Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Time: 6.45pm to 9.30pm
Venue: CPA Australia, One Raffles Place
More than 40 alumni and their guests gathered at CPA Australia to attend the NUSBSA Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Talk on Mergers and Acquisitions on 7 June 2016. Organised in collaboration with CPA Australia, the event served as a platform for alumni to exchange knowledge and gain invaluable insights into accountanting related topics.
“We are constantly looking for ways to engage our alumni while keeping them up to date on the latest trends,” explains NUSBSA Vice President, Chua Hung Meng (BBA, 1981). “That’s why we focus on topics that are relevant and current.” And who better to introduce the night’s theme than the former Managing Director of the Private Equity Funds Investment Unit of Temasek Holdings, Mr Kelvin Tan (BAcc 1987/MBA 1997). A member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, Mr Tan has had more than 25 years of professional and management experience under his belt.
Loh Lai Ping (BAcc, 1987), who attended the session to keep up to date with the accounting industry, was pleasantly surprised by how much she learnt. “I feel that the talk is very industry-oriented and the topic is relevant to the sector,” she said, “The accountancy field is very dynamic, and I’m glad I learnt something new.” Charlene Kwok Kar Wai (BBA, 1997), a regular at CPE talks, mirrored her sentiments. “I look forward to sessions like these as the topics covered are often relevant to the nature of my work,” she says. “And I leave with a much better and deeper understanding of the topic.”
Despite the heavy subject, Mr Tan kept the audience engaged with his personal anecdotes and real-life examples to communicate concepts so that they remained relevant, but relatable.
Semi-retired accountant Sharon Kwek (BAcc, 1973) gained invaluable insights on the latest news in the financial sector. “I still hold investments in SGX-listed companies and I wanted to keep up to date,” she said, “At the same time, I was also hoping to gain added knowledge and insights from our speaker, especially for future investments I want to make.”
For Winston Yeo (BAcc, 1986), what was intended to be another learning session turned out to be much more for him. “I came here because I was interested in the topic and wanted to find out more,” he said, “So imagine my surprise when I found my batch mates attending the same talk!”
Looking at the fruitful experiences and positive feedback from the alumni, we are already looking forward to the next CPE event.