Constant Learning Has No Alternative


Sujith Vasudevan, Managing EditorFrom the Mellons to the Gates and Bezoses to Musks, something that the greatest entrepreneurs in history have repeatedly proven is that a college degree is never the most important aspect of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg have been the poster boys of this. While the names mentioned above represent a tiny substratum of highly successful entrepreneurs, the large majority of successful entrepreneurs in the world right now boast stellar academic qualifications.

Sundar Pichai took his (BTech) from IIT Kharagpur, MS from Stanford University, and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. Jack Ma graduated from Hangzhou Dianzi University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and became a lecturer there in English and international trade. Warren Buffet has a degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Science degree in Economics from Colombia Business School, and he also attended the New York Institute of Finance. So, never for a second mistake that a degree is unimportant in business. It’s not only that degree is paramount, but also you need to constantly improve your knowledge through systematic education to be at the edge of things.

In actuality, we need more university programs based on entrepreneurship and business leadership. Singapore Management University (SMU) recently took a great stride in this regard by rolling out a specially designed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) program by joining hands with the online education provider – Emeritus. The new program is designed for business leaders with ten or more years of experience who want to develop a clearer vision concerning the company's future. We publish this issue as a tribute to the prestigious alumni ecosystem of SMU. Do let us know your thoughts.

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