Mandarin Alumni Study Tour to Surabaya, Indonesia

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Date: 29 February – 2 March 2008

Venue: Surabaya, Indonesia

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Led by Mr Gan Giap Leong (Executive Education), President of the NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association, 26 alumni and faculty, including Professor Quek Ser Aik, Vice-Dean of NUS Business School, Associate Professor Hwarng Hsingliang and Mr Aw Beng Teck, Director of GANO, visited the Mandarin Alumni Surabaya Chapter on 29 February 2008.

The 3-day visit allowed Mandarin alumni members from the Surabaya Chapter to play host to their counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia and Jakarta. This included insightful site visits, an engaging forum and dinners, which allowed alumni to reunite and interact further.

The warm hospitality was immediately felt as soon as the group landed at the airport. Mr Sutrisno Alim (Executive Education), together with the entire executive committee, welcomed their visitors at the airport with a large banner.

Together with Mr Alim, the group then visited the Maspion Industrial Group, a large company in Indonesia that specializes in a diverse range of products and services, ranging from the manufacturing of consumer products and building construction material, to developing industrial estates. This was followed by a welcome dinner, hosted by the Chapter’s Honorary President, Mr Alim Markus (Executive Education).

The next day, the group visited the Singapore National Academy, which was established by the family of Mr Markus. The Academy, which conducts its lessons in English, Bahasa Indonesia and Chinese, offers a comprehensive education program from nursery to pre-university level.

A/P Hwarng then shared with alumni and friends his thoughts on ‘Developing a Competitive Edge through Value Creation’ at a forum held in the afternoon. The audience of 130 was thoroughly engaged as he spoke about his findings and observations.

The visit ended on a high with a reunion party in the evening that saw alumni from the different chapters coming together to celebrate their get-together, catching up and reminiscing the past. The trip proved to be a fruitful and enjoyable one that strengthened the spirit of camaraderie once again.

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