Having a ball of a time at the NUS Business School Golf Reunion Challenge 2016

Date: Thursday, 21st July 2016
Time: 11.00am – 9.30pm
Venue: Island Course
Singapore Island Country Club
180 Island Club Road

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28278364400_b71b3cfcaa_k28562267325_22e4892ed3_k 28455689302_19debacd40_k 28455715052_148f9a3f7a_kThe sun, the breeze and the pristine greens. This was what greeted the alumni who gathered at the Singapore Island Country Club for the Golf Reunion Challenge on 21 July 2016. Organised by the NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni (NUSBSMA), NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) and MBA Alumni-NUS, and supported by GANO, the event provided a casual and fun-filled setting where friends and old classmates could get together and network over a friendly game of golf.

Spirits were high as participants joked over t-shirt sizes and reminisced about old times as they waited to register for the event. The sense of enthusiasm for the upcoming game was palpable from the excited chatter among the alumni. NUSBSA director Benn Ng (BBA 1989) even expressed his hopes that someone would score a hole-in-one this year. And with a total of 135 golfers and 35 flights, this year’s Golf Reunion Challenge promised to be an exhilarating one indeed.

The camaraderie continued as participants mingled over a hearty buffet lunch while waiting for the game to start. Among them was Mrs Kong Yuet Peng (MBA, 1986), who had attended every Golf Reunion Challenge. “I always look forward to these events as they are a great way for me to meet and catch up with old friends whom I’ve not seen for months or even years,” she shared. Mr Nigel Goh (BBA, 2011) agreed, adding that it was a welcome break from work. Yam Ah Mee (MBA, 1991) was another supporter and also a regular face at other alumni activities. Following a candid group shot of the alumni, the Golf Challenge was on!

The evening’s dinner was another highlight in itself. Emcee for the evening, Lee Ming Hui (BBA 2008), did a great job of keeping spirits raised and the audience engaged as they tucked into the sumptuous 8-course dinner. Chairperson for the Organising Committee Jordan Deng Jian Qiang (APEX MBA Chinese 2012) then took to the stage to thank all the sponsors for their gifts and applaud the hard work of the committee. Alumni took the opportunity between courses to mingle with friends on other tables, share jokes, and raise toasts. It was a rowdy affair with everyone in high celebratory spirits, the best sign of a successful event winding down to its close.

All too soon, it was time for the much- anticipated awards ceremony. Prizes were handed out for a range of novelty holes and handicap categories, including the Best Alumni Golfer Trophy and the coveted ‘Dean’s Cup’, which was presented to the triumphant NUS Business School Mandarin Alumni Association for the third year running!  And with the many lucky draw prizes up for grabs, everyone was a winner that night. Alumni walked away with exciting prizes from sponsors including Akira, Cornerstone Wine, Chivas and Outdoor Sports Travel.

For the championship’s individual categories, both Hon Ah Sun (MBA, 1985) and Chua Hung Meng (BBA, 1981), who are avid golfers and staunch supporters of the Golf Reunion Challenge, claimed the top spot in the men’s division A and division B. Xu Yan (APEX MBA Chinese 2016) successfully took the top position in the women’s category.

As the event wound to a close, committee member Colin Chow (BBA 1981) summed up the day perfectly, saying: “Through these activities, we help our alumni get together and stay in touch. But more importantly, we support the school and keep the NUS Business School spirit strong.”

Congratulations to all who took part in the Golf Challenge and our thanks to everyone present for helping to make it one of the calendar highlights of the year!

Our deepest appreciation to BHCC, Itochu Singapore, Feng Qing Yang Brand Management, JCS Group and Jordans Elevator for their cash sponsorship. A special thanks also to Lexus for once again sponsoring the hole-in-one car.

Games galore at Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day 2016

Date: Saturday, 13th August 2016
Time: 5.00pm to 9.30pm
Venue: University Town, National University of Singapore

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001_20160813_KRAlumDay_ZAOrganised by the NUS Office of Alumni Relations, Kent Ridge Alumni Family Day is NUS’ Annual Homecoming to welcome the entire NUS community (alumni, students, faculty, staff and their families) home to campus. The much-anticipated event was held on 13 August at the NUS University Town (UTown). About 5,800 alumni, students and staff – together with their family members – came back to campus for an evening of fun, food and entertainment.

