A drone’s eye view of the School

Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective to remind us how lucky we are to be in one of National University of Singapore’s as well as Asia’s most distinctive buildings.

Here’s a never-seen-before drone’s eye view of Mochtar Riady building of NUS Business School. Enjoy!






Getting to Know: Candy J Tan

In our ‘Getting To Know’ Series, we regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture. 

Don’t let her quiet demeanour and soft voice fool you. Candy Tan, the Assistant Manager in the Development office at NUS Business School, and two of her colleagues, are passionate about raising funds to support students, faculty research, professorships, and research centres. In short, they handle a key strategic area for the School: donor relations.

So, if your study expenses at the School are covered through a scholarship or you’ve made a highly subsidised  international exchange trip that you could’nt have afforded otherwise, Candy is one of the people you need to thank. We sat down with this mum-to-be to get to know her better:


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Celebrating our Intellectual Capital

It’s an opportunity that comes along just once a year for our PhD students. The third Annual Research Day was organised on January 15 to share some of the best PhD projects with the entire School.

Now in its third year, the event aims to encourage an exchange of ideas between faculty and research students. Nineteen senior PhD students were nominated to make presentations about their research topics, which ranged from work-family balance issues, corporate social responsibility, to the countries in which multinational corporations are most likely to invest.


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Getting to Know: Alan Chua

In our ‘Getting To Know’ Series, we regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture. 

He is the quintessential marketing pro – enthusiastic, personable, pleasant to talk to  – and he exudes an infectious energy, say those working with him. As a marketing manager in the NUS MBA team, Alan Chua is one of the brains behind the omnipresent witty NUS MBA advertisements and promotions. But the best part about his job? He gets to travel to different parts of the world to attend road shows, information sessions, etc. to recruit the best MBA students!

No wonder then that world domination through globetrotting is his all-time dream. Here are some more interesting facts about him:

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Running for a Cause

More than 1,000 runners came together to raise S$130,000 in donations and participate in an event showcasing camaraderie, sportsmanship and generosity, at the fourth annual NUS Bizad Charity Run, held on January 11, 2014.

The Event:

A major annual event to kick-off a new year, NUS Bizad Charity Run brought the School community together to raise funds for student bursaries and two external charities: Camp Vision, that serves and empowers underprivileged, at-risk youths in Singapore; and the Casa Raudha women’s shelter.

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The 7 Highlights of a Highly Successful Trip

One of the big perks of studying in a big university is the number of overseas study trips during your undergraduate student life. I was recently a part of one such trip – the NUS Business STEER trip to Brazil. NUS STEER (Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment) is an initiative designed to familiarize students with the diverse socio-cultural-economic-political-business management environment of the emerging and fast-evolving regions. My goal for the trip was to have fun exploring Brazil, the power engine of Latin America, and learning as much as possible along the way.


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A New Year State of Mind

2014 is just round the corner and ’tis the season to be grateful for all the wonderful opportunities and experiences, and reflect upon the learning from the past year. As we gear up for the new year, we want to thank you all for your support and feedback – it’s been amazing to hear from our readers and exciting to know that we already have a small community of followers since we started this blog a few months ago!

From our entire team at Corporate Communications (see the lovely faces below :-)) we wish you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and a joyous and wonderful New Year!  

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Branding and Development Council: A Modest but Major Force

“A brand is not a product or a promise or a feeling. It’s the sum of all the experiences you have with a company.”
– Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Global

This was the initial idea that the Branding and Development Council, a small group of members from NUS Business School community, came together with. The BDC was formed to create and build strong differentiation for the School and focus on the development and growth of key stakeholders.

While this sounds like a tall order, the BDC has made significant strides.


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Getting To Know: Chew Jian Dee

This post is the first of our “Getting To Know” Series, in which we will regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture. 

His is a cheery face familiar to many a final year undergrad. Sarawak-born Chew Jian Dee is a godsend to frazzled students. The projects manager in the NUS BBA office is a human timekeeper to help them keep track of their final submissions so they graduate in time — which Jian Dee says is the best part of his job.  

The only drawback? His office is SO hard to locate, tucked away in a corner of the Mochtar Riady Building. We hope it’s easier to find him after this!


Name: Chew Jian Dee

Role & Department:  Manager (Projects), NUS BBA Office

I help administer the Field Service Project module (FSP), assist in exams related matters, students’ graduation matters, students’ honours programme, AACSB and EQUIS accreditation and any new projects.

No. of years of service:  3 years (started in 2011)

Family: I have a very caring wife who takes care of me and our twin boys who drive us both nuts. As the saying goes, boys will always be boys!

Three words that describe me:  Happy, friendly and caring

My all-time dream is: To travel the world and watch live badminton matches with my family!

My super power :  My patience and tolerance. I inherited this power from my mum. She is super patient and  tolerant. I remember once she fell and broke a bone during one of her trips but she continued as if nothing had happened. In fact she did not realise something was broken until she came back from her trip! I really admire her for that

Coolest fact about my team/department is: That we’re a team with great understanding and care for each other and our excellent team work.

Three things I love about my job: Wonderful colleagues, a good working environment and great mentors

During weekends I love to:  Spend quality time with my family and play some badminton matches!

Best advice to your co-workers:  Learn from each other, pick your battles and show good team work

Jian Dee ChewChew Jian Dee is a manager in NUS Business School. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, Jian Dee specialises in operations management, sales and marketing and events management. Connect with him here to learn more about his passion for badminton, his work or anything else.

Journey of an NUS Biz Entrepreneur

Did you know that innovation is a strong feature of our community and a core value of our school? The following is a guest post by Christian Halberg, an NUS MBA student who perfectly embodies the school’s entrepreneurial spirit. His team got global recognition recently for an innovative product. Read more from him:

My work & my passion: Ezmon Technologies

In the age of digital information, people want to know more about their own personal health through quantified statistics. Ezmon – short for “easy monitoring” – is a 100% NUS team with an ambition to develop a wristband device for personal health monitoring.

Ezmon META will be able to measure your heart rate, body temperature, and activity rates (e.g. calorie burn) like many other products currently do. What we are seeking to do differently is to develop a killer app: a new technology which enables the user to measure their blood glucose using infrared light rather than having to prick themselves multiple times a day.

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