Annual Fung Scholars Leadership Conference held in Singapore, and NUS Business School, for first time

110 Fung Scholars and Fellows attended the second day of the conference held at NUS Business School.

110 Fung Scholars and Fellows attended the second day of the conference held at NUS Business School.

Held since 2008, this annual conference brings together Fung Scholars and Fellows from 27 universities in Hong Kong and China, Singapore, USA, UK, Switzerland, Canada and Bangladesh, to discuss the pressing issues of the day.

The theme for this year’s Conference, “Leadership in the Service Era”, is in response to the economic transition of many countries from a manufacturing to service-oriented economy, resulting in different skill sets needed. Participants had a chance to discuss with leading practitioners the theories and concepts of service leadership in practice.

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Singapore don wins Entrepreneur for the World award at World Entrepreneurship Forum 2015

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Congratulations to Professor Wong Poh Kam, Professor of Strategy & Policy, and Director of the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, on winning the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s (WEnF) Entrepreneur for the World Award (Educator Category).

The award is conferred on exceptional entrepreneurs annually for their impact on society and their capacity to change the world. He is among only five recipients this year, and the only one in the Educator category.

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A case study comes alive

7-11 Henri & Marlene front of classStudents of Associate Professor (Strategy and Policy) Marleen Dieleman’s class got a chance to get up close with a CEO when Henri Honoris, CEO of PT Modern Internasional, the franchise owner of 7-Eleven Indonesia, was invited to speak in her class.

While introducing the 7-Eleven franchise to Indonesia in 2009, Honoris created a new business model – he added a café concept into what was originally just a regular convenience store. This move turned 7-Eleven into a popular hangout for youths and young adults in Jakarta. Today, there are over 190 stores in Jakarta.

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CGIO partners with ASEAN CSR Network for key study on sustainability reporting

Associate Professor Lawrence Loh (sixth from the right, front row) with Mr Thomas Thomas, CEO of ASEAN CSR Network (fifth from the right, front row) with the student team.

Associate Professor Lawrence Loh (sixth from the right, front row) with Mr Thomas Thomas, CEO of ASEAN CSR Network (fifth from the right, front row) with the student team.

The Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) is joining forces with the ASEAN CSR Network to undertake a study on sustainability reporting in Singapore.

This research project is especially relevant given that Singapore Exchange (SGX) hopes to get companies to ‘comply or explain’ when it publishes its guidelines on sustainability reporting, likely by Financial Year 2017.

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Relazione 2015: Connecting candidates and companies

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Fifty-two companies. More than 200 students. Government agencies, statutory bodies, financial heavyweights, MNCs, Singapore companies, and even startups like FoodPanda, Lazada and Rocket Internet.

All were taking part in Relazione 2015, the career fair specially organized for the December 2015 and May 2016 graduates. The event was kicked off by Vice-Dean Prof Chng Chee Kiong.

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Paying it forward, with music

Liang Zhu Maestro He

It was a wonderful night of music and friendships at the Liang Zhu Charity Concert held on Sunday 4 October at the Singapore Conference Hall, which also raised substantial funds for students who are facing financial hardship.

It brought together talents from China and Singapore to make music together. Maestro He Zhanhao, one of China’s most acclaimed composers, led a 70-strong youth orchestra from the Singapore-based Chinese Music Academy. He personally conducted his popular “Liang Zhu” or “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto, which is one of the most recognisable pieces of Chinese music worldwide.

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Learning about doing business in a frontier market

 

Sean (in white top, front row) with Thura Shwe Mann and the MBA group

Sean (in white top, front row) with Thura Shwe Mann and the MBA group

“It’s a trip that is only possible due to the NUS MBA’s prestigious reputation around the world,” says Sean Bellamy who was part of a 14-member group from NUS Business School which visited Myanmar in September 2015 as part of the Myanmar Global Immersion Programme.

Sean, who is also the Class President of the 2015 MBA intake says that, despite having travelled to 27 countries prior to Myanmar, this immersion trip was one of the most rewarding he has been on, for its learning and networking opportunities.

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Never look back

In front of office 1Entrepreneurship is not about wealth, freedom or prestige. There is only one reason to become an entrepreneur: the passion to run one’s own business, according to Kelvin Teo (BAC Hons 2010), Director, Funding Societies.

“You need to be 100 percent sure why you are venturing out. And you believe that you’re better off failing in a start-up than succeeding in a MNC. Then do it and never look back,” he said.

Kelvin left his consulting job at a multinational firm and early this year, he co-founded Funding Societies, a peer-to-peer marketplace for SMEs to secure loans for growth.

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Expand your horizons through exchange programmes

Full-time MBA student Jose Antonio Borrero is finding that going on exchange programmes overseas brings major benefits. Last month, he took part in an entrepreneurship course at the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) and found the time spent there to be a precious experience.

The MBA programme offers some 17 courses under its short exchange programmes at universities worldwide, giving students the opportunity to broaden their outlook and develop awareness of different cultures and economic environments.

Participating schools include Tel Aviv University, Tsinghua University, and the Norwegian School of Economics. The duration of these courses ranges from one week to a month.

Jose Antonio Borrero (bottom left) with his classmates in Bangalore

Jose Antonio Borrero (bottom left) with his classmates in Bangalore

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