For the 3rd year running, GANO hosted a faculty booth for NUS Business School where we set up a game stall which drew the longest queue on the Green. It was great to catch up with alumnus Sean Goh (BBA 2012), who was the front man for Laid Comers, a 5-piece band who entertained the crowd that evneing.

A big THANK YOU to the student volunteers from BizConnect team (of Bizad Club) for helping us manage our Crossbow Hunting game stall. We hope to see more of our alumni next year at our booth!

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[The following is extracted from The AlumNUS Magazine (Oct-Dec 2016 issue)]

The event was graced by NUS Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Wong Ngit Liong (Engineering ’65), together with NUS Board of Trustees members Professor Olaf Kübler and Ms Chong Siak Ching (Design and Environment ’81), NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan (Medicine ’83), as well as NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye (Science ’85).

UTown was abuzz with activities such as the Student Life Fair, Alumni’s & Students’ Sports Challenge, bazaar booths, bubble soccer and more. Several alumni groups also held their homecomings on the same day at UTown, including University Scholars Programme, NUS Environmental Studies Alumni, NUS Students’ Union Alumni and NUS Alumni Photographic Society.

Children were entertained and delighted by the wide range of activities available from a bouncy castle to animal rides and carnival games at the NUSS Kids’ booth. The mascots of NUS and NUS Students’ Union (NUSSU), LiNUS the lion and Sunny the Penguin respectively, were also a hit with both children and adults alike when they went around meeting and greeting the crowd.

Canteen vendors who took part in the Canteen Food — Past & Present competition (organised by the NUS Office of Campus Amenities) whipped up popular dishes for sampling and judging. Celebrity Ms Violet Oon (Arts and Social Sciences ’71) was one of the judges for this competition. The grand prize went to the Yong Tau Foo stall at Techno Edge.

As the day started to cool down, guests spread out their picnic mats on the green — to take a break from the action and excitement and to enjoy the performances on stage.

They were treated to a variety of music entertainment by popular alumni band ShiLi & Adi, 5-piece band Laid Comers, and student band Yoke Ling & Niki. The Taekwondo demonstration led by multi-award winner and coach Mr Lai Han Seng (Computing ’01) impressed the audience, while Catwalk-On-The-Green by NUS student models curated by Mr Daniel Boey (Arts and Social Sciences ’89) wowed the crowd, especially fashion-conscious younger alumni.

The finale of the event was a screening (the biggest outdoor movie screening on campus) of popular animated movie Kung Fu Panda 3 .

Old Friends Make New Memories (BBA & BAcc Class of 1981 Reunion)

 Date: Saturday, 6th August 2016
Time: 6:00pm to 10.00pm
Venue: Atrium, Mochtar Riady Building, NUS National Gallery Singapore

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The Bizad and BAcc class of 1981 mayhave graduated from NUS 35 years ago, but their esprit de corps is still thriving. On 6 August 2016, more than 60 alumni reunited for an evening of camaraderie and catch-ups at the Mochtar Riady Building in Kent Ridge.

Considering the length of time that has passed since graduation, the good turnout proved to be a pleasant surprise, with many making the effort to hop on planes or trains to attend the event. Informal and informative, the buzzing atmosphere was punctuated with laughter throughout the evening, as friendships rekindled and new connections were made. Memory games and a photo collage video helped to bring back the group’s cherished recollections from NUS, covering everything from the awkward bell-bottom era to sleepovers with Saturday Night Fever.
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BBABAcc1981_057The group listened intently as host David Shaw talked about Dunbar’s number – 150 – which, according to research, is the cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships at any one time. He wondered aloud how many of the classmates in the hall featured in each other’s Dunbar list, and spoke about the value of reunions like this to add to that number. Co-host Monica Tan, who has lived in Perth for 23 years, flew in specifically for the occasion. She echoed the same sentiment on the value of friendships and support networks, “I will always come back for NUS, and we should cherish and make the most of this evening.”

Though many hadn’t met for years, the atmosphere was jubilant as old acquaintances enjoyed the chance to reconnect. Pek Chong Koon and Ong Hoon Meng, who hadn’t set eyes on each other since graduation, commented that nothing had changed since they last met. Ong Hock Ann remarked, “It’s bo nus time to catch up. I make it to every reunion.” Even those who couldn’t attend were present in spirit, with Peter Lam, Yeoh Cheang Teik and Miiko Tan sending their well wishes from afar. Miiko reminisced about time bringing many changes and the precious nature of life and friendships; while Yeoh Cheang Teik issued a standing invitation to old classmates who visit Kuala Lumpur to hit him up for a drink.

