NCAN Reading Club

Ms.Stella Lin demystifies how to win employees heart?
NUS Business School NCAN Reading Club activity successfully kicked off in Beijing


ncan1Twenty alumni gathered at Nanjing Great Hotel on August 18 for a talk by Ms Stella Lin (BBA 1975), founder of Evolve International Executive Search & Consultancy (Singapore), on her insight and the importance of establishing trust in the workplace, based on her latest book What Do Bosses Want? The talk was organised by the NUS Business School Northern China Alumni Network, where she shared. 

She first divided people into four colours of personality citing the example of how different people come at different time points to a meeting that is scheduled to start at 9 o’clock sharp. She said that those who arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule fall into the category of ‘blue’ personality. Such people are logical, rational and hellbent on learning from analysis. But they may strike people as over aggressive sometimes. Those who arrive on time belong to the category of ‘green’ personality. These people are characterised by being attentive to details, methodical and a systematical way of doing things. But they may become too attentive to details, too rigid, too methodical and even carping. Those who arrive half an hour later are ‘red’ personalities. Such people usually take calls from friends while on the go. They are people person, friendly and caring. But they tend to be emotional, unreasonable and oversensitive. Those who ‘cannot recall such a meeting’ are ‘yellow’ personalities who tend to be talented, creative and imaginative with a holistic view. But they may be wildly imaginative and careless at times.

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In view of these four different types of personalities, she pointed out the importance of understanding them in their own thought, language and feeling at times of communication. ‘The operative word is‘respect’. It is not until you understand the pros and cons of these four personalities can you spot their respective talents and use them accordingly,’she said. ‘A team can only be complete when these four types of personalities are available and are allocated proper roles.  There is no perfect person. But there are perfect teams.’

She also shared her unique insight on how to establish trust. “The management should be willing to communicate their ideas to their team so as to increase transparency. It is only by doing so can consistency be established and objectives clarified in team building. Results will be delivered forthwith. Bosses also need to have good listening skills because listening to others means possibility and potential. ”

When it comes to the use of such knowledge, Stella proposed three measures. First, trust people and predict their changes. Second, communicate to employees what motivates you and what you are up to. Third, honour the commitment you make, which is the fastest way to build trust.

The talk, which lasted nearly three hours, saw an interactive participation amongst the alumni, and  a few also shared their insights on how to use, retain and nurture talents.  

Alumni Connection in London 2014

Date: 4 October 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 3 pm
Venue: Browns Bar & Brasserie at Covent Garden, London, UK

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The heavy rain and train service disruption did not deter the spirits of alumni members as they gathered for a cozy late lunch at Browns Bar & Brassiere on 4 October 2014. The group of ten alumni from various degree programmes met for the gathering, which was hosted by Professor Kulwant Singh.

Key driver for the event was Nichole Detering, supported by her batch mate, Navdeep Singla. They got the chance to catch up MBA Class of 2008 course mates, Abhijeet Singh and Sushant Sharma. Conversation flowed easily amongst the group, as they reminisced over old times and chatted excitedly about their lives since graduating. Nichole, Abhijeet and Kavita Kumar (BBA Hons 2002) got along particularly well as all three had attended the past two alumni meet-up sessions in London.

Besides Navdeep, new faces at the gathering included Dietmar Rathbauer (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2010) and two classmates from MBA Class of 2010, Suvira Varma and Thomas Kleipass. The youngest alumnus among them was Alex Ma (BBA 2012), who is currently pursuing his MBA after working in the finance sector in Singapore for a couple of years. Prof Kulwant was especially pleased to meet alumnus William Ho (BBA 1983), who graduated a year after him. Being an alumnus himself, from the BBA (Hons) Class of 1982 and MBA Class of 1990, Prof Kulwant was a perfect and most gracious host for the lunch.

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Everyone thoroughly enjoyed catching up and promises were made to keep in touch. By the end of lunch, plans for yet another gathering had already been discussed for the end of the year!

If you are based out of Singapore and would like to connect with other alumni in your city, be sure to update your current location on your alumni profile on the Bizalum Directory.

