A PhD in Love

In an extremely popular Christmas-time movie opening, Hugh Grant says, “Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends… If you look for it, I’ve a sneaky feeling you’d find that love actually, is, all around.”

This definitely rings through for Noriko and Jingxiang, Peisha and Yuehua, and Isabel and Miaolei – where our PhD programmes have helped played cupid with these couples. They share about their passion for academic excellence and of course, each other!

 

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The fellowship of research

The President’s Graduate Fellowship (PGF) is awarded to candidates who show exceptional promise or accomplishment in research. According to two PhD recipients, it has allowed them to focus on their research without having to bear a financial burden.  They told Outside-In what a huge difference it has made.

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In the eye of the photographer

Recently walter1named by Female Magazine as one of Singapore’s rising star photographers, you’d be surprised to find out Walter Tan (BBA Year 2) only “officially” launched his photography career last April.

What started out as a hobby since secondary school, Walter now counts Nathan Hartono, Jamie Pang, Elaine Jasmine, Mongabong as some of his collaborators. He’s also worked with brands such as Fossil, L’Oréal, Coen Anders, Sketchers, Garnier, just to name a few. He humbly credits his stardom to “being lucky and meeting the right people at the right time”. Continue reading

Taking the stock market by storm

The CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge 2016 saw our undergraduates – Team Fujok, emerge as overall 2nd Runner Up in the regional Grand Finale held at the Singapore Exchange on 9 January 2017.

From left: Gideon Wong, Sagar Shah, Devin Nathanael and Ryan Phua (Life Sciences)

From left: Gideon Wong, Sagar Shah, Devin Nathanael and Ryan Phua (Life Sciences)

Led by team captain Devin Nathanael (BBA Year 1), Team Fujok consists of Gideon Wong (BAC Year 1), Sagar Nilesh Shah (BBA Year 1) and Ryan Timothy Phua (Life Sciences Year 2), they beat some 300 teams at the Singapore Finals last October to become National Champions. They further clinched honours for having the Best Strategy Paper Award at the national level which qualified them for a spot at the regional Grand Finale against teams from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

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Alumni clinch prestigious local technology awards

It has been a rewarding year for Lee Junxian (BBA 2008, S3 Asia MBA 2014) and Justin Lie Wee Chian (BBA 2010) with their e-payment security firm CashShield winning the National Infocomm Awards 2016 and Fintech Awards 2016.

The founders: Irene Brime (middle with red trophy), Justin (to her left) and Junxian (middle with trophy) with the CashShield team

The founders: Irene Brime (middle with red trophy), Justin (to her left) and Junxian (middle with trophy) with the CashShield team

CashShield’s eponymous anti-fraud software product impressed judges at both competitions with its use of data analytics to automatically set its management algorithm.

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Chinese alumni set up entrepreneurship cafés

Led by Alumna and Adjunct Professor Chen Chunhua (Department of Management & Organisation), a group of 55 Asia-Pacific EMBA (Chinese) alumni, has embarked on a mission to build cafes in China that double up as incubators for entrepreneurs.

The Hangzhou cafe

The Hangzhou cafe

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The Hangzhou Cafe

The group recently opened its second café in Hangzhou in early December 2016. The first, based in Nanjing, opened in May 2015. The alumni adopted the brand name “Dreampresso” for the cafes.

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Honouring leaders who make the difference

 

The Eminent Business Alumni Awards recognise the School’s graduates who are not just business leaders, but also make a difference to society.

This year’s recipients were honoured by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance at an award ceremony held at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel on 11 November 2016.

The Eminent Business Alumni Awards recipients with the Awards Committee and Lawrence Wong (centre, front row)

The Eminent Business Alumni Awards recipients with the Awards Committee and Lawrence Wong (centre, front row)

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Experiential learning at local and regional competitions

NUS Business School students and alumni participate various international and local case competitions and hackathons. These events give them the opportunity to apply the knowledge they acquired in school and solve real-world business challenges.

Team charts new growth strategies for China Mobile

Team oG Capital clinched the top spot at the Asia Investment Banking Conference HSBC M&A Case Study Competition. Led by Chris Chng (BBA Year 3), the team consists of Andy Soh (BBA Year 3 and Engineering Year 4), Szeto Kah Keong (BBA Year 2) and Goh Chong Wei (Engineering Year 2).

This year, some 60 teams were challenged to identify the UK firms that China Mobile can acquire to expand its business. oG Capital impressed the judges with its realistic valuation assumptions and clarity in transaction reasoning.

HSBC M&A Case Competition team picture

The champions! From left: Chris, Chong Wei and Kah Keong with executives from AIBC, CAIA Association and HSBC.

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Learning to make a difference

A small delegation of 10 undergraduate students from an accounting theory class recently went on an expedition to Pekanbaru, Indonesia to learn more about the environmental and social impact of haze in the region.

Aimed at integrating theory with practice, the trip took a macro-view on environmental accountability and corporate social responsibility. Led by Professor Oliver Li, the students got a chance to blend classroom knowledge with real, business context and learn more about the environmental issue by visiting real business operations in plantations and potential ‘hotspots’.

indonesia haze NUS 1The student team visited Musim Mas Group’s Sorek estate in Pekanbaru.

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