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