Led by Alumna and Adjunct Professor Chen Chunhua (Department of Management & Organisation), a group of 55 Asia-Pacific EMBA (Chinese) alumni, has embarked on a mission to build cafes in China that double up as incubators for entrepreneurs.
The Hangzhou cafe
The Hangzhou Cafe
The group recently opened its second café in Hangzhou in early December 2016. The first, based in Nanjing, opened in May 2015. The alumni adopted the brand name “Dreampresso” for the cafes.
There is a group of Business School students who have come together to establish a foundation that builds schools in the poorest regions of China. The Inspiring Sunshine Foundation’s (ISSF) goal is to build 101 schools by its tenth year and to educate and equip these children – to help them break out of the poverty cycle. Since the initiative began seven years ago, 61 schools have been built.
Four of them, which were fully or partially funded by alumni donations, bear NUS’s name:
- Hunan Province Shuangfeng County NUS Hanpo Hope Primary School
- Jiangxi Province Suichuan County NUS Shatian Hope Primary School
- Sichuan Province Puge County NUS Sunshine Hope Primary School
- Chongqing Municipal Changning County NUS Qingshan Hope Primary School
ISSF started with a simple spark. While at Business School, Chen Jianguang (EMBA APEX-C 16) remembers a professor remarking that the budget for education in Singapore is second only to its budget for its national defence. This left a deep impression on him, that that was the difference between China and Singapore.
It made him think about the uneven distribution of resources in China, especially to the poorer areas, and towards education – that thus, the children from the poorer areas are unable to break out of the poverty cycle and change their fates.
NUS Provost and Deputy President Academic Affairs Prof Tan Eng Chye (with the flag) crossing the finishing line with fellow NUS participants
Some 50 NUS Asia-Pacific EMBA (Chinese) (APEX-C) students, along with more than 10 faculty, staff and alumni, took part in the 11th edition of the Business School Gobi Desert Challenge from 22 to 24 May. NUS was one of 40 schools competing in the gruelling 112-km race, where the competitors battled with harsh elements and arid terrain in the Mo-Kia-Yen Gobi Desert.
“We encourage everyone to participate as part of our transformational learning initiative,” said Ms Brenda Cao, Head of APEX-C & Master in Public Administration and Management at NUS Business. NUS was presented with the Shackleton Award, which honours teams with 100 per cent completion rate. NUS had won the award in 2013 and 2014, and the hat-trick is a testament to the strong bonds of cooperation within the team.
Our 2015 Team
The Yashasai, short for the Asia-Pacific Business Schools Desert Adventure Challenge, invites MBA students from top business schools from the Asia-Pacific region. In 2015, our school participated in the race for the first time. Nine students from NUS joined MBA students from 52 schools from all over the world on a 60-km trek across the Tengri Desert, Mongolia, over the May holidays.
This is their photo-journey—in quotes and grunts—in between wiping off copious amounts of sweat and downing big gulps of water.
Three grueling days: We were out there for three days! On Day1, we walked 24km, on Day2 26km and finishing on Day3 with 10km. Continue reading
Congratulations to our two EMBA alumni who were nominated to Fortune Magazine’s (China) list of Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders in China.
APEX-C alumna Chen Chunhua was ranked 19th on the list. She is Co-chairman & CEO of New Hope Liuhe Co. Ltd. Since she took on its leadership reins in 2013, the share price of New Hope Liuhe has more than doubled from its lowest point in 2013, and now has a market value of 55 billion yuan.
Today, New Hope Group is one of the most diversified agricultural enterprises in both China and the world. A top executive of the rival company commented that Ms Chen Chunhua was instrumental in bringing about the renewal of New Hope Group.
NUS Business School has been running Executive Education (EE) Programmes since 1981. Our programmes equip senior-level executives utilising a blend of case studies, business simulations and role plays, to prepare them for their next level of corporate advancement. To date, our internationally recognised programmes have attracted over 38,000 senior executives and managers.
Our programme ranks 32nd globally on the 2016 Financial Times Global MBA Rankings and 16th in the 2015 Financial Times ranking for customised programmes. It is also the only Singaporean university ranked for customised EE programmes, which are designed based on company specifications. Such programmes have been delivered for many blue-chip companies in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Colombo, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, Wellington and Bangalore.
We checked in with a group of participants who attended the recent Advanced Management Programme: Asia in Focus.This flagship programme runs across two weeks and was designed for senior and top executives to grow their management skills, broaden their perspectives on how to build their organisation’s competitive advantage in Asia, as well as interact with fellow leaders from other cultures and industries. We asked why they came and how the programme fared:
Nery Polim, HR Director of PT AKR Corporindo Tbk from Indonesia says she sent her team here based on its reputation for sound teaching, its diverse and international faculty, and the potential for networking. She had heard from friends in the industry that the studies learnt at the course are “applicable”, an important KPI for a HR director sending staff out for training. Its proximity and easy accessibility is another reason that they have sent staff here instead of to programmes further away.
Service is everything at Taiwan’s Din Tai Fung restaurant group. For instance, employees at its branch in Xinyi, Taiwan, spent over an hour to help a customer from France recover his lost mobile phone from a taxi.
The service spirit CEO Warren Yang wants every Din Tai Fung employee to have is to “treat every customer as you would treat your family member, and genuinely show them your care and concern”, according to Associate Professor Brian Hwarng, Department of Decision Sciences.
“Yes,” says Chua Nan Sze, Director of Graduate Studies at NUS Business School, who was featured in The Business Times article “Educating the CEO”.
“Building social and professional bonds can help in their personal and career growth, potentially spinning off collaborations, creating new opportunities and facilitating mutual benefits,” she said, of MBA graduates.
This ranking was based on a survey of 1,000 business schools from 154 countries.
As an indication of the strong international reputation enjoyed by NUS Business School, we retained Eduniversal’s maximum rating of five Palmes for the eighth year running.
The Deans’ vote, whereby school directors and deans select which institutions they would recommend to their students, effectively puts NUS Business School in first place not only among Singapore schools, but also in Far East Asia.
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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.