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Building a culture of Knowledge Learning, Sharing and Development at MDIS

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning, hosted its second Breakfast Talk for the year on “Economic Outlook and Market Insights”. The talk attracted close to 400 corporate members, industry partners and students.

Participating corporate heavyweights and MDIS students got an opportunity to gain valuable insights into ASEAN’s growth potential and opportunities, and interact with industry expert, Mr Song Seng Wun, Director and Economist of CIMB Private Banking.

Mr Song shared that while world trade is expected to grow by 2.4% this year, there is deep uncertainty due to economic and policy developments, particularly in the US. However, markets are upbeat as the global macro picture has shown positive snapshots despite geopolitical risks, which seem to indicate moderate recovery is underway. China is on a steadier growth path, with stronger than expected 1Q17 GDP and expected economic expansion of 6.2% this year. The country’s One Belt, One Road (Obor) initiative will present numerous collaborative and development opportunities for businesses and governments. Looking ahead, Mr Song advises to keep an eye on the return of inflation even as corporations and businesses seek regional and global opportunities and growth.

The “Economic Outlook and Market Insights” talk is the second in a series of Breakfast Talks organised by MDIS to encourage engagement in intellectual discussions and networking with experts from various fields. Previous talks included “Optimising Business Growth – Online and Offline Strategies”, “Progressive Workforce in the 21st Century“, and “Influence without Authority”.

The talks have attracted and engaged many MDIS’ international students over the years, including students from India, for whom business and financial studies remain one of their top choices at MDIS. For students from India who yearn to pursue an international education in management courses, the MDIS Business School (MBS) offers a full progression pathway from International Foundation Diploma to Master’s, in partnership with renowned global universities such as Bangor University, UK; University of Sunderland, UK; and Grenoble Business School, France.

MBS is the largest and most established school in the institute, and is committed to offering students a rigorous, industry-relevant and internationally recognised education. It recently introduced several new programmes including the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, awarded by Bangor University, and the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Management (Top Up), awarded by the University of Sunderland. More information on MBS’ programmes can be obtained from

Additionally, MDIS entered into a joint venture with Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies (VELS) University in 2015 to establish MDIS-VELS in Chennai, India. MDIS-VELS provides transnational education through a unique and affordable pathway. Students of MDIS-VELS benefit in several ways:

1. 100% MNC placement upon successful completion of Bachelor’s programme
2. Internship opportunity in Wall Street, New York, USA
3. International exposure by studying in both India and Singapore
4. Taught by an international faculty from Singapore
*Terms and conditions apply to the above

Students from India who wish to pursue a Master’s Programme can avail themselves of the current S$2,000 Student Fee Rebate, available to all international students (Terms & conditions apply). Promotion ends 30th June 2017 and students must apply for intakes commencing before 31st December 2017.

For more information, please email: [email protected] or call (+65) 6278 8000.

Founded in 1956, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two main subsidiaries – Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalisation strategy.

MDIS offers internationally accredited courses from globally recognised universities in France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The institute has been EduTrust certified since 2010 and is one of the first Private Education Institutions to be registered under the Enhanced Registration Framework.

MDIS is one of the leading private education institutions (PEIs) to be ranked Top 2 among PEIs in Singapore, according to the Webometrics ranking of World Universities by Cybermetrics Lab in January 2017 ( In 2015, MDIS received the Enterprise 50 Award for its contributions and resilience in spurring Singapore’s economy.

MDIS set up the Management Development and Consultancy in 1995 to address the training needs of the workforce. The Service Quality Centre was acquired in 2014 to diversify the institute’s offerings in training solutions and secure its position as a premium regional provider of training solutions.
MDIS has three international campuses – Tashkent in Uzbekistan (2008), Johor in Malaysia (2013) and Chennai in India (2015). MDIS also has representative offices in China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as agents throughout Southeast Asia. For more information on MDIS, please visit
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