NUS Business School Eminent Business Alumni Awards 2014

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Event: NUS Accountancy Networking Evening 2014

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15345608190_f4be4e935e_oWe always seek ways to connect our alumni with current NUS Business School undergraduates so that they can share their experiences, and the Accountancy Networking Event is proving to be a popular avenue to achieve this. Given the success of the first Accountancy Networking Event on 20 February 2014, the second was held at CPA Australia on 24 September 2014 and attracted a great turnout of 30 alumni and 60 students.

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Derrick Kew, President of NUS Bizad Club, did a fantastic job as host for the evening, and we were pleased to have the support of some distinguished guests. Mr Loh Uantchern (BAcc 1987), Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Accountancy Commission, Adjunct Professor and Immediate Past President of Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore attended once again; Mr Melvin Yong, General Manager of CPA Australia and Associate Professor Chng Chee Kiong, Vice-Dean of Nus Business School delivered the opening speeches while Mr Sonny Yuen, President of NUS Business School Alumni Association, did the honours for the closing speech of the evening. It was also good to see that quite a few of our alumni had returned to support the second session.

14911082483_d8ee707b3f_oIt was a delightful evening filled with friendly conversation, and guests savoured the generous buffet spread sponsored by CPA Australia and mock tail bar sponsored by NUS Business School Alumni Association.

But more importantly, the students benefited tremendously from the professional insights shared by our alumni, and also learned about the wide range of career options open to an Accountancy degree holder. Some even managed to secure internship opportunities during the event – great testimony to the event indeed!

Rag Homecoming 2014

Date: 25 July 2014 (Friday)
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Atrium at Mochtar Riady Building
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Organised by NUS Students’ Business Club (Bizad Club), the Rag Homecoming is unique to the NUS Business School and provides a platform for alumni to gather and reminisce as well as connect with students.

This year’s Rag Homecoming, held on 25 July 2014, saw alumni and experienced Raggers having a great time networking and sharing their experiences with the juniors, before being treated to an exclusive sneak preview of the School’s float and a special performance by the students. The juniors received valuable feedback and tips on float building and dance and cheer choreography from both their seniors and alumni. It is this great teamwork and fighting spirit from both the current and past Rag and Flag Bizad teams that have enabled the School to maintain its tradition of excellence in clinching top awards each year.

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True to the “B’Rag” spirit, our students worked hard for months building the float from scratch and practicing their performances for the Rag Day on 8 August 2014, at University Town. They also pounded the streets two days earlier, on Flag Day (6 August 2014) to collect donations all over Singapore for this year’s beneficiary, the Hougang Sheng Hong Family Service Centre. More than $104,000 was raised in donations this year – $70,000 more than any other NUS faculty. Once again, NUS Business School came up tops to win both the Rag Gold and Flag Gold Awards.

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NUS Business School Oktoberfest 2014

Date: 9 October 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Venue: Brotzeit Vivocity
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The prospect of feasting on a delectable spread of Bavarian cuisine and indulging in a free flow of beer proved irresistible to over 100 of our MBA alumni and students as they gathered at Brotzeit Vivo City for Oktoberfest, one of the biggest nights on the NUS Business School MBA calendar. Many also viewed the evening as a great way to network and reconnect with old classmates.

A scenic view of Sentosa by night across the waterway added to the heady atmosphere as festivalgoers tucked into traditional German fare and downed great German beer in an al-fresco setting. Some attendees even

committed fully to the spirit of Oktoberfest by dressing up in traditional German costume.

It was the first alumni event since graduating for Sudheer Kumar Shetty (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2013). Fully aware that Oktoberfest has a reputation for being a great night out, he made it a point to attend to catch up with old friends and make new connections. And he wasn’t alone. MBA 2013 coursemates Janesh Janardhanan (JJ to his friends) Saurav Sahu, Zoltan and Ashish came with the same spirit. This group of firm friends enjoyed an evening of food, drink and great company. Having been busy with work and personal commitments over the past year, they all felt that Oktoberfest was a prime opportunity for them to check in with one another once again and see how their respective careers had developed.

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Also hoping to forge new links was Bob Tor and Kwek Chok Ming, the public relations officer and the president of the NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association respectively. They saw the yearly bash as a good platform to interest future members and grow the alumni network.

