Accountancy Alumni Networking Evening 2015

Date: 26 May 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Venue: ISCA House, Cecil Street

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Accountancy Alumni Networking Evening 2015 18179037952_8a8ab9ab26_o 18182625975_55eb6c0c5d_oISCA House was once again the venue for our networking event though this time it was only for graduates from our Accountancy programme. It was an evening of fun, laughter and great cheer as  Accountancy alumni  across all years, from the first graduating accounting cohort in 1967 to the latest batch of 2014 graduates came together. For some of our alumni, it was the first alumni gathering that they had attended. It was a chance to reconnect with old friends while mingling with the next generation of young accountants to share their insights and industry experience.

And that was exactly what Mr. Roch Low (BAcc 1984) hoped to achieve. In his speech, Roch shared how he felt proud and fulfilled after being more involved with the alumni community as a student mentor and a Director with NUS Business School Alumni Association. He rallied his fellow alumni saying: “NUS Accountancy has shaped us to be who we are today. Now, it’s time for us to give back and support the  NUS Business School community by being mentors to guide the future graduates and ensure that the spirit of NUS Accountancy stays strong.” Mr Roch Low’s sentiments were shared by Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies  and an Accountancy alumnus himself, Prof Chng Chee Kiong (BAcc 1987), Prof Chng encouraged alumni to share full time and internship opportunities with our undergraduate students. To help our students gain industry exposure, Prof Chng explained how our students worked on case studies for companies as part of their Management Practicum, and urged the alumni to consider areas where our students could support their companies.

Prof Chng also shared a snippet on the history of NUS Accountancy programme, which accounted for a gap of 16 years between two groups of our Accountancy alumni.

The earlier group of Accountancy alumni started from our pioneer Class of 1967 up until the Class of 1993. Though NUS School of Accountancy moved over to newly formed Nanyang Technological Institute in 1987, NTI graduates continued to have their Bachelor of Accountancy degrees conferred by NUS until 1993. In 2006, NUS relaunched the Accountancy programme as the NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) degree. Thus starting a younger group of alumni who graduated from Class of 2009 onwards. NUS Business School, through its Global Alumni Network Office is hoping to bridge the gap between these two groups by organising an annual networking event as well as student-alumni sharing sessions.

The air of camaraderie was palpable as pioneer alumni interacted with the younger alumni, sharing their vast experience and imparting invaluable advice. Philip Tan (BAcc 2014) was among the lucky few who benefitted from the wisdom of pioneer alumnus Mr Lim Chuang (BAcc 1979) when he advised that accountants should go overseas “at least once” to broaden their horizons and gain much-needed experience. We were also pleased to welcome alumnus Wan Tuck Wah from the first  graduating Class of BAcc 1987, who encouraged fresh graduates to join a professional auditing firm first to gain more experience across industries.

Kenneth Leong (BAcc 2014) perfectly summed up the delightful evening when he said: “It is these kinds of events that make me appreciate the versatility of the accountancy experience and that has enabled me to discover a world of opportunities in various fields beyond my expectations.”

Prof Chng shared many things – he encouraged alumni to share full time and internship opportunities with our students, explained about our Management Practicum and offered our students to help in case studies for companies.

Prof Chng also shared some of the history of the Accountancy programme. In 1987, the School of Accountancy moved over to newly-formed Nanyang Technological Institute. However, NTI graduates continue to have their Bachelor of Accountancy degrees conferred by NUS until the 1993 graduating class (1991 intake). The faculty at NUS was renamed Faculty of Business Administration.

The NUS Bachelor of Business Administration (Accountancy) programme was relaunched in 2006 with the first cohort graduated in 2009. Hence, there is a gap of 16 years between the two groups of Accountancy alumni which the Global Alumni Network Office is hoping to bridge by organising an annual networking event for the alumni, as well as through student-alumni sharing sessions.

Launch of Women’s Wing for NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA)

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Time: 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Venue: NUSS Suntec City

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Launch of Women's Wing for NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA)AP4_5826AP4_5991AP4_6261AP4_5708NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) finally launched its Alumni Women’s Wing on the evening of 22 May 2015. More than 40 alumni and guests turned up to celebrate, drawn by an email invitation that promised an AWWsome night for AWWsome women.

