Paying it forward, with music

Liang Zhu Maestro He

It was a wonderful night of music and friendships at the Liang Zhu Charity Concert held on Sunday 4 October at the Singapore Conference Hall, which also raised substantial funds for students who are facing financial hardship.

It brought together talents from China and Singapore to make music together. Maestro He Zhanhao, one of China’s most acclaimed composers, led a 70-strong youth orchestra from the Singapore-based Chinese Music Academy. He personally conducted his popular “Liang Zhu” or “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto, which is one of the most recognisable pieces of Chinese music worldwide.

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Never look back

In front of office 1Entrepreneurship is not about wealth, freedom or prestige. There is only one reason to become an entrepreneur: the passion to run one’s own business, according to Kelvin Teo (BAC Hons 2010), Director, Funding Societies.

“You need to be 100 percent sure why you are venturing out. And you believe that you’re better off failing in a start-up than succeeding in a MNC. Then do it and never look back,” he said.

Kelvin left his consulting job at a multinational firm and early this year, he co-founded Funding Societies, a peer-to-peer marketplace for SMEs to secure loans for growth.

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NUS Business School celebrates Golden Jubilee milestone at Homecoming event

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Several hundred NUS Business School alumni, students, faculty and staff came together on Friday 4 September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the nation’s first and most established provider of business education.

Held at the School’s Mochtar Riady Building, six Masterclasses helmed by the School’s distinguished professors were organised exclusively for the Homecoming, to provide participants with insights into various global developments. Topics included the impact of high cost of car ownership, retirement planning, philanthropy, corporate governance, energy conservation with children and conducting business in China.

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Farming start-up brings innovation to rural China

An innovative agricultural business formed by six NUS EMBA alumni in southwest China aims to change the face of Chinese farming and improve the lives of rural communities.

The company, Vicfarm Manufacture Association (VMA), was founded by a group of businessmen who studied in the APEX-C MBA programme.

Although they are from a variety of backgrounds ranging from real estate to IT, they feel they have a common dream they can realise.

They believe they can create jobs for farmers in rural areas, so that these places would no longer just be populated by the elderly and the very young, as farmers are forced to seek jobs in cities.

 

 

Creating a start-up out of a plastic bag

Wateroam CEO David Pong at a relief mission

Wateroam CEO David Pong at a relief mission

Imagine having a plastic bag that weighs a mere 300 grams and serves an important source of drinkable water at disaster zones?

A Singapore start-up called Wateroam has done exactly that, coming up with Fieldtrate Lite. The product uses a novel ceramic-based membrane that resembles a floor tile to filter out dirt and bacteria.

It is affordable too, according to CEO David Pong who is a BBA alumnus. “It costs about half of comparable products that are in the market.”

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Scholarship ignites young CEO’s potential

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Ivy Tse Wing Man (top row, centre) with Halogen Foundation Singapore staff

For Business School alumnus Ivy Tse Wing Man (’11), receiving the Lee Kong Chian Global Merit Scholarship as an undergraduate opened up a world of opportunities and gave her the freedom to discover the passion that would shape her future career choice.

The Scholarship – established from gifts from the Lee Foundation and awarded to individuals who demonstrate academic excellence, all-roundness and leadership qualities – gave Ivy the opportunity to throw herself into the many activities on offer at NUS outside the academic programmes.

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Commencement 2015: Advice from Singapore’s business leaders

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More than 1000 students from the Doctorate, Masters and Bachelor cohorts graduated from our Business School yesterday.

Some are already employed or have secured jobs before graduation, but many will be looking to join the workforce in Singapore.

Many of them might not be sure what to expect as they begin a new phase in their lives.

Fortunately, they have two influential business leaders, who were at the Commencement ceremony as guest speakers, to give advice to the graduates.

So Outside-In listened to the two – Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation, and Chua Sock Koong, group CEO of Singtel – and present here the highlights from their speeches.

And what is the best part about these commencement speeches? The advice is relevant even for those who are not in gowns and mortarboards.

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Mentorship Matchmaking

Mentorships are important for personal and professional development. Through these relationships, knowledge about career choices, best practices and insights into industries is exchanged to help advance future generations of leaders.

The School’s Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) NUS MBA Mentorship programme brings together current MBA students and alumni to exchange knowledge, information, insights and experiences. By playing a direct role in guiding and shaping the next generation of leaders, our NUS MBA alumni contribute to the School in one of the most meaningful ways.

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Lessons in Love

Business education can be intense, but it’s not all work and no play. For three couples, it held the promise of a brighter future not only for their careers, but also their love lives. They now share their experiences as to how some of the most important lessons in life take place outside of the classroom.

Lesson # 1: Trust Your Instincts and Invest Your Time Wisely

If William Tan had not changed his mind and made the switch to the Faculty of Business Administration in 1989, he may not have met his soulmate.

William and Jane's first Christmas together

William and Jane’s first Christmas together

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Brewing a Silent Revolution

Sometimes it takes losing everything to grow and discover yourself. NUS BBA alumna Anthea Ong‘s story is one such take on triumphing over adversity.

After her graduation in 1990, Anthea built a successful career, got married and even embarked on an entrepreneurial venture in education technology and consulting.  She made all the right moves that paid off.

However, unfortunate circumstances led to her losing everything almost overnight – her marriage, her business and her sense of self.   “For the first time in my life, I had fallen off the safe path and didn’t know what the future held.  It was the darkest period in my life,” recalls Anthea.

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