Current MBA students also took advantage of the evening to mingle with alumni, and of course the allure of free-flow beer factored into the draw of the event! Kosuke, who hails from Japan, was one of the many happy revellers. No stranger to Oktoberfest, he revealed that this popular beer festival is celebrated a few times a year in his home country! Fellow students Gaurav Havelin and Ken cited networking as one of their reasons for attending the occasion, as did Chan Yau Fei, who shared that he made several useful networking contacts during the course of the evening.

Members of the current MBA cohort, Steven Ladd and Celavi, president of the Student Council, shared similar viewpoints of their MBA experience to date, and the Oktoberfest event as a key highlight. Canadian student Steven chose Asia for his MBA studies and gravitated towards NUS Business School because he felt that “NUS was the obvious choice” while Celavi said: “I feel that having an MBA contributes greatly in achieving career goals and I chose NUS specifically because it’s a top-tier programme in Asia.”

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As the evening progressed and the beer lowered inhibitions, both alumni and current students ramped up the fun quotient, at one stage taking part in the conga and competing to see who could finish the biggest pint of beer in the Oktoberfest Challenge.  Judging by the merriment had by all, one thing’s for sure – we’ll see some familiar faces at Oktoberfest next year as well!

NUSBSA Reunion Dinner 2014

Date: 12 September 2014 (Friday)
Time: 7pm – 10.30 pm
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Grand Ballroom
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NUSBSA Reunion Dinner (2) It was an evening of style and glamour as this year’s NUSBSA Reunion Dinner kicked off at Hilton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. The annual affair once again created a chance for all Business School students to reconnect with old friends and network with all NUS Business School alumni.

“While I didn’t manage to meet any from my class cohort, I did meet some of my seniors and juniors.”  Tony Silva (BBA1985) said.

“I am looking to explore possible bursary sponsorship with the School to help financially challenged students and, at the same time, meet with like-minded individuals,” Timothy Liew.

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A retro-themed photo booth provided an interesting twist that evening. Attendees were treated to a sumptuous dinner as Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean of NUS Business School, took to the stage to give his opening address as well as to thank the donors of NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) Social Impact Prize, which was spearheaded by Mr Simon Phua, the immediate Past President of NUSBSA. First of its kind at the School to award undergraduate students who have not only done well academically, but have also demonstrated their passion for community services and contributed meaningfull to the society.

Gareth Tan (XXX 2014 – current student) shared his enthusiasm for the event, saying: “Since it’s my first time here, though I’m not familiar with many, I managed to catch up with some of my alumni friends.”

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Arthur Tan (BBA 1992), one of the NUSBSA Board of Directors and organising chair of the event, summed up the night’s events: “The committee’s objective was simple: reach out to the alumni for a get together. Judging from the impressive turnout of about 350 attendees and everyone’s high spirits, I am glad to say that we have succeeded in bringing together the alumni and allowing them to catch up in a fun and lively setting.”

NUS Business School Golf Reunion Challenge 2014

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15529312881_8e2c59b700_oThe Golf Reunion Challenge kicked off in full swing this year with more attendees and five more flights than the year before. Held at the Singapore Island Country Club on 25 September 2014, the event was a joint effort by NUS Business School Alumni Association, NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni and MBA Alumni-NUS, and supported by GANO. The much-anticipated yearly reunion offers alumni the chance to network over a fun-filled game of golf.

Laughter filled the registration area as participants exchanged warm greetings and banter that set the tone for the friendly rivalry that was to continue throughout the day. As players joked over t-shirt sizes and old times, many also expressed concern over the dark clouds that threatened to put a damper on the day’s programme. However, the drizzle soon made way for clear skies that were more befitting the unwavering enthusiasm of the players.

Amongst this year’s attendees was organising committee member and current President of NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association, Kwek Chok Ming (BBA 1978). A strong supporter of NUS events, Chok Ming summed up the event: “It’s not so much about the game as it is about creating a sense

of camaraderie and catching up with friends.” Founding member and first President of NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association, Robin Ng (Executive Program 1981), mirrored his sentiments, stressing the significance of the get-together in forging new ties and strengthening old ones.