Ms Joey Gan (BBA 1986), Vice President of NUSBSA, explained the motivation for her and her committee members to work over the last year to make the launch happen: “Women are a force to be reckoned with. For so long, it’s been the men that have been leading, and we wanted to set up a chapter that could give the women’s perspective.” She added that NUS Business School graduates are predominantly female and it had come a time when the balance needed to be addressed and the women’s voices heard. “Women can contribute, so this chapter gives them a platform to meet and put forward ideas, but more importantly it provides a network for women to learn from and support one another.”

Joey was supported by her team comprising of alumni volunteers Ms Carrie Chan (BBA 1987), Ms Catherine Chai (BBA 1992), Ms Sharon Kwek (BAcc 1973) and M Tan Swee Cheng (BBAcc 1990). “Joey mentioned a year ago as Vice President of the NUSBSA committee that she felt female participation was lacking,” recalled NUSBSA President Mr Sonny Yuen (BBA 1985). In his welcome speech he urged women graduates of NUS Business School to step forward and play a more active role in supporting both the alumni and student community.

Most of the guests came to the event hoping to learn from one another, to gather women’s perspectives on current issues and to build a supportive women’s group. For Ms Listar Nguyen (BBA 2006): “AWW is a great way for women to come together to share experiences and give advice on things like giving orders to older men in the workplace, or coping with work/life balance, or being a woman leader.” And for many there that night, including Ms Jiang Xin Yan (BAcc 2012) and Ms Genevieve Yeo (BBA 2010), it was the first time they had attended an alumni event and they were drawn by the fresh perspective the evening promised.

And a fresh perspective was what guests got. The AWW committee wanted to remove all barriers to active networking, so there was not a table in sight. To promote a relaxed atmosphere that would encourage networking, the committee invited Mr Prabu K Nadu from Facilitators Network Singapore to host a personality profiling game that got everyone communicating. The game illuminated the different personality types in the work place, the types of roles best suited to each type, and the different ways they communicated and could be perceived by others. Guests gathered in groups according to the colour code that best described their personality and the room was abuzz with chatter as each group actively shared common experiences. AWW also wanted to hear from those present on what they hoped to get out of future events, so throughout the evening women were encouraged to write their hopes on a notice board at the back of the room. Comments ran the gamut from better relationships at home and work to finding Mr Right.

The highlight of the evening was the insights shared by Guest-of-Honour Ms Grace Ban (BBA 1977), former Managing Director of Estee Lauder Cosmetics. In her talk, “Yes you can have it all”, she revealed her recipe for as multi-faceted life. She advised alumni to assess their priorities and plan their time accordingly, maintain a laser focus on defined goals and reverse engineer the plan backwards to make it happen. She also stressed the importance of having a social network of support, which was why she had been keen to give her support to the evening’s event. “You can’t do it alone. You must put people at the centre of all you do,” she advised. Her stories of women in her workplace who had made a difference by not taking “no” for an answer and finding ways around temporary barriers to progress inspired the room, as did her strength to overcome setbacks in her personal life.

“Grace has inspired me to take moves to change my life,” said Ms Anne Teo (BBA 2002) following Ms Ban’s presentation, a sentiment felt by many in an event that had turned out to be every bit as AWWsome as had been promised.

If you missed out, don’t worry. Be sure to catch the next AWWsome event coming soon!

30th Anniversary BBA Class of 1985 Reunion Dinner

Date: 16 May 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 6 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue: The Scholars Chinese Restaurant, NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House

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30th Anniversary BBA Class of 1985 Reunion Dinner 17267324334_557bc68bf4_o 17886905642_908621d151_o 17889845845_aa74319dd5_oIt was an evening of nostalgia as alumni of the BBA Class of 1985 came together for a reunion dinner, held at The Scholars Chinese Restaurant, NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House. The alumni got to relive fond memories as they reconnected with one another and forged deeper bonds of friendship.   Alumnus Phang Chee Mun even made this special trip from Kuala Lumpur  to attend the  class reunion.

