Date: 29 September 2016
Time: 7–10 pm
Venue: Brotzeit, VivoCity
Delicious craft beers, authentic German cuisine and a roaring good time. That was what MBA alumni and students had to look forward to as they gathered at Brotzeit, VivoCity for Oktoberfest. As one of the biggest nights on the NUS Business School MBA calendar, the evening was the perfect occasion for attendees to network and mingle while letting their hair down. And boy, was it a party to remember!
Laughter and chatter punctuated the pumping music from the live band as MBA alumni and students reconnected over mugs of free-flow beer and platters of pork sausages. The singer of the band also did a great job of keeping everyone entertained with his multiple costume changes, which included a blown-up suit that he donned while impersonating Elvis Presley and singing Good Luck Charm. At one point in the evening, he even went around the restaurant on stilts to engage with the audience!
First-year MBA student Yana Te-Cheng Chen, who was attending Oktoberfest for the first time, was blown away by the festivities. “I came with the intention of networking and learning from the alumni, but I never thought that it would be so much fun!” Her sentiments were shared by many others including Manjit Paha (MBA 2013), who declared that Oktoberfest was the best NUS event of the year. “I always make it a point to attend this event,” he shares. “Other than the fact that there’s always beer and food, it’s also a great opportunity for me to network and catch up with classmates and friends whom I’ve not seen for years.”
With the warm atmosphere and camaraderie of the evening, it was little surprise that many new links and connections were forged such as that between EMBA alumni Gerhard Schick, who hailed from Germany, and David Ringrose, who was from Ireland. Meeting for the first time at Oktoberfest, they spent the rest of the night in conversation and were later joined by Gerhard’s fellow classmate Leow Chiap Seng.
As the evening progressed and the beer lowered inhibitions, both alumni and current students ramped up the fun quotient, with many taking part in a conga line around the restaurant. Kavi, a current student from India who attended the event despite having an exam the next day, best summed up the night when he said: “I didn’t expect to meet so many people and make so many friends tonight. Oktoberfest really lives up to its reputation of being the most highly anticipated and fun event.” Prost to the next Oktoberfest!