Our Desert Adventures – A Tale of Two Treks

Our 2015 Team

d-gobi flagThe Yashasai, short for the Asia-Pacific Business Schools Desert Adventure Challenge, invites MBA students from top business schools from the Asia-Pacific region. In 2015, our school participated in the race for the first time. Nine students from NUS joined MBA students from 52 schools from all over the world on a 60-km trek across the Tengri Desert, Mongolia, over the May holidays.

This is their photo-journey—in quotes and grunts—in between wiping off copious amounts of sweat and downing big gulps of water.

Three grueling days: We were out there for three days! On Day1, we walked 24km, on Day2 26km and finishing on Day3 with 10km. Continue reading

Sam Yam makes list of top 40 under 40 Biz School Dons

Sam Yam picCongrats to Asst Prof Sam Yam who made Poets&Quants’ most outstanding 40 under 40 professors at leading business schools. Poets&Quants.com is a news portal devoted to the coverage of all that matters in the graduate business school world.

Every year, Poets&Quants puts out a call for nominations—students, alumni and the schools responded by nominating 75 professors from 40 different business schools from all over the world.

This is how it Poets&Quants describes those that made the list:

  • This year’s 40 Under 40 professors won’t disappoint
  • Rising stars at business schools from around the world
  • An inspiring group of young women and men who are making red hot names for themselves through academic research and classroom teaching
  • 40 of the brightest and youngest minds who serve on the faculty at MBA programs across the globe
  • Young professors who have reached mind-blowing success
  • They’ve accomplished so much in their brief careers and, to think, they’re just getting started

Oh, an additional distinction for Asst Prof Yam – he is the youngest – and the only 20plus – on the list! He is also one of the youngest professors on campus.

Read Sam’s interview with Poets & Quants.

Read Sam’s interview with the Straits Times.

 

 

EMBA Alumni makes Fortune China List

Congratulations to our two EMBA alumni who were nominated to Fortune Magazine’s (China) list of Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders in China.

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APEX-C alumna Chen Chunhua was ranked 19th on the list. She is Co-chairman & CEO of New Hope Liuhe Co. Ltd. Since she took on its leadership reins in 2013, the share price of New Hope Liuhe has more than doubled from its lowest point in 2013, and now has a market value of 55 billion yuan.

Today, New Hope Group is one of the most diversified agricultural enterprises in both China and the world. A top executive of the rival company commented that Ms Chen Chunhua was instrumental in bringing about the renewal of New Hope Group.

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The Empathetic Leader

As Chief Marketing Officer at StarHub, Alumni Howie Lau leads the branding and marketing strategy of one of Singapore’s largest telcos. It is a challenging task given the dynamic and fast-paced nature of the industry and the diverse needs of his customers. What are some of the tools he keeps in his kit to motivate his team? Howie shares his experiences and views with us:

Howie Lau mike2I heard someone say once: “The beating will only stop when morale improves”. That is not a constructive way to lead. Nobody wakes up wanting to do badly at work. To bring out the best in people, a leader needs to set the environment for the team to perform.

For me, this is where empathy comes in. Empathy involves placing oneself in the position of others. This does not mean giving up one’s viewpoint. It is about finding a common ground to move forward. Used correctly, an empathetic leader can gain the respect and trust of his staff.

Empathy works in at least three areas – goal setting, understanding the business and leadership collaboration.

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The EE programme that keeps on giving

NUS Business School has been running Executive Education (EE) Programmes since 1981. Our programmes equip senior-level executives utilising a blend of case studies, business simulations and role plays, to prepare them for their next level of corporate advancement. To date, our internationally recognised programmes have attracted over 38,000 senior executives and managers.

Our programme ranks 32nd globally on the 2016 Financial Times Global MBA Rankings and 16th in the 2015 Financial Times ranking for customised programmes. It is also the only Singaporean university ranked for customised EE programmes, which are designed based on company specifications. Such programmes have been delivered for many blue-chip companies in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Colombo, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, Wellington and Bangalore.

EE outWe checked in with a group of participants who attended the recent Advanced Management Programme: Asia in Focus.This flagship programme runs across two weeks and was designed for senior and top executives to grow their management skills, broaden their perspectives on how to build their organisation’s competitive advantage in Asia, as well as interact with fellow leaders from other cultures and industries. We asked why they came and how the programme fared:

Nery Polim, HR Director of PT AKR Corporindo Tbk from Indonesia says she sent her team here based on its reputation for sound teaching, its diverse and international faculty, and the potential for networking. She had heard from friends in the industry that the studies learnt at the course are “applicable”, an important KPI for a HR director sending staff out for training. Its proximity and easy accessibility is another reason that they have sent staff here instead of to programmes further away.

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Revelation – Transformation – Activation!