Pheck Choo and her Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) team’s mission to build relationships across networking events was made clear throughout the evening, with Mach Goh expressing his sincere gratitude for their hospitality. Other advocates for the event were overwhelming in their support. Besides contributing funds to the existing NUSBSAA – BBA/BACC Class of 1981 Bursary, many also put their hands in their pockets to supplement the collection towards a new bursary, the Tan Chwee Huat Memorial Bursary, in honour of their late professor. Others were encouraged to sign up for the NUS Bizad Charity Run in aid of Autism Research Centre, which is taking place 14 January 2017. There’s still plenty of time to subscribe if you want to join in!BBABAcc1981_090BBABAcc1981_150

All in all, the evening was one of revelry and reconciliation. In fact, Professor Kulwant Singh, Deputy Dean of the NUS Business School and alumnus of the class of 1981, summed it up perfectly: “It’s as if time stood still. I can recognise some of you instantly, as your faces haven’t changed. Your characters haven’t changed, either – the loud ones at school are still the loud ones tonight!”

 If you wish to donate to the Tan Chwee Huat bursary fund, please contact Kerry Tan of our Development Office at 6516 1545 / biztzk@nus.edu.sg.

Organising Committee of the 35th anniversary reunion of the Class of 1981:
Kulwant Singh, Colin Chow, Leonard Lim, Chua Hung Meng, Tan Wang Cheow, Monica Tan & David Shaw.

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A Step Back to the 80s at the NUS BAcc Class of 1986 Reunion!

Date: Saturday, 9th July 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 10.00pm
Venue: NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House

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What’s it like to come face to face with a classmate you haven’t seen in 30 years? Can I put names to faces? Will I not be able to recognise anyone, or will they all look the same as they did 30 years ago?

These were some of the thoughts of the one hundred alumni from BAcc Class of 1986 as they arrived at NUSS Kent Ridge GuildHouse for their 30-year class reunion on 9 July 2016.

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Most attendees came decked in 1980s fashion, hoping to clinch the award for Best Dressed of the evening, which eventually went to Ho Chee Khuen (Men) and Florence Leong (Women).

It was a night of celebration with many more prizes to come, including awards for the first person and 30th person to sign up for the event. A special prize was added, much to the amusement of all guests, for the last person to sign up. This went to Yuit Mun, who dedicated her award to her friend: “She signed up a long time ago and reminded me this morning. I didn’t realise it was today!”

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A fun-packed quiz on life on campus in 1986 brought lots of merriment. First one up to the “quiz chair” for each question got the chance to answer, rightly or wrongly! It wasn’t the winning that mattered but the taking part.

Emcee for the event, current student, Yichen, commented on the lively atmosphere: “I think I had more concerns getting everyone back to their seats than getting them to participate!” That’s a sign of a successful event indeed!

The fun was all in a good cause. Donations pledged during the evening went towards the NUS Business School Alumni Association Bursary Fund and exceeded $25,000. Coupled with the government matching fund, more needy students will benefit from the bursary fund received. The Class of 1986 has indeed lived up to the spirit of giving back!

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Prof Chng Chee Kiong, Vice Dean of NUS Business School, is also a graduate from the cohort. He initiated a short tour around the school for his fellow cohort alumni and filled them in on the history of the NUS Business School since they had left. In his welcome address, he also encouraged alumni to leave their contact details so they could be updated on future events, mentorship opportunities, internship requests, and made a call for his former classmates to participate in the next NUS Bizad Charity Run 2017 to be held on 14 January. “I’m running too!” he quipped. “Come join me!”

Alan Wang was one of many who praised the organising committee for a successful evening: “Many thanks and a fantastic job by the organising committee!” Fellow attendee Kia Khen added, “Thanks for making time to have all of us see each other again. I hope this continues for future batches.” Special thanks are due to Francis (Choon-Yee) and Ivy Lai and their organising committee members who put in much time and effort to get everyone together.AP4_4070

“For the last reunion, we only had two months to gather just 25 attendees,” explained Francis. “When I asked for more notice next time, I had to laugh when Prof Chng gave me two years to prepare!”