It was thanks to the efforts of fellow batch mates such as Laurence Wong, Sonny Yuen, Patricia Tang and Trudy Loh that this reunion became a reality. Encouraged by what had been an enjoyable night of memories and renewed friendships, the classmates present expressed their desire to organise more gatherings in the future.

For those Class of 1985 alumni who missed the event, be sure to catch up with your classmates by joining the BBA Class of 1985 Facebook group

Our 50th anniversary celebrations continue in Hong Kong

Date: Friday, May 08, 2015
Time: 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Hong Kong

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Our 50th anniversary celebrations continue in Hong Kong 17801555295_8199d14fd7_o 17801576035_2a5d97f5ea_o 17802064791_12094a8984_oMore than 80 alumni turned up at the scenic Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club ready to commemorate the anniversary as a community. Mr Robin Ng, Advisor and Founding President of NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni and Mr Yeo Keng Joon, Past President of MBA Alumni-NUS and NUS Business School Alumni Association, even flew in especially for this event.

Since the event was planned to coincide with the MBA Global Immersion Programme, 15 MBA students were able to join our Hong Kong alumni for the celebration. Professor Bernard Yeung, Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor and Dean of NUS Business School, expressed his pleasure at meeting some of our recent graduates during the gathering and hearing their success stories.

The highlight of the event for many was the forum, which featured insightful presentations on the future of Asia’s economy in relation to China, a timely topic given China’s influence in the region. Moderated by President of the Hong Kong Alumni Chapter Mr Kwik Sam Aik (BAcc 1973), the forum featured corporate guest Mr Jimmy Koh and committee members from the Hong Kong Alumni Chapter, Mr Tan Yong Wah (Apex MBA English 2000) and Mr David Wong (BBA 1977). Attendees were keen to gain a first-hand perspective of Hong Kong’s business landscape, and many of their questions during the Q&A session focussed on career opportunities present in the region.

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Hong Kong Alumni Chapter, without which the gathering would not have been possible, as well as everyone who turned up and made the celebration a success!

Bringing our 50th anniversary celebrations to Jakarta


Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 4.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta

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Bringing our 50th anniversary celebrations to Jakarta  17072705331_68b2310155_o 17072662761_d661c7221f_oOver 90 alumni and corporate guests, turned up at Hotel Borobudur in Jakarta, eager to catch up with old friends, connect with new ones, and celebrate the School’s birthday.

Prof Hum Sin Hoon, Deputy Dean of NUS Business School, gave an engaging talk in the afternoon on Zheng He’s At of Collaboration. Conducted in Mandarin, the lecture was well received by all who attended the forum and to many it was a highlight of the event.

Come evening, everyone came together to share their latest news and reminisced over fond memories during their time in the School over the networking dinner. Eager to stay in touch, many of them discussed the possibilities of reconnecting over future events, such as the upcoming Alumni Homecoming on 4 September 2015. Director of GANO Ng Pheck Choo shared with the participants the School’s exciting line-up of events for the rest of the year and encouraged everyone to join the Business School community for the Homecoming on campus come September.

In appreciation of our Jakarta alumni chapter, we took the opportunity to thank the Jakarta Alumni Chapter board members and present them with a small token during the dinner – we could not have pulled off the event without their strong support. A big thank you to everyone who turned up as well – the gathering would not have been a success without your lively participation!

NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni International Business Forum 2015


Date: Saturday, 7 March 2015
Time: 9.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House, Auditorium

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NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni International Business Forum 2015 17176020098_c4266cbf08_o 17363823035_190b5ea5d2_o 17156363287_1915a3aea9_o 17176254960_01437585b9_oOur alumni had the opportunity to explore potential avenues for business growth in China at NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni’s International Business Forum 2015, held on 7 March 2015 at Shaw Foundation Alumni House. Themed ‘Identifying challenges and opportunities in China’s economy’, the forum was a timely one considering the nation’s growing importance in the global market today. The forum provided valuable insights for alumni looking to gain a better understanding of the Chinese market.

