GANO Building Alumni Communities

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The NUS Business School Global Alumni Network Office (or GANO) is a newly-established office set-up in April 2007 to further enhance engagement and interaction between the School and its more than 27,000 alumni.

“GANO appreciates its alumni and is committed to creating more platforms for them to form friendships and network in Singapore and abroad.”
~ Mr Aw Beng Teck, Director of GANO

The Office has been tasked to reconnect and cultivate relations with alumni, with the view of adding value to the work and lives of alumni, promoting and enhancing relationships among alumni, and involving alumni in the life and activities of the School.

At the same time, the Office acts as a conduit and catalyst for alumni to contribute to the School. This could be in the areas of branding, where alumni become the School’s brand ambassadors, or in student recruitment, internship, placements, mentoring, recruitment interviews and industry talks. Alumni do also give back financially to benefit the School and the student body.

Another important function of GANO is to provide secretariat support for the three existing Business School alumni associations, namely, the NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA), the MBA Alumni-NUS and the NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni. GANO also serves as an interface for students and alumni to meet and interact.

Led by Mr Aw Beng Teck, GANO’s team of five has since its inception been actively involved with the alumni associations, as well as with the alumni and student bodies at large. Close to 60 activities, ranging from formal ones like industry talks and seminars to informal ones like networking sessions and even outings to the movies, were organized in 2007. These activities provide networking and learning opportunities for alumni, where old friendships are renewed and new ones forged.

Working in conjunction with the Corporate Development and Communications Office, the Office supported an NUSBSA’s fund-raising initiative in July 2007. Two board members of the association, Simon Phua (BBA Hons 1976) and Peter Koh (BBA 1979) spearheaded a charity Golf Challenge that raised close to a quarter of a million dollars for the school.

GANO has also worked closely with the alumni to benefit society. It played a key role in the YMCA-NUS Business School Volunteer Service Management Program (VSMP). Members of NUSBSA are involved as facilitators and mentors in the program, which serves to build capacity in the VWO sector. GANO is currently facilitating the involvement of our alumni based in Southern China who have made a donation towards building a primary school for local residents in Jiangxi Province.

Asked about the plans for the coming year, Mr Aw envisioned a year filled with even more networking and learning opportunities. “GANO appreciates its alumni and is committed to creating more platforms for them to form friendships and network in Singapore and abroad. We look forward to seeing more of our alumni join our activities, bond and form communities that support each other in learning an din life, and making a contribution to society.

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