The School recently welcomed Mr Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, on 13 September, 2016 for a dialogue with faculty members and students, as well as a tour of the School’s facilities.
Last month, a packed hall of students met Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. With nearly 77,000 employees and 300,000 customers in 190 countries, SAP is the world’s business software market leader. Bill is also the author of “Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office”, where he shares his journey from teenage entrepreneur to global CEO.
Bill began his professional career at Xerox, where he worked for 17 years and rose through the ranks to become the company’s youngest corporate officer and division president. He joined SAP in 2002 to lead the North America business, and became the company’s co-CEO in 2010 and its sole CEO in 2014.
However, as a businessman, Bill started his journey at 17, just a little younger than our undergraduates, when he bought his first deli with $5,500 in loans. His promise to his creditors then – if he failed to make any of the repayments as scheduled, he would lose the deli. He paid them back, within two months, a total sum of $7,000, including interest. The deli paid his way through college, and was sold once that purpose was achieved.
If life was a deli, this is what Bill took away:
He is also the first Singaporean among the participating EMBA schools to complete the 112 km race across the desert.
Eighteen delegates of the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators of Business (PCDEB), visited the School on 16 March for a benchmarking tour to learn more about the School.
Some180 staff and faculty members came together on 3 March to usher in the Lunar New Year with a Lo Hei Lunch and Lion Dance, following the School’s first Town Hall meeting of the year.
The School’s Dinner & Dance on 30 January at the Hilton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom saw some 230 faculty and admin staff turn up in glamorous costumes with a “retro” theme to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
Organised by the School’s Social Committee, the evening started with some fun and games in the foyer with a life-sized Snakes and Ladders board, the ‘Kachang Puteh’ man and instant photo booth. Dressed in colourful shirts, elegant dresses and gowns, big hair and flashy jewellery, many attendees aimed to be picked as Best Dressed Female and Male.
Sometimes it takes losing everything to grow and discover yourself. NUS BBA alumna Anthea Ong‘s story is one such take on triumphing over adversity.
After her graduation in 1990, Anthea built a successful career, got married and even embarked on an entrepreneurial venture in education technology and consulting. She made all the right moves that paid off.
However, unfortunate circumstances led to her losing everything almost overnight – her marriage, her business and her sense of self. “For the first time in my life, I had fallen off the safe path and didn’t know what the future held. It was the darkest period in my life,” recalls Anthea.
The Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) is to sponsor an Outstanding Achievement Award for NUS Business School undergraduates. Auditor-General Willie Tan and Dean Professor Bernard Yeung signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 10, 2014, which will offer award recipients the opportunity of an internship with the AGO. The award will be given to the top third-year Bachelor of Accountancy undergraduate from the School each year.
The School hosted top students from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and executives from Saudi Arabia for a six-week Qiyadat-NUS Leadership programme. Conducted in collaboration with the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) from 5-22 August, the programme was graced by a visit from Sheikh Ibrahim bin Mohammed Afandi, the Chairman of Manarat Al-Oloom Research Limited.
NUS Bachelor of Accountancy students Zhang Zhenjie Justin and Chia Guo Cong have been awarded the Nexia TS Public Accounting Corporation Medal and Prize at a ceremony held at the firm’s Singapore office.