In a speech at NUS Business School’s Gala Dinner to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam spoke about the need for Singapore to create an innovative economy and society.
Mr Shanmugaratnam, who is also Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, spoke about how creativity and innovation can help Singapore earn its place in a constantly changing world.
Some 500 industry leaders, alumni and faculty came together on 28 October as NUS Business School celebrated the finale of its Golden Jubilee at the Leadership Forum & Gala Dinner.
At the event, Mr S. Dhanabalan, a member of the Council of Presidential Advisors and Chairman of the School’s Management Advisory Board, also highlighted the value of ethics in today’s business world. At the end of his address, he praised Singaporean businessman Jason Yeo (EMBA APEX-C 2013) for his conscience when the latter closed down his car repair business after he had cheated a disabled client.
Both said that the School plays a significant role in shaping Singapore future. “We will continue pushing the boundaries of excellence and produce future-ready graduates as we lead from Asia,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School.
A Leadership Forum was held earlier in the evening, which featured four of the School’s distinguished alumni as panellists, who discussed the relevance of university education in the changing world order and the factors behind Singapore’s success as a knowledge economy.
The panellists were Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, Chairman, United Overseas Bank (BBA 1974); Mr Ronald Ong, Chairman & CEO, Southeast Asia, Morgan Stanley (BBA 1980); Ms Janet Ang, Vice President, Systems of Engagement & Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific (BBA 1982); and Mr Chia Boon Kuah, Former Group President & CEO, GuocoLand (MBA 1988). The panel discussion was moderated by Ms Jeanette Wong, Group Executive, Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank (BBA 1982).
The event was the culmination of the School’s year-long 50th Anniversary celebrations and drive to raise funds to assist students who are facing financial difficulties. Together with initiatives such as the NUS Bizad Charity Run in January, NUS Biz50 Charity Golf Challenge in July, and the Liang Zhu Charity Concert in October, the School raised a total of SG$1,050,000.