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Following a hearty buffet lunch, golfers took to the pristine fairway, ready to commence the 18-hole game, but not before snapping a candid group photo with cheerful shouts of “Huat ah!” heard all around. Players were all smiles as the day drew to a close and they headed off to prepare for the night’s celebrations.

Refreshed and in high spirits from a good day’s game, alumni reconvened at the country club’s grand ballroom for a sumptuous seven-course dinner. The night’s entertainment was provided by emcee Lee Ming Hui (BBA 2008), a board director of NUS Business School Alumni, who kept the audience entertained throughout the evening. Chairperson of the organising committee, Tan Boon Chin (APEX MBA 2003) took to the stage to welcome guests and thanked everyone for their continuous support.

During the awards ceremony, prizes were handed out for a range of categories, including “Longest Drive” and “88th Best Golfer.” Colin Chow (BBA 1981) presented the Challenge Trophy to the class of 1981, the selected class for the year, while the coveted Dean’s Cup went to the triumphant NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association. In the great spirit of the event, last year’s holders, the Business School Alumni Association gave hearty congratulations as they conceded the title, but made it clear that the game was on for next year!

However, everyone was a winner that night as the ongoing lucky draw dip saw all players walk away with prizes. The three alumni association presidents Dr Michael Teng (MBA 1987), Kwek Chok Ming and Sonny Yuen (BBA 1985) were among those called to conduct the draw, and laughter broke out when Yeo Keng Joon (MBA 1985) was called to the stage, only to pick his own name out of the draw. He gallantly called upon his wife, Kong Yuet Peng (MBA 1986), to collect the prize on his behalf! Much to everyone’s amusement, the couple met again on stage later in the evening when Keng Joon gave out the prizes to the championship’s female winners, presenting his wife a prize for second place.

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Alumni walked away with prizes from sponsors such as Greg Norman Apparel, Mizuno and Chivas among others. Terence Chee (BBA 1981) clinched the prize of free golf lessons, to which the crowd sportingly responded with shouts of “he doesn’t need it!” Ivan Loh (UCLA-EMBA 2013) from flight 14A, meanwhile, scored the grand prize – a three-month membership at Mana Mana Beach Club.

For the championship’s individual categories, both Max Foo and Teng Chia Chang, whom are the friends of the NUS Business School, claimed this year’s 1st Prize in the men’s category and men’s second division. Toh Siew (Advanced Management Programme 1997) went up to receive first place in the women’s category, as the crowd clapped appreciatively and remarked, “always the champion.”

Adding to the festivities was the birthday celebration for all September babies – Director of GANO, Ng Pheck Choo, Kwek Chok Ming and Sonny Yuen among them. As the trio gathered around the cake to make their birthday wishes, the crowd teasingly joked that their wish would be to raise one million dollars in donations for next year’s special golf charity drive in honour of NUS’ 50th anniversary celebrations.

Congratulations to all who took part in the Golf Challenge this year. In particular, we would like to commend the efforts of the organising committee and sponsors for making the event a success. And of course a warm thank you to everyone present for keeping the alumni spirit alive – you were the real champions.

NUS Bizad Charity Run 2015

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Bizad Run 2015-1293Light clouds and a gentle cool breeze made the perfect setting for the fifth NUS Bizad Charity Run, held on 10 January 2015 at the National University of Singapore campus. This annual event is a chance for students and alumni, as well as members of the teaching faculty and staff, to get together in a relaxed and fun environment and contribute to a good cause.

This year’s race was particularly momentous as it marked the 50th anniversary of both the Business School, with proceeds going to the event’s chosen charity, Assumption Pathway School, as well as the NUS Business School Alumni Association Bursary Funds, which support undergraduate students in need of financial assistance. And in what is becoming a typical trend, the event raised a record-breaking $140,000 and drew more than 1,300 participants, more than any of the previous years!

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The venue was abuzz with the excited chatter of participants as they took their places at the starting line outside the Mochtar Riady Building. Among the sea of red Bizad t-shirts were enthusiastic students from Assumption Pathway School and members of the public, many of whom ran with their spouses, children and even canine companions.

