It was a night of celebration, accomplishments and
recognition as NUS Business Alumni gathered at the Mandarin Orchard by Meritus, Singapore on 04 November 2014 for the NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2014. Held biennially, the prestigious event serves to recognise alumni who have distinguished thems elves in their respective fields and made considerable contributions to the larger community.
Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, set the tone for the evening’s festivities with his keynote address, recapping Singapore’s journey from independence and highlighting the importance of education in the nation’s growth. He ended his speech by addressing the alumni present as future business leaders and encouraged them to nurture their workforce to drive Singapore ever forward.
The recipients of the Eminent Business Alumni Awards are truly the cream of the crop. Peter Seah (BBA Hons 1968), Chairman of the Awards Committee, spoke of the challenges the selection committee faced in picking the winners. “We had to choose from a list of 23 nominated candidates, all of whom have successful careers, provided committed service to the school or are young graduates who have displayed excellent performance,” he said. “This time was especially challenging as, in light of next year being our 50th anniversary, we not only had to select those who are outstanding but also well-rounded individuals who embody the NUS Business School spirit and can do the School proud.”
Sprinkled with toasts and laughter, a palpable sense of camaraderie permeated the night as attendees mixed and mingled, congratulating the recipient while laughing over shared memories of their time on campus. For many, this was a time to connect and meet up with old friends whom they had not seen since graduation. Even the overseas alumni marked this event in their calendars like Stella Lin Hee Shiu Cheng (BBA 1975), Executive member of NUS Business School Northern China Alumni Network, who flew to Singapore from Beijing for work. “I especially arrived in Singapore a day early so I could make it tonight,” she said. “It’s always great to be able to meet old classmates and I’m happy to have made it.”
David Shaw Tze Tuan (BBA 1981), who came to support his friend Janet Ang, who was honoured that evening, lauded the ceremony, saying: “Events such as these are good for expanding my present network, allowing me to build new connections and, of course, to renew contacts with old friends.” His army buddy Tan Wang Cheow (BACC 1981), Chairman and Director of Food Empire, shared the same sentiments, commenting: “I even got to touch base with one of my classmates from Vietnam this evening.”
Past recipients and current students also joined in the celebrations. Robin Ng Chee Chuan who was honoured with the Alumni Services Awards in 2010, shared his thoughts in Mandarin, saying: It is very heartening to see our alumni, who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the various industries, being affirmed and recognized for their accomplishments and their contributions to the School and society. This year’s awards also showcase our alumni excelling not just in their career but also in sports, and certainly Jasmine Ser does the School and nation proud in being a prominent feature of the Singapore shooting scene.
Fellow alumni Mr Howie Lau commented that he makes it a point to come back for all the activities NUS organises. Current MBA undergraduates Mondy and Vera were keen to gain insights from and connect with the alumni spanning the years and mingle with their fellow coursemates, which they did with much chatter and laughter.
As the recipients went on stage to collect their awards and make their speeches, the room erupted in cheers and applause. Mr Sonny Yuen (BBA 1985), President of the NUS Business School Alumni Association and awards committee member, showed his pride in the recipients. “Selecting from so many deserving nominees was tough, but we have some excellent award winners including a few international candidates and a deserving young lady,” he said, referring to Ms Jasmine Ser Xiang Wei (BBA 2014), who is the Olympic Games representative for Singapore.
The night ended on a high note with the unveiling of the new logo for NUS Business School’s 50th anniversary with the slogan “Leading from Asia”.
First-time attendee Kevin Goh Di Yao, who is an active member of the NUS Bizad Charity 2015 committee, best summed up the event when he said: “Tonight has been an eye opener for me. It’s good to be here and this has inspired me to give back too.”
NUS Business School would like to once again congratulate all the recipients of the NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2014. You have done us proud.
Click here to view the list of recipient of NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2014.