNW, School of Business,
Peter Merian-Strasse 86
4002 Basel, Switzerland
FHNW is a public university, recognized by the Swiss Government, and member of Swiss Universities. The FHNW School of Business of is in the final phase of getting the AACSB accreditation.
Teaching locations in China and selected ASEAN countries:
Will be announced soon.
Join the Swiss-Asian MBA and transform yourself into a global leader! Traditional MBA programmes are usually held at one university only. Our programme, however, takes place at four leading universities in Switzerland and Asia. It is the first programme of excellence that combines Swiss innovation, Asian dynamics and a global mindset. By investing in this programme you will become part of an international network of executives.
You can apply and enrol at any time as the programme has rolling intakes.
Yes, the programme is designed specially for those who have full-time jobs.
You will receive the learning materials via an e-learning platform, Moodle. Study of the course matter is done at your convenience, within the given timeframe to complete each study. The same applies for participation in forum discussions and assignments. A 60-minute webinar is conducted every weekend where you can interact with your lecturer and peers. Attendance is not mandatory. If you are not able to attend the session, a recording of the same will be shared with you. The Swiss-Asian MBA gives you maximum flexibility.
The residential weeks are fixed, usually from a Thursday till Monday. These weeks have been coordinated in advance with our partner universities in the host countries. The dates have been locked in as it allows you to plan your schedules well in advance. There are a total of four residential weeks, so it is perfectly alright if you miss one.
The current crisis does not affect us much as 70% of the programme content is delivered online as part of the blended learning concept. Therefore, our programme continues as usual and is open for applications. However, the residential weeks will be postponed till next year. If there are further restrictions to travel, the residential weeks will be conducted in an e-format as we see the value in “meeting” and interacting with your peers. To conclude, the delivery of the Swiss-Asian MBA is much more reliable than that of offline courses.
Patrick Klotz is a Swiss IT Entrepreneur based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is participating at FHNW’s newly created Swiss-Asian MBA and sharing his first impressions of the programme.
University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Northwestern Switzerland FHNW
School of Business
Peter Merian-Strasse 86
Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Reineke
T +41 79 372 85 62
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T +60 19 399 63 56