This year’s routes were drawn up by Benn Ng (BBA 1989). An experienced runner and NUS Business School alumnus, Benn decided to contribute his knowledge to the worthy cause and joined the event’s organising committee. “I wanted to make the terrain a little more challenging than last year’s by including hills and staircases,” he relayed. The new and improved routes also offered participants a chance to explore the campus and share their experiences with family members and friends as they reminisced about their schooling experiences. Upon completing the run, many participants expressed their enjoyment at being able to discover parts of the campus they had never seen before!

Mr Colin Chow (BBA 1981), Director of NUS Business School Alumni, came dressed in the spirit of the

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day in bright green shorts and a bandana. His enthusiasm was infectious as he spoke animatedly about the day’s events. “It’s a fun event but, more importantly, it’s a chance to give back and do some good,” he explained. “We have a 10-kilometre run for more serious runners and a five-kilometre run, which the whole family can participate in.”

Among participants was also former national gymnast and alumna Lim Heem Wei (BBA 2014), who flagged off the first batch of runners. Asked if she’d be returning to next year’s race, her spirited reply was “I’d love to!”

Summing up the spirit of the event, Guest-of-Honour Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, reminded participants that there is no better way to celebrate how far we have come than by giving back: “More than the funds raised, it is the spirit of reaching out that makes this event so important. Let us continue to demonstrate this spirit and build a better Singapore!”

MBA Class of 2011 Reunion

Date: 15 August 2014
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Chill Lab, NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
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MBA Class of 2011_P3The reunion of the MBA Class of 2011 on 15 August 2014 saw a turnout of around 60 staff, alumni and faculty members, ready for a night of networking and nostalgia. Coordinated by Global Alumni Network Office (GANO), the reunion was made even sweeter with the invitation extended to the 2012 and 2010 MBA cohorts.

Dean of NUS Business School Prof Bernard Yeung kicked off the festivities by updating all present on the School’s achievements and thank everyone for continuing to be important ambassadors of the school. Mr Luke Donnelly (MBA 2011), the evening’s emcee, peppered his speech with light-hearted quips that drew appreciative laughter and ended his address with: “You must all enjoy yourselves or you will be escorted off the premises!”

And enjoy themselves they did, if the buzz of conversation was anything to go by. The spirit of camaraderie was in full swing throughout the evening as alumni mixed and mingled to relive their shared times in classes while catching up on the latest news on fellow course mates. The presentation of a video yearbook ramped up the nostalgia quotient. Mr Lee Pak Kiong (MBA 2011) summing up the atmosphere said: “It was good meeting old friends. They all look younger compared to when we were attending the course – not so stressed!”

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This sense of familiarity and friendship were what convinced many to make a special effort to attend, including 2011 course mates, Mr Roland Lim and Mr Daljeet Minhas. Mr Lim remarked: “Other than golf networking, I haven’t been in contact for some time, but this evening was important for me to come to show my support for the School and catch up with old friends.” Agreeing, Mr Minhas said: “I am based in Indonesia but a business trip here luckily coincided with this event. Whenever I’m in Singapore, I make it a point to keep in contact.”

Besides being an avenue for alumni to catch up with old course mates, such events also provide a platform to build connections across cohorts, something that Mr Ni Chun (MBA 2011) was looking forward to. “After graduation, I returned to Shanghai. But my wife (a graduate of the 2010 MBA cohort) and I decided to return to Singapore last year after selling off my business,” he said. “I’m hoping to get some inspiration for my next business venture from my fellow alumni tonight,” Ni Chun explained.

Even the professors and staff were not immune to the common bond forged during term time. Prof Ravi Jain actively mingled with alumni throughout the evening and commented: “I enjoy catching up with my past students and understanding how they have applied their learning in their present careers.”

Executive Director for NUS Business School, Ms Joan Tay drop by to catch up with the 2011 MBA cohort. “This would have been one of the last batches I guided during my time in the Careers Office,” she said, “so it is interesting to see what positions they have secured since.”

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Those who were unable to attend still had their voices heard. Among them were Arthur Leung, Neda Tanaga, Jayson Huang, Neha Singla, Clark Wang and Alexander Freberg, who all sent their well wishes from across the miles via email or video message and expressed their disappointment at missing the event.

Parveen Gandhi (APEX MBA 2008), Director of MBA Alumni – NUS summed up the general feeling for the night: “It is important to maintain connections and support events like tonight to keep the alumni network strong.”