First Impressions from a Korean Visitor

We stopped by at a recent informal student interaction for student exchange programmes, hosted by NUS Bizad Club. We couldn’t pass away this opportunity to introduce you all to a new member of our NUS Business School community.

Meet Jimin Clara Lee, a third year economics exchange student from Korea University. Here are her (unfiltered) thoughts about NUS Business School: Continue reading

“Things I Didn’t Learn at Business School”

Richard Howard, the President & CEO of Daimler Financial Services Asia Pacific and Africa, recently visited the School to share leadership lessons to create a winning culture across different cultural environments, as a part of Leadership Dialogue Series.

Daimler Financial Services (DFS) is a global  financial service provider of a comprehensive range of automobile-related financial services. Richard, originally from England and a father of four, has worked with Daimler for over 18 years and has led global teams. He got his MBA from Aston University, UK, and has a BA (Honours) in Business Studies from the University of Central England, UK.

Given his breadth and depth of experience, his insights were valuable to all of us. In particular,  his words of wisdom about what he did not learn in a business school, were inspiring. We couldn’t resist sharing it with you; so here are the excerpts of his talk: Continue reading

Should you do an MBA in Asia?

Weakness in the US and European economies has given rise to new trends in business education. According to the latest MBA Applicant Report from Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and a recent Business Week article, MBA applicants are increasingly targeting b-schools in stronger economies. Brighter job prospects in Asia are also drawing more international MBAs from the West. With these changes afoot, the need for an international MBA to increase competitiveness in a global marketplace has never been more compelling.

So what do these emerging trends in a shrinking world mean to you, an MBA aspirant from the West? We sat down with an American student Brian Atlee, an NUS MBA alumni (2012), to find some answers as to why he chose to travel half the world to do his MBA in Asia.

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Shell Speaks to Students

A key component of any business education experience is meeting distinguished business and industry leaders and hearing directly from them.

Our undergraduate students recently got a chance to meet the Executive Vice-President of Global Commercial business of Shell, Mark Gainsborough, through a guest lecture on 16th September. Shell, as we all know, is a global group of energy & petrochemical companies with over 90,000 employees today. One of its key priorities in Asia has been recruiting and developing the right talent.

Shell Talk at NUS

NUS Business School provided Shell a platform to share insights and educate the next generation business leaders about commercial challenges in Asia and share about Shell’s corporate strategies and business models. Although we’ve engaged with Shell previously, this was an exclusive-first for a senior Shell leader to interact with BBA students from a university in Singapore directly.  

Shell Guest LectureThe event featured a presentation by Mark emphasizing on Shell’s core values and key initiatives shared through some interesting corporate videos. The students got an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation, which centered around ethical dilemmas and challenges of working in Asian business environment. A networking session with Shell representatives marked the closure of the event.

To learn more about similar and other career development opportunities for our NUS BBA students, click here

 

 

Undergrads Excel in International Competitions

One of the perks of working in a school environment, is the vibrancy and energy , because of the students on campus. In our corporate communications department, we receive many university and school news everyday. But one of the most delighting news is always hearing about our students win in the national and international competition – and there are many of them!

Recently, our undergraduate students had some noteworthy accomplishments. Our  BBA student, Marc Chan, won the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge in Kuala Lumpur, held from 25 to 30 August.

The Maybank Go Ahead Challenge, which is now in its second year, is a multi-disciplinary business
talent competition open to recent graduates and final-year university students, testing their business acumen, problem-solving skills, mathematical ability, and their capacity to work in high-pressure environments. Some 16 candidates were selected from more than 2,700 applicants from across Malaysia to go through to the grand finale where they competed with participants from  10 countries and territories, including  Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, China and the UK.

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Top 5 Job-Search Tips After Graduation

A guest post from Jonathan Kwan, an external career consultant to NUS Business School & an expert career coach:

If you have finished your MBA or undergraduate degree and haven’t yet secured a job, there’s probably a good reason for that. You were focused on your studies and getting good grades.  You were leading a club and wanted the handover to your juniors to be smooth.  Or you were just having too good of a time and never wanted to leave…Right?

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.  And the reality is that you may have simply been too picky during campus recruiting, didn’t know what you wanted, or weren’t as focused as your peers in the job search process.  So, here are a few tips to get you going.

1. Know What You Want

There are many people you will meet along the way that genuinely would love to help you, but if you simply “just want a job, any job”, you’re not making it easy for them.  Having a specific goal in mind, or even a few options, and being able to articulate why (i.e. your motivation), are extremely important steps in the job search process.  Not only will friends, family and acquaintance be better equipped to point you in the right direction, when you do meet someone in your target field, you will be able to make a great first impression. Continue reading

Rag & Flag 2013 Celebration

Thousands of students thronged to NUS University Town, more popularly known as ‘UTown,’ during this year’s Rag and Flag event on August 7, 2013. As we wrote earlier, Rag and Flag is an important event for our business school community, as one of the biggest charity events in orientation every year.

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How to Train a Business Leader

We recently organised Management Communication (MC) Camp for the NUS MBA students to help them become effective leaders. As promised, below is a first-hand account of one of the participants:

Readers of this blog will have read earlier in What You Wish You Were Taught in MBA blog post that the School ran before the inaugural Management Communication (or MC) camp from 29 July to 3 August.

As ever-effervescent faculty leader Huijin Kong told me before the camp kicked off, the week was an intensive ‘trial by fire’ in order to instill quickly in new MBA students “the right skills, mindsets, personalities and qualities” to be catapulted onto the C-suite track most are aiming for. Since being an effective leader is only 20 percent knowledge, with the 80 percent lying in how one influences, this will put the new MBAs into the right frame of mind before they launch into their programme. Continue reading

Top 12 Tips for NUS Biz Freshmen

August is always a happy and busy time on our campus – it’s the time when we welcome a new batch of graduate and under graduate students.

As our Freshmen gear up for the school year, here’s a great infographic from Boundless, about how best to spend time on campus.

A warm welcome everyone, from the entire NUS Biz School community!

12 College Experiences Your Resume Needs [Infographic]