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:
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.
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.
The following is a guest post by our NUS MBA student, Neil Mehta, who was among the first runners-up team of NUS MBA students participating in the East Asia round of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) organised by Nanyang Business School.
The first thing about any business case competition is a business plan. So when an email popped into our inbox asking us to evaluate business plans from real entrepreneurs instead, some of us began to scratch our heads. “Hmm…what’s it like to be on the other side of the table?” The uniqueness of this proposition coupled with a desire to get a taste of the world of venture capitalists(VCs), entrepreneurs and billion dollar start-ups drew some of us from the NUS MBA programme to form team “FuerteVentura”. Loosely translated, it means “promising ventures”, which captures the quintessence of our mission.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This teaching philosophy has inspired one of the School’s core initiatives: the NUS MBA Management Practicum.
Part of the NUS MBA programme, the Management Practicum (MP) is one of the key initiatives for the School. MBA students take many different courses to develop understanding of business fundamentals. But how do they fare, when faced with real-life business challenges? The MP allows our students to apply theories and concepts they learn in the classroom, to real-life business issues, all through extensive, hands‐on consulting projects. Led by Adjunct Professor Sheila Wang, teams of three to four students work with a corporate partner of the School to solve business issues and recommend a business plan, all under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.