NUS Business, Computing Schools first to offer IBM-Watson Education in the region

IBM signing

 
NUS today signed a partnership agreement with IBM to become the first University in Southeast Asia to offer Watson Cognitive Systems Education. This collaboration will extend cognitive systems activities at NUS Business School and NUS School of Computing through in integrative real-world learning experience based on IBM’s groundbreaking technology.

Watson technology mimics human decision making- scales and democratizes expertise. It processes information like a human by understanding language, generating hypotheses based on evidence and continual learning.

This landmark agreement will allow NUS Business School students to develop business innovations, nurturing a new generation of innovators to bring to life a generation where people and machines work together to resolve business challenges. Students will learn about Watson and its underlying technologies that are required to develop cognitive systems applications. They will then be grouped into project teams to develop prototype applications and a business plan for their industry of choice such as, banking, retail or telecommunications.

“As a leader in education and research in cognitive computing research, NUS aims to groom future-ready students who can harness this combination of science and technology to create innovative products and services,” said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan. “It is crucial for our students to be able to work with the most cutting-edge systems and technologies, and hence we are truly excited about this partnership with IBM which will enable this through a multidisciplinary and systematic approach.”

Held at Marina Bay Sands, the event was hosted by Janet Ang IBM’s Managing Director for Singapore, and Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore Minister for Communications and Information was the Guest of Honour. Representing NUS were President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, Professor David Rosenblum from School of Computing and Business School’s very own Dean, Professor Bernard Yeung.

Reflections of an NUS MBA Globetrotter

It’s been just over two months since I came to Yale from NUS to complete the NUS Masters Double-degree programme with Yale School of Management, but it sure feels like a life time when I think about the experiences and memories I’ve gained.

I’ve been fortunate to travel from China to Singapore, and then to the United States, in pursuit of knowledge and meaningful experiences. I chose NUS MBA because of the diversity of students, global experiences that are part of the NUS MBA programme, Singapore’s strategic location and the dynamic format of the MBA programme.

 

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Should you do an MBA in Asia?

Weakness in the US and European economies has given rise to new trends in business education. According to the latest MBA Applicant Report from Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and a recent Business Week article, MBA applicants are increasingly targeting b-schools in stronger economies. Brighter job prospects in Asia are also drawing more international MBAs from the West. With these changes afoot, the need for an international MBA to increase competitiveness in a global marketplace has never been more compelling.

So what do these emerging trends in a shrinking world mean to you, an MBA aspirant from the West? We sat down with an American student Brian Atlee, an NUS MBA alumni (2012), to find some answers as to why he chose to travel half the world to do his MBA in Asia.

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How to Train a Business Leader

We recently organised Management Communication (MC) Camp for the NUS MBA students to help them become effective leaders. As promised, below is a first-hand account of one of the participants:

Readers of this blog will have read earlier in What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA blog post that the School ran before the inaugural Management Communication (or MC) camp from 29 July to 3 August.

As ever-effervescent faculty leader Huijin Kong told me before the camp kicked off, the week was an intensive ‘trial by fire’ in order to instill quickly in new MBA students “the right skills, mindsets, personalities and qualities” to be catapulted onto the C-suite track most are aiming for. Since being an effective leader is only 20 percent knowledge, with the 80 percent lying in how one influences, this will put the new MBAs into the right frame of mind before they launch into their programme. Continue reading

Meet the very first graduate of the NUS MBA Double Degree with Yale University

It is not every day that you get to be the very first graduate of a new program – that is truly one milestone graduation!

michael tiopanMeet Michael Tiopan, the first graduate from the Yale University School of Management (SOM) Master of Advanced Management (MAM). This programme is the latest addition to NUS Business School’s suite of Double Degree programs.

Michael completed his MBA from NUS Business School, and MAM from Yale University School of Management. He is the first graduate representing NUS Business School, among the Yale MAM graduates.

What is so unique about this program and why did Michael enroll in it? We sat down with him to find out this and more. Below are some excerpts of the interview: Continue reading