Among the many topics being discussed at the symposium was Online to Offline (O2O) e-Commerce, a business model that attracts customers with online offers but pushes them to make the transactions offline. Creator of China’s O2O platform, Ms Chen Cong Rong delivered an engaging presentation entitled ‘Reaping the benefits of China’s O2O platform’. She highlighted how O2O has revolutionised the way businesses connect with customers, particularly organisations in the F&B, car rental and beauty industries. By creating China’s O2O platform, she has enabled organisations to connect with Chinese consumers and at the same time, actively monitor advertising expenditure and consumer spending habits.

NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni organises this forum on an annual basis.

Celebrating our 50th anniversary in India!







Date: Tuesday, 24th February 2015
Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Venue: Essex Farm 4, Aurobindo Marg,
New Delhi – 110016 India

Date: Wednesday, 25th February 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Le Meridien Hotel, Bangalore
The Dominion Room
No. 28 Sankey Road, P.B. No. 174 (Opposite Bangalore Golf Club),
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052, India

Date: Friday, 27th February 2015
Time: 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Bungalow 9,
9, St. John Baptist Road, Bandra (West),
Mumbai 400050, India

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NUS Business School turns 50 this year and Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) has been commemorating this landmark event with our alumni at home and overseas. To that end, GANO organised alumni sessions in three major cities in India – New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Besides the GANO team, the Graduate Studies Office and Prof Nitin Pangarkar, Academic Director of the NUS MBA, headed to India to rally our alumni to join us in the three Alumni Homecoming Events to kick off the 50th Anniversary Celebrations. It was a great opportunity for our overseas alumni in those cities not only to reconnect but also to come together as a community to celebrate the School’s milestone birthday.

New Delhi and Mumbai

We kicked off the festivities in New Delhi on 24 February 2015 before going on to Mumbai on 27 February. Both events saw a collective turnout of over 50 alumni across different MBA and EMBA programmes. All were ready to partake in great food, rekindle old friendships and spark new ones.

The alumni community in both cities has grown significantly since the last gatherings and there were plenty of new faces, such as Arvinder Sehdeva (MSc Management of Technology 1995), Dr Tanmay Satpathy (PhD 2012), Divyesh Thakkar (MBA 2014), Soumya Venkat (MBA 2014) and Deepika Guglani (BBA 2012). Our MBA students, who were in India for a study trip, were equally eager to join in the fun as they mingled with the alumni and gained first-hand perspectives on India’s culture and corporate life.

Both events were truly an occasion to remember. News of the School’s success in the global rankings was met with cheers, and the 50th anniversary photo montage featured some familiar faces and brought back fond memories for the alumni of their experiences at the School. Fuelled by the warm camaraderie, everyone toasted to the future progress of the School.

These events would not have been a success without the help of Akshat Singh (MBA S3A 2011) and Shruti Dwivedi (BBA 2002), who took time out of their busy schedules to help us organise the New Delhi and Mumbai sessions respectively. A big thank you to them and everyone who turned up to make these gatherings a success!


The Bangalore celebratory dinner on 25 February 2015 proved to be an extra special occasion, complete with a poolside buffet dinner and a seminar presented by Mr T V Mohandas Pai, co-founder of Aarin Capital and Chairman of Manipal Education. Close to 100 participants, comprising a mix of alumni, MBA students, participants from our UCLA-NUS Executive MBA programme, led by Prof Kulwant Singh, and corporate guests turned up to take part in the celebration.

Mr Pai’s candid and articulate presentation was a highlight for many of the attendees. He spoke passionately on a number of topics including India’s progress, its emergence as a global player, Singapore-India industrial co-operation and his experiences as CFO at Infosys, a successful Indian MNC.

We extend our appreciation to our Bangalore Alumni Representatives – Rahul Tadimalla (MBA 2007), Vamsi Reddy (MBA 2008), Keerthi Aruvela (MBA 2008), Namrata Arora (MBA 2012) and Rishabh Mehrotra (MBA S3A 2014) – organisers not only of this event but of the past three successful alumni seminars, all of which featured high profile speakers. Speaking on behalf of the group, Rahul announced that they are working towards establishing a formal chapter in the city next year – great news for our overseas alumni in Bangalore!

The gathering served to bring the alumni community closer, with many alumni vowing to stay in touch and form new connections with the MBA and EMBA students. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of the alumni representatives in Bangalore – congratulations for pulling off another successful event!