Francis and his committee made good use of the time, contacting classmates through Facebook and WhatsApp and organising mini lead-up events such as lunches and group walks to help spread the word further. The efforts were well worth it as alumni got to catch up with old friends and rekindle relationships.

“I lost contact with my friend after the both of us had our children,” Lucy Tang recounted. “So it was really special to sit next to her during dinner and catch up. We don’t lose touch this time!”

“I see some of my old classmates 2-3 times a year, but it’s still great to meet everyone. I’m not sure I can still recognise the rest of them though!” Soo Kwang said.

Jerrilee, another attendee for the evening, said, “Some places are still recognisable from back in the day. I can’t say the same for my memory of the faces of some of my ex-classmates!”

The yearbook on display was a great help in that area for a few alumni including Lai Mun. “Thank goodness for the yearbook” she said. “It really helped me recognise my fellow classmates.”

As the event drew to a close, alumni left the Guild House still buzzing with excitement and renewed friendships, hoping to keep in contact. We hope to see more of our alumni at similar events soon.

 

Staying up to date at NUSBSA-CPA Australia CPE Talk on Mergers & Acquisitions

Date: Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Time: 6.45pm to 9.30pm
Venue: CPA Australia, One Raffles Place

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More than 40 alumni and their guests gathered at CPA Australia to attend the NUSBSA Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Talk on Mergers and Acquisitions on 7 June 2016. Organised in collaboration with CPA Australia, the event served as a platform for alumni to exchange knowledge and gain invaluable insights into accountanting related topics.

“We are constantly looking for ways to engage our alumni while keeping them up to date on the latest trends,” explains NUSBSA Vice President, Chua Hung Meng (BBA, 1981). “That’s why we focus on topics that are relevant and current.” And who better to introduce the night’s theme than the former Managing Director of the Private Equity Funds Investment Unit of Temasek Holdings, Mr Kelvin Tan (BAcc 1987/MBA 1997). A member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, Mr Tan has had more than 25 years of professional and management experience under his belt.

NUS 070616-0038NUS 070616-0040NUS 070616-0035Loh Lai Ping (BAcc, 1987), who attended the session to keep up to date with the accounting industry, was pleasantly surprised by how much she learnt. “I feel that the talk is very industry-oriented and the topic is relevant to the sector,” she said, “The accountancy field is very dynamic, and I’m glad I learnt something new.” Charlene Kwok Kar Wai (BBA, 1997), a regular at CPE talks, mirrored her sentiments. “I look forward to sessions like these as the topics covered are often relevant to the nature of my work,” she says. “And I leave with a much better and deeper understanding of the topic.”

Despite the heavy subject, Mr Tan kept the audience engaged with his personal anecdotes and real-life examples to communicate concepts so that they remained relevant, but relatable.

Semi-retired accountant Sharon Kwek (BAcc, 1973) gained invaluable insights on the latest news in the financial sector. “I still hold investments in SGX-listed companies and I wanted to keep up to date,” she said, “At the same time, I was also hoping to gain added knowledge and insights from our speaker, especially for future investments I want to make.”

For Winston Yeo (BAcc, 1986), what was intended to be another learning session turned out to be much more for him. “I came here because I was interested in the topic and wanted to find out more,” he said, “So imagine my surprise when I found my batch mates attending the same talk!”

Looking at the fruitful experiences and positive feedback from the alumni, we are already looking forward to the next CPE event.

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Mind My Business: Gets into the Benefits of Digital Marketing

Date: Thursday, 26th May 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Harry’s Boat Quay, Level 2

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Harry’s Boat Quay was the place to be on 26 May 2016 for our alumni interested in using digital marketing to increase their reach, boost branding and convert leads into customers. The fifth instalment of Mind My Business themed “Can Digital Marketing Really Work for My Business?” attracted alumni from a diverse mix of occupations and industries.

 MMB 6 - 3MMB 6 - 5MMB 6 - 4Attendees mingled over a buffet dinner and drinks, anticipating the evening’s learning. “I went to the last event and found it helpful,” said Noel Lee (BBA 2012). “Tonight is also helpful for me. We’ll get to learn about marketing strategies that we are not sure about.”

Noel’s business partner Ow Tai Zhi (BBA 2011) added: “We need to spread our message further. I’m hoping tonight will give us insights on how to do this.”

