Exchange student enjoys life at NUS and Singapore

Oddbjørn Bjerkvik is spending a term with us as an MBA exchange student, as part of his executive programme at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology:

He shares about his time here:

Why did you choose NUS Business School?

I had the option of going to MIT or Stanford in the US, Chalmers in Sweden or NUS in Singapore.  I chose to come to Singapore because I believe that Asia will become more and more important in the years to come and I wanted the cultural aspects as well as going to a reputable university.  I also chose this program since it comprises one full term abroad compared to the short trips offered in other MBA programs.

At NUS, I have selected BMA5105 “Global Strategic Management”, BMA5108″Technopreneurship”, BMA5112 “Asian Business Environment and BMA5420 “Leadership in Asia”.  All of them are highly enjoyable classes with outstanding professors.

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With son Paul and daughter Maren at the “World’s best zoo. It’s good to be back after six years.”

I also have a personal interest in choosing Singapore since I have lived here before.  I was an expatriate here in 2008 and 2009 working for my current employer, FMC Technologies.  It was an opportunity to meet old friends from some years back and colleagues currently on an expat contract.

How has it been so far?

It has been a great experience. I am very happy with the classes I am attending – I feel that I learn something every day. I appreciate that all the classes are multicultural and there is a mix of both full time and part time students.  This allows for a lot of good discussions, and I constantly get reminded of the fact that there are always several perspectives to any issue, many of them very different from mine.

NUS is also a very active university – there is always something happening somewhere.  I have attended a few of the speeches and events announced on Facebook and WhatsApp.  In particular I would like to mention the presentation by Eric Feng about “Redefining Career”, which offered an interesting perspective on how your career can develop as you gain work experience and take on new challenges.

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The car park whisperer

In space-constrained Singapore where the ratio of cars to citizens is roughly 1 to 10, finding parking lots can be a time-consuming exercise for motorists who have to spend time searching for available spaces or queuing outside car park entrances.

But Neil Mehta (MBA 2015) believes his SurePark parking platform can solve the problem. SurePark involves palm-sized sensors that are placed on the ground of every lot detect the presence of vehicles.  These sensors feed data into the software platform to generate reports on the availability of the car park spaces.

Neil Mehta (middle) with his engineers and car sensors

Neil Mehta (middle) with his engineers and car sensors

Users can then access the information via the SurePark app, which also serves as a navigational guide to lead the motorist to the exact vacant slot. The app is also able to suggest alternative parking spaces in nearby car parks when the destination’s car park is full.

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CGIO presents update on its Sustainability Reporting project

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Legislative action drives up sustainability reporting. The positive impact by regulatory action becomes more obvious when there are higher levels of disclosure in indicators that require mandatory reporting, according to the Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO).

This result was presented in a recent session where CGIO gave an update on its report on sustainability reporting to companies including ACCA, Capitaland, City Development Limited, Ernst and Young, Global Compact Network Singapore, Keppel Land, KPMG, Paia Consulting, Singtel and Suntory Beverage and Food Asia.

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Alumni Quek Siu Rui and Chan Yiwen make it to the “Forbes 30 Under 30” list

It was an illustrious list, a coming-of-age list: We congratulate Alumni Quek Siu Rui (BBA 2012) and Chan Yiwen (BBA 2014) on being included in the “Forbes 30 under 30” Asia list. The list highlights 300 of the top young leaders, entrepreneurs and influential figures from 10 different sectors in Asia. Well done!

We spoke to Siu Rui who was nominated under the “Consumer Tech” category.

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From left: The Carousell trio: Marcus, Lucas and Siu Rui.

Siu Rui was nominated for his app Carousell which he co-founded with classmates Lucas Ngoo and Marcus Tan. Carousell is a community marketplace that lets users buy and sell everything from fashion, beauty products, furniture, art, books, branded goods, cars, bikes, antiques to houses.

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NUS’ inaugural batch of SQP Chartered Accountants fly our flag high while BAC (2013) Valedictorian Sebastian Widodo wins “Top QP Candidate” award

Congratulations to BAC students Han Xiaoming (Year 4 Hons), Jin Wan Xin, Phoon Tzin Wai and Joseph Soh Shi Yang (all Year 3 Hons) who received the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) Scholarship at the recent ISCA Awards.

