To continue our student interview series, we interviewed SMU Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidate Yuta Morita. After working for more than a decade in Japan decade in corporate banking and real estate, Yuta took advantage of an APEC Scholarship that covers his tuition, flights and living expenses. The scholarship, which is funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education allowed him study at SMU and to build skills to someday start a peer-to-peer lending related company.

What influenced you to pursue the SMU MBA? What excites you intellectually?

One of my career aspirations is to start my own business. I believe the SMU MBA would equip me with knowledge in sales, marketing and operations; and skills in negotiation and leadership that are critical for successful entrepreneurs. I am also excited that trending sectors like Fintech, AI and e-commerce are thriving in Singapore, as compared to my home country of Japan.