NUS Business School’s 50th Anniversary celebrations culminate with Leadership Forum and Gala Dinner

Date: 28 October 2015, Wednesday
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
Organiser: Business School

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In a speech at NUS Business School’s Gala Dinner to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam spoke about the need for Singapore to create an innovative economy and society.

Photo3 Photo1 Photo2Mr Shanmugaratnam, who is also Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, spoke about how creativity and innovation can help Singapore earn its place in a constantly changing world.

Some 500 industry leaders, alumni and faculty came together on 28 October as NUS Business School celebrated the finale of its Golden Jubilee at the Leadership Forum & Gala Dinner.

At the event, Mr S. Dhanabalan, a member of the Council of Presidential Advisors and Chairman of the School’s Management Advisory Board, also highlighted the value of ethics in today’s business world. At the end of his address, he praised Singaporean businessman Jason Yeo (EMBA APEX-C 2013) for his conscience when the latter closed down his car repair business after he had cheated a disabled client.

Both said that the School plays a significant role in shaping Singapore future. “We will continue pushing the boundaries of excellence and produce future-ready graduates as we lead from Asia,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School.

A Leadership Forum was held earlier in the evening, which featured four of the School’s distinguished alumni as panellists, who discussed the relevance of university education in the changing world order and the factors behind Singapore’s success as a knowledge economy.

The panellists were Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, Chairman, United Overseas Bank Limited (BBA 1974); Mr Ronald Ong, Chairman & CEO, Southeast Asia, Morgan Stanley (BBA 1980); Ms Janet Ang, Vice President, Systems of Engagement & Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific (BBA 1982); and Mr Chia Boon Kuah, Former Group President & CEO, GuocoLand Limited (MBA 1988). The panel discussion was moderated by Ms Jeanette Wong, Group Executive, Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank Limited (BBA 1982).

The event was the culmination of the School’s year-long 50th Anniversary celebrations and drive to raise funds to assist students who are facing financial difficulties. Together with initiatives such as the NUS Bizad Charity Run in January, NUS Biz50 Charity Golf Challenge in July, and the Liang Zhu Charity Concert in October, the School raised a total of SG$1,050,000.

Celebrating memories at MBA Class of 2012 Reunion

Date: 28 August 2015 (Friday)
Time: 7 pm
Venue: The Bank Bar + Bistro
Organiser: GANO

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It was a night of great food, excellent drinks and even better company as more than 70 staff, alumni and faculty members gathered at The Bank Bar + Bistro on 28 August 2015 for the MBA Class of 2012 Reunion. Organised by Global Alumni Network Office (GANO), the reunion was made all the merrier with the participation of the earlier as well as recent MBA cohorts.

Ranking-4 Ranking-1 Ranking-2 Ranking-3The festivities went into full swing even before the programme officially kicked off. Alumni members exchanged warm greetings, hugs and even high-fives – their pleasure at seeing each other after three years evident. They had to temper their excitement – and volume – when Dean of NUS Business School Prof Bernard Yeung took to the stage to update them on the School’s achievements. Abhinav Charan (MBA Alumni-NUS Board Member) commented how three years represented the ideal time for the alumni to return to the alma mater. “They can come back, reconnect emotionally and then continue to stay in touch,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve seen a lot of alumni who are based overseas flying in for the occasion.”

Former Class of 2012 president of the student council Aditya Subramanian was one of them. He flew in especially from New York City. “As our first official reunion, it’s pretty special,” he said, “so I didn’t want to miss it.” Fellow alumni Mohit Thakur travelled from India to attend. “Some of us met a couple of times since graduation but this is the first time that we’re coming together as a big group,” he said. “It’s awesome seeing so many familiar faces.” Raghav Mohan, who also flew in from India, agreed, adding that it was a great opportunity to meet everyone in a larger batch.

The spirit of camaraderie continued unabated as the evening wore on. Alumni clustered in groups big and small, sharing their news while reliving their shared times in class. The presentation of a video yearbook amped up the nostalgia factor. Those who were unable to attend were also far from forgotten. Diana Margareth Tang, Giancarlo Nogales, Rudiger Hesse, Gillian Ji Liyuan and Rena Lang Mengjia shared their well wishes from across the miles through video messages and expressed their disappointment at missing the reunion.

Even the professors and staff were caught up in the jovial atmosphere. Having mingled with the students, Academic Director for the NUS MBA, Prof Nitin Pangakar spoke of how impressed he was to learn of the quality of companies that they were in and the roles they have secured since their graduation. “I’m happy and proud of their accomplishments,” he said. “The reunion provides a wonderful forum for alumni and professors alike to get together and refresh their network.”

