The following is a guest post from fourth year undergrad Jerome Tan, fondly known as the ‘serial winner’ of several competitions that our students have participated in. Jerome has taken part in eight international competitions up to now; he made it to the finals in six of them, and won five. His favourite? The Sauder Summit Global Case Competition in Vancouver. Here’s more from Jerome:
It always begins the same way: the euphoria of being selected, the excitement of meeting new teammates, the exhilaration of learning about a new country. All too quickly though, one gets dragged back down to earth. Overnight training on weekends becomes the norm, and the prospect of having to keep pace with academics while missing an entire week of lessons becomes more daunting as the dates draw nearer. There have been semesters where I was literally on campus every single weekend for something case-related — all this of my own free will and volition.
It was a cross-border assignment that took four undergraduate students, supervised by Professor Ivan Png, to remote parts of Indonesia where they worked with local farmers. The aim? To propose an innovative, zero-burn solution to the weighty issue of the haze that regularly affects Southeast Asian countries.
The assignment was a part of Field Service Project (FSP) for NUS BBA honours students, done in collaboration with WWF Indonesia. At the end of the stint, undergraduates Ying Siang Kane, Lee Heejin, Alvin Lim Kai Hui and Lewis Tay Zhi Hao produced a proposal that has won the support of Temasek Foundation and which may eventually be presented to the Indonesian government.
The NUS BBA team with the family of the Segamai Village head.
Our undergrads have emerged champions at two recent international case competitions.
At the International Case Competition at Maastricht that took place in the Netherlands recently, BBA students Lenard Lou, Jovin Loh, Low Li Ting and Kenneth Leong, accompanied by faculty advisor, Deputy Dean Hum Sin Hoon, competed against 15 other undergraduate teams from international business schools to emerge winners at the end of an intensive week of case analyses and presentations. The team brought home the championship trophy which the School last won in 2012.
L-R: Lenard Lou, Jovin Loh, Low Li Ting, Prof Hum Sin Hoon, Kenneth Leong
NUS welcomed some 21,250 visitors at its Open Day held on March 15, one of the largest gatherings to date for this annual event. As in previous years, the School’s deanery, faculty members, staff and undergraduate team turned out in full force to lend their support to the event, and to showcase and share the NUS BBA experience.
If you thought undergrad life was all fun and play, think again. NUS Biz undergrads, (the ‘Bizaders’) are a bunch of seriously focused students who know to work hard and play harder on a typical School day.
“University life is really what we want it to be, and time management is really the key,” says Kenneth Lou, NUS BBA freshman. We followed Kenneth Lou to get a glimpse of a typical day for our Bizaders. Have a look:
Our undergraduate team was announced as grand prize winner at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC) Awards Gala in Montreal, Canada on 22 February, beating five other finalist teams from business schools around the world in the finals.
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:
It’s not every day that our students get to work with their counterparts from Computer Science and Engineering to solve a common challenge together. The NUS Financial Analytics Competition held on January 18 offered just that: an opportunity to learn and create value by working in cross-functional teams.
One of the big perks of studying in a big university is the number of overseas study trips during your undergraduate student life. I was recently a part of one such trip – the NUS Business STEER trip to Brazil. NUS STEER (Study Trips for Engagement and EnRichment) is an initiative designed to familiarize students with the diverse socio-cultural-economic-political-business management environment of the emerging and fast-evolving regions. My goal for the trip was to have fun exploring Brazil, the power engine of Latin America, and learning as much as possible along the way.
Thousands of students thronged to NUS University Town, more popularly known as ‘UTown,’ during this year’s Rag and Flag event on August 7, 2013. As we wrote earlier, Rag and Flag is an important event for our business school community, as one of the biggest charity events in orientation every year.