New Programme to Groom Asian Finance Leaders

The School recently announced the Asia Leaders in Financial Institutions (ALFI) programme to equip finance industry practitioners with the capabilities to assume regional and global leadership responsibilities.

program-img-alfi-thumbnail3The programme, designed for senior directors and managing directors in the financial sector, will feature a curriculum aimed at strengthening thought leadership, professional competencies, and change management skills for turbulent times. Through immersive visits to global financial centres such as New York, Beijing and Mumbai, participants will meet with top officials and financial sector leaders, attend global CEO roundtables, and work on capstone projects – all within a span of eight months.

“Our premise is that visionary and effective leadership is built upon a broad platform, where a sound understanding of the fundamentals is supplemented with exposure to the inspirational journeys of other leaders,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor at NUS Business School.

ALFI NUS“There is still a comparative lack of strong senior Asian voices, not just in financial institutions but also within financial regulators. As Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai – and hopefully Mumbai, too – become more successful as financial centres they will need locally-trained leaders who understand Asian cultures and regulatory regimes,” says Professor Joseph Cherian, Director of CAMRI.

Enrolling its first cohort in September 2015, the ALFI programme will feature a curriculum aimed at strengthening thought leadership, professional competencies and change management skills, while providing rigorous training and systematic mentoring.

Besides the School faculty, ALFI curriculum is designed in partnership with leaders and CEOs who are high-level industry practitioners in Asia, and who hold appointments at the School. They include:

  • Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Distinguished Visiting Fellow
  • Mr Masaaki Shirakawa, former Governor of the Bank of Japan, Distinguished Visiting Fellow
  • Professor Anthony Neoh, former Chief Advisor to the China Securities Regulatory Commission,      Dean’s Visiting Professor
  • Professor Liew Mun Leong, Provost’s Chair Professor and former Chief Executive of CapitaLand Group
  • Professor Kim Sun Bae, Professor of Economics Practice and former Chief Asia Economist at Goldman Sachs.

To read an interview with Dean Bernard Yeung and Professor Joseph Cherian about this programme, click here

Congratulations to the NUS Cerebration 2014 Global Champs from India’s NMIMS

The Guest of Honour, Marc Hantscher, President, Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances for Asia Pacific presented the prize to the winning NMIMS team

 

A new champion was crowned at the finals of NUS Cerebration 2014 held on 12 November at the NUS Guild House. The grand prize of S$10,000 went to MBA students from School of Business Management, NMIMS Mumbai (NMIMS), consisting of Aman Jain, Anisha Mukhija and Prince Jain. Teams from Anderson School of Management, Kenan-Flagler Business School and Tuck School of Business joined the NMIMS team in the Grand Final.

The winning team impressed the judges with their proposal for devising the most feasible and convincing business strategy for a Singapore-based interior furnishing company whose business has not been performing as well in India as it has in other Asian markets. The judges were impressed by the thorough research and comprehensive proposal, which included strategies for the premium market, cross-selling and social media engagement.

Cerebration Judges

Cerebration’s esteemed judges included representatives from sponsors Daimler Financial Services, Spring Singapore and OUE.

“It was fantastic to take part in the finals of Cerebration 2014 in Singapore and see the excellent and innovative ideas of the other teams. Despite the pressures, challenges and disagreements we faced leading up to this stage of the competition, it has definitely been an experience that stretched our ability to work as a team, and that is something that will come in useful in the course of our careers,” said Ms Anisha Mukhija from NMIMS.

Organised entirely by our MBA students, the event attracted entries from 601 teams from 150 business schools in 34 countries. Now into its 10th year, the annual NUS Cerebration has seen many changes, including how case requirements have evolved to keep pace with industry developments. This year, participants were tasked to address the transformation of the global economy and rapid digitisation of business and consumer lifestyles – real challenges faced by sponsors Daimler Financial Services and SPRING Singapore.

“NUS Business School is proud to host the world’s largest student-organised MBA case competition and be a global platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas, in line with our vision to be Asia’s leading business school,” says Associate Professor Susanna Leong, Vice Dean of Graduate Studies, NUS Business School.

For the organisers, it has been a fulfilling journey with unforgettable memories of camaraderie among fellow organisers and students from all over the world. Remarked Mr Amrit Dureja, leader of the Cerebration 2014 organising team and NUS MBA student: “It has been an opportunity we are all thankful for, and an honour to be part of the organising team for the 10th edition of Cerebration. I look forward to seeing future cohorts of NUS MBA students benefit from this enriching experience, just as we have.”

Industry Leaders talk to NUS MBA students

Ann Lavin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google, and Don Hanna, the Managing Director of Roubini Global Economics Asia recently presented to our MBA students from the Asian Business Environment class.

Ann oversees a range of issues for Google in Greater China and Southeast Asia, including economic empowerment, content regulation, geopolitics, privacy and general technology policy. She shared how Google balances pressures for integration across its whole global business, including those for local responsiveness in each of the Asian countries in which it operates.

Ann Lavin

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7 Highlights of a Highly Effective MBA Orientation

Some 182 candidates, representing 23 nationalities make up our new MBA intake for 2014, and with such a rich diversity of nationalities and backgrounds, the Orientation became a rare opportunity for the students to bond and network with their peers. The cohort met for the first time on July 29 during the six-day NUS MBA Orientation programme.

During the week, students got a sneak-peak into the academic, social and professional rigour of our MBA programme, including curriculum details, resources, job opportunities, networking, as well as a quick Singapore tour.

Here’s a snapshot of the top 7 highlights of this year’s NUS MBA Orientation:

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Service in the Banking Sector: Obstacles & Opportunities

The banking industry is undergoing massive changes. Financial institutions now have to deal with increased regulations after the 2008 global financial crisis, rapid and disruptive technological advances, as well as the emergence of big data and social media. Despite these changes, keeping the interests of customers at heart and providing them the best service should still remain the basic guiding principle for banks. This is according to the titans of Asia’s financial and banking industries who came together for the 6th Wee Cho Yaw Singapore-China Finance and Banking Forum held on 25th July at the Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore.

WCY Forum

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Balance your life score-card: Minister Grace Fu

Live a full life, by balancing three critical aspects of your life: self, family and society. This was the advice Minister Grace Fu gave to some 900 NUS Business School graduates, during the School Commencement held on 10th July.

MInister Grace Fu

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Learning from Google

The most desirable company on earth had a hand in shaping our students’ learning journey recently when our undergraduates and graduates were given the chance to witness leading HR practices and hear directly from a senior executive at Google.

Undergrads from the Management and Organisation (MNO) class were taken on a field trip to Google’s Singapore office where they had opportunities to interact with its employees, popularly known as Googlers. Meanwhile, Google’s head of human resources for APAC, D N Prasad, spoke to NUS MBA students as part of their Managing Human Capital class. Both classes are taught by Visiting Associate Professor Darren Hanson, known by students for his experiential teaching methods.

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