In addition to being a night of nostalgia, such events also offer a chance to nurture connections across cohorts. This was something that Namrata Arora, who also flew in especially from India, hoped to do. “It’s my second time attending such events and it has been wonderful seeing both fresh and old faces,” she said. “I’m currently venturing into entrepreneurship so I’m also looking forward to some networking tonight.”

Former Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies Prof Quek Ser Aik also dropped by to catch up with past students. He was pleased to see the huge turnout, observing that the venue’s central location was a hit with many participants. “It’s very convenient for alumni working in the financial district to swing by after work and join in,” he said. Class Champions for the reunion, Chetan Jotwani and Marilyn Dee, who worked nearby, concurred. “It’s a well-known pub, there’s great food and an opportunity to meet up with long-time course mates – we certainly wouldn’t mind attending more of such events in future,” said Chetan. Handi Ajimasta echoed similar sentiments, adding: “Having such events once a month would be good!”

We would like to thank everyone who participated, especially those who took special effort to fly in just for the reunion, and those who took the time to record personal messages of well wishes for the School despite being unable to attend. We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation for our wonderful class champions: Chetan Jotwani, Neha Rehani, Hoa Duong, Manas Mainrai, Cherry Pei Hong, Shobhit Choubey, Syed Imtiaz, Vivek Syania, Yap Shih Chia and Marilyn Dee. Without everyone’s active participation and unrelenting support, the event would not have been such a wonderful occasion.

Forming new connections at the NUS BizConnect Finance Networking Dinner

Date: 27 August 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 6:30–10:00 pm
Venue: Folks Collective

Organiser: Bizad Club/GANO

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An evening dedicated to networking and forming new connections over authentic Thai food – this was what the NUS BizConnect Finance Networking Dinner promised, and delivered. With the aim of connecting alumni from the finance industry to current undergraduates, the event was the perfect setting for participants to mingle and share business opportunities, experiences and aspirations.

BizConnect Photo3 BizConnect Photo1 BizConnect Photo2Laughter, light-hearted chit chat and the clink of glasses filled the air as attendees got to know each other. And with the alumni and undergraduates evenly spread across the tables, there was much for the participants to discover. Second-year BBA student Jia Wei, who was attending the event for the first time, found it a real eye-opener. “I heard about the event from a friend and decided to check it out. I’m really glad I came,” he said. “Speaking to alumni in the finance sector has given me a lot of insights into the industry that can’t be gotten academically.” Third-year BAcc student Minron agreed, adding: “Interacting with those who are working in finance has provided me with a clearer direction of my future. I am more focussed on the options available to me and have a better idea of the careers that most suit my character and personality.”

But it wasn’t just the undergraduates who benefitted from the event. Alumnus Neo Wan Hong (BBA, 1981) enjoyed the opportunity he had to network with the younger generation. “While I shared my experience with the undergraduates, I also learned a lot about current trends,” he said. “It was a two-way affair with the mutual exchange of ideas and opinions.” Some of the alumni such as Eric Ho (BBA, 1975) were delighted to discover that they had mutual industry contacts.

For alumnus Foo Check Woei (BBA, 1990), the networking session was more a way for him to give back and pay it forward. “During my years at NUS, I was lucky to receive guidance from those who had graduated,” he shared. “Now, I’m hoping to do the same by giving advice and adding value to the undergraduates.”

As the event came to an end, alumnus Jerry Yeo (BBA, 1983) remarked that the networking dinner was extremely well organised despite the tough logistics. Fellow alumnus Sally Low (BBA, 1982) too shared her thoughts saying: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to mingle with young people and hear their dreams, and also to network with other alumni. I look forward to future networking events.”

Judging by the overwhelming response and the sounds of laughter heard throughout the night, the event was a great success!

Jointly organised by the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) and the NUS Bizad Club, BizConnect holds 3–4 industry networking events annually, successfully attracting 50–60 alumni and undergraduate students at each event.

If you would like to volunteer or know more about BizConnect’s networking efforts, do get in touch with Hamidah from GANO.

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A harmonious get-together at the NUS Business School Alumni Association Members’ night!

Date: 26 August 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 7–9 pm
Venue: Mad for Garlic @ Suntec City

Organiser: NUSBSA

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It was an evening of food, fun and laughter as members gathered for the NUS Business School Alumni (NUSBSA) Association Members’ Night on 26 August 2015. Held at Mad for Garlic @ Suntec City, the event provided the perfect opportunity for alumni and new members alike to mingle, connect and unwind over a feast of pizzas and baguettes.

