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.

Winds and Wins at the Second Noah’s Fortune Cup Sailing Regatta

Some 22 teams from 11 prestigious business schools competed in the second Noah’s Fortune Cup Business School Yacht Race held at Dianshanhu Haishang Sailing Club, Shanghai, on November 9-10, 2013. NUS Business School came in fourth position, after CEIBS, Fudan University and Xiamen University in first, second and third positions respectively.

Sailing Regatta

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Journey of an NUS Biz Entrepreneur

Did you know that innovation is a strong feature of our community and a core value of our school? The following is a guest post by Christian Halberg, an NUS MBA student who perfectly embodies the school’s entrepreneurial spirit. His team got global recognition recently for an innovative product. Read more from him:

My work & my passion: Ezmon Technologies

In the age of digital information, people want to know more about their own personal health through quantified statistics. Ezmon – short for “easy monitoring” – is a 100% NUS team with an ambition to develop a wristband device for personal health monitoring.

Ezmon META will be able to measure your heart rate, body temperature, and activity rates (e.g. calorie burn) like many other products currently do. What we are seeking to do differently is to develop a killer app: a new technology which enables the user to measure their blood glucose using infrared light rather than having to prick themselves multiple times a day.

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“China’s economic transformation is the greatest event in history”: Wu Xiaobo

Well-known Chinese financial author, Wu Xiaobo, believes that China’s economic transformation is the greatest event in history. In a talk at  NUS Business School titled, “Chinese Enterprises: The past 30 years and 30 years in the future” on November 27, Wu gave a historical perspective of the evolution of private enterprises in China since the 1980s. He took the audience through the key milestones that have shaped growth of private enterprises in China, beginning with the first tentative steps at reform in the late 1970s, the growth of coastal Special Economic Zones, the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and more recently China’s reaction to the global financial crisis.


The talk was the latest in NUS Business School’s Asian Business Series, an initiative to invite Asian thought leaders to discuss business trends and economic issues in Asia. The event was attended by about 250 attendees, Associate Professor Song Zhaoli, Academic Director of Asia-Pacific Chinese EMBA moderated the Q&A and Professor Bernard Yeung, the Dean of NUS Business School, gave closing remarks.


In his talk Wu took the audience through some of the policies and turning points that have helped China maintain unparalleled growth rates, averaging upwards of 9 per cent annually over the past three decades. He warned, however, that challenges lie ahead. Many Chinese are leaving or seeking to leave China due to legal issues and religious conflicts. State owned enterprises are in urgent need of reform, he said, and it is also important ensure equitable distribution of profits generated by private enterprises.

Looking to the future, Wu said he believed that information technology and the internet revolution will be the dominant force of change in China’s economic landscape.




Chinese Faculty Delegation visits the School

Chinese economy is growing rapidly and there is need for quality executive education for training its future business leaders. We recently hosted delegates from China to explore this and similar avenues of partnerships.

A delegation of 15 faculty members from China Business Executives Academy at Dalian (CBEAD) led by the Vice-President, Professor Dong Dahai, visited NUS Business School on November 12, 2013.  CBEAD is a part of the Dalian University of Technology. The Academy is China’s only school where highly qualified CEOs are trained. Vice-President Professor Dong Dahai has previously said, “Collaboration with large municipal enterprises, best universities and independent business organizations made it possible for us to accumulate advanced experience in personnel training.”

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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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