The many ways to give back

The Alumni Appreciation Dinner 2014 got us thinking about the many different ways our alumni contribute to the School, be it time, skills, knowledge, mentorship, organisation or fundraising. So we took the opportunity to talk to some of our alumni volunteers, both in Singapore and overseas, to find out more about how they contribute and what motivates them to continue to do so despite their busy schedules and lives.

Yeo Keng Joon (MBA 1985)

fa_keng_joonA familiar face at most alumni events, Yeo Keng Joon has been an active alumni member since his graduation in 1985. After serving as President of the MBA Alumni – NUS, he set up the NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) in 2000.  He also served two terms on the NUS Alumni Advisory Board from its inception in 2005 to 2011.

However, over the last six to seven years, Keng Joon has been involved in fundraising, an activity he has found very rewarding and, with the network that had nurtured over the years, something he finds relatively easy to do. “You give back in the best ways you can, and at this stage in my life, this is the way I am most able to contribute,” he says.

In 2007, he almost singlehandedly started the endowed NUSBSA Bursary Fund to help needy students in the NUS Business School. Even when travelling, he can initiate emails to contacts to garner support for worthwhile causes, including endowment bursaries, some in the names of former classmates and professors who have passed away. These bursaries provide ongoing funds to support needy NUS Business School students. He also helped raised funds for the NUS BSA Students Experience Fund, which enables students to take part in exchange trips to further their outlook.  “The good thing is that all funds donated by alumni go towards helping the beneficiaries,” he explains. The Endowed Funds in NUS are structured so that donors of $25,000 or more get sub-naming rights of their choice for the bursary fund, and they will be helping a student each year in perpetuity with the funds disbursed from their endowed fund.

Keng Joon is currently active in raising funds for the NUS Alumni Student Advancement Committee, and his participation in golf fundraising events and other themed events goes towards this. One themed event that particularly thrilled him to initiate is the NUS Campus Couples Fund , which appeals to alumni who met their spouse on campus. Ten couples are now on board the programme and the aim is to reach 40 couples. “This was a fun one for me,” he explains. “I was blessed to meet my wife on campus.” Keng Joon is now working on the NUS Campus Couples Interest group, a platform to help couples network and explore how they can give back, not only through fundraising but in other ways. On top of that, he is always looking out for other creative ideas to theme fundraising events. “It’s never too late to take part in alumni activities,” he advises. “If you see it as fun, as I do, and not as a chore, you can contribute, and do good by giving not necessarily money, but your time, experience and skills in many ways that will help others and impact their lives.”

Are you a campus couple? Would you like to support the NUS Campus Couples Bursary Fund? For more information about the NUS Campus Couples Bursary Fund, or to make a gift, please contact kjyeo@alumni.nus.edu.sg.


 Peter Yap (MBA 1986)

fa_peter_yapPeter lost touch with the Business School for many years due to his heavy travel schedules and overseas postings in corporate life but was re-acquainted with the alumni through his friend and MBA coursemate Yeo Keng Joon.  With the encouragement of another course mate, President Mike Teng, he now serves on the MBA Alumni-NUS Board as the Assistant Secretary.  He enjoys being an active participant of events and interacting regularly with students and other alumni members.

Peter believes that students must be challenged to think out of the box in their learning.  He is a firm believer that education in the business schools must combine the study of management with the practice of management.  Facilitating lectures in the Alumni Lecture Series, he applies this principle as he relays his experiences and engages students in open discussions.  He enjoys sharing his experience and is a firm believer in open dialogue with students rather than adopting a top-down approach to teaching. Through his sharing, his hope is that students appreciate being able to see the theories they learn in classes come to life.

Peter appeals to alumni to try their hand at being more active within NUS and to give something back to their Alma Mater from the much they have gained from it.  He asked that the giving be based on an altruistic motive; if it is not, it will be unsustainable.  As another way to give back to his Alma Mater, Peter has also signed up for next year’s MBA Mentorship Programme.

Sonny Yuen (BBA 1985)

fa_sonnyAs co-founder of an executive search company, Sonny has the flexibility to devote time out of his day to various alumni activities. Always active in hostel during his university days, being involved in alumni activities was a natural progression.

A life member of the NUS Business School Alumni Association since 2000 , Sonny has taken on different roles on the Board over the years, including that of Assistant Treasurer and Vice President. This year, he assumes the mantle of President for the next two years. It was Sonny too who organised the first CEO Breakfast series, running six talks over two years as well as more informal CEO Unplugged sessions, where students gain insights from CEOs as to what makes them tick. Yet another example of his contributions is the 2013 Bizad Charity Run , which grew in iconic popularity when he took over, raising a record sum of over $175,000. This funded five bursaries of $25,000 each, with the remaining funds going to the three adopted charities. With his business and contacts, he has also been referring job and internship opportunities to Business School alumni and students by connecting them with interested corporate partners.

Asked how he manages his time, Sonny says he carefully picks events that allow him to contribute the most. While he acknowledges that there are benefits to be gained from connections made through the NUS network, he advises fellow alumni to get involved with the altruistic purpose of making a difference to others.

Joseph Tan (MBA 2011)

fa_joseph_tanFollowing an enriching MBA year where he made many connections and friendships, Joseph Tan decided to dedicate time to giving back to NUS Business School. Spurred on by his experience as a mentee under Yeo Keng Joon, he believes that giving back is made easy by simply contributing in areas in which you naturally excel. In between his work in the Air Force and spending time with his two young children, he was the committee chair for the NUS Biz School Golf Reunion Challenge over the last two years. Joseph is no stranger to organising major events as he is also the Chairman of the Parade and Ceremony of the National Day Parade 2014. As the Vice President of the MBA Alumni-NUS association board, Joseph helps to coordinate events that connect students with alumni, and encourages new graduates to participate as they have fresh perspectives to offer. Like his mentor, Joseph hopes to be a role model and friend, and to pass on valuable life experiences and knowledge.

Ryan Peh (BBA 2009)

fa_ryan_pehRyan’s decision to be an active alumni member boils down to one thing: gratitude. Having switched from Engineering to the Business School in his years as a student, he recognises the unique opportunities that the Business School presents. He believes the chance to network and create connections with others in his time at the school was one that he would not have gotten elsewhere and is determined to see others benefit from this in the way he has. An active alumni, he helps organise events that bring together both graduates and undergraduates from the same industry in order to maximise networking opportunities. He also takes part in BSA-led events such as Members’ Night and makes an effort to boost attendance at GANO-organised events such as Mind My Business.

Zeeshan Khan (MBA 2012)

fa_zeeshan_khanAfter living and working in Dubai for some years, Zeeshan decided on a career change.  Recognising the diversity that the Asia Pacific has to offer and the region’s growing importance, he proceeded to do his MBA with the Business School.  He feels that the School has opened a lot of doors for him and he hopes to help students as he was helped, believing that alumni and students have a shared journey. He is now a mentor in the MBA Mentorship programme and meets his mentee once a month for drinks at Clarke Quay or for a casual catch-up. To Zeeshan, it is a two-way relationship in which both mentor and mentee learn much from each other as they exchange experiences and information. With both of them being in the oil and gas industry, Zeeshan shares his experiences and knowledge while his mentee brings new perspectives to the table. He also regularly attends MBA alumni networking events, where he has the chance to interact with students, share his knowledge and offer advice.

Overseas Alumni

Tan Yong-Wah (B.Sc 1982, MBA 2000)

fa_tan_yong_wahAs an active alumni member, Tan Yong-Wah cites a desire to give back as his reason for contributing. Exchanging experiences with students, mentoring and conducting briefings are some of the ways he does this. Being based in Hong Kong has by no means limited his possibilities to contribute as he
takes part in activities that do not require him to be physically present at the School, such as being long-distance mentor in the MBA Mentorship Programme. He also takes part locally where he can, for instance, he was one of the speakers at the alumni networking seminar organised by the Hong Kong Alumni Chapter and GANO. “Experience sharing does not take up much time,” he reveals. “Experiences, without sharing, will not reflect value,” he says, and encourages alumni to impart their own unique experiences and knowledge.

Rahul Tadimalla (MBA 2007)

fa_rahul_tadimallaA self-made investment banker by day and musician by night, this multi-talented MBA graduate has been actively helping NUS Business School since the establishment of GANO in 2007. As an alumni representative for Bangalore in India, Rahul spends a lot of time spearheading events there. From sourcing for venues and rates to securing prominent speakers for seminars, he spares no effort in making sure everything stays on track.

Besides organising events, Rahul actively offers his assistance and time to ensure that the full-time MBA students and UCLA-NUS APEX MBA students on study trips are able to get the most of their overseas experience. Not only does he take full charge of arranging their corporate visits, accommodation and sightseeing activities both in Mumbai and Bangalore, he also brings the students for shopping, dining at local restaurants and bar visits.

His various interactions with the NUS Business School alumni as a student sparked an early interest in alumni activities. Rahul looks forward to an alumni chapter in Bangalore in future which will bring those in the city even closer and foster greater communication with the rest of the alumni chapters worldwide.

His advice to those considering to give back? “None of our efforts in giving back to NUS business school would be sufficient compared to what we got (and continue to get) from the School. This is a form of saying thank you, and just a small way of appreciating what GANO and the School have done for us.”

Kirti Chopra (MBA 2010) 

fa_kirti_chopraFor Kirti, being an active alumni member is the one way to remain connected with the alma mater, professors and current students. As a regular attendee at alumni events and taking on the responsibility of class champion, he helps current students by giving them a perspective on the industry and on recruitment. When asked how he manages to find time between his work, personal time and alumni activities he promptly replies: “Frankly, giving back does not require an inordinate amount of time. But even this small amount of time I do give goes a long way in cultivating relationships.”

 Huang Kuo-Fen (APEX-MBA Chinese 2011)

fa_huang_kuofenFor Huang Kuo-Fen, it is her desire to share her knowledge, skills and experience that motivates her to be a part of the alumni community. She sees the global Business School alumni network as a platform that unites alumni members and promotes the exchange of ideas and information across borders. “Our alumni network spans across the globe, with chapters in many countries. This means that alumni can receive assistance and resources in almost every part of the world, even when they are not in their home country,” she explains. As such, she regularly organises events to welcome new alumni members into the Taiwan chapter and patiently explains the benefits of the alumni network. Encouraging other alumni members to contribute their time, she says: “It only takes a little time and effort to be able to make a big difference in the lives of others.”

David Wong (BBA 1977)

david_wongFor David Wong, it was his personal experiences with the Business School alumni as a student that motivated him to later become an active member himself. His desire to give back was so great that even being based in Hong Kong did not deter him. Today, David is the Vice President of the Hong Kong Chapter, doing for the junior cohorts what his seniors did for him. In his role, he hosts EMBA exchange students to Hong Kong, helping them to settle in and grow their network of contacts. By giving the students access to practical experience and a better understanding of the Chinese markets, David hopes to bridge the gap between studies and the real world. For those considering giving back, he says: “If you can’t give your time, give your money or fund something. Because every little bit counts.”

ECAN Golf Club tee off in Anji

Date: 14 June 2014 (Saturday)
Venue: Anji Longwangxi Country Club and Zhejiang Phoenix International Country Gold Court, Anji, Zhejiang
Organiser: NUS Business School Eastern China Alumni Network and One World One Family Club

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ecan_golf_in_anjiA two-day golf tour organised by NUS Business School Eastern China Alumni Network (ECAN) Golf Club and One World One Family Club in Anji, Zhejiang on 14 June 2014 proved a good bonding experience for the chapter.

Fifteen alumni and their friends played their hearts out in the official competition at Anji Longwangxi Country Club and Zhejiang Phoenix International Country Gold Court. After several rounds of fierce competition, Dong Tao (MBA-C 2002) walked away with the championship title while Wang Xin’e (APEX-C 2002) won the net score championship. On the sidelines, members took the opportunity to network and delight in the bamboo-abundant mountainous backdrop.

Non-golfers were equally entertained. They tried out various outdoor activities with their family and friends and attended an informative talk on essentials oils by guest lecturer, Hong Jiaxuan, an expert on the subject.

Cultivating an eye for art

Date: 18 May 2014 (Sunday)
Venue: Shanghai Pudong Southeast Asian Art Exchange Center
Organiser: NUS Business School Eastern China Alumni Network

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ecan_southeast_asian_art_exchangeSeveral of our alumni members were treated to a guided tour of an art exhibition on Vietnam’s top eight painters at the Shanghai Pudong Southeast Asian Art Exchange Center on 18 May 2014.

Founded by Zhang Zhiyong (MBA 2000), Cheng Jian (MBA 2001) and two other friends, the centre showcases a selection of art pieces from exclusive collections in recent years.

The group learned a lot from the three-hour session, hosted by Zhang Zhiyong, who was keen to share his thoughts and insights on the various works. The alumni were impressed by the bright but serene styles of the pieces and expressed their interest in attending similar art exhibitions in future.

ECAN 2014 Nanjing field visit to Nanjing

Date: 19-20 April 2014
Venue: Sun Island Golf Club, Nanjing
Organiser: NUS Business School Eastern China Alumni Network

ecan_trip_to_nanjingA two-day trip to Nanjing on 19 to 20 April 2014 — the first in a series of field visits organised by NUS Business School Eastern China Alumni Network (ECAN) — saw plenty of fun for our alumni members.

Golf kakis had a ball playing a mini-tournament at Sun Island Golf Club. Congratulations to Wang Xin’e (APEX-C 2002), who clinched the championship title! Hiking enthusiasts, on the other hand, were in their element as they hiked through a scenic 13 km round trip from the Zijin Mountain Villa to Linggu Temple. A visit to Artall Gallery also had many of the alumni impressed as they took in some of the best folk craft collections in modern China.

In addition, the participants scored a briefing session from some outstanding State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) in Jiangsu Province and gained much insight into the SOE reform. A sharing session on the Future of Management, a book by Gary Hamel, also sparked lively debate among members.

The trip proved fascinating and eventful, and it certainly has the alumni psyched for the next one!

ECAN Golf Club makes a day of it in Shanghai

Date: 16 March 2014­ (Sunday)
Venue: Shanghai Golf Training Center
Organiser: NUS Business School Eastern China Alumni Network

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ecan_golf_club_in_shanghaiNUS Business School Eastern China Alumni Network (ECAN) Golf Club kicked off its first activity for the year on 16 March 2014­ — a beautiful day that was perfect for a spot of golf.

Judging by the turnout, many seemed to agree. More than 20 members were at the Shanghai Golf Training Center bright and early for a fun-filled day ahead. The participants included not just hard-core golfers and golfing enthusiasts but also little tots brought along by parents keen for them to witness the grace of this gentleman’s sport.

Players were briefed on golf etiquette before starting a two-hour, one-on-one training session with the coaches at the centre. Lunch was a relaxed affair as members proceeded to Qiandao Lake, a short walk away, where they tucked into hearty fare while reviewing their training sessions. Yu Jing (MBA 2001) said: “This is my first time participating in an ECAN-organised activity this year and it feels really good.”

Head of the Golf Club, Chen Wei (APEX-C 2012) thanked members for their support. “Playing golf is about having fun with like-minded people. With your active participation, this club will be a perfect place for sowing the seeds of friendship and harvesting years of happiness.”

A walk down memory lane – 30th Anniversary Reunion Class 1984 (BBA & BAcc)

Date: 12 July 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa
Organiser: Global Alumni Network Office

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bba_bacc_1984_anniversaryThirty years after leaving the NUS campus in pursuit of new careers and new life changes, the class of 1984 from both the Business Administration and Accountancy schools came together on 12 July 2014 to celebrate their milestone anniversary in style at Sentosa’s Mövenpick Heritage Hotel.

This is the first time that Class 1984 Bizad and Accountancy alumni united for their class reunion after graduation, and the event saw a turnout of around 100 alumni, including past lecturers and tutors as well as representatives from NUS Business School Alumni Association. Some alumni even made a special effort to return to Singapore from their overseas base to mark the occasion including Koh Phwee Wah from Hong Kong, Matthew Chee from Australia, Lawrence Quah from Azerbaijan and Thomas Tang from Beijing, China. They were roundly applauded for their dedication. Past lecturers and tutors included Dr Lee Soo Ann, who was the former Dean, Faculty of Accountancy and Business Administration at that time; Prof Kau Ah Keng, Assoc Prof Low Aik Meng, Assoc Prof Alfred Loh and Mr Chng Hak Kee. Dr Lee was unable to make it for the dinner but came early for the pre-event cocktails just to reconnect with the alumni and other past lecturers.

While some alumni had kept up with small groups of friends, many had already lost contact with their course mates over the span of three long decades. The delight of reunion was evident by the many delighted calls and faces that lit up in recognition of long lost friends as alumni mingled.

For Swee Hoon Eng (BAcc), the reunion produced a sense of nostalgia as she recalled waking up early to secure a prime seat in the library overlooking a scenic spot for the many study sessions she had with a group of friends.

Jimmy Yam (BAcc) felt the same as he fondly recalled being one of the few male students in a class of mostly females, and meeting his wife, Wan May Wah (BAcc), who was on the same course. “It’s always good to remember old friends and feel young again,” he said with a grin.

Prof Hum Sin Hoon, Deputy Dean of NUS and past tutor for the 1984 class was also in attendance, as was Assoc Prof Chng Chee Kiong (BAcc 1986), Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies, NUS Business School.

Prof Hum kicked off the festivities by warmly welcoming the Class of 1984 for this landmark anniversary. While he kept the crowd entertained with jokes and recounted past stories, he also urged alumni to help contribute in whatever form they could for the next generation of business students, and highlighted how some alumni are already serving as mentors or adjunct lecturers to these young and bright sparks.

Also touching on the theme of paying it forward was Atul Shah, who was then the Bizad President, together with Roch Low from Accountancy. Both were instrumental in organising the reunion, a monumental and unenviable task of reaching out to their peers 30 years since they last met.

“Having been in the working life and having built our families, I believe we’re all at a position in life now when we can take a certain amount of time and effort to really contribute in ways that do not have to be just pure material but in terms of time and support,” Atul said. “So we believe in paying it forward and we believe that by bringing a group together like this, we can communicate a message to our peers and encourage more of them to step up and join us in this effort.”

The reunion proved to be a night of revelry for the alumni as they reconnected with old friends, walked down memory lane and participated in the many game segments with aplomb. It also proved to be a night of charity as the class of 1984 raised an impressive $21,000 for the NUS Business School Alumni Bursary Fund.

Special mementoes in the form of a class photo would be given to the alumni present as well a special keepsake – their copy of the class yearbook in commemoration of the event.

Mind My Business – An entrepreneurial journey!

Date: 8 July 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Venue: The Penny Black, Clarke Quay
Organiser: Global Alumni Network Office

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mind_my_businessIn today’s competitive environment, starting a business and sustaining it can be a daunting process. Getting it to succeed is an even bigger challenge. With that in mind, Global Alumni Network Office (GANO), NUS Business School, took the opportunity to invite alumni Marcus Tan (BBA 2011), Co-founder of Carousell, and Bryan Lee (BBA 2010), Co-founder of Intraix and Bike Roger, to the third edition of the Mind My Business networking series to share their entrepreneurial journeys with their award-winning companies.

Spirits were high as alumni mingled over cocktails, catching up with old friends and networking with each other. Carrie Chan (BBA 1987) and Teo Sien Lee (MBA 1992) liked that the event gave them the opportunity to learn from the young entrepreneurs. Shared Carrie: “With so many upcoming trends, it can be hard to keep up. Attending these events allows me to gain insights on new channels of marketing to reach the youths of today.”

Current student Lionel Tan also appreciated the tips presented in the presentation as well as the benefits of networking: “As a young entrepreneur, their experiences are so relevant to what my partner and I are experiencing right now, and the advice shared definitely helps! Additionally, I managed to meet Andrew, a fellow student, who coincidentally is in the same industry of education and training as I am.”

After attendees had sampled the sumptuous buffet dinner, the host for the evening, Allan Teng, current BBA student and Co-founder and Chairman of 8packs, invited Marcus and Bryan up on stage. The two successful entrepreneurs delivered a highly inspiring session as they spoke of the many challenges they faced while starting up their businesses and how they overcame them to accomplish what they have today.

Hot topics for the Q&A session that followed included the secrets to success and the qualities aspiring entrepreneurs must possess. Ms Ng Pheck Choo, Director of GANO, then presented Marcus, Bryan and Allan with tokens of appreciation.

Attendees stayed on to network with fellow alumni even after the sharing session had come to a close, exchanging perspectives and trading insights. Cheo Bee Bin (BBA 1986) found the event interesting and informative, adding that she learnt a lot from the speakers. Agreeing, Shaun Tan, a current Law and Business student, said: “Not only is the food good and the place great, I got to meet like-minded people and gained a lot of inspiration. I’ll definitely attend future events and will encourage my friends to do the same!”

