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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Savvy in Seattle

Congratulations to Clayton Chu (BBA Year 2), Fabian Kho (BBA Hons Year 4), Jasmine Lim (BBA Year 3) and Sean Ling (BBA Hons Year 4) who came in first at the prestigious Global Business Case Competition in Seattle, organised by the University of Washington’s Forster School of Business. We are the first Singaporean team to do so in the competition’s 17 year history.

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From left: Prof Hum, Sean, Jasmine, Fabian and Clayton

Our team scored with their in-depth analysis and wide-ranging set of recommendations for the business case on the embattled Volkswagen Group. Participants were given 48 hours to prepare.

Deputy Dean Professor Hum Sin Hoon who was the faculty adviser to the team said in a Straits Times article: “The judges were impressed not only by the sheer volume and completeness of the team’s presentation, but when questioned, the students were also able to immediately cite the exact page to illustrate their answers.”

They defeated teams from 11 other universities, which included the University of California Berkeley, Portugal’s Universidade do Porto, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Australia’s Queensland University of Technology.

Read more about it at http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/nus-team-clinches-global-business-contest

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.

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Revelation – Transformation – Activation!

A paradigm shift is by definition a fundamental change in one’s belief system. The Paradigm Shift Series (PSS) is, in the words of its organisers, “a series of curated sessions that aim to redefine mindsets and challenge people to live out purpose-driven lives.”

The whole idea came about when a group of senior BBA students noticed that many of their peers, and in particular Bizaders, were stressed about getting ahead in life and their future careers. The group set out to pilot a series of talks to share fresh and liberating perspectives on issues pertinent to undergraduates: networking, success and career. Hence the idea for this series of inspirational talks was born, with a starting line-up of five speakers:

PSS_Speaker LineupOrganised by a group of students for students – the PSS team of nine was helmed by Pang Jun Xiang, BBA Accountancy Y3 and Koshae Tan, double degree BBA and BA Y3, with the support of two NUS alumni Lu Jianhao and Joshua Teo.

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Learning beyond the classroom via field projects

Real learning starts when students apply what they have learnt in school to serve the community.

Field Service Projects (FSP) provide such an opportunity – for students to work with an established organization. They get to learn directly from the organisation’s management while engaging in real-world business issues. It is also an excellent networking platform for students as they prepare to enter the real world when they graduate.

Most importantly, FSPs challenge students to deliver as they must ensure that their recommendations can be executed, and is not merely a paper exercise.

When Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical Institute (NUHkids), wanted to determine the level of awareness of paediatric services offered by NUHkids, as well as to study the intended behaviour of parents when their children fall ill, they roped in a team of Business School undergraduates.

This group of students – Bryan Wang, Joshia Kwa, Shirlynn Oh and Eunice Tan –were also tasked with proposing strategies on how NUHkids could reach out and build greater awareness amongst the target audience.

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Clockwise from bottom left: Shirlynn, Bryan, Eunice and Josiah enjoying their experience with their supervisor, Assoc Prof Ang Swee Hoon of Marketing.

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Exchange student enjoys life at NUS and Singapore

Oddbjørn Bjerkvik is spending a term with us as an MBA exchange student, as part of his executive programme at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology:

He shares about his time here:

Why did you choose NUS Business School?

I had the option of going to MIT or Stanford in the US, Chalmers in Sweden or NUS in Singapore.  I chose to come to Singapore because I believe that Asia will become more and more important in the years to come and I wanted the cultural aspects as well as going to a reputable university.  I also chose this program since it comprises one full term abroad compared to the short trips offered in other MBA programs.

At NUS, I have selected BMA5105 “Global Strategic Management”, BMA5108″Technopreneurship”, BMA5112 “Asian Business Environment and BMA5420 “Leadership in Asia”.  All of them are highly enjoyable classes with outstanding professors.

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With son Paul and daughter Maren at the “World’s best zoo. It’s good to be back after six years.”

I also have a personal interest in choosing Singapore since I have lived here before.  I was an expatriate here in 2008 and 2009 working for my current employer, FMC Technologies.  It was an opportunity to meet old friends from some years back and colleagues currently on an expat contract.

How has it been so far?

It has been a great experience. I am very happy with the classes I am attending – I feel that I learn something every day. I appreciate that all the classes are multicultural and there is a mix of both full time and part time students.  This allows for a lot of good discussions, and I constantly get reminded of the fact that there are always several perspectives to any issue, many of them very different from mine.

NUS is also a very active university – there is always something happening somewhere.  I have attended a few of the speeches and events announced on Facebook and WhatsApp.  In particular I would like to mention the presentation by Eric Feng about “Redefining Career”, which offered an interesting perspective on how your career can develop as you gain work experience and take on new challenges.

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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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NUS’ inaugural batch of SQP Chartered Accountants fly our flag high while BAC (2013) Valedictorian Sebastian Widodo wins “Top QP Candidate” award

Congratulations to BAC students Han Xiaoming (Year 4 Hons), Jin Wan Xin, Phoon Tzin Wai and Joseph Soh Shi Yang (all Year 3 Hons) who received the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) Scholarship at the recent ISCA Awards.

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From left: Xiaoming; Joseph; Wan Xin; Assoc Prof Chng; Adjunct Assoc Prof Uantchern Loh, who is also the CEO of Singapore Accountancy Commission; Sebastian and Tzin Wai.

The ISCA Scholarship is awarded to students who have outstanding academic results and performed well in their various CCAs. The ISCA is the national accountancy board of Singapore.

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