Members Nite Photo1 Members Nite Photo2 Members Nite Photo3Happy chatter filled the air as members caught up with each other while waiting for the evening’s festivities to start. Carrie Chan (BBA, 1987) was thrilled to spot many familiar faces she had not seen since she graduated. “I always try to make it for members’ night as it’s the perfect time for me to network and meet up with old friends.” Yeah Lee Ching (MBA, 1999) who attended the event with her husband Yong Eng Giat, who is a fellow alumni, shared the same sentiments, adding that she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

The high spirits of the event continued even during the Feng Shui presentation by invited speaker Angeline, with members cracking jokes and asking light-hearted questions. Liu Yi Qing (BAcc, 2014) found the talk extremely interesting. “I love coming to these events as they give me the opportunity to learn new things,” she said. “What’s more, the topics are always different. I’m already looking forward to the next event!”

As attendees drained their wine glasses and finished the last slice of pizza, the evening culminated with the presentation of a plague of appreciation to Angeline. Mr Wan Tuck Wah (BAcc, 1967), an alumnus from the pioneer batch of accountancy students, best summed up the event when he said: “A wonderful evening of meeting old friends and enjoying good food in a restaurant with a nice ambience, what’s not to like.”

Celebrating the spirit of giving – the APEX MBA way

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With the end of the final semester fast approaching and graduation looming, the class of APEX MBA English 23 was busy completing their final assignments and projects. But even as they were making preparations for the future, they were determined not to lose their connection with their soon-to-be alma mater. It was this desire to give back to the School and make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate that spurred them on to raise funds for financially needy NUS Business School students. Their goal? To raise enough funds to have the bursary credited to their cohort. Their efforts paid off! They raised a total of $27,276 and successfully created the APEX-E-23 Bursary.

This is the second time that an APEX MBA English class is having a bursary named after it. The inaugural APEX MBA-class-supported bursary fund began with the 22nd cohort last year, and was the brainchild of alumna Alicia Choo (APEX MBA English 2014) who spearheaded the fundraising efforts. “We had a very strong kinship,” she said of her cohort. “I’ve truly enjoyed our shared past so what better way to create a shared future than by having the class coming back to reconnect and raise funds for a bursary that will live on in perpetuity.” It was this same sense of belonging that inspired the entire cohort to contribute and raise a total of $161,393 last year.

Inspired by the previous cohort, the class of APEX E-23 was determined to follow in their seniors’ footsteps. “It felt good hearing about how the funds have helped needy students and I feel fortunate to be able to contribute to such a meaningful cause,” said Soh Sze Wei, one of the donors. Having been a bursary recipient himself, he viewed the fundraising efforts as a prime way of giving back. Fellow donor Fadjar Linawati agreed. “Through the bursary, we can play an active role in contributing to the School and give others the chance to experience the same quality education and opportunities that we did,” she said.

Echoing similar sentiments was Alice Seow. As an educator herself, this issue is something that’s close to her heart. “No one should be denied an education due to financial difficulties,” she said. “I’m happy with the amount that we raised and I hope that future batches can raise even more.” Nevertheless, every little bit counts. “Education builds future prospects and even the smallest contribution can make a difference in the lives of future generations,” said Tan Hong Meng. He urged everyone to come forward and contribute, adding, “Practising generosity in your daily life is contagious so you will definitely be inspiring others by example.”

It is evident that the spirit of giving back has gone beyond the 22nd cohort – a fact that Alicia finds enormous pleasure in. She continues to return to the School every year to select a new champion for the fundraising efforts. Her current goal: to raise $250,000 in funds and create an APEX bursary. She is already working closely with fellow alumni and veteran fundraisers Yeo Keng Joon (MBA 1985) and Seah Cheng San (MBA 1993) and looking to invite past cohorts – all 21 of them – to come on board and make this goal a reality. “Giving back is an integral part of the leadership fabric,” she commented. “I hope that, over time, our APEX cohorts will be known as ‘leaders who care, investing in future generations’.”

Bizad Leadership Development Programme (BLDP) Mentorship starts on a high!

Date: 25 August 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 7 pm
Venue: The University Club

Organiser: Office of Undergraduate Studies/GANO
 

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MM Photo3 MM Photo1 MM Photo2The fourth edition of the Business Leadership Development Programme (BLDP) got off to a great start as this year’s mentors gathered at the University Club on 25 August 2015 to meet their student mentees for the first time. It was a golden opportunity for both parties to foster a bond before jointly embarking on an intensive six-month learning journey. Happy chatter soon filled the air as mentors and mentees alike engaged in animated discussions as they tucked into a hearty dinner.

