Farming start-up brings innovation to rural China

An innovative agricultural business formed by six NUS EMBA alumni in southwest China aims to change the face of Chinese farming and improve the lives of rural communities.

The company, Vicfarm Manufacture Association (VMA), was founded by a group of businessmen who studied in the APEX-C MBA programme.

Although they are from a variety of backgrounds ranging from real estate to IT, they feel they have a common dream they can realise.

They believe they can create jobs for farmers in rural areas, so that these places would no longer just be populated by the elderly and the very young, as farmers are forced to seek jobs in cities.

 

 

Taking on the Gobi Desert

Singaporean Kelvin Wong is the first-ever Asia Pacific Executive MBA (English) representative to fly our national colours across the finishing line at the Gobi Desert Challenge.

He is also the first Singaporean among the participating EMBA schools to complete the 112 km race across the desert.

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NUS Business School takes on the Gobi Desert Challenge

What does NUS Business School have in common with a Buddhist Monk?

The answer? An insatiable thirst for knowledge; the determination to walk the talk; the will to overcome all obstacles to attain their goal; and a shared journey trekking across the Gobi Desert. It was at Mo-Kia-Yen Gobi Desert 1,300 years ago that the Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveller and translator, Xuangzang, was chased, abandoned, and almost killed as he traversed the desert to India in pursuit of original Buddhist scriptures.

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NUS Business School Executive Education Rankings 2015

NUS Business School has been ranked second among Asian business schools and 16th globally in the latest Financial Times ranking of customised Executive Education (EE) programmes. It is also the only Singaporean university ranked for customised EE programmes.

The customised rankings are based on responses from client companies, as well as data from schools. The FT’s corporate survey gauges the quality of the design of the programmes, the quality of the faculty and whether the programmes provide value for money.

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Mentorship Matchmaking

Mentorships are important for personal and professional development. Through these relationships, knowledge about career choices, best practices and insights into industries is exchanged to help advance future generations of leaders.

The School’s Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) NUS MBA Mentorship programme brings together current MBA students and alumni to exchange knowledge, information, insights and experiences. By playing a direct role in guiding and shaping the next generation of leaders, our NUS MBA alumni contribute to the School in one of the most meaningful ways.

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East meets West: NUS Business School partners with Chicago Booth

NUS Business School is joining forces with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to develop human capital for Asia’s dynamic economies and corporations through a series of executive education programmes. To be named the Asia Executive Series, it kicks off in November 2015 with the intensive one-week ‘Emerging Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) for Asia’ programme.

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What Makes A Successful Leader In Asia?

“Managing businesses in Asia  – The Leadership Qualities Required to Succeed” was the topic of this year’s first Leadership Dialogue Series.

Businesses in Asia face monumental obstacles – operational challenges in cross cultural traits, complex employment conditions and fickle consumers, among others – in their quest for profitability.

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New Programme to Groom Asian Finance Leaders

The School recently announced the Asia Leaders in Financial Institutions (ALFI) programme to equip finance industry practitioners with the capabilities to assume regional and global leadership responsibilities.

program-img-alfi-thumbnail3The programme, designed for senior directors and managing directors in the financial sector, will feature a curriculum aimed at strengthening thought leadership, professional competencies, and change management skills for turbulent times. Through immersive visits to global financial centres such as New York, Beijing and Mumbai, participants will meet with top officials and financial sector leaders, attend global CEO roundtables, and work on capstone projects – all within a span of eight months.

“Our premise is that visionary and effective leadership is built upon a broad platform, where a sound understanding of the fundamentals is supplemented with exposure to the inspirational journeys of other leaders,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor at NUS Business School.

ALFI NUS“There is still a comparative lack of strong senior Asian voices, not just in financial institutions but also within financial regulators. As Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai – and hopefully Mumbai, too – become more successful as financial centres they will need locally-trained leaders who understand Asian cultures and regulatory regimes,” says Professor Joseph Cherian, Director of CAMRI.

Enrolling its first cohort in September 2015, the ALFI programme will feature a curriculum aimed at strengthening thought leadership, professional competencies and change management skills, while providing rigorous training and systematic mentoring.

Besides the School faculty, ALFI curriculum is designed in partnership with leaders and CEOs who are high-level industry practitioners in Asia, and who hold appointments at the School. They include:

  • Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Distinguished Visiting Fellow
  • Mr Masaaki Shirakawa, former Governor of the Bank of Japan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow
  • Professor Anthony Neoh, former Chief Advisor to the China Securities Regulatory Commission,      Dean’s Visiting Professor
  • Professor Liew Mun Leong, Provost’s Chair Professor and former Chief Executive of CapitaLand Group
  • Professor Kim Sun Bae, Professor of Economics Practice and former Chief Asia Economist at Goldman Sachs.

To read an interview with Dean Bernard Yeung and Professor Joseph Cherian about this programme, click here