Date: 14 January 2015
Time: 6.30 to 9.30 pm
Venue: The Penny Black, Boat Quay
It was an evening of great fun, awesome food and lots of laughter as NUS Masters of Science in Management [MSc (Science)] students and alumni gathered at The Penny Black to start the New Year on the right foot.
The event marked a special milestone as the group was celebrating the launch of the NUS MSc (Management) Alumni Club or MMAC for short. Started by a group of six young alumni who formed the core Executive Committee, and supported by the Global Alumni Network Office of the school, it was the start of the group’s effort to bring together graduates from the programme across different graduation years.
Strengthening alumni networks
MMAC Executive Member, Akanksha Batura (MSc 2015) said, “The club serves as a platform for us to create opportunities for alumni to meet and continually strengthen our networks, thus enriching our professional experience even after we start working.”
Many of the alumni treasured the opportunity to rekindle old friendships. “While we havebeen able to meet informally from time to time as a group, such events supported by the school makes it easier to stay in touch and reach out to even more people,” said Dennis Le (MSc 2015). “And it’s a great location, right next to my office!”
Fellow Exco member, Law Yi Ming (MSc 2015) shared
the sentiment that fuelled his desire to set up the club, “We aim to create a strong MSc (Mgt) community to enhance the MSc (Mgt) experience socially and professionally beyond graduation by providing opportunities for alumni and students to interact, exchange experiences and support one another.”
“We should be part of the experience for the students and give them a sense of belonging to the community. That’s why we need to engage them early to share ideas and provide support.” And he walks the talk – taking up hosting duties for the night.
Inspiring current students
Dr Jumana Zahalka, Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Academic) and Senior Lecturer, emphasized, “Despite their different nationalities, all the students have one thing in common – a desire to enhance their work experiences. This new club will be a valuable platform to the students as they forge their own career paths, guided and inspired by the alumni.”
That was definitely the case for current student HuangMian. “I’m here to talk to the alumni, listen to their stories and experiences and gain advice, particularly in job hunting,” he shared.
Fellow students Sun Qingwei and Guo Zihe agreed. “It’s always great to hear from someone who’s actually in the field – you’ll get a first-hand insight into a particular career,” Qingwe added.
From strength to strength
Giving back to the School was a sentiment expressed by many of the participants that night.
“I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences as an alumna with the students,” said Michelle Yap (MSc 2015), expressing a common sentiment among the alumni present, much to the delight of many current students. Likewise, Rohit Lara (MSc 1997) also welcomed the opportunity to forge new connections and hope to be a mentor for the students.
A lively ‘human’ bingo game generated such as buzz as participants worked the room to fill their bingo sheets with names of others who fulfilled diverse criteria ranging from work, travel and language experiences to special interests and abilities such as bungee jumping and musical prowess! It was a great activity and one that descended into much hilarity for all.
Current student Haram found the night to be both entertaining and useful. “This has been a great event to meet alumni and get ideas for a future career after graduation,” he said.
The successful event had greatly encouraged the MMAC Exco to continue their efforts.
“We are glad that this event was so well-received among students and alumni, and would like to thank everyone for turning up – the event definitely would not have been as much fun without your full support and active participation! Our appreciation to GANO and the NUS Business School Programme Office for their great support, “said Yi Ming.
“We’re already planning for the next gathering! So keep in touch and stay tuned on the official MMAC Facebook group.”
NUS MSc (Management) Alumni Club
Secretariat: Law Yi Ming & Kelly Soh
Communications: Akanksha Batura & Jasmine Guo
Programmes: Durwin Ho & Thing Jia Lian
To be a valuable and well-integrated stakeholder of the NUS MSc (Management) Programme.
The NUS MSc (Management) Alumni Club seeks to:
- Forge a strong common identity among students and alumni by providing and being involved in more platforms of interaction.
- Further the brand name and enhance the collective reputation of the Programme by contributing back to the NUS community and society.