Support NUS Business Flag 2016

NUS Rag & Flag is one of the flagship annual events for our undergraduate team and the Bizad Club. Every year, hundreds of NUS students come together for two days in August to show case excellent team work and give back to the community.

This year, Flag Day falls on Tuesday 2 August and Rag Day falls on Saturday, August 6.

For NUS Business School and NUS BizAd Club, Flag Day as well as its associated community involvement initiatives have always been important. The School places great emphasis on including community awareness and responsibility within our freshmen orientation experience in order to raise socially concerned and committed students.

This year, the theme for NUS Business Flag is “Illuminate”. Through the efforts and actions of volunteers and committee members alike, including 200 freshmen, we wish to illuminate and light up the hearts and lives of our beneficiaries through the funds that we raise.NUS Business Flag 2016 ASKING DONATION Continue reading

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Ong Hua Han was deciding between NUS Business School and another university which was nearer home and most importantly, on flatter ground.  Even his family doctor discouraged him from NUS because it would be hard for him to move around its hilly terrain. He was born with a condition called brittle bone disease (Osteogenesis Imperfecta), and moves around mostly on a wheelchair.

H GradThen the BBA office reached out to the family. Its staff invited Hua Han and his parents to the school. Over a cosy tea session, they talked about the challenges and possibilities of NUS – accessibility, safety, health; and how the office could assist him if he joined the school. Then – and his mother fondly remembers – the Assistant Dean, Dr Helen Chai, personally took them on a walk around the school, showing him the routes that were wheelchair-accessible – in her high heels!

He remembers that there was a drop step near the bus-stop he would not be able to negotiate with his wheelchair. BBA Office connected with the now Office of Campus Amenities (then called Office of Estate and Development), and a ramp for wheelchair access was built. The office also, when needed, helped schedule his lessons so they did not run back to back and thus he had time to get to each class on time.

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The wind in his sails

Justin Liu, our third-year business and economics student is currently in Rio de Janeiro with teammate Denise Lim, to represent Singapore at the Olympic Games. They will be sailing the catamaran Nacra 17 class.

What an opportunity, and what an honour! Follow them on https://www.facebook.com/JustinAndDenise

justin july circles justin july frontOutside In spoke with Justin last year when he first qualified for the Rio Games at http://outside-in.nus.edu/justin-liu-strikes-gold-at-sea-and-at-school/. Ten months on, we catch up with him to see how he is preparing for the Games. Continue reading

Undergrads win case competition in Hong Kong

Congratulations to our BBA students who have won the HSBC/HKU Asia Pacific Business Case Competition 2016.

Ahamed Marzouq (BBA Year 2), Du Yan (BAC Year 2), Joel Goh Zongwei (BBA Year 4) and Sharyn Poerwanto (BBA Year 2) defeated 23 university teams from 19 countries to snag the top prize for NUS. Associate Professor Lau Geok Theng was the faculty adviser.

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From left: Marzouq, Sharyn, Joel and Du Yan

The team had to go through four rounds of competition, analysing cases involving organisations such as Gravity Payments, Volkswagen, Zuji and UNIQLO. The biggest challenge was the case format – teams had only two and a half hours to analyse each case.

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Savvy in Seattle

Congratulations to Clayton Chu (BBA Year 2), Fabian Kho (BBA Hons Year 4), Jasmine Lim (BBA Year 3) and Sean Ling (BBA Hons Year 4) who came in first at the prestigious Global Business Case Competition in Seattle, organised by the University of Washington’s Forster School of Business. We are the first Singaporean team to do so in the competition’s 17 year history.

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From left: Prof Hum, Sean, Jasmine, Fabian and Clayton

Our team scored with their in-depth analysis and wide-ranging set of recommendations for the business case on the embattled Volkswagen Group. Participants were given 48 hours to prepare.

Deputy Dean Professor Hum Sin Hoon who was the faculty adviser to the team said in a Straits Times article: “The judges were impressed not only by the sheer volume and completeness of the team’s presentation, but when questioned, the students were also able to immediately cite the exact page to illustrate their answers.”

They defeated teams from 11 other universities, which included the University of California Berkeley, Portugal’s Universidade do Porto, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Australia’s Queensland University of Technology.

Read more about it at http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/nus-team-clinches-global-business-contest

Revelation – Transformation – Activation!

A paradigm shift is by definition a fundamental change in one’s belief system. The Paradigm Shift Series (PSS) is, in the words of its organisers, “a series of curated sessions that aim to redefine mindsets and challenge people to live out purpose-driven lives.”

The whole idea came about when a group of senior BBA students noticed that many of their peers, and in particular Bizaders, were stressed about getting ahead in life and their future careers. The group set out to pilot a series of talks to share fresh and liberating perspectives on issues pertinent to undergraduates: networking, success and career. Hence the idea for this series of inspirational talks was born, with a starting line-up of five speakers:

PSS_Speaker LineupOrganised by a group of students for students – the PSS team of nine was helmed by Pang Jun Xiang, BBA Accountancy Y3 and Koshae Tan, double degree BBA and BA Y3, with the support of two NUS alumni Lu Jianhao and Joshua Teo.

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Learning beyond the classroom via field projects

Real learning starts when students apply what they have learnt in school to serve the community.

Field Service Projects (FSP) provide such an opportunity – for students to work with an established organization. They get to learn directly from the organisation’s management while engaging in real-world business issues. It is also an excellent networking platform for students as they prepare to enter the real world when they graduate.

Most importantly, FSPs challenge students to deliver as they must ensure that their recommendations can be executed, and is not merely a paper exercise.

When Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical Institute (NUHkids), wanted to determine the level of awareness of paediatric services offered by NUHkids, as well as to study the intended behaviour of parents when their children fall ill, they roped in a team of Business School undergraduates.

This group of students – Bryan Wang, Joshia Kwa, Shirlynn Oh and Eunice Tan –were also tasked with proposing strategies on how NUHkids could reach out and build greater awareness amongst the target audience.

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Clockwise from bottom left: Shirlynn, Bryan, Eunice and Josiah enjoying their experience with their supervisor, Assoc Prof Ang Swee Hoon of Marketing.

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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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