And insights there were in spades as guest speakers Vishesh Mittal (BBA 2013) from Plato Medical and Eugene Sim (BBA Hons 2006) from Conversion Hub took to the stage to present their knowledge from two different but interesting perspectives on digital marketing.

The learning was especially welcomed by Nari Lulla (MBA 1987), who appreciated being able to get clients coming to him rather than him having to participate in outbound techniques such as cold calling. “Now, with digital marketing, potential clients come to you,” he explained. “It’s good as I never liked to push people.”

Richard Hoon (NUS-HEC MBA 2013) was in full agreement. “We do marketing globally but more on the traditional methods. This topic is interesting for me. We are looking for extra avenues to market ourselves, so wha t we are learning here will help.”

Even alumni who could not be present made sure they didn’t miss out on the learning, as attendee Amresh explained: “My boss is an alumnus not me. He saw the ad for the event and sent me to see what I can learn on this new topic to apply to his business.”MMB 6 - 2

MMB 6 - 1Emcee for the evening Willie Wee Ye Chiang (BBA Hons 2014) led a lively Q&A session following the insightful presentations. This session drew some interesting questions including whether the digital approach works in Asia, particularly within the more conservative Japanese culture. To this Eugene advised that the beauty of digital marketing is that things don’t have to be implemented to full scale: “You can test the waters first and see what can be accepted before you scale up.”

Alumni left the event richer for the learning and the opportunity to make new connections, as May Zhou (MBA 1999) aptly summed up: “I always like to support the school by attending such events. I like what GANO is doing with this Mind My Business series of events. It’s needed to support businesses.

NUSBSA Alumni Members’ Night

 

27208112465_b666509b2a_nA scent-sational time at the NUS Business School Alumni Association Members’ Night!

Date: Thursday, 19 May 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: LEVEL 2 Kitchen & Bar

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It was an evening of food, fun, laughter and celebration as alumni gathered for the NUS Business School Alumni (BSA) Association Members’ Night on 19 May 2016. Held at LEVEL 2 Kitchen & Bar, the event marked the first anniversary of the NUSBSA Women’s Wing and the culmination of the outgoing alumni committee’s two-year term.

The joyous sounds of camaraderie filled the air as attendees caught up and chatted with each other over a sumptuous buffet spread. Monica Tung (MBA, 1994), who was attending the event for the first time, was thrilled to spot several familiar faces, many of whom she had not seen since her graduation. “I came with the intention of networking with other alumni and meeting old friends and I was not disappointed.” Fellow alumni and first-time attendee Tan Meng Cheng (MBA, 2000) shared similar sentiments, adding that she had a very enjoyable time.

Other than networking and mingling around, some of the alumni such as Sylvia Lim (BBA, 1993) were also present to show their support for the Women’s Wing. “I always wanted to attend an event by the Women’s Wing but never had the chance to. Tonight, I finally had the opportunity and I’m glad I came.”

But the highlight of the evening was the presentation by invited speaker Ms Sandy Blandin. Titled ‘The smell of memories’, the light-hearted, interactive talk saw participants having a scent-sational good time as they sniffed on perfumed blotters and learnt how to keep Alzheimer’s away using their sense of smell. Jay Khilani (BBA, 1988), a familiar face at Members’ Night events, found the topic extremely interesting and refreshing. “I really enjoy attending these events as I’m always keen to learn something new,” he said. “The best part is the topics are never repeated and often on subjects that I would never be able to experience otherwise.” His thoughts were echoed by Lek Lee Hiah (BAcc, 1984), who was intrigued by the night’s topic and had attended the event with her friends.

Too soon, the evening wound to a close with Ms Joey Gan, Chairlady of the Women’s Wing, delivering the closing address. Ending the event on a poignant note, the emcee thanked the outgoing alumni committee to thunderous applause.

Congratulations to the Women’s Wing on their first-year anniversary once again!
And thank you to the outgoing alumni committee for all your sacrifices, contributions and hard work in making every Members’ Night an unforgettable one!

Welcoming new chapters and beginnings in Korea

April 30, 2016
Grand Hyatt Seoul
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A group photo to commemorate the launch of the NUS Business Korea Alumni Chapter

A group photo to commemorate the launch of the NUS Business Korea Alumni Chapter

At NUS Business School and the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO), we’re always looking to expand our global alumni network and scale greater heights worldwide. With this in mind, we welcomed our newest alumni chapter at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on 30 April 2016.

