Welcome to INSEAD Asia Campus
More than ten years ago in October 1999, INSEAD took a bold step to differentiate itself from other business schools: it opened a campus in Asia and became the first business school to have two fully-fledged campuses with permanent faculty - one in Europe, the other in Asia.
The idea in setting up the Asia Campus, was for INSEAD to "create a bridge between Asia and the rest of the world".
The school had already been providing executive education programmes in Asia for many years through its affiliate, the Euro-Asia Centre. The decision for a permanent campus was made despite the July 1997 Asian financial crisis, as INSEAD held firm in its belief in Asia. While its board and faculty continued to press ahead with the plans for a new campus the school began operating out of temporary premises in Singapore Science Park in January 2000.
On 23 October 2000, the founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, came to the new facility to inaugurate the campus, which at that stage occupied about 13,000 square metres.
Within a few years, the school realised that given the increasing demand for programmes and a growing waiting list of participants and faculty members, there was a pressing need to expand the young campus. In 2005, the second phase of campus development was started - a full two years ahead of schedule.
Situated within Singapore's knowledge hub, the campus has since grown and covers an area of some 20,000 square metres with eight amphitheatres, numerous teaching rooms and discussion areas, an auditorium, full wireless Internet access, a 24-hour library and fitness facility. Even now, the campus looks towards expanding its presence in Asia, and moving to the third phase of campus development.
From the 'pioneering class' of 53 students from 26 countries in the initial intake in 2000, the number of MBA participants jumped to 384 students from 64 nationalities in 2010. The campus now offers full MBA, Executive MBA, PhD and Executive Education programmes, and houses more than ten Centres of Excellence, focusing on the latest in business research.
It was with great pride that INSEAD celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its Asia Campus in 2010-2011.