There is no one sustainable business model for a social entreprise waiting to be discovered, according to Sasa Vucinic, cofounder of Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF), and founder and CEO of IndieVoices, the first crowd funding portal for independent media in the developing world. A renowned expert on social investing, Mr Vucinic believes that discovering a sustainable business model is a lot like sailing – you have to navigate and be prepared to change direction, but as long as you have a general idea of your destination and are trying to find it, you’ll get there in the end.
Twenty members of the NUS Eastern China Alumni Network (ECAN) Reading Club kicked off the first reading club session of the year with a discussion of marketing firm founder and author Jack Trout’s newest book. The March 8 meeting in Shanghai saw alumni come together to share perspectives on In Search of the Obvious: the Antidote for Today’s Marketing Mess, a book that makes the bold declaration that marketers have lost their way.
Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective to remind us how lucky we are to be in one of National University of Singapore’s as well as Asia’s most distinctive buildings.
Here’s a never-seen-before drone’s eye view of Mochtar Riady building of NUS Business School. Enjoy!
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.
Don’t let her quiet demeanour and soft voice fool you. Candy Tan, the Assistant Manager in the Development office at NUS Business School, and two of her colleagues, are passionate about raising funds to support students, faculty research, professorships, and research centres. In short, they handle a key strategic area for the School: donor relations.
So, if your study expenses at the School are covered through a scholarship or you’ve made a highly subsidised international exchange trip that you could’nt have afforded otherwise, Candy is one of the people you need to thank. We sat down with this mum-to-be to get to know her better:
Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This teaching philosophy has inspired one of the School’s core initiatives: the NUS MBA Management Practicum.
Part of the NUS MBA programme, the Management Practicum (MP) is one of the key initiatives for the School. MBA students take many different courses to develop understanding of business fundamentals. But how do they fare, when faced with real-life business challenges? The MP allows our students to apply theories and concepts they learn in the classroom, to real-life business issues, all through extensive, hands‐on consulting projects. Led by Adjunct Professor Sheila Wang, teams of three to four students work with a corporate partner of the School to solve business issues and recommend a business plan, all under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
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: