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.
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.
Our ‘Gift A Wish’ initiative made the wishes of some 50 children at the Arc Children’s Centre come true this holiday season.
Through a donation drive organised by the School’s social committee, the team used the funds to bring smiles to these children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.
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.
It is not every day that one is recognised nationally for outstanding service to society. But when the School’s Deputy Dean and Associate Professor Hum Sin Hoon was among the select NUS members to be awarded the Public Administration Bronze Medal in this year’s 49th National Day Awards, he humbly reminds that there are many who are equally or more deserving.
Besides a striking humility and a passion for his work, Sin Hoon’s selfless service to NUS, as well as to Singapore’s overall education sector, makes him a worthy recipient.
It is with great regret and sadness that we receive the news that Professor Lim Chin from the Department of Strategy and Policy passed away today after a courageous battle with cancer.
Professor Lim served the School for more than 25 years. He was the Head of the Department of Strategy and Policy and has held various appointments including Acting Dean (2004 – 2005); Vice Dean (2001 – 2003); and Head of Department of Business Policy (1988-1990).
An Economics scholar of international repute, Professor Lim was frequently cited by economists in the Social Science Citation Index and was listed twice in “Who`s Who in Economics: A Biographic Dictionary of Major Economists, 1700-1986″(Mark Blaug, second and third editions).
In addition, Professor Lim has been a key contributor to Singapore’s economic development. He was a member of the National Economic Planning Committee that charted the Strategic Economic Plan for Singapore. He was also a member of many professional associations, including the Advisory Committee of the Economic Development Board`s Enterprise Promotion Centre, which provides support services to small and medium enterprises. Most recently, he was a member of the Market Surveillance Compliance Panel that is responsible for monitoring and ensuring system security, efficiency and fairness in Singapore’s electricity market.
In spite of his illness, Professor Lim continued to perform his duties diligently with great success. He was a devoted teacher and scholar and touched many as a friend, colleague and mentor, with his wit and caring ways.
We will miss Professor Lim dearly. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go to Professor Lim’s family.
The Mochtar Riady Building is already one of the best buildings on the NUS campus. And we are extending the School’s state of the art facilities with the crowning addition of B-Line.
Hearty congratulations to six of our faculty and staff members that have been honoured for their dedicated service and contributions to Singapore.
Deputy Dean and Associate Professor Hum Sin Hoon was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) for his outstanding service and contributions to Singapore’s education sector. Prof Hum has served the NUS community for over three decades, since he first joined us as a Senior Tutor in 1982. He has since held various roles, including Head of Decision Sciences Department as well as the Dean of the School.
The following five School members have been awarded the Long Service Medal for Civil Servants. The medal is awarded to those who have completed at least 25 years of service.
- Wong Poh Kam, Professor, Department of Strategy & Policy
- Tan Soo Jiuan, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing
- Ter Kah Leng nee Khew, Associate Professor, Department of Strategy & Policy
- Mr Abdul Rahim s/o K M Hussein, Operations Associate, Dean’s Office
- Mr Asnan Bin Mat, Operations Associate, Dean’s Office