Maurice Tan (BBA 1990) was one of them. He has mentored in the programme in previous years, and found the experience personally rewarding. “I still keep in touch with past mentees and they write to me for advice,” he said. Buoyed by his positive experiences in the BLDP, he has now returned to reprise his mentor role, despite currently being based in Beijing.

Seasoned mentor, Dr Karuna Ramanathan (BBA Hons 1989) echoed his sentiments. In a sharing session before dinner, in which four of last year’s participants – including Dr Karuna – took to the stage to deliver key takeaways of their experiences in the programme, he highlighted how mentees can pick up valuable lessons from the programme. They can learn from their mentor’s life experiences, avoid making similar mistakes and gain insights into how to engage effectively with people that they might not necessarily see eye-to-eye with – all crucial components to being a good leader. Pointing to Tan Jun Kai , his new mentee for this round, he joked: “Boy, are you in for a ride!” – prompting much laughter from the crowd. First-time mentor Rix Chan (BBA 1992) expressed similar views. “Intelligence can only get you so far,” he observed. “What you need is the benefit of experience.” This was something that he realised during his own journey. In his role as mentor, he plans to share his knowledge and expertise to help his mentee avoid potential pitfalls.

And such are the nuggets of wisdom that the mentees hope to capitalise on. For Tan Jing Jie, the programme offers a great platform to meet excellent leaders. “Such exposure will help to enhance my personal development and allow me to gain a sense of leadership,” he said. Fellow mentee Teo Jek Wee Freddie was looking for a global leader – one who has an impeccable understanding of the overseas markets – and found a perfect match in first-time mentor, Adeline Kee (BAcc 1987). “Through the BLDP, I was able to gain essential knowledge that cannot be found in textbooks,” he said.

The mentees also had a chance to glean useful tips and insights when participant mentees from last year’s programme took to the stage. Cheryl Tang and Dorothy Oh, both BBA Year 3 students, shared the spotlight and talked about their experience under their mentor, Wong Lai Ping (BAcc 1987). Cheryl urged the mentors to give their mentees ample time to adjust because, for many of them, the programme is a first and novel experience. “Open up to your mentees,” she said, “not just about your career but also your personal journey and achievements.” Meanwhile, Dorothy advised new mentees to set a time for a session – and stick to it. “Mentors are busy people!” she reminded her fellow students. To ensure that they gain something tangible from the experience, she also highlighted the usefulness of recording the sessions through journal entries. This was something that former mentee and fourth-year BBA student Joel Goh did faithfully during his six-month stint. He shared his initial apprehension in connecting with his mentor, something that many of the new mentees could relate to. Some of them admitted to feelings of trepidation in the lead up towards the event, nervous at the thought of connecting with dynamic entrepreneurs and established business owners. But those feelings quickly faded when they realised, as mentor Angela Sim (BBA 1998) puts it during her sharing session that night, mentors were “just like you – we’re very willing to share!” Joel agreed, urging his fellow course mates: “So make the most of this opportunity – set goals for every session and be honest and open.”

Judging by the positive responses from the participants, the next six months promise to be an enriching and eye-opening experience for mentees and mentors alike.

Gaining valuable insights at NUSBSA CPE Talk on Professional Ethics and Corporate Governance

Date: 24 August 2015 (Monday)
Time: 6.45 – 9.30 pm
Venue: NUS Business School, Mochtar Riady Building
Organiser: NUSBSA/GANO

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More than 43 alumni gathered at Mochtar Riady Building to attend the NUSBSA CPE Talk on Professional Ethics and Corporate Governance on 24 August 2015.

CPE Photo3 CPE Photo1 CPE Photo2Conducted by NUS Adjunct Associate Professor Larry Lam, the talk was informative and lively. Participants were quick to jump in to offer their thoughts or express their opinions to questions posed by Prof Lam. Sharon Tham (Element 14 Pte Ltd) was one participant who had looked forward to the evening talk, and her anticipation was well rewarded. “The prof was funny and engaging,” she said, “delivering valuable insights into corporate governance and key updates to the SGX’s Code of Corporate Governance in an interesting manner.”

Indeed, it was a sign of things to come when Prof Lam opened the lecture by assuring participants that the presentation slides would be emailed to them and that there was no need to take notes. “The only time I want to see you writing is when you hear me say something profound,” he quipped.

