Triumph in HSBC Business Case Competition

Our students have yet again done us proud. Our BBA students emerged second runners-up in the HSBC Asia Pacific Business Case Competition 2014, held recently in Hong Kong.

The team, comprising of Eleanor Low Su Qi, Chua Cheng Liang, Elliot Tan Wei Ming and Soh Hwa Jie, under the supervision of Associate Professor Tan Soo Jiuan, successfully completed four rounds to compete in the finals.

HSBC Business Case competition winners

The winning team with the judges

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Marketing Professor Surendra Rajiv passes away

It is with great regret and sadness that we receive the news that Professor Surendra Rajiv from the Department of Marketing passed away earlier this week.

Surendra RajivProfessor Rajiv was a key member of the School for 11 years before he resigned last year. He joined us as a tenured professor of marketing in 2002 and held several appointments including Assistant Dean of Research and PhD programmes, as well as Provost’s Chair.

Before joining NUS, he was a visiting professor at the Haas School of Business and was also a faculty member at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He obtained his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and earlier degrees from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Patna University.

His contributions to the field of quantitative marketing are invaluable and his extensive work has been published in many reputed journals.

We have lost a scholar, mentor and devoted member of our community and will miss him dearly. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.

Faculty member wins research award

Assistant Professor Wenlan Qian in the Department of Finance has won the Best Paper in Asset Pricing award in the 2014 Society of Financial Studies (SFS) Cavalcade conference for her paper, “How Constraining are Limits to Arbitrage?”

Wenlan Quin

Professor Wenlan and her co-author Professor Alexander Ljungqvist examine the role of limits to arbitrage in asset pricing and behavioural finance, and propose an innovative arbitrage strategy.

The SFS Cavalcade is a joint project between the Review of Financial StudiesReview of Corporate Finance Studies, and the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. This year, 653 submissions were received for the conference, with an acceptance rate of 11.5%.

Professor Wenlan joined NUS in 2008 after obtaining her PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also affiliated with the Institute of Real Estate Studies and Risk Management Institute at National University of Singapore.

She is the recipient of several research grants and has won the best paper awards at several other international conferences. Her work appears in Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Congratulations, Professor Wenlan!

NUS BBA shines in Chiang Rai

Our undergraduates have took the first runner-up and best speaker titles in the inaugural Chulalongkorn International Business Case Competition (CIBCC) held in Thailand from 20 to 25 May 2014.

Our BBA team, comprising of Chuan Lee (best speaker), Ivan Ho, Lewis Phey (team leader), and Valerie Soh competed against their counterparts from Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Thailand.

(R-L) Assoc Prof Winston Kwok (faculty advisor), Ivan, Chuan Lee, Valerie, and Lewis

(R-L) Assoc Prof Winston Kwok (faculty advisor), Ivan, Chuan Lee, Valerie, and Lewis

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“I’ve often hit a wall during training”: Jerome Tan, Case Competition Veteran

The following is a guest post from fourth year undergrad Jerome Tan, fondly known as the ‘serial winner’ of several competitions that our students have participated in. Jerome has taken part in eight international competitions up to now; he made it to the finals in six of them, and won five. His favourite? The Sauder Summit Global Case Competition in Vancouver.  Here’s more from Jerome:

It always begins the same way: the euphoria of being selected, the excitement of meeting new teammates, the exhilaration of learning about a new country. All too quickly though, one gets dragged back down to earth. Overnight training on weekends becomes the norm, and the prospect of having to keep pace with academics while missing an entire week of lessons becomes more daunting as the dates draw nearer. There have been semesters where I was literally on campus every single weekend for something case-related — all this of my own free will and volition.

Jerome Tan winning case competitions

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Faculty Awards

Five faculty members of the School have won the University’s Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) for the Academic Year 2012/13.

The ATEA is a prestigious teaching award at NUS that recognises faculty members who have  demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to, and achievement of, good teaching.

The winners received their awards at the ATEA ceremony held on 12 May 2014.

Our heartiest congratulations to the faculty members!

Faculty awards


Staff members join international b-school consortium

We are extremely proud of our staff members, Yue-Wen Lim, Zahira Binte Nawi and Nelson Tan, who have been selected to represent NUS Business School at the Partnership in International Management (PIM), an international consortium of leading business schools that works to promote student exchange programmes.


Yue-Wen Lim is the Director of International Relations at the School and is appointed as the Asia and Asia-Pacific Chair for PIM. Chairs are in charge of implementing the strategies suggested by the members during PIM’s Annual Meeting, as well as managing the budget, deciding on the structure and contents of the Annual Conference, and addressing the major issues of the association.

“It is my pleasure and honour to be elected as the new Chair of Asia-Pacific region for the PIM network. NUS Business School has been a long and active member of the network, and our participation has allowed our students to exchange with some of the top business school members. As the new Chair, I hope to encourage schools in the region to take full advantage of this network and be key players in this organisation’s evolution in coming years,” says Yue-Wen.  Continue reading

An Assignment with Impact

It was a cross-border assignment that took four undergraduate students, supervised by Professor Ivan Png, to remote parts of Indonesia where they worked with local farmers. The aim? To propose an innovative, zero-burn solution to the weighty issue of the haze that regularly affects Southeast Asian countries.

The assignment was a part of Field Service Project (FSP) for NUS BBA honours students, done in collaboration with WWF Indonesia. At the end of the stint, undergraduates Ying Siang Kane, Lee Heejin, Alvin Lim Kai Hui and Lewis Tay Zhi Hao produced a proposal that has won the support of Temasek Foundation and which may eventually be presented to the Indonesian government.

The NUS BBA team with the family of the Segamai Village head.

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BBA Teams Win International Competitions

Our undergrads have emerged champions at two recent international case competitions.

At the International Case Competition at Maastricht that took place in the Netherlands recently, BBA students Lenard Lou, Jovin Loh, Low Li Ting and Kenneth Leong, accompanied by faculty advisor, Deputy Dean Hum Sin Hoon, competed against 15 other undergraduate teams from international business schools to emerge winners at the end of an intensive week of case analyses and presentations. The team brought home the championship trophy which the School last won in 2012.

L-R: Lenard Lou, Jovin Loh, Low Li Ting, Prof Hum Sin Hoon, Kenneth Leong

L-R: Lenard Lou, Jovin Loh, Low Li Ting, Prof Hum Sin Hoon, Kenneth Leong

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Getting to Know: Jamilah Binte Ramli

In our ‘Getting To Know’ Series, we regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture. 

She’s outspoken, funny and confident, and as one of just two administrative staff members supporting the School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO), Jamilah Binte Ramli is a force to be reckoned with. She handles administrative duties for the centre, including coordinating high-level events, academic seminars and industry roundtables. Seated in an office tucked away in the more tranquil wing of NUS Business School (yes, we are spread across two buildings, with the other one simply called ‘Biz 2’) that houses all the Research Centres, Jamilah and her peers enjoy the quiet and easy access to facilities in the building.

As a veteran of NUS, Jamilah also serves as a treasure trove of tips for newbies looking to survive and thrive in this vast community. Her best advice? Live well, leave well. Here’s Jamilah for you:

Jamilah Collage Final

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