Victorious Start to a New Academic Year

Low Yan Lin, our fourth year undergraduate, beat 59 other contestants to win the second runners-up in the individual category for the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge, held in Kuala Lumpur from 10 to 17 August.

Yanlin (centre) with Datuk Abdul Farid Alias (Right), Group President & Chief Executive Officer of Maybank, and Nora Abd Manaf (Left), Group Chief Human Capital Officer.

Yanlin (centre) with Datuk Abdul Farid Alias (Right), Group President & Chief Executive Officer of Maybank, and Nora Abd Manaf (Left), Group Chief Human Capital Officer.

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Support Flag 2014

NUS Rag & Flag is one of the flagship annual events for our undergraduate team and the Bizad Club. Every year, hundreds of NUS students come together for two days in August to show case excellent team work and give back to the community. This year, Flag Day will be on Wednesday, 6th August and Rag Day will be on Friday, 8th August.

The adopted beneficiary this year also is the Hougang Sheng Hong Family Service Centre. The Flag Committee has been engaging the elderly and the youth of Hougang Sheng Hong Family Service Centre, facilitating an inter-generation bonding through various community activities.

NUS Flag Day 2014

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Triumph in HSBC Business Case Competition

Our students have yet again done us proud. Our BBA students emerged second runners-up in the HSBC Asia Pacific Business Case Competition 2014, held recently in Hong Kong.

The team, comprising of Eleanor Low Su Qi, Chua Cheng Liang, Elliot Tan Wei Ming and Soh Hwa Jie, under the supervision of Associate Professor Tan Soo Jiuan, successfully completed four rounds to compete in the finals.

HSBC Business Case competition winners

The winning team with the judges

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NUS BBA shines in Chiang Rai

Our undergraduates have took the first runner-up and best speaker titles in the inaugural Chulalongkorn International Business Case Competition (CIBCC) held in Thailand from 20 to 25 May 2014.

Our BBA team, comprising of Chuan Lee (best speaker), Ivan Ho, Lewis Phey (team leader), and Valerie Soh competed against their counterparts from Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Thailand.

(R-L) Assoc Prof Winston Kwok (faculty advisor), Ivan, Chuan Lee, Valerie, and Lewis

(R-L) Assoc Prof Winston Kwok (faculty advisor), Ivan, Chuan Lee, Valerie, and Lewis

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“I’ve often hit a wall during training”: Jerome Tan, Case Competition Veteran

The following is a guest post from fourth year undergrad Jerome Tan, fondly known as the ‘serial winner’ of several competitions that our students have participated in. Jerome has taken part in eight international competitions up to now; he made it to the finals in six of them, and won five. His favourite? The Sauder Summit Global Case Competition in Vancouver.  Here’s more from Jerome:

It always begins the same way: the euphoria of being selected, the excitement of meeting new teammates, the exhilaration of learning about a new country. All too quickly though, one gets dragged back down to earth. Overnight training on weekends becomes the norm, and the prospect of having to keep pace with academics while missing an entire week of lessons becomes more daunting as the dates draw nearer. There have been semesters where I was literally on campus every single weekend for something case-related — all this of my own free will and volition.

Jerome Tan winning case competitions

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An Assignment with Impact

It was a cross-border assignment that took four undergraduate students, supervised by Professor Ivan Png, to remote parts of Indonesia where they worked with local farmers. The aim? To propose an innovative, zero-burn solution to the weighty issue of the haze that regularly affects Southeast Asian countries.

The assignment was a part of Field Service Project (FSP) for NUS BBA honours students, done in collaboration with WWF Indonesia. At the end of the stint, undergraduates Ying Siang Kane, Lee Heejin, Alvin Lim Kai Hui and Lewis Tay Zhi Hao produced a proposal that has won the support of Temasek Foundation and which may eventually be presented to the Indonesian government.

The NUS BBA team with the family of the Segamai Village head.

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BBA Teams Win International Competitions

Our undergrads have emerged champions at two recent international case competitions.

At the International Case Competition at Maastricht that took place in the Netherlands recently, BBA students Lenard Lou, Jovin Loh, Low Li Ting and Kenneth Leong, accompanied by faculty advisor, Deputy Dean Hum Sin Hoon, competed against 15 other undergraduate teams from international business schools to emerge winners at the end of an intensive week of case analyses and presentations. The team brought home the championship trophy which the School last won in 2012.

L-R: Lenard Lou, Jovin Loh, Low Li Ting, Prof Hum Sin Hoon, Kenneth Leong

L-R: Lenard Lou, Jovin Loh, Low Li Ting, Prof Hum Sin Hoon, Kenneth Leong

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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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