More than 70 alumni, students and former faculty members including Prof Lee Inmoo and Prof Chung Jaiho, came together for the inaugural chapter installation. Professor Prem Shamdasani, Academic Director of the UCLA-NUS EMBA and APEX MBA (English) Programme, flew in specially for the occasion  and gave the welcome address that evening.

The inaugural NUS Business School Korea Alumni Chapter Committee

The inaugural NUS Business School Korea Alumni Chapter Committee

 Toasting to a wonderful start for the NUS Business School Korea Alumni Chapter

Toasting to a wonderful start for the NUS Business School Korea Alumni Chapter

Prof Chang Sea-Jin, who is the School’s Lim Kim San Chai Professor, also joined our milestone celebration. Secretary and Liaison Officer for the Korea Alumni Chapter Committee Kim Tae-wan (NUS S3 Asia MBA 2014) kept spirits high as the emcee for the night. And when Park Jaewoo (MBA 2007) took to the floor to deliver took to the floor to deliver his inaugural address as the chapter’s Chairman, he was met with thunderous applause.

The NUS Business School Korea Alumni Chapter committee together with representatives from GANO.

The NUS Business School Korea Alumni Chapter committee together with representatives from GANO.

During his speech, Jaewoo shared how he set up an account on popular South Korean web portal Naver to provide a common platform for Korean alumni and students to connect with one another. Ten years on, the account is still going strong and continues to grow in membership. “Back then, I was one of two Korean students in my cohort,” he said. “With the new chapter, I look forward to organising more exciting and meaningful events for my fellow alumni.” As part of the installation ceremony, members of the Korea Alumni Chapter Committee were presented with a token of appreciation, chapter flag and pennant.

The air of camaraderie was evident from the loud cheers during the video screening of NUS Business School’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebrations. Ending the evening’s festivities on a high note was a congratulatory video that featured well-wishes from NUS Business School staff and faculty members. The specially produced “Walk Down Memory Lane” video also brought back fond memories of campus days for many alumni.

We would like to thank everyone for joining us at the celebration. This wouldn’t have been possible without the participation and support of our alumni, students and faculty members. With this newest addition to our global family, we are confident that our global alumni network will continue to grow from strength to strength under Jaewoo’s leadership!

Writing a new chapter in India

Hoping to further extend the NUS Business School alumni network globally, the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) recently organised a series of events to engage our alumni who are based in India. The events kicked off with the launch of the Bangalore Alumni Chapter, our first alumni chapter in India, on 24 February 2016. This was then followed by two concurrent dinner gatherings in Hyderabad and Kolkata on 26 February 2016.

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February 24, 2016
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The Bangalore Alumni Chapter Installation Dinner, held at the prestigious Oberoi Bengaluru Hotel, kicked off with a welcome address by Dr Prem Shamdasani, Associate Professor of Marketing and Academic Director of UCLA-NUS Executive MBA and APEX MBA (English) Programmes.

Professor Shamdasani acknowledged the commitment and contribution of the alumni in Bangalore towards raising NUS Business School’s branding and image in India. He also congratulated them for building a cohesive alumni community and working together to successfully launch the first alumni chapter in India. Since 2011, the closely bonded Bangalore alumni community has actively supported NUS Business School bIMG_4269y attending and participating in MBA and EMBA programme information sessions, answering student candidates’ queries and organising large-scale alumni gatherings throughout the year. These included a senior alumni panel on leadership in India in 2011, as well as alumni forums that featured well-known industry leaders as guest speakers, such as Mr Vikram Kirloskar (Chairman and Managing Director of Kirloskar Systems Limited, and Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd), Mr Aroon Raman (Managing Director, Telos Investments & Technologies and former Managing Director of Raman FibreScience Private Limited) and Mr T V Mohandas Pai(Chairman of Manipal Global Education and former CFO and Head of HR, Infosys Ltd).