Mind My Business, an initiative of  the Global Alumni Network Office, is a networking platform for alumni of NUS Business School who are entrepreneurs or business owners or are aspiring to be. Through this collaborative platform, alumni are encouraged to support one another through the sharing of experiences, knowledge, contacts and opportunities.

You can find more information on our Bizalum portal.

Climbing the 22-year-old Tree – The inauguration of the 12th Mandarin Alumni Committee cum Dinner

Date: 28 June 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
Organiser: NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni

mandarin_alumniIt was a memorable evening as members of the NUS Mandarin Alumni gathered for the official inauguration of the 12th Mandarin Alumni Committee. Hosted by Ms Zhang Ning (MBA Chinese 2002) and Mr Jing Xiangyang (MBA Chinese 2000), the dinner event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Ms Sim Ann, Minster of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information.

In her address, President of the 11th Committee Ms Zhang Yiru highlighted the activities and achievements of the outgoing 11th Committee, which included the alumni’s establishment of the S$300,000 scholarship for NUS Business School students. She also shared her vision and expectations of the new Executive Committee before handing the mantle to new President Mr Kwek Chok Ming (BBA 1978/APEX MBA Chinese 2009).

Taking the stage, Chok Ming expressed his appreciation to 11th Committee and elaborated on his direction for the Mandarin Alumni. Ending his speech on an inspirational note, he said: “Although we do not need to plant the tree, our committee members will climb the tree together.” Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean of NUS Business School, presented appreciation awards to the outgoing committee and welcomed the members of the 12th Mandarin Alumni Committee by proposing a toast.

It was a fitting end to a truly unforgettable night as Committee members, professors and alumni proudly raised their glasses in appreciation and celebration of the 11th and 12th Mandarin Alumni Committees.

Legal Adviser of NUS Business Mandarin Alumni sheds light on legal issues

Date: 28 June 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: NUS Business School Mochtar Riady Building, Seminar Room 2-2
Organiser: NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni

Mr Seah Chwee Lim, the legal Adviser of NUS Business Mandarin Alumni, conducted an informal yet fruitful lecture on legal matters to the alumni on 28 June 2014 as members gathered for the AGM. Bringing humour and intelligence to some very serious matters, Mr Seah provided free-of-charge legal consultation to alumni on any legal concerns they raised, including divorce, sponsorship of Permanent Residence for foreign couples, as well as the importance of making a will.

Mr Seah also touched on business issues including funding provided to small and medium enterprises by the Singapore government and breach of non-competition agreement as well as addressing quite a few questions surrounding real estate concerns.

A rockin’ good time at the NUS Business School Alumni Association Members’ Night!

Date: 22 May 2014 (Thursday)
Venue: Actors the Jam Bar, *SCAPE Mall
Organiser: NUS Business School Alumni Association

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nusbsa_members_nightIt was a heady night of music, fun and laughter as members gathered for the NUS Business School Alumni (BSA) Association Members’ Night on 22 May 2014, and the last one Simon Phua (BBA Hons 1976) would be attending as the association’s president.

Held at the Actors the Jam Bar, *SCAPE Mall, the event was a chance for alumni members to not only network and build connections, but ultimately unwind and have a good time among familiar faces and music. The bar is especially designed to hold jamming sessions, with electric and bass guitars, drums and even a resident keyboard player supplied. This allowed our musically inclined alumni to pick up their instrument of choice and jam the night away to a world of songs, with all lyrics provided onscreen.

The night revealed some talented alumni, with Lee Jun Xian (BBA 2008) on guitar and Lee Ming Hui (BBA 2008) on drums while other alumni showed off their dancing chops with a smooth rendition of the Cha Cha at one point. Many joined in the fun, letting their hair down as they sang and danced to favourite tunes. Others preferred the quiet ambience of the night as they took to the tables outdoors. Even an engineering alumni member joined in the festivities, fostering new relationships with business graduates.

The evening culminated in a karaoke competition with prizes sponsored by CapitaLand up for grabs. After much deliberation from the judging panel, duet partners Angela Sim (BBA 1998) and Yong Ching Lian (BAcc 1987) walked away with the first prize with Yeo Keng Joon (MBA 1985) and the duet team of Kelly from GANO and Julianti Ng (BBA 2011) receiving the second and third prizes respectively.