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From left: Xiaoming; Joseph; Wan Xin; Assoc Prof Chng; Adjunct Assoc Prof Uantchern Loh, who is also the CEO of Singapore Accountancy Commission; Sebastian and Tzin Wai.

The ISCA Scholarship is awarded to students who have outstanding academic results and performed well in their various CCAs. The ISCA is the national accountancy board of Singapore.

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Year Fours win Copenhagen Business School Case Competition

Year Fours – Team Leader Ivan Ho (BBA Hons), Mabelyn Tan (BAC Hons), Goh Hui Han (BBA Hons) and Douglas Eu (Hons) – were champs at the CBS Case Competition organised by Copenhagen Business School. They were accompanied by Associate Prof Lau Geok Theng.  Click here to relive the joy as the camera captures the moment of their win.

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From left: Josefine Riber (Team Host), Ivan, Mabelyn Tan, Goh Hui Han and Douglas Eu with Prof Lau.

The team beat eleven other teams and finalists McGill University and the University of New South Wales to bring home the trophy. This is the fourth time NUS is bringing the trophy home. We are also the school that has won the most time in the competition’s history.

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Year Threes do well in regional Investment Analysis Paper competition

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From left: Terence, Jerome and Reuben Cheng at the Jakarta’s Governor office.

Congrats to our Year 3 BBA Hons students – Jerome Chan Ker Liang, Reuben Cheng Qian Wen and Terence Ng Zi Qian – on emerging 2nd Runners-Up for the Investment Analysis Paper competition.

The 15th Indonesia Capital Market Student Studies (15th ICMSS),  organised by the Faculty of Economics at Universitas Indonesia, is a by-invitation only event based on the submission of equity research reports from the top 24 teams across South-East Asia.

The students had to deliver a stock pitch report, a group presentation and a Q&A. At the assessment, judges praised the NUS team for their detailed analysis, clear presentation and concise snapshot of the airline industry, as well as the company they were analysing.

24 TeamsThe team said the bundle of seminars, workshops, site visits and interactions with industry leaders provided much knowledge and exposure: “We strongly advocate the experience to all NUS students.”

Students interested in participating in next year’s programme can log on to www.icmss-febui.com

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Year Fours win joint third place at Ivey Scotiabank International Case Competition

Congrats to our students Sean Ling Wei Tsi, Kristel Tey Hui Shi, Ng Wei Jian and Poon Jun Boon – all BBA Honours Year 4 – who placed 3rd at the case competition organized by Ivey Business School of the University of Western Ontario.  They were joint winners with Northeastern University.

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From left: Kristel, Jun Boon, Sean and Wei Jian with the three judges.

The NUS team, led by Assistant Professor Vishal Narayan of Marketing, faced 11 other teams, including teams from Hong Kong, the United States, Germany, Hungary and New Zealand.

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Bringing the Classroom Outside In

Classes where professors hold court and engage in one-way information flow is becoming passe. Today, progressive education engage in “experiential learning”.

RS4665_Dr Lau Geok Theng 01Assoc Prof Lau Geok Theng of Marketing says students should participate more actively in such programmes: “Employers are now looking at work experience in resumes, not just academic results. The internship or the new start-up that a student helps to pioneer will demonstrate the skills honed during these stints, and indicate how well he will perform in real-life challenging environments.”

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NUS Team wins Venture Capital Competition in Vancouver

Congrats to Albert Ho (BBA Hons Year 3) and Ng Kian Siang (BAC Year 3) whose team won at the Pacific Venture Capital Competition 2016.

 Kian Siang is in the middle while Albert is second from the right.

Kian Siang is in the middle while Albert is second from the right.

Organised by the University of British Columbia and currently in its fourth year, the competition challenges undergraduate students who are interested in venture capital and private equity through a series of presentations and video pitches. Some 45 teams from over 30 countries participated this year.

Of the experience, Albert said:  “We evaluated numerous start-ups in terms of their industry, business model, management team and exit outcomes, while valuing them through various methods: Comparable Companies analysis, Venture Capital Method, DCF and Berkus Method as well. While it has been a tough competition, the judges were pleased with our analysis and valuation results, noting how realistic they were.”

Kudos!