A project with a difference

Four NUS MBA students chose to spend the first four months of the New Year making a social impact while simultaneously fulfilling their NUS MBA credit requirements.  Under the guidance of Senior Lecturer Wu Pei Chuan, the team worked on a Management Practicum Project with Daughters of Tomorrow (DOT), a non-profit that helps under-privileged women find jobs to support their families. Its mission is to facilitate livelihood opportunities for underprivileged women, and to support them in building financially independent and resilient families.

Doing so requires not only matching women with existing employment opportunities, but also working with corporate partners to develop innovative programs that meet both the companies’ and DOT’s needs.

Team of MBA students with Carrie Tan (in the middle) founder of DOT and Snr Lecturer Wu Pei Chuan (second from left)

Team of MBA students with Carrie Tan (in the middle) founder of DOT and Snr Lecturer Wu Pei Chuan (second from left)

The Challenge

Since 2014, over 289 women have registered with DOT seeking employment opportunities. Continue reading

When Baldness brings bonding

She walks through the busy corridors of Mochtar Riady Building with a renewed exuberance, sometimes to many surprised and curious looks, or other times to words of encouragement and support. There’s a spring in her step due to the lightness – not from a clean-shaven head but from the joy in her heart.

Hair for hope

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Rising to the desert challenge

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NUS Provost and Deputy President Academic Affairs Prof Tan Eng Chye (with the flag) crossing the finishing line with fellow NUS participants

Some 50 NUS Asia-Pacific EMBA (Chinese) (APEX-C) students, along with more than 10 faculty, staff and alumni, took part in the 11th edition of the Business School Gobi Desert Challenge from 22 to 24 May. NUS was one of 40 schools competing in the gruelling 112-km race, where the competitors battled with harsh elements and arid terrain in the Mo-Kia-Yen Gobi Desert.

“We encourage everyone to participate as part of our transformational learning initiative,” said Ms Brenda Cao, Head of APEX-C & Master in Public Administration and Management at NUS Business. NUS was presented with the Shackleton Award, which honours teams with 100 per cent completion rate. NUS had won the award in 2013 and 2014, and the hat-trick is a testament to the strong bonds of cooperation within the team.

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Our Desert Adventures – A Tale of Two Treks

Our 2015 Team

d-gobi flagThe Yashasai, short for the Asia-Pacific Business Schools Desert Adventure Challenge, invites MBA students from top business schools from the Asia-Pacific region. In 2015, our school participated in the race for the first time. Nine students from NUS joined MBA students from 52 schools from all over the world on a 60-km trek across the Tengri Desert, Mongolia, over the May holidays.

This is their photo-journey—in quotes and grunts—in between wiping off copious amounts of sweat and downing big gulps of water.

Three grueling days: We were out there for three days! On Day1, we walked 24km, on Day2 26km and finishing on Day3 with 10km. Continue reading

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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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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Farming start-up brings innovation to rural China

An innovative agricultural business formed by six NUS EMBA alumni in southwest China aims to change the face of Chinese farming and improve the lives of rural communities.

The company, Vicfarm Manufacture Association (VMA), was founded by a group of businessmen who studied in the APEX-C MBA programme.

Although they are from a variety of backgrounds ranging from real estate to IT, they feel they have a common dream they can realise.

They believe they can create jobs for farmers in rural areas, so that these places would no longer just be populated by the elderly and the very young, as farmers are forced to seek jobs in cities.

 

 

NUS MBA kicks off with Orientation; students from as far afield as Peru taking part

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Some 181 students, both full-time and part-time, representing some 20 nationalities make up this year’s MBA intake – a rich diversity of nationalities and backgrounds.

Adding to this global mix are Azerbaijani Anar Rahbarli and Peruvian Joao Nunez, making it the first time that countries of Azerbaijan and Peru are represented in the MBA programme.

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