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Matching Mentors and Mentees

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Date: Friday, 6 February 2015
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: The Penny Black, 27 Boat Quay

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The School’s Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) kicked off its 2015 NUS MBA Mentorship programme at Boat Quay on 6 February 2015. The programme, which brings together current MBA students and alumni in an exchange of knowledge, information, insight and experience, saw a warm reception this year, with 76 per cent of the full-time MBA students having signed up.

By playing a direct role in guiding and shaping the next generation of leaders, our NUS MBA alumni contribute to the School in one of the most meaningful ways. First-time mentor, Mr T.C. Tan (Apex MBA English 2000) enthuses, “Through this mentorship programme, I can give back to my alma mater by helping future leaders. I hope to inspire and add value to my mentees by sharing what worked for me in my career and life.” Fellow mentor, Titus Yong (MBA 2000) shares the same sentiments. “From my previous experiences as a mentee, I believe that having a third-party perspective gives you clarity,” he says. “This is my approach to the current programme, but the mentee has to take the initiative.”

In turn, mentees have a great opportunity to learn from the alumni’s journey. Julian Ragragio, Titus’ mentee agrees: “I am hoping to gain new perspectives and a sense of direction for the future through this programme.” Fellow mentee, Animesh Pant was equally eager to tap on the benefits that his mentor has to offer. “Having studied in the US, I came to NUS to gain an Asian perspective,” he explains. “This programme will help me to better achieve this.”

Through this platform, mentees will be able to gain valuable knowledge in career direction, obtain tips on job hunts and applications, get insights into various industries and professions, and learn about the professional skills required. It also enables them to stay engaged and connected with the School’s alumni early on in their careers and, as they progress up the corporate ladder, they can continually leverage these links. Pauline Wan, Vice-President of the MBA Student Council and mentee shares, “Through the programme, I can tap on the experiences of my mentor and understand how he balances business in connection with healthcare regulations.”

Beyond helping to further careers, the programme enables the mentees to discover their passion and work for what they truly believe in. “I have two mentees, both not from my sector,” says mentor Yap Shih Chia (MBA 2012), “But my goal is to help them discover themselves.” Fellow mentor, Amelia Ching (Apex MBA English 2000), concurs: “I will be helping my two mentees understand that they have to find what drives them. It is important to have a passion for what you do.” Mentee Nguyen Anh Hai holds similar views. “You have to have an interest in what you do,” she says. “I am looking for the MBA to give me a global perspective so that I can understand my customers better.”

There is certainly no lack of knowledge out there. No wonder then, that this mentorship programme offers great value for our MBA students. Ruben Rodriquez certainly sees the merits of these mentorships: “I feel that it is such an invaluable element of our education.”

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Making connections at the Mind My Business Entrepreneur Alumni Networking Programme

Date: Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Time: 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue: BIZ 1 Excellence-4 (Level 4), Mochtar Riady Building, NUS Business School,
15 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119245

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The fourth instalment of the Mind My Business Entrepreneur Alumni Networking programme kicked off on 20 January 2015, as alumni from NUS Business School came together for a night of fruitful discussion on all things entrepreneurial.

This was the first time that the event had taken place on the NUS campus and it also took on a refreshing new format. Facilitator for the evening, Catherine Chai (BBA 1992), came up with the idea of holding discussion sessions as a way for alumni and fellow entrepreneurs to establish new connections while providing an opportunity to share one another’s experiences.

Participants were divided into five groups to explore questions posed by Catherine. To gauge the effectiveness of the event, as they arrived, attendees were asked to indicate the number of connections they expected to make during the evening. This was checked against how many connections they actually made at the end.

Alumni felt that it was good to be able to reflect on one’s own journey while learning from the experiences of others. This was expressed by Desmond Moey (MBA 1997), who said: “Very thankful for Catherine, making us talk and share as well as helping us connect! I guess I just “realised” that GANO has nice intentions, to keep us together and to perhaps do things together in due time. Thanks to Hamidah and the folks at GANO.”

As the fruitful evening came to an end, Ryan Peh (BBA 2009) perfectly summed up the sentiments of all the participants when he said: “It was really good to connect with so many alums and hear from them, and I look forward to the next networking programme!”

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.


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.