Chan Siew Wai (Director, Toplink Pacific Pte Ltd) was another participant who found the talk interesting. He particularly enjoyed hearing the stories that the prof shared on his past experiences. “He has a lot of interesting stories,” said Siew Wai. Prior to pursuing his passion for education, Prof Lam, in a span of 25 years of his career, has played vital roles and made significant contributions in the realm of corporate governance in the organization he served. He had conducted over 100 investigations. Beside the traditional footwork of investigation, Prof Lam leveraged on  data analytics in detecting and solving many of the cases.

For Hoang Phu Hung, the talk served as a timely refresher. “I just took on a new position,” he explained, “and because the company is small, I have a bigger work scope. The information that I gained from the talk will be useful in helping me conduct my work more effectively.”

Given such positive responses, we are certain that the next CPE event will be as equally well attended.

Zheng He’s Art of Collaboration Forum 2015

Date: 10 October 2015, Saturday
Time: 8:30 am – 12:45 pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Alumni House
Organiser: Global Alumni Network Office and Langdon and Seah Singapore and the International Zheng He Society

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It was a highly informative session for the 130 alumni and guests who dedicated their Saturday morning to the Zheng He’s Art of Collaboration Forum on 10 October 2015 at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House.

Zheng He Photo3 Zheng He Photo1 Co-organised by GANO, Langdon and Seah Singapore and the International Zheng He Society, and supported by NUS Business School Alumni Association, Mandarin Alumni and MBA Alumni-NUS, the forum featured Professor Hum Sin Hoon, Deputy Dean of NUS Business School, as the keynote speaker. This year marked the seventh reprint and third anniversary of his landmark book, Zheng He’s Art of Collaboration, and his presentation enlightened attendees on the seven lessons that he had learned from Zheng He since publishing his book. His talk proved that the Zheng He philosophy is still relevant in business today.

Prof Hum’s views resonated deeply with Kelvin Eu (UCLA-NUS-EMBA 2012). “I support the Zheng He methodology,” he said. Fellow alumni Wan Tuck Wah (BAcc 1967) concurred. “The Zheng He story has always been inspiring and his leadership methods are still applicable today,” he said. Despite having attended the talk previously, Tuck Wah found the event this time round no less useful. “It’s great to hear from three different perspectives rather than one,” he said. “I always pick up something new.”

The presentations by guest speakers Dr Lim Tai Wei, a senior lecturer at SIM University (uniSIM) and researcher of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) policy, and Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong Private Limited, also impressed the audience. Dr Lim provided a comprehensive background to the history of the Silk Road and the introduction of OBOR back in 2011, and highlighted the benefits that OBOR is set to bring to Central Asia. The topic was a timely one given how quickly this foreign policy is gathering pace. Kelvin Tey (BBA 2001) echoed the thoughts of many when he shared, “OBOR interests me and I’m here to learn more.”

Jimmy Lim (APEX-MBA (English) 2001) agreed. “It was interesting to hear how the 64 nations are working in collaboration on the Silk Road,” he said. “We live in a global environment where conquer and rule is no longer a viable strategy so collaboration is a crucial element in business today.”

Mr Wong’s presentation illustrated the latter point perfectly. Recognising that collaboration is key if a project’s vision is to be realised, he has consistently put into practice the theory of the art of collaboration – and achieved results by collaborating from a position of strength. “I didn’t see Prof Hum’s presentation beforehand but it was amazing to see how similar our presentations were in terms of how collaboration is crucial for success in today’s business climate,” he commented.

Dr Tan Ta Sen, President of the International Zheng He Society, also expressed his pleasure at being able to participate in the Q&A session. “I wasn’t able to commit to speaking at today’s event initially as I was supposed to be in Beijing,” he explained. “But my trip was cancelled so I’m glad that I was able to take part today. Our society exists to promote the legacy of Zheng He and his spirit and encourage research on his journeys and it is encouraging that so many alumni turned out today.”

Aside from gaining new knowledge, the session also gave alumni a great opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and lecturers. “The whole concept of Zheng He and his trade missions is amazing. It shows a different approach to trade and relationships,” Edward Ta (BAcc 1987) enthused. “But it was also good to catch up with fellow classmates.” Fellow alumni Cem Karci (APEX-MBA (English) 2014) expressed similar sentiments. “I’m glad to show my support for Prof Hum today. I learnt about Zheng He from my lessons with him and since my current industry is shipping, I’m keen to learn more.”

