NUS Business School takes on the Gobi Desert Challenge

What does NUS Business School have in common with a Buddhist Monk?

The answer? An insatiable thirst for knowledge; the determination to walk the talk; the will to overcome all obstacles to attain their goal; and a shared journey trekking across the Gobi Desert. It was at Mo-Kia-Yen Gobi Desert 1,300 years ago that the Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveller and translator, Xuangzang, was chased, abandoned, and almost killed as he traversed the desert to India in pursuit of original Buddhist scriptures.

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Mentorship Matchmaking

Mentorships are important for personal and professional development. Through these relationships, knowledge about career choices, best practices and insights into industries is exchanged to help advance future generations of leaders.

The School’s Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) NUS MBA Mentorship programme brings together current MBA students and alumni to exchange knowledge, information, insights and experiences. By playing a direct role in guiding and shaping the next generation of leaders, our NUS MBA alumni contribute to the School in one of the most meaningful ways.

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“Huat Ah!” NUS Business School celebrates Lunar New Year

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.

Photos by Zinkie Aw

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East meets West: NUS Business School partners with Chicago Booth

NUS Business School is joining forces with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to develop human capital for Asia’s dynamic economies and corporations through a series of executive education programmes. To be named the Asia Executive Series, it kicks off in November 2015 with the intensive one-week ‘Emerging Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) for Asia’ programme.

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Lessons in Love

Business education can be intense, but it’s not all work and no play. For three couples, it held the promise of a brighter future not only for their careers, but also their love lives. They now share their experiences as to how some of the most important lessons in life take place outside of the classroom.

Lesson # 1: Trust Your Instincts and Invest Your Time Wisely

If William Tan had not changed his mind and made the switch to the Faculty of Business Administration in 1989, he may not have met his soulmate.

William and Jane's first Christmas together

William and Jane’s first Christmas together

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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.

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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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