Faculty Award and Promotions

We’re proud to highlight the recent achievements of our faculty members.

Professor Ivan Png, from Department of Strategy and Policy, has recently been appointed as a Distinguished Professor of the University. This honour is awarded  to academics who demonstrate excellence and international recognition in innovative research and superior performance in the field. Professor Ivan is a renowned economics expert, with an academic career spanning over two decades. His research focuses on the economics of Innovation and pricing. In addition to his contribution to academics, he has also been a nominated Member of Parliament (10th Parliament of Singapore).

Professor Sumit Agarwal from the Department of Finance has been promoted to full professor. Professor Sumit, a well-known expert in finance, recently won the School’s Outstanding Researcher award.

Professor Sumit has been cited widely and has produced five top-tier journal papers since joining us two years ago, a feat that puts him on par with the best researchers in the field. He also writes extensively for the ‘Smart Finance’ blog on Think Business, our knowledge portal.



Associate Professor Edmund Keung, from Department of Accounting, has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure beginning this January. Professor Edmund teaches accounting courses at the School and has won the School’s Outstanding Research award in 2010.

His research interests lie in financial accounting and capital markets, and his work has been published in several leading journals. 


irisAssistant Professor Iris Hung, from Department of Marketing, has also been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure beginning this January.
Iris teaches promotional management and consumer information processing courses at the School and has won the Outstanding Researcher award for the School in 2010. Her research interests lie in consumer information processing and effects of subjective experiences on decision making. Her work has been published in several leading journals.

To learn more about the School’s faculty members, their research interests or awards, click here.


Three schools, three cities, one experience

NUS Business School has renewed its commitment to its S3 Asia MBA programme, conducted in partnership with Fudan University School of Management and Korea University Business School. The deans of all three business schools signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a ceremony at Korea University Business School at the end of February.


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“Finding a sustainable business model is a lot like sailing”: Sasa Vucinic

There is no one sustainable business model for a social entreprise waiting to be discovered,  according to Sasa Vucinic, cofounder of Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF), and founder and CEO of IndieVoices, the first crowd funding portal for independent media in the developing world.  A renowned expert on social investing, Mr Vucinic believes that discovering a sustainable business model is a lot like sailing – you have to navigate and be prepared to change direction, but as long as you have a general idea of your destination and are trying to find it, you’ll get there in the end.


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Undergraduate team trumps global competition

Our undergraduate team was announced as grand prize winner at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC) Awards Gala in Montreal, Canada on 22 February, beating five other finalist teams from business schools around the world in the finals.

Winning team celebrates victory at JMUCC

Winning team celebrates victory at JMUCC

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Blue-chip MBA teams compete to deliver best returns

NUS MBA students Abhishek Khandelwal, Nilendra Weerasinghe and Jiang Mingzhi have been crowned grand champions at the NUS Asian MBA Stock Pitch Competition 2014, beating eight other teams from some of Asia’s best business schools.

Winning team from NUS MBA with their champion's trophy.

Winning team from NUS MBA with their champion’s trophy.

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Learning Beyond Classroom

Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This teaching philosophy has inspired one of the School’s core initiatives: the NUS MBA Management Practicum.

Part of the NUS MBA programme, the Management Practicum (MP) is one of the key initiatives for the School. MBA students take many different courses to develop understanding of business fundamentals. But how do they fare, when faced with real-life business challenges? The MP allows our students to apply theories and concepts they learn in the classroom, to real-life business issues, all through extensive, hands‐on consulting projects. Led by Adjunct Professor Sheila Wang, teams of three to four students work with a corporate partner of the School to solve business issues and recommend a business plan, all under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.


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China’s Economic Transformation: The Past, Present & Future

Sharing insights about the economic transformation of China, Dr Xiang Bing, founding Dean of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, reflected on how China has become a global, economic powerhouse and what could hamper its future growth.  “China has surpassed Japan, then Germany and, most recently, the US as the largest manufacturing economy in the world,” he said.


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Finance Aspirants take on the Industry

Every year thousands of students take part in the prestigious CFA Institute Research Challenge, and compete with the best, through interaction with investment professionals and top accounting firms. As in previous years, a team of NUS BBA students recently won the regional round of the competition, and will represent Singapore in the Asia-Pacific round held in Bangkok on April 23-24. These 20-something-year-olds took on finance professionals, through intense hard work and financial acumen. Here are their thoughts:


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Students win inaugural NUS Financial Analytics Competition

It’s not every day that our students get to work with their counterparts from Computer Science and Engineering to solve a common challenge together. The NUS Financial Analytics Competition held on January 18 offered just that: an opportunity to learn and create value by working in cross-functional teams.


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Education through Expeditions

Learning and travel should go hand-in-hand.

This is one of the core beliefs with which the Victor & William Fung Foundation bestowed a gift of US$1 million to the School, to establish the Li & Fung Scholarship Endowed Fund.  The fund provides scholarships to undergraduates to participate in global exchange programmes and gain exposure to diverse cultures and environments. The recipients, known as ‘Fung Scholars,’ are required to demonstrate leadership potential and good academic standing to be eligible for the scholarship.


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