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.
“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.
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.
The 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.
“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.
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.