A paradigm shift is by definition a fundamental change in one’s belief system. The Paradigm Shift Series (PSS) is, in the words of its organisers, “a series of curated sessions that aim to redefine mindsets and challenge people to live out purpose-driven lives.”

The whole idea came about when a group of senior BBA students noticed that many of their peers, and in particular Bizaders, were stressed about getting ahead in life and their future careers. The group set out to pilot a series of talks to share fresh and liberating perspectives on issues pertinent to undergraduates: networking, success and career. Hence the idea for this series of inspirational talks was born, with a starting line-up of five speakers:

PSS_Speaker LineupOrganised by a group of students for students – the PSS team of nine was helmed by Pang Jun Xiang, BBA Accountancy Y3 and Koshae Tan, double degree BBA and BA Y3, with the support of two NUS alumni Lu Jianhao and Joshua Teo.

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We welcome new MPAM friends

The school welcomes our new friends to the 7th Master in Public Administration & Management Programme (MPAM) 2016/17.

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Vice Dean Prof Susanna Leong welcomed the students.

With the fast expanding Chinese economy and its rapid integration with the rest of the world, there is a great and increasing need for public administration education among government officials and state-owned enterprise (SOE) executives from China and other emerging economies. The MPAM programme is a collaboration between the Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy to address this need

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Prof Wu Yaozhong, Director of MPAM briefly introduced the history, subjects and research of the School.

It is a one-year programme and all classes are taught in Mandarin. The new class consists of 61 participants from both mainland China and Taiwan. Most of them are management or mid-career professionals from non-private sectors, including government institutions, hospital, media and education.

We wish our new friends an abundant and memorable year in Singapore!

Interested in joining our MPAM programme? Click here.

Alumnus Robert Yap on leadership

Robert_PhotoExecutive Chairman of YCH Group and alumnus Robert Yap says his years at Business School played a significant role in shaping his imagination, creativity and overall character.

When he graduated in 1976, his family’s business in passenger transportation had lost 90 per cent of its business. He had only just graduated but faced the daunting task of looking for ways to keep the firm alive.

He spent countless hours exploring opportunities.

And there it was: With the rise of Singapore as one of the world’s busiest container ports, cargo transportation presented itself as a synergistic alternative that his family business could venture into.

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Former dean Chris Tang remembers Business School

Some will remember Chris Tang, Dean of the Business School from 2002 to 2004. He was also Senior Advisor to the President of NUS from 2000 to 2002.

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Prof Tang when he was Dean with us, in 2003, at the Staff Lounge in BIZ1.

Today, Prof Christopher Tang is a UCLA Distinguished Professor and the holder of the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration.  Prof Tang has been on the faculty at UCLA for 30 years. He has consulted with numerous global companies including HP, IBM, Nestlé, GKN and Accenture; published 5 books and over 100 research articles in various leading academic journals; as well as written articles for Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian.

He was back with us last month at the invitation of the Department of Decisions Sciences. We took a walk with him down memory lane:

Back in those days, Business School was well-known locally but little known beyond Asia. He also noticed that unlike overseas universities, our students did not interact much with the school beyond their curricular time and upon graduation, maintained little ties with their alma mater.

Prof Tang recognised that all this had to change for the Business School to develop a strong identity and an international standing. It was a diamond in the rough that could be pushed to a higher potential. He also recognised that while NUS was already one of the top Universities in Asia, the Business School could not rest on its laurels.

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PhD Alumni, now trader extraordinaire

Jane Street Capital came into prominence in August last year – this is how the New York Times (NYT) describes it: “These dangers were brought home last August, when markets were rattled by China’s decision to devalue its currency; some of the largest E.T.F.s sank by 50 percent or more… a bunch of Harvard Ph.D.s , swung into action with a wave of buy orders. By the end of the day, the E.T.F. shares had retraced their sharp falls.”

In the same article, NYT also describes being able to land a job at Jane Street as nothing short of remarkable: “Jane Street has acquired a reputation for being perhaps the toughest interview in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street. This is in part because the firm hires only a handful of new employees each year. To survive, candidates have to ace brain-twisting math riddles and game theory tests.”

wang tao flowersNUS Business School alumnus Wang Tao is one of the lucky few. We caught up with Wang Tao who after obtaining his double degree in Applied Maths and Economics at Peking University, did his PhD at the Business School, graduating in 2013. Of those years, he says:

I spent 5 years in Singapore/NUB B-school for my PhD in finance under the supervision of Professor Jin-Chuan Duan.  During that period, I was trained to be an academic researcher on finance through courses, workshops, conferences and a lot of research projects. I finished a number of academic papers either by myself or through cooperation with my supervisor as well as other scholars.

I felt especially proud that a co-authored paper of mine was published in the Journal of Econometrics, a top tier economic journal, before I graduated from the PhD program. I also enjoyed my teaching experience in NUS B-school as I served as teaching assistant or tutor for a number of different bachelor/master level courses.  Continue reading