Khyati is the Manager in the corporate communications department of NUS Business School. She handles media relations, community relations, social media and corporate communications. Serving as a link to connect and engage with various communities, Khyati writes and pitches about stories that reflect the culture and values of the School, and all things related.
Our 50th anniversary celebrations got under way with an event to give back to the community. The Bizad Charity Run 2015 saw more than 1300 staff, students and alumni of the School come together to raise more than $140,000 to support financially-strapped undergraduates, as well as help Assumption Pathway School (APS) students who do not qualify for mainstream education.
Now in its fifth year, the annual flagship event has raised more than $525,000 in donations. It serves as a major event that brings the School community together to start the New Year by contributing to a great cause.
A computer programmer at the age of 14, then a PhD scholar at MIT and a marketing professor. Not exactly a typical career progression. Dean’s Chair and Associate Professor Leonard Lee explains his unconventional career decisions in an interview with Outside-In:
“I was 14 when my dad brought home our first computer and I quickly developed a passion for programming,” recalls Leonard of his interest in technology in the early years. After junior college, he was awarded a scholarship from the National Computer Board (NCB), (now known as the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA). After completing a BSc in Computer and Information Science at NUS and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, he returned to Singapore to join the IDA. “I used to work with a lot of organisations and government agencies, and in the midst of the dot.com boom in the late 1990s, everyone seemed to be scrambling to find his or her own identity in the emerging cyber era,” he recalls. He admits that even though he knew he wanted to be an academic, he wasn’t sure of what area he was specifically interested in or wanted to pursue.
The Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) is to sponsor an Outstanding Achievement Award for NUS Business School undergraduates. Auditor-General Willie Tan and Dean Professor Bernard Yeung signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 10, 2014, which will offer award recipients the opportunity of an internship with the AGO. The award will be given to the top third-year Bachelor of Accountancy undergraduate from the School each year.
(L-R) Deputy Auditor-General Low Jin Kwan, Auditor-General Willie Tan, Dean Bernard Yeung and Professor Ho Yew Kee
Congratulations to the following faculty members who have won various faculty teaching awards at NUS Business School:
Young Researcher Award
Assoc Prof Li Xiuping has won the Faculty’s Young Researcher Award. Also a nominee for Young Researcher at the University level, Xiuping works in the area of behavioural decision theory, focusing her research questions with theoretical and practical impact. This is an important stream of research especially in consumer behaviour.
Due to the relevance of her research to industry marketing practices, her work has generated a high level of media interest, and has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, CBS, WSJ, and various regional and local media platforms. Her research has also been published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
We’re also pleased to announce that nine of our faculty members have won the School’s Teaching Awards, which recognise exceptional commitment to excellent teaching:
In addition, we congratulate the new faculty appointees: Professor Sumit Agarwal will serve as Vice Dean of PhD & Research, Professor Kulwant Singh will serve as Head of the Department of Strategy & Policy and Associate ProfessorLeonard Lee has been appointed Dean’s Chair for a period of three years.
The programme, designed for senior directors and managing directors in the financial sector, will feature a curriculum aimed at strengthening thought leadership, professional competencies, and change management skills for turbulent times. Through immersive visits to global financial centres such as New York, Beijing and Mumbai, participants will meet with top officials and financial sector leaders, attend global CEO roundtables, and work on capstone projects – all within a span of eight months.
“Our premise is that visionary and effective leadership is built upon a broad platform, where a sound understanding of the fundamentals is supplemented with exposure to the inspirational journeys of other leaders,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor at NUS Business School.
“There is still a comparative lack of strong senior Asian voices, not just in financial institutions but also within financial regulators. As Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai – and hopefully Mumbai, too – become more successful as financial centres they will need locally-trained leaders who understand Asian cultures and regulatory regimes,” says Professor Joseph Cherian, Director of CAMRI.
Enrolling its first cohort in September 2015, the ALFI programme will feature a curriculum aimed at strengthening thought leadership, professional competencies and change management skills, while providing rigorous training and systematic mentoring.
Besides the School faculty, ALFI curriculum is designed in partnership with leaders and CEOs who are high-level industry practitioners in Asia, and who hold appointments at the School. They include:
Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Mr Masaaki Shirakawa, former Governor of the Bank of Japan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Professor Anthony Neoh, former Chief Advisor to the China Securities Regulatory Commission, Dean’s Visiting Professor
Professor Liew Mun Leong, Provost’s Chair Professor and former Chief Executive of CapitaLand Group
Professor Kim Sun Bae, Professor of Economics Practice and former Chief Asia Economist at Goldman Sachs.
To read an interview with Dean Bernard Yeung and Professor Joseph Cherian about this programme, click here.
Some 320 business delegates from Singapore and China attended the inaugural forum at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore to launch the China Business Centre (CBC) on 24 September. Prominent speakers and panellists, including CapitaLand’s former CEO Professor Liew Mun Leong, IE Singapore’s Mr Teo Eng Cheong, New Hope Group’s Professor Chen Chunhua and Huawei’s Mr Tian Tao shared their views on globalisation and business transformation.
A group of 37 students from our Asia-Pacific Executive MBA created history by becoming the first class to raise over $400,000 for undergraduate bursaries. Referred to as APEX-E22, the class becomes the first to have a bursary named after it. The Apex E22 Endowment Bursary will help about eight undergraduates every year, in perpetuity.