25166354550_6c10607cdb_kIMG_4334To celebrate this milestone for the Bangalore alumni community, the chapter committee invited Mr K Ganesh, a successful serial entrepreneur with four successful green field ventures and exits that include GrowthStory.in and Portea Medical, as guest speaker for the evening. His views on “The Entrepreneurial Landscape and Investment Opportunities in India” captivated the audience, which was made up of alumni, UCLA-NUS EMBA participants and corporate guests. The topic wa
s timely and relevant in the current climate of strong interest in entrepreneurship throughout India, which recently saw a significantly large increase in the number of start-ups, as well as those successfully raising significant investments, especially in Bangalore. Mr. Ganesh delved on addressing the needs of the next 200 million in Tier 3, 4 & 5 cities in India, since the maximum impact of internet and tech-savvy start-ups was felt only in the major metros, with additional usage of voice-based & vernacular chat medium.  He also spoke about his investments across the sector spectrum, comprising of unique businesses catering to all major untapped needs – food, clothing, shelter & beyond – across one’s life cycle, and stressed on the creation and deployment of a robust strong technological interface and back-end for a start-up to differentiate itself and stand out amongst all its crowded peers

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The inaugural committee for our Bangalore Alumni Chapter is led by Rahul Tadimalla (MBA 2007), who has been instrumental in being the liaison between the school and the alumni community in the city as well as raising the profile of NUS Business School by bringing in famous speakers for events. The committee comprises of:

President Rahul Tadimalla (MBA 2007)
Vice President Keerthi Aruvela (MBA 2008)
Secretary Namrata Arora (MBA 2012)
Outreach & Logistics Ankita Agarwal (MBA S3A 2015) and
Prabha Vallabhi (MBA 2015)
Marketing & Branding Pragnya Kashinath (MBA S3A 2010),
Rishabh Mehrotra (MBA S3A 2014) and
Sanjay Rao (MBA 2008)
Honorary Advisors Sudheendra Kumar (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2012),
Ramesh KV (APEX-E EMBA 2003),
Sanjay Singh (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2013), and
K Vijaya Kumar (APEX-E EMBA 2012)

The Bangalore Alumni Chapter was officially installed with the handover of the Chapter Plaque by representatives of the school, Prof Shamdasani, Ms Joan Tay (Executive Director, Dean’s Office) and Ms Ng Pheck Choo (Director, Global Alumni Network Office) to Chapter President, Mr Rahul Tadimalla. Each committee member also received a personally engraved pen as a token of appreciation.

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Proudly holding the Chapter Plaque, Rahul Rahul announced, “one of our responsibilities is to be the advocate of NUS Business School in India, and the link between the GANO and India-based alumni.”  Rahul further noted the chapter committee’s focus on strengthening the brand equity of NUS at large, and not only of the Business School. He wants to further build a platform to foster social and professional networking among the alumni of the Business School & those of various other faculties residing in India, as well as between India alumni and those resident in other geographies. “I’m ecstatic that Bangalore has been chosen as the first city to launch an official India Alumni Chapter”, he exclaimed! Not surprisingly, Bangalore has the highest concentration of NUS Alumni in India.

The Vice-President of the Bangalore Alumni Chapter Committee is Mrs. Keerthi Aruvela (MBA 2008), who, despite her unavoidable absence from the event, has been a backbone of the committee in organizing and supporting the network’s various initiatives. She has been regularly involved during the last few years, and even before she relocated to Bangalore. The Committee would also like to place on record its appreciation for the contribution of Mr. Vamsi Reddy (MBA 2008), who was an active participant in organizing networking events for the Bangalore Alumni Network, and bringing all the alumni together. He recently moved to Jakarta, just before the chapter installation event.

Get to know the Bangalore Alumni Chapter Committee and reach out to them if you would like to be involved in alumni activities in the city. “We welcome all National University of Singapore alumni including those from other faculties to join us!” exclaimed Rahul.

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Hyderabad & Kolkata
February 26, 2016
Fusion 9 at HITECH City (Hyderabad)
Chinoiserie, Taj Bengal Hotel (Kolkata)

The smaller alumni communities in these two cities were pleased that they were not forgotten. Before returning to Singapore, school representatives from GANO and the Dean’s Office took the opportunity to stop over in Hyderabad to host an informal dinner gathering. Popular rooftop restaurant Fusion 9, which is located in HITECH City, one of India’s leading hubs, provided the perfect setting for the alumni gathering.

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Thanks were due to Hyderabad Alumni Representative Ankur Gautam (MBA 2013), who provided GANO with the ground support needed for the dinner arrangements. The last gathering held in the city was in 2013, and the alumni had since kept in contact via a WhatsApp group created by Ankur.

