A group of 37 students from our Asia-Pacific Executive MBA created history by becoming the first class to raise over $400,000 for undergraduate bursaries. Referred to as APEX-E22, the class becomes the first to have a bursary named after it. The Apex E22 Endowment Bursary will help about eight undergraduates every year, in perpetuity.
Ann Lavin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google, and Don Hanna, the Managing Director of Roubini Global Economics Asia recently presented to our MBA students from the Asian Business Environment class.
Ann oversees a range of issues for Google in Greater China and Southeast Asia, including economic empowerment, content regulation, geopolitics, privacy and general technology policy. She shared how Google balances pressures for integration across its whole global business, including those for local responsiveness in each of the Asian countries in which it operates.
The topic of Business Groups was the focus of leading academics from around the world during a two-day academic conference organised by the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) on 28 August.
The School hosted top students from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and executives from Saudi Arabia for a six-week Qiyadat-NUS Leadership programme. Conducted in collaboration with the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) from 5-22 August, the programme was graced by a visit from Sheikh Ibrahim bin Mohammed Afandi, the Chairman of Manarat Al-Oloom Research Limited.
The banking industry is undergoing massive changes. Financial institutions now have to deal with increased regulations after the 2008 global financial crisis, rapid and disruptive technological advances, as well as the emergence of big data and social media. Despite these changes, keeping the interests of customers at heart and providing them the best service should still remain the basic guiding principle for banks. This is according to the titans of Asia’s financial and banking industries who came together for the 6th Wee Cho Yaw Singapore-China Finance and Banking Forum held on 25th July at the Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore.
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.
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.
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.
The Asia-Pacific has weathered the storm of global financial crisis of 2008 well, and with almost half of the world’s total GDP expected to come from the region by 2040, this century is poised to be the century of Asia, according to William H. Strong, Co-CEO, Asia-Pacific, Morgan Stanley. He was speaking at a talk organised by the School as part of Leadership Dialogue Series.