NUS BBA and MBA students enter Bloomberg “Hall of Fame”

Have you ever been inducted to any ‘Hall of Fame’? Imagine the thrill when it’s the hall of fame of one of the world’s most coveted standardised global online exams for college and university students.

Our students just achieved this extraordinary feat. NUS students, Jiaming Chen, Nilendra Weerasinghe and William Santosa Lim have made it to the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) Asia Pacific Hall of Fame, for the month of October. Jiaming Chen is also the among the world’s top three test takers of BAT.

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We Came, We Saw, We Conquered: UNC Kenan-Flagler

If you’ve been following our previous posts about Cerebration 2013, you know that the grand finale of Cerebration 2013 was a culmination of many months of hard work and fierce competition among some 650 teams. Three incredibly smart MBA teams battled for the coveted grand prize in the finals of Cerebration 2013, held on 14 November 2013.

The finalists were tasked to propose innovative, implementable and scalable solutions to real business challenges faced by case sponsors – ideas that have the potential to impact the future of society in areas such as personal mobility in mega-cities, personal technology and food security in emerging economies.

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Reflections of an NUS MBA Globetrotter

It’s been just over two months since I came to Yale from NUS to complete the NUS Masters Double-degree programme with Yale School of Management, but it sure feels like a life time when I think about the experiences and memories I’ve gained.

I’ve been fortunate to travel from China to Singapore, and then to the United States, in pursuit of knowledge and meaningful experiences. I chose NUS MBA because of the diversity of students, global experiences that are part of the NUS MBA programme, Singapore’s strategic location and the dynamic format of the MBA programme.

 

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Lean In, Asia: Women in Leadership in Asia

A recent survey by the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore to measure attitudes of Singaporeans towards mandatory National Service (NS) showed that one woman in 10 is willing to volunteer for NS two years for National Service. The survey sparked some discussion about whether the playing field should be levelled and if women need to serve in the armed forces.

The news brought to the surface the issue of gender inequality and in a broader context, the relatively low rates of female representation at the top levels of business in Asia. Reports such as McKinsey’s Women Matter or the report (study) by our very own Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) report indicate that gender diversity is not a business imperative for many Asian companies today.

We spoke to Chung Yuen Kay, Adjunct Associate Professor at NUS Business School, who is also one of the instructors in our Women in Leadership Executive Education programme, to get her insights into issues related to women and leadership

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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