Students Share: MSc in Management & CEMS MIM Programme

Students Share is a new series of contributed articles and answers shared by students who are currently enrolled in our programmes. The goal is to give prospective students and readers first-hand understanding of the programme and learn about experiences directly from a current student.

The following answers are shared by Alvin Tan who joined MSc in Management/CEMS MIM programme in January 2014. He went to HKUST and Rotterdam School of Management for his CEMS terms abroad. Thank you, Alvin for sharing your thoughts! 

  1. Please share a little about yourself

I have been working in Sembcorp Marine since 2013. During that time, my role as a graduate Engineer allowed me to be involved in planning, leading and directing ship-repair projects across a wide range of vessels, ranging from container ships to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers.

I wanted to accelerate my career progress and develop the management expertise, global mind-set and winning strategies to compete across domains and borders. A general management programme was hence the next important step. I was drawn to NUS-CEMS double degree programme due to its focus on international management and strategy. I got a company sponsorship and hence applied for this programme.

2. Why did you choose this programme?

I was looking for an advanced management programme that emphasizes understanding and practicing responsible global leadership, decision-making and citizenship, which are increasingly important in today’s globalized, complex business environment.Through this programme, I have the opportunity to not only develop advanced management and leadership competencies, but also benefit from its international exposure and learning experience. This 18-month programme goes beyond offering general management education, incorporating international management as an integral discipline. Continue reading

We welcome new MPAM friends

The school welcomes our new friends to the 7th Master in Public Administration & Management Programme (MPAM) 2016/17.

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Vice Dean Prof Susanna Leong welcomed the students.

With the fast expanding Chinese economy and its rapid integration with the rest of the world, there is a great and increasing need for public administration education among government officials and state-owned enterprise (SOE) executives from China and other emerging economies. The MPAM programme is a collaboration between the Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to address this need

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Prof Wu Yaozhong, Director of MPAM briefly introduced the history, subjects and research of the School.

It is a one-year programme and all classes are taught in Mandarin. The new class consists of 61 participants from both mainland China and Taiwan. Most of them are management or mid-career professionals from non-private sectors, including government institutions, hospital, media and education.

We wish our new friends an abundant and memorable year in Singapore!

Interested in joining our MPAM programme? Click here.

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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Connecting with the best at the MBA World Summit 2016

Eight months at the NUS Business School have been action packed! I have met the most talented people, experienced the fast pace of global business and created memories of a lifetime.

One of the most defining experiences so far has been representing NUS Business School at the MBA World Summit 2016.

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More than just selling xiao long bao

Service is everything at Taiwan’s Din Tai Fung restaurant group. For instance, employees at its branch in Xinyi, Taiwan, spent over an hour to help a customer from France recover his lost mobile phone from a taxi.

The service spirit CEO Warren Yang wants every Din Tai Fung employee to have is to “treat every customer as you would treat your family member, and genuinely show them your care and concern”, according to Associate Professor Brian Hwarng, Department of Decision Sciences.

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We are top destination for biz students in Far East Asia

Facebook-BannerThis ranking was based on a survey of 1,000 business schools from 154 countries.

As an indication of the strong international reputation enjoyed by NUS Business School, we retained Eduniversal’s maximum rating of five Palmes for the eighth year running.

The Deans’ vote, whereby school directors and deans select which institutions they would recommend to their students, effectively puts NUS Business School in first place not only among Singapore schools, but also in Far East Asia.

We are the top destination for business students from all over the world!

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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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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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Partnering MetLife to transform the insurance industry

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Imagine an insurance company branching out to new business areas such as wellness, wealth, and retirement.

This is what the world’s second largest insurer MetLife is looking to achieve with its self-styled disruptive innovation centre called LumenLab.

A long-time partner and sponsor of the NUS Business School, MetLife unveiled the new 7,800 square feet facility on 16 July at The Metropolis, Buona Vista, which houses a working space and business incubator.

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Commencement 2015: Advice from Singapore’s business leaders

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More than 1000 students from the Doctorate, Masters and Bachelor cohorts graduated from our Business School yesterday.

Some are already employed or have secured jobs before graduation, but many will be looking to join the workforce in Singapore.

Many of them might not be sure what to expect as they begin a new phase in their lives.

Fortunately, they have two influential business leaders, who were at the Commencement ceremony as guest speakers, to give advice to the graduates.

So Outside-In listened to the two – Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation, and Chua Sock Koong, group CEO of Singtel – and present here the highlights from their speeches.

And what is the best part about these commencement speeches? The advice is relevant even for those who are not in gowns and mortarboards.

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