ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION (APQ)
IN GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
HCS Academy and Georgetown University (GU) have co-developed a specially designed Executive Education Programme, leading to an Advanced Professional Qualification (APQ) in Global Business Leadership and International Relations. This programme is the result of an earlier initiative by HCS on the Global Immersion Programme, which Minister Heng Swee Keat had launched in November 2013. This initiative on the programme by HCS Academy with GU is to support Singapore’s SkillsFuture agenda and economic progress as Singapore moves to the next phase of development towards an advanced economy and inclusive society.
The GU APQ programme is the first of its kind in Singapore and internationally. HCS Academy is privileged to have GU specially designed this programme. It is a frontier programme that addresses :
- Thinking process
- Mindset change
- Acquisition of skills sets and knowledge for contemporary and future business and leadership challenges.
The APQ programme aims to promote capability development and productivity growth in the workplace through :
- Redesign and transformation of businesses and culture.
- Product Innovation
- Expanding market via internationalisation
*The programme is conducted in English with simultaneous and/or consecutive interpretation in Chinese by Professional Interpreters. Learning materials are in English and Chinese. The participants will be assessed based on their respective team’s capstone project.
WHY APQ IN GLOBAL BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS?
The APQ programme will help PMEs, corporate and business leaders, as well as business owners identify opportunities and challenges of conducting business in other countries in order to better compete in today’s global economy. Georgetown University’s expertise and network, combined with its strength in international business strategy, management, policymaking, international relations, and leadership, make the program truly exceptional. Georgetown has developed a curriculum that focuses on the concepts, techniques, tools, and subjects most relevant to the executive who has a special interest in global business.
This course enables the participants to master the fundamental business disciplines and skills needed to evaluate and capitalise on regional and global business opportunities. It is suitable for participants who are already in or aspiring to join in the global business sector.
Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Georgetown was founded on the Jesuit principles of equality, respect, and cura personalis, or education of the whole person, and those same values define the school today.
Georgetown’s interdisciplinary approach to global business and international politics originated with the trade and diplomacy studies programs pioneered by the School of Foreign Service in the early part of the twentieth century. At a time when business schools concentrated almost exclusively on domestic commerce, Georgetown realised that the world of business was becoming increasingly global. From its beginning, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has continually strengthened its innovative approach to executive education. More than a decade ago, the school introduced international residencies and integrative courses as key components of its Executive MBA programs.
Today, the McDonough School of Business is known worldwide for its strengths in strategy, international business, global logistics, and finance
The McDonough School of Business has been ranked No. 3 in the United States and No. 17 worldwide for its Executive Education Customised Programs by the Financial Times in 2014. The Georgetown McDonough Executive Education was also named No. 1 in the US for its international programs. International business school surveys have ranked the university ahead of several respected competitors including Harvard, INSEAD, Wharton, University of Oxford: Säid, Kellogg, and MIT.
Middle States Commission of Higher Education & AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
- Georgetown University: #20 (US News & World Report)
- McDonough School of Business:
- Global Executive MBA #12 (Economist – Global Rankings)
- Executive MBA #14 (Economist – US Rankings)
- Full Time MBA #23 (US News & World Report)
- Part-Time MBA #11 (US News & World Report)
How much does the APQ programme cost?
Total course fee for Full Programme participation (10 Modules): $60,000*.
Businesses registered in Singapore may claim PIC benefits of either cash payout (up to 60%) and 400% tax deductions/allowances. Please contact IRAS for more details.
SkillsFuture Study Award for Singapore Citizens
Singaporeans who are planning to enrol in or are successfully enrolled in this course should concurrently apply for the SkillsFuture Study Awards for International Business. Recipients of the Study Award may receive a monetary award of $5,000 to defray the out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course.
SPRING Singapore Leadership Development Initiative for SMEs
SPRING Singapore will provide up to 70% funding support to SMEs participating in the APQ under the Leadership Development Initiative for SMEs. Leadership Development Initiative supports the development and implementation of a Leadership Development Plan (LDP). This initiative aims to catalyse SMEs to adopt a strategic approach towards leadership development, strengthen leadership competencies of key leaders and facilitate succession planning of their high potential staff.
*Fees include basic seminar package and excluding GST. Fees do not cover airfare, transport, personal expenses and accommodation. Subject to change.
ADMISSION CRITERIA AND TERM DATES
These are the general entry requirements for admission into the APQ programme:
- A good bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification (Candidates with HR WSQ Professional Diploma/Specialist Diploma are eligible. Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis, subject to HCS Academy Academic Board and Georgetown University’s approval)
- Relevant work experience
- Competency in English or Chinese
- At least WPLN Level 5 or GCE N/O Level pass in English with a minimum grade of C6 or equivalent
*Classes will be delivered in English and Chinese, with simultaneous translation whenever English is used.
The intensive 10-month course (200 hours) of study will include a combination of modules conducted in three locations that provide a state-of-the-art understanding of international business and international relations.
Please note that this is a part-time course and the duration of the course may vary depending on Georgetown University’s course schedule and progress of participants.
The programme will be conducted according to the following schedule:
2016 Intake Schedule (Subject to change – please stay tuned!)
- Singapore / ASEAN: Q1 2017
- Washington D.C., USA: Q4 2017
TEACHING FACULTY AND LEARNING METHODS
Emphasis on Skill Development
The programme will focus on skills mastery and developing a mindset continually striving towards greater excellence through knowledge, application and experience. The application of skills will be covered under group projects, and case studies based on real-life business challenges.
The programme framework and syllabi will enable participants to:
a) Explore business challenges and transformation
b) Examine “best practices” and apply them in the global context.
c) Build competencies to identify sensitive and competitive situations.
d) Evaluate and implement global expansion strategies.
For effective learning, the teacher-student ratio is about 1 to 35.
Please see the programme overview here.
The programme consisting of 200 hours of course instruction and project work will be led by prominent faculty members from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and School of Foreign Service. The list of lecturers as follows:
Highest Relevant Qualification
|PhD (Columbia University)||
BUSINESS; GOVERNMENT AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
COUNTRY AND POLITICAL RISK ANALYSIS
DOING BUSINESS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
FUTURE OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
GAME THEORY AND BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING / CRISIS MANAGEMENT
GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND BUSINESS
|Raj Desai||PhD (Harvard University)||DOING BUSINESS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD|
PhD (New York University)
|GAME THEORY AND BUSINESS CONTINGENCY PLANNING / CRISIS MANAGEMENT|
PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
|INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT|
PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
|GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS|
(The Academic Director of the APQ programme is Professor Marc L. Busch)
Generally, all participants must follow the intake cohort. HCS Academy Academic Board and Georgetown University McDonough School of Business will consider special cases on a case-by-case basis.
The programme will be held across 4 terms in 3 locations: 2 sessions in Singapore, 1 in China and 1 in Washington D.C., USA
Yes. There will be a graduation ceremony in Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA. Only participants who have successfully completed 4 terms, including the Capstone Project, will be awarded the Advanced Professional Qualification (APQ) by Georgetown University.
The Importance of Continual Learning and Coming Back to School
“The world is changing so rapidly, that the only way for any of us to be successful is to assume that our learning is not going to stop, when we’re 22, 32 or 42, that we have to be constantly learning anew, constantly building our toolkit, constantly coming back to school” – Prof Michael O’Leary on “Building and Leading Senior Teams” Lecture, GU-HCS APQ Programme, Washington DC, 18 November 2015
Intake 1 Graduation
Browse the 2015 APQ Booklet Here (EN / 中文) :