NUS alumni hold year-end gathering in Shanghai

Some 140 alumni from the School’s Eastern China Alumni Network (ECAN), NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Shanghai Alumni Club and NUS Faculty of Law Shanghai Alumni Club got together for a year-end gathering at Shanghai Greenland Marriott Hotel on December 14, 2013.

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NUS alumnus to lead China-based EMBA Sports Alliance again

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Zhang Runbin, an alumnus of our Asia Pacific Executive MBA (Chinese) programme has been reelected as Chairman of the EMBA Outdoor Sports Alliance at its annual summit held at the CEIBS Beijing campus on December 15, 2013.  He was the Chairman of the Alliance for 2013 as well.

The EMBA Outdoor Sports Alliance brings together China-based EMBA alumni who have graduated from various business schools in Asia, such as Peking University,Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, CKGSB and CEBIS and share common interests in sports and nature. 

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Founded in 2012, the Alliance aims to foster healthier lifestyles, and positive mindsets, raise awareness and increase community involvement through outdoor sports activities.

 

Reflections of an NUS MBA Globetrotter

It’s been just over two months since I came to Yale from NUS to complete the NUS Masters Double-degree programme with Yale School of Management, but it sure feels like a life time when I think about the experiences and memories I’ve gained.

I’ve been fortunate to travel from China to Singapore, and then to the United States, in pursuit of knowledge and meaningful experiences. I chose NUS MBA because of the diversity of students, global experiences that are part of the NUS MBA programme, Singapore’s strategic location and the dynamic format of the MBA programme.

 

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Should you do an MBA in Asia?

Weakness in the US and European economies has given rise to new trends in business education. According to the latest MBA Applicant Report from Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and a recent Business Week article, MBA applicants are increasingly targeting b-schools in stronger economies. Brighter job prospects in Asia are also drawing more international MBAs from the West. With these changes afoot, the need for an international MBA to increase competitiveness in a global marketplace has never been more compelling.

So what do these emerging trends in a shrinking world mean to you, an MBA aspirant from the West? We sat down with an American student Brian Atlee, an NUS MBA alumni (2012), to find some answers as to why he chose to travel half the world to do his MBA in Asia.

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How to Train a Business Leader

We recently organised Management Communication (MC) Camp for the NUS MBA students to help them become effective leaders. As promised, below is a first-hand account of one of the participants:

Readers of this blog will have read earlier in What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA blog post that the School ran before the inaugural Management Communication (or MC) camp from 29 July to 3 August.

As ever-effervescent faculty leader Huijin Kong told me before the camp kicked off, the week was an intensive ‘trial by fire’ in order to instill quickly in new MBA students “the right skills, mindsets, personalities and qualities” to be catapulted onto the C-suite track most are aiming for. Since being an effective leader is only 20 percent knowledge, with the 80 percent lying in how one influences, this will put the new MBAs into the right frame of mind before they launch into their programme. Continue reading

Meet the very first graduate of the NUS MBA Double Degree with Yale University

It is not every day that you get to be the very first graduate of a new program – that is truly one milestone graduation!

michael tiopanMeet Michael Tiopan, the first graduate from the Yale University School of Management (SOM) Master of Advanced Management (MAM). This programme is the latest addition to NUS Business School’s suite of Double Degree programs.

Michael completed his MBA from NUS Business School, and MAM from Yale University School of Management. He is the first graduate representing NUS Business School, among the Yale MAM graduates.

What is so unique about this program and why did Michael enroll in it? We sat down with him to find out this and more. Below are some excerpts of the interview: Continue reading

Lick A Little, Change A Lot

When you drop in an EMBA class in session, dancing, singing and acting in class is probably the last thing you’d expect.

But that is exactly what surprised us earlier this month.

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The EMBA class presentation to the professor & senior staff members

Executive MBA students of NUS Business School come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries. In our current Asia Pacific Executive MBA (APEX-E) batch, we have students who are consultants, managers, PhD holders and doctors, and represent diverse nationalities (Singaporean, Australian, Indians, Swedish, Turkish, Japanese, Swiss, Indonesian, Chinese, Saudi, and Taiwanese, to name a few).  They are all middle to senior level executives who have had great achievements in their career, and are enhancing their experiences through an Executive MBA. Termed as ‘Intake 21’ internally, this group of our APEX-E students is a part of a very global, talented and ethnic mix of leaders.

So why were the Intake 21 students acting and singing when we dropped by their class? They were making a class presentation.

As a part of a project for the course, ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship,’ this year’s APEX-E students, were given a very unique project: $500 worth of ice-cream to be sold in 48hours; the team with the highest amount collected wins.  Sounds like the ‘Apprentice Asia’ show? Well, it came quite close. The class was divided into three teams and what followed were intense brainstorming sessions, marketing outreach,  street—pounding, cold-calling, fund-raising campaigns and social media campaigning, which resulted in some of the most creative ways to raise money.  The teams made most of the two days, raised money, sold ice-cream and made a final presentation to the professor, entire class and a group of senior members of APEX-E administration.   True to his reputation of being an inspirational teacher, Prof Michael Yoshikami shared final words of wisdom and learnings from the project. He also celebrated the teams’ achievements by sharing a toast to the entire class as a token of encouragement.

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The NUS EMBA team at ‘The Haven’ run by Salvation Army

As part of innovation in curriculum, the class generated $25,000 worth of donations via virtual ice cream sales through the virtual media. The teams created Facebook pages and took online orders for donations.

The most memorable moments from this project, however, came from interacting with the children at ’The Haven’ by Salvation Army. As a token, the class organized an actual ice cream delivery to the Salvation Army’s ‘The Haven,’ where a safe and nurturing environment is created for the underprivileged children. The Haven, where fifty children reside in small cluster units, is a residential home for abandoned, abused and neglected children, mostly referred to The Salvation Army for care by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.

It is these experiences that help business leaders gain an understanding about how to work with a diverse group, in a cohesive & effective manner, to be creative and to produce outstanding results. After all, isn’t this what executive business education is all about?

What do you think of the project and do you have any similar experiences to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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PS: Title of this post borrowed from courtesy of one of the teams’ campaign.