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Readers Debate Asia MBA Schools, Demise of Analysts

News items about U.S. universities' Asia MBA programs, and traditional equity analysts being replaced by computer models, were a magnet for eFC users' opinions this week.

U.S. MBA Programs in Asia Draw Students From West

Like nationality or religion, the business school a person attended is an indelible feature of his identity. So it's no surprise that our item about MBA aspirants who "commute" to Hong Kong and Singapore to attend classes inspired some passion.

A few readers hailed Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, widely known as HKUST, as the top finance school in Asia. Others debated the status of France's Insead business degree program in Singapore. JoshK, who works in investment banking, wrote: "Asia 'Ivy' League - CEIBS, Hong Kong UST, Insead - Singapore. That's all you need to look at if interested in studying in Asia." Add your thoughts here.

Will Fundamental Equity Analysts Become Extinct?

First it was assembly-line workers getting replaced by robots. Journalists were next. Now it's equity analysts, according to some media reports. Welcome to Player Piano, the 1952 novel by the recently deceased Kurt Vonnegut.

Bob, who works in equities, isn't buying it. "This is simply hilarious," he commented about our news item in which quant experts proclaimed the demise of fundamental analysts. "Will these guys ever realize that models are simply models (based on assumptions that never hold in reality) and that valuing a business is very far from being a science? Stupidity catches too much attention..." What's your take? Add your two cents here.

Of course, you can comment on any of our stories. Just post your throughts in the area immediately following each item. Or, write us at USeditor@efinancialcareers.com. We'd love to hear from you.

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    ayaz malik
    9 July 2007

    i am MBA(IT)(FINANCE) so i have four year experience and looking a suitable job

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    Asia_Recruiter_HK
    18 June 2007

    CEIBS, excellent connections in Shanghai, good for securing consulting/accounting type of positions. question is can you speak Chinese because in your 12-24 months there you will not be able to pick up enough to use in work. The honest truth is that even when you do pick up the spoken language, writing and reading are much tougher and in Mainland China any foreigner will always be disadvantaged. Please note if you have aspirations of working in Hong Kong (IB, HF, FOF) CEIBS is not the schol to apply to.

    HONG KONG UST, Many people call them the MIT/Columbia of Asia. I will not disagree. This school is the #1 choice in Asia-Pacific, for Finance recruiting. They spend major $$ on faculty, Salih N. Neftci, François-Serge Lhabitant and Bruno Solnik all academic superstars teach specialty Asian Finance courses there.

    INSEAD Singapore, well #1 its not INSEAD-France. Big gap in perception of quality, people tend to hide the fact the attended the Singapore campus. Someone asked me once what is INSEAD known for? I could not tell them. Average school trying to pass for someting they are not, and never will be. Even the major $$ they spend on advertising can't keep them in top 10.

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    Andrew Sellers
    14 June 2007

    Sorry, no computer program could do what I do as far as qualitative inputs to any quant or valuative model. Until we have androids who can practice law or medicine as well as equity analyses, I think my field is safe. I also know a ton of scientists who'd be an utter disaster at a bank (or any corporation) despite their tremendous brains and years of learning.

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