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.
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
In our ‘Getting To Know’ Series, we regularly feature staff, students, and other community members of NUS Business School, who make us who we are – you know, the ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our culture.
She’s outspoken, funny and confident, and as one of just two administrative staff members supporting the School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO), Jamilah Binte Ramli is a force to be reckoned with. She handles administrative duties for the centre, including coordinating high-level events, academic seminars and industry roundtables. Seated in an office tucked away in the more tranquil wing of NUS Business School (yes, we are spread across two buildings, with the other one simply called ‘Biz 2’) that houses all the Research Centres, Jamilah and her peers enjoy the quiet and easy access to facilities in the building.
As a veteran of NUS, Jamilah also serves as a treasure trove of tips for newbies looking to survive and thrive in this vast community. Her best advice? Live well, leave well. Here’s Jamilah for you:
Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India and former Finance Secretary to the Government of India, has joined the School as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow for a year, effective from 2 May 2014.
A career civil servant with some 40 years’ experience in India’s state and federal governments, Dr Subbarao will take part in various activities at the business school as well as at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He will share his deep insights in finance through seminars, lectures and workshops, and at meetings with policymakers, academia, students and the business community.
It’s not every day that staff and faculty members of the School are able to come together for a shared purpose – but this is exactly what took place at the Town Hall on Monday, 21 April. An enthusiastic crowd of over 200 people turned out to learn about new initiatives and share ideas on how to support the School in its journey towards embracing more fully its vision, mission and values.
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 chairman and founder of China’s top real estate firm, Vanke, is now an NUS-practice track professor. Wang Shi, a visiting scholar at Harvard, joins other prominent practice-track professors at NUS Business School, such as former CapitaLand chief executive Liew Mun Leong.
The announcement was made at a joint seminar organised by the School and NUS Department of Real Estate.
The Centre for Governance, Institutions & Organisations, or CGIO, played host to leading academics from around the world who were in Singapore to participate in the Family Business Conference.
Keynote speaker professor Ruth V.Aguilera from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was among the scholars from the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia who presented their research and participated in roundtable discussions on ownership, governance and networks in family firms.
An integral part of our School community, our faculty members run on such a tight schedule that it’s rare to have one slow down long enough to speak with us. So we were pleased as punch when we got a chance to speak to Professor Andrew Delios, a renowned name not only within the School but outside as well.
A veteran of the School, Prof Andrew is a thought leader and expert in global business strategies and competition issues in emerging economies. He has not only authored six books, but also co-authored more than 80 published journal articles, case studies and book chapters.
For his latest book, Prof Delios had teamed up with NUS MBA alumnus Zhijian Wu and journalist Phillip Day. Here are excerpts from our interview with Andrew and Zhijian on ‘China 88: The Real China and How to Deal With It’ :
Q1. Please tell us a little about yourself and your association with NUS Business School.
AD: I’m a Canadian citizen and have been living in Singapore for 13 years. I joined NUS Business School as an Associate Professor when I first came to Singapore, and am now a full Professor. I teach international business and corporate strategy to PhD, EMBA and MBA students of the School.
ZW: I’m currently the CEO of Woodsford Capital Management Pte Ltd, a quantitative macro fund management company based in Singapore, which I co-founded in 2010. I’m originally from China and have been living in Singapore for more than 10 years. I graduated with a Masters degree from NUS Business School.
It was no ordinary MBA class last Monday – students on our Managing Human Capital course got to meet and hear from the highest-ranking Australian diplomat in Singapore, High Commissioner Mr Philip Green.