Date: 28 July 2016
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House
Orientation for the latest intake of NUS MBA students started on a high note with the Explore Singapore tour to key landmarks in Singapore, followed by a networking dinner with peers and esteemed alumni at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House.
The atmosphere was buzzing with energy. Honorary Assistant Secretary of the MBA Alumni-NUS, Dr Suanny Gouw, who was the tour leader and performed emcee duties for the evening, commented on the ambience: “It’s lively! We want the students to network and speak to people from different backgrounds.”
For many of the new intake, it was the stellar reputation of NUS Business School that attracted them to the MBA programme. Current MBA student Michael Chang Tat Wen, from Malaysia, said in Mandarin, “To excel in Asia, NUS Business School is number one. I’ve made a lot of friends and the staff here are so supportive.” Park Dong Jin from Korea added, “This School has a great reputation and strong alumni network. I’m excited to be meeting so many new people.” Fellow student Divya Kunaparaju moved from India to Singapore for volunteer work eight years ago and jumped at the opportunity to pursue her MBA programme with NUS Business School. “I wanted to be a part of it,” she said.
Some applied for their MBA due to its diverse student and staff population, coupled with Singapore’s status as a gateway to Southeast Asia. Kunyarat Ardchon, who hails from Thailand, said, “NUS Business School is one of the best schools to attend if you want to get a feel for the Asian market. Singapore is so diverse, and I can meet people from all around the world.” Likewise, German student Andreas Kress came to Singapore to discover a new outlook on the world, commenting, “I’m excited to be here. I travel quite a bit and I’ve wanted to explore Asia for a long time.”
Alumni were also glad to be back, with many of them sharing their personal experiences on the MBA programme with current students. Sven Neumann (MBA 2007) tries to support the networking dinner each year to stay in touch and share his insights with the new cohort: “I have been involved in the MBA mentorship programme, so it’s great to come here and speak to new students.” Patricia Reed (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2013) expressed how much she enjoyed the event: “I’ve spoken to a lot of people – students and alumni – and I believe that the alumni network here is diverse, with many opportunities to make new contacts.”
Vipa Sasalakna from Thailand, and Assylbek Tanashikov from Kazakhstan both expressed how much they enjoyed the tour earlier in the day. “We went to the Old Parliament House and the barrage. Both places were very interesting,” Assylbek enthused. Vipa chipped in, “It was very informative! The School is quite far out from the city, and for those of us who are not familiar with the place, we now know where to go for what we need.”
The evening ended as lively as it began. Students left with a new outlook and new friends, eager to embark on the MBA programme, while alumni enjoyed the opportunity to share in this excitement, reconnecting with old friends and forging new connections for the future.