A Friendly Visit

The week of January 14 was filled with company visits, networking sessions, an entrepreneurship conference and a heritage tour, for some 23 students from Peking University (PKU), who were visiting the School.

The students also had an opportunity to meet the Senior Minister of State, Josephine Teo.

Assistant Professor Amy Yi Ou and Director of Graduate Studies and alumnus of PKU, Chua Nan-Sze made presentations to the group about the School’s graduate programmes.


The visit was jointly organised by NUS BBA exchange student to PKU, Eric Lin, who also leads the BizAsia Division of the NUS Entrepreneurship Society (NES), and the Business China Youth Chapter.




NUS alumni hold year-end gathering in Shanghai

Some 140 alumni from the School’s Eastern China Alumni Network (ECAN), NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Shanghai Alumni Club and NUS Faculty of Law Shanghai Alumni Club got together for a year-end gathering at Shanghai Greenland Marriott Hotel on December 14, 2013.


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Getting to Know: Alan Chua

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. 

He is the quintessential marketing pro – enthusiastic, personable, pleasant to talk to  – and he exudes an infectious energy, say those working with him. As a marketing manager in the NUS MBA team, Alan Chua is one of the brains behind the omnipresent witty NUS MBA advertisements and promotions. But the best part about his job? He gets to travel to different parts of the world to attend road shows, information sessions, etc. to recruit the best MBA students!

No wonder then that world domination through globetrotting is his all-time dream. Here are some more interesting facts about him:

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Running for a Cause

More than 1,000 runners came together to raise S$130,000 in donations and participate in an event showcasing camaraderie, sportsmanship and generosity, at the fourth annual NUS Bizad Charity Run, held on January 11, 2014.

The Event:

A major annual event to kick-off a new year, NUS Bizad Charity Run brought the School community together to raise funds for student bursaries and two external charities: Camp Vision, that serves and empowers underprivileged, at-risk youths in Singapore; and the Casa Raudha women’s shelter.

Bizad1 Runners

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The 7 Highlights of a Highly Successful Trip

One of the big perks of studying in a big university is the number of overseas study trips during your undergraduate student life. I was recently a part of one such trip – the NUS Business STEER trip to Brazil. NUS STEER (Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment) is an initiative designed to familiarize students with the diverse socio-cultural-economic-political-business management environment of the emerging and fast-evolving regions. My goal for the trip was to have fun exploring Brazil, the power engine of Latin America, and learning as much as possible along the way.


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NUS alumnus to lead China-based EMBA Sports Alliance again


Zhang Runbin, an alumnus of our Asia Pacific Executive MBA (Chinese) programme has been reelected as Chairman of the EMBA Outdoor Sports Alliance at its annual summit held at the CEIBS Beijing campus on December 15, 2013.  He was the Chairman of the Alliance for 2013 as well.

The EMBA Outdoor Sports Alliance brings together China-based EMBA alumni who have graduated from various business schools in Asia, such as Peking University,Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, CKGSB and CEBIS and share common interests in sports and nature. 

EMBA in China

Founded in 2012, the Alliance aims to foster healthier lifestyles, and positive mindsets, raise awareness and increase community involvement through outdoor sports activities.


A New Year State of Mind

2014 is just round the corner and ’tis the season to be grateful for all the wonderful opportunities and experiences, and reflect upon the learning from the past year. As we gear up for the new year, we want to thank you all for your support and feedback – it’s been amazing to hear from our readers and exciting to know that we already have a small community of followers since we started this blog a few months ago!

From our entire team at Corporate Communications (see the lovely faces below :-)) we wish you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and a joyous and wonderful New Year!  

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Former Prime Minister of Singapore pays a visit

Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong visited NUS Business School on November 22, 2013 for a private meeting with the Dean, Professor Bernard Yeung, and members of the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP), to discuss social entrepreneurship and philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific region.  Also present at the meeting were Paul Cheung, Professor of Social Policy and Analytics at NUS; Ivan PngLim Kim San Professor of Strategy & Policy; and Tay Kuan Ming, the Associate Dean.


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Branding and Development Council: A Modest but Major Force

“A brand is not a product or a promise or a feeling. It’s the sum of all the experiences you have with a company.”
– Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Global

This was the initial idea that the Branding and Development Council, a small group of members from NUS Business School community, came together with. The BDC was formed to create and build strong differentiation for the School and focus on the development and growth of key stakeholders.

While this sounds like a tall order, the BDC has made significant strides.


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Getting To Know: Chew Jian Dee

This post is the first of our “Getting To Know” Series, in which we will 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. 

His is a cheery face familiar to many a final year undergrad. Sarawak-born Chew Jian Dee is a godsend to frazzled students. The projects manager in the NUS BBA office is a human timekeeper to help them keep track of their final submissions so they graduate in time — which Jian Dee says is the best part of his job.  

The only drawback? His office is SO hard to locate, tucked away in a corner of the Mochtar Riady Building. We hope it’s easier to find him after this!


Name: Chew Jian Dee

Role & Department:  Manager (Projects), NUS BBA Office

I help administer the Field Service Project module (FSP), assist in exams related matters, students’ graduation matters, students’ honours programme, AACSB and EQUIS accreditation and any new projects.

No. of years of service:  3 years (started in 2011)

Family: I have a very caring wife who takes care of me and our twin boys who drive us both nuts. As the saying goes, boys will always be boys!

Three words that describe me:  Happy, friendly and caring

My all-time dream is: To travel the world and watch live badminton matches with my family!

My super power :  My patience and tolerance. I inherited this power from my mum. She is super patient and  tolerant. I remember once she fell and broke a bone during one of her trips but she continued as if nothing had happened. In fact she did not realise something was broken until she came back from her trip! I really admire her for that

Coolest fact about my team/department is: That we’re a team with great understanding and care for each other and our excellent team work.

Three things I love about my job: Wonderful colleagues, a good working environment and great mentors

During weekends I love to:  Spend quality time with my family and play some badminton matches!

Best advice to your co-workers:  Learn from each other, pick your battles and show good team work

Jian Dee ChewChew Jian Dee is a manager in NUS Business School. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, Jian Dee specialises in operations management, sales and marketing and events management. Connect with him here to learn more about his passion for badminton, his work or anything else.