For Sandeep Sista (MBA S3A 2012) and Gaurav Kundarap (MBA 2011), it was an eye-opener as they had moved to the city recently and were not aware of the close-knit alumni community there.

Rahul Tadimalla, President of the newly installed Bangalore Alumni Chapter, and who was flying into the city for a relative’s wedding, seized the opportunity to join the dinner and get to know the alumni there. He also shared with them the upcoming plans that his committee was working on for community engagement in Bangalore. He was pleased to be reconnected with Sanjay Singh (MBA 2003), who was a member of the senior alumni panel for an alumni event held in Bangalore in 2011.

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Meanwhile in Kolkata on the same evening, Professor Ravi Jain played host to our alumni at Chinoiserie in the Taj Bengal Hotel with the support of Alumni Representative for Kolkata, Ankita Singhania (MBA 2010). The dinner marks the first time the Kolkata alumni have come together.

Sandip Saha (MBA 2002) appreciated the event as it helped connect the city’s small but growing local alumni community. “It was an enjoyable evening. New friends… nostalgic stories… positive vibes. Thanks to NUS Business School for such an initiative,” he said.

Fellow Kolkata alumni Malay Desai (MBA 2007) echoed Sandip’s sentiments: “It’s a good initiative to start such reunions in Kolkata. I look forward to having more of these reunions in the future.”

Having received such positive feedback for all three events, and with the successful launch of the Bangalore Alumni Chapter, we hope to launch similar chapters in other Indian cities and to continue reaching out to more than 200 Business School alumni and 2,000 NUS alumni in India.

Recognising the invaluable contributions of our NUS Class Ambassadors

Date: Friday, 18 March 2016
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium

Celebrations and commendations were the order of the evening as the NUS Office of Alumni Relations held its annual Class Ambassadors Investiture and Outstanding Class Ambassador Awards on 18 March 2016. The ceremony, which served to officially appoint ambassadors from the graduating class of 2016, was attended by over 100 representatives from the Alumni Advisory Board, faculties, halls, colleges and other alumni groups.

The Class Ambassadors were nominated by the programme and alumni offices of their respective faculties, who had identified them as leaders in student communities and important links to the rest of their classmates. Aside from participating regularly in events organised by NUS, OAR or their respective faculties and halls, Class Ambassadors are also instrumental in building class networks, providing leadership for class reunions, and keeping their classmates connected to one another and to NUS.

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A total of 25 students from a variety of different degree programmes were appointed as Class Ambassadors for NUS Business School’s Class of 2016. Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Chng Chee Kiong, and Associate Professor Victor Savage were also on hand to present the nominated ambassadors with their Certificates of Appointment and Class Ambassadors’ Kits.

For the first time this year, the Outstanding Class Ambassadors Awards were presented to recognise existing Class Ambassadors who had demonstrated strong leadership and contributed significantly to building class connections and strengthening their ties with their alma mater. NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost, Professor Tan Eng Chye, graced the occasion and presented the awards to the deserving recipients.

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Receiving the award as an Outstanding Class Ambassador for NUS Business School was Lee Junxian (BBA 2008/MBA 2014). Over the years, Junxian has supported and sponsored various events and initiatives organised by the Global Alumni Network Office of NUS Business School as well as the NUS Business School Alumni Association. He has served on the association’s board of directors since 2012, and is currently its treasurer. Over the past two years, Junxian was involved in the annual Bizad Charity Run, one of NUS Business School’s biggest flagship events, as part of its organising committee. Most recently, he was also a guest speaker for “Mind My Business”, our entrepreneur networking event, where he shared his success story of working in the food and beverage industry.

Even after graduation, NUS Business School continues to occupy a special place in Junxian’s heart. “It is a great honour and privilege to serve as a Class Ambassador of NUS,” he said, adding that it is important to stay connected to the school. “I have benefitted academically, professionally and personally from my education at my alma mater. There’s no better way for me to stay connected with my peers than through alumni activities.”

For Junxian, the award is a form of encouragement for his efforts, as he continues to volunteer his services as a Director with the NUS Business School Alumni Association. However, the award is not the key motivator, as he explains: “I don’t do this for the sake of the award but because I really want to give back to NUS Business School.”

We hope that Lee Junxian will serve as an inspiration to the other Class Ambassadors and help us create a more vibrant alumni networking scene both locally and abroad.