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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Striking Gold at Rag 2016

Rag day 2016 1Congratulations to Bizaders who have once again made us proud by claiming the Rag Gold Award for their dazzling performance and exhibit during Rag Day 2016 on 6 August!

A tradition which began in the late 1950s, Rag and Flag is a signature NUS event where NUS students – freshmen and seniors – from different Halls of Residence, Faculties and Schools bond over months of intensive preparations. Continue reading

The car park whisperer

In space-constrained Singapore where the ratio of cars to citizens is roughly 1 to 10, finding parking lots can be a time-consuming exercise for motorists who have to spend time searching for available spaces or queuing outside car park entrances.

But Neil Mehta (MBA 2015) believes his SurePark parking platform can solve the problem. SurePark involves palm-sized sensors that are placed on the ground of every lot detect the presence of vehicles.  These sensors feed data into the software platform to generate reports on the availability of the car park spaces.

Neil Mehta (middle) with his engineers and car sensors

Neil Mehta (middle) with his engineers and car sensors

Users can then access the information via the SurePark app, which also serves as a navigational guide to lead the motorist to the exact vacant slot. The app is also able to suggest alternative parking spaces in nearby car parks when the destination’s car park is full.

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A gracious and kind Singapore

The spirit of philanthropy is strong in Singapore.

While an earlier survey found that Singaporeans view their society as materialistic, the truth is that the sense of community has been strong and enduring since the end of World War Two, according to Pauline Tan, co-author of Philanthropy on the Road to Nationhood in Singapore.

Co-author Pauline Tan

Co-author Pauline Tan

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NUS Business School’s 50th Anniversary celebrations culminate in Leadership Forum and Gala Dinner

311_20151028_NUSBusinessSch_LdrshipForum_ZAIn a speech at NUS Business School’s Gala Dinner to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam spoke about the need for Singapore to create an innovative economy and society.

Mr Shanmugaratnam, who is also Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, spoke about how creativity and innovation can help Singapore earn its place in a constantly changing world.

Some 500 industry leaders, alumni and faculty came together on 28 October as NUS Business School celebrated the finale of its Golden Jubilee at the Leadership Forum & Gala Dinner.

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