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.

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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.

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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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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.

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“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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