Sharing insights about the economic transformation of China, Dr Xiang Bing, founding Dean of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, reflected on how China has become a global, economic powerhouse and what could hamper its future growth. “China has surpassed Japan, then Germany and, most recently, the US as the largest manufacturing economy in the world,” he said.
Rankings are synonymous with business education. Whether you’re working or studying in a business school, rankings inadvertently become part of the B-school experience as it’s probably the closest we can get to a quantifiable measurement on quality education.
That’s why we celebrate the latest findings in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings for 2014 released end January. In it the NUS MBA climbed four places to 32nd rank, becoming the highest-ranked MBA programme offered by a Singaporean business school. It ranked 10th for International Mobility, and moved up 12 places to 19th in the world for International Experience, reflecting the diversity of the programme and global exposure it offers to our students.
For our students, the most encouraging finding was the increase in post-MBA salaries – 147% on average – over pre-MBA salaries. To us, it is a validation of the reputation the NUS MBA brand carries.
While our alumni are no doubt key to rankings surveys like this, the School staff are equally crucial, forming the backbone as they work round the year to make the rankings possible. They’re also the ones constantly striving to deliver more on the programme.
Every year thousands of students take part in the prestigious CFA Institute Research Challenge, and compete with the best, through interaction with investment professionals and top accounting firms. As in previous years, a team of NUS BBA students recently won the regional round of the competition, and will represent Singapore in the Asia-Pacific round held in Bangkok on April 23-24. These 20-something-year-olds took on finance professionals, through intense hard work and financial acumen. Here are their thoughts:
It’s not every day that our students get to work with their counterparts from Computer Science and Engineering to solve a common challenge together. The NUS Financial Analytics Competition held on January 18 offered just that: an opportunity to learn and create value by working in cross-functional teams.
Learning and travel should go hand-in-hand.
This is one of the core beliefs with which the Victor & William Fung Foundation bestowed a gift of US$1 million to the School, to establish the Li & Fung Scholarship Endowed Fund. The fund provides scholarships to undergraduates to participate in global exchange programmes and gain exposure to diverse cultures and environments. The recipients, known as ‘Fung Scholars,’ are required to demonstrate leadership potential and good academic standing to be eligible for the scholarship.
The Asia-Pacific has weathered the storm of global financial crisis of 2008 well, and with almost half of the world’s total GDP expected to come from the region by 2040, this century is poised to be the century of Asia, according to William H. Strong, Co-CEO, Asia-Pacific, Morgan Stanley. He was speaking at a talk organised by the School as part of Leadership Dialogue Series.
It’s an opportunity that comes along just once a year for our PhD students. The third Annual Research Day was organised on January 15 to share some of the best PhD projects with the entire School.
Now in its third year, the event aims to encourage an exchange of ideas between faculty and research students. Nineteen senior PhD students were nominated to make presentations about their research topics, which ranged from work-family balance issues, corporate social responsibility, to the countries in which multinational corporations are most likely to invest.
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.
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.
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: