Congratulations to our undergraduates who won the CFA Institute Research Challenge Singapore Round 2016. They defeated teams from SMU, NTU, SIM University, SIM Global, SIT and Yale-NUS.
The team comprising, (from left to right) Toh Zhen Zhou, Yeo Sui Chuan, Sarah Long, Lim Wei Quan Jenson and Wang Wei Long Bryan, also clinched the Best Research Report Award.
Held annually since 2007, the competition is organised by CFA Institute, a global association of finance professionals. Our school has been dominating the Research Challenge Singapore Round. With this year’s title, we have won a record five times, two more than our nearest challenger, SMU.
The NUS Team, comprising Eleanor Low, Eugenia Lee, Nigel Toe and Shaun Chong, wowed the judges with their thorough analyses and polished presentations to emerge champions at the end of a gruelling week of challenges.
The Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition is a joint initiative by the Queensland University of Technology Business School, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia Business School and the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics.
Posters dotted the Business School foyer on the day of the Decision Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition. For the students, it was the culmination of several weeks of discussions to find solutions to a real-life business problem, based on theories learnt in the classroom over the past few years. It was also a chance to articulate to judges, and argue too, the rationale of their business proposals.
While judges were faculty members, members of the companies they were analysing also came by to watch the presentations and offer valuable practical feedback on the business plans presented.
Congratulations to our NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) students who have been flying our flag high in several overseas hackathons.
In Las Vegas, Cheung Ho Yeung and Lee Cheryl, who are with the NUS College in Silicon Valley programme, together with NOC friends from the School of Computing, won one of the top five prizes of US$20,000 at Money20/20.
Prof Simon Poh (front row, first from right), with the team of 28 students he led into the SMU Tax Case Competition. Amanda Chua is seated next to Prof Ho.
Our Accounting students clinched the top four prizes at the Tax Associate Round at the SMU Tax Case Competition, and the Most Photogenic Group award.
Twenty-eight Accounting students from NUS, forming seven teams, took part. In total, 40 teams took part from local universities and polytechnics.
Our heartiest congratulations to Justin Liu, our third-year business and economics student. Together with teammate Denise Lim, they clinched gold at the Nacra 17 event at the Qingdao leg of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) World Cup. They are the first Singaporeans to win at a World Cup event in the sport.
In so doing, they have qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
From left: Shaun Lum, Tan Jing Jie, Choi Fong Wa, Rahul Mahtani and Ahamed Marzouq
Students Shaun Lum, Tan Jing Jie, Choi Fong Wa (all BBA year 3) and Ahamed Marzouq (BBA year 2) made the School proud by beating off 82 other teams from the UK, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore to reach the grand finals of the ASEAN-China Case Competition on 18 October 2015.
Organised by Yale-NUS Global China Connection, the inaugural ASEAN-China Competition challenges student teams to conceptualise an eco-city in the Liangjiang area of Chongqing that would be economically and socially viable.
Without any training in urban planning, the team surprised the competition by clinching the third prize of SG$1000. The judges were impressed by the team’s robust case and its well-structured presentation. The team also had a fifth member, FASS (Econs) year 4 student Rahul Mahtani.
Team JNAT Consulting became the first Business School team to win both the NUS-Shell Business Case Challenge and UOB-NUS Case Competition in the same year.
One reason for their win was that the students were able to act and think like real-life consultants, according to Associate Professor Tan Soo Jiuan of Marketing, who was a member of the judging panel for both competitions.
“We put ourselves in the shoes of a consulting team, and thought about what the client would want from us. From there, we came up with the strategy that our client would be happy with,” said Team JNAT member Jonathan Koh.
Case competitions can be challenging for student teams who do not have industry knowledge to understand case studies.
But for Team Robolution, which comprises year four students Tan Jie Ni, Nguyen Quang Minh and Perry Chia, their visit to the case company gave them first-hand knowledge that enabled them to win the Asia Pacific – Supply Chain Management Challenge (AP-SCMC).
Orientation seems to be a time of fun and games for Business School first-year undergraduate students.
But it is an important period that allows them to settle into university life before classes start, according to Belmen Woo, the outgoing Vice-President for Student Life, Management Committee, Bizad Club.