Kelvin Ng Yu Ngee, Director of Langdon and Seah Singapore and emcee for the event, was pleased with the turnout. “The three speakers complemented one another well,” he commented, “and I found today’s Q&A session particularly interesting. The audience posed a greater number of questions and went into greater depth than we usually experience.” Chairperson for the Q&A session, Teoh Wooi Sin, Joint Managing Director of ARCADIS Project Management Pte Ltd, did an excellent job moderating the session, directing relevant questions to the right speakers.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our co-organisers, sponsors and the three alumni associations, without whom the forum would not have been such a success!

Feasting at Oktoberfest 2015

Date: 8 October 2015, Thursday
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Venue: Paulaner Singapore Clarke Quay
Organiser: GANO

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Free-flow beer? Check. Delicious and authentic Bavarian fare? Check. Fantastic company? Check, check and check! The perennially popular Oktoberfest is back!

Oktoberfest Photo3 Oktoberfest Photo1 Oktoberfest Photo2For many of the participants, Oktoberfest is one of the biggest events on the NUS Business School calendar and not one to be missed. Current MBA student Sanjay Satheesh certainly thought so. Despite having an exam the following day, he still made an effort to attend. “I decided to come anyways because I’m confident in my studies and this event is a great opportunity to network and gain valuable advice from the alumni,” he explained. Fellow students Pitchaya Sunthanakul or ‘Peach’ and Leslie Chua had similar agendas. “I’m looking forward to a fun night of networking and catching up with friends,” Leslie enthused.

Apart from networking, catching up with old friends and reminiscing about fond times were also part of the plan, particularly for our alumni members, as was the case for Shobhit Choubey (MBA 2012) who is a regular face at this event. Close friends and recent graduates, Sandeep Sharma (MBA-HEC 2015), Anu Meha (MBA-S3S 2014) and Mohit Khemani (MBA-HEC 2015) also regarded Oktoberfest as the perfect opportunity to celebrate together and reconnect with old classmates. They all agreed that it was good to give back and keep a community going after graduation. “We’ll definitely take part in future alumni events,” said Anu.

Koji Kobayashi, who recently completed his APEX-MBA English programme, quickly became a crowd favourite among the attendees once word got round that he was working at SK-II, and attaining the perfect skin was a common conversation starter. For Koji, the festivities provided a well-deserved break. “I just finished my EMBA in July so I’m here to relax and celebrate now that the stress is off,” he said.

Sean Bellamy McNulty, President of the Student Council 2015/2016 was pleased at the event turnout. Hailing from Canada, he chose to head to Singapore for his MBA and was determined to experience a holistic education. “I love being active in student events so I decided to run for the Student Council presidency,” he explained. His vice-president, Xiaolu Yang echoed similar sentiments. “It’s important to do more than just study,” she said. “Networking is an important element of a great MBA education.” Alumnus member Sudheer Shetty (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2014) agreed, having enjoyed interacting with a vast number of nationalities through his classmates during his course.

Come the end of the night, it was clear that the merry revellers had a great time judging by their happy faces. Oktoberfest is once again a resounding success. A great big thank you to everyone for coming down – we definitely could not have done it without you!

NUS Business School celebrates Golden Jubilee milestone at Homecoming event

Date: 4 September 2015, Friday
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Venue: Mochtar Riady Building
Organiser: Business School

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Homecoming Photo 1Homecoming Photo 2Homecoming Photo 3Several hundred NUS Business School alumni, students, faculty and staff came together on Friday 4 September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School.

Held at the School’s Mochtar Riady Building, six Masterclasses helmed by the School’s distinguished professors were organised exclusively for the Homecoming, to provide participants with insights into various global developments. Topics included the impact of high cost of car ownership, retirement planning, philanthropy, corporate governance, energy conservation with children and conducting business in China.

Eminent alumni such as Mr Peter Seah (BBA Hons 1968), Chairman of DBS Group Holdings, Mr Hsieh Fu Hua (BBA Hons 1974), UOB Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the School’s Management Advisory Board and Ms Janet Ang (BBA Hons 1982), Vice President of IBM Asia Pacific joined in the celebrations.

“The School’s goal today is the same as it was some 50 years ago: to groom successful business leaders who are well-rounded and adaptable men and women from different walks of life,” said Mr Seah in his speech. He was part of the pioneer batch of BBA students that graduated in 1968.

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, NUS President paid tribute to the Business School for its success in cultivating business leaders over the decades. “The Business School itself has been very forward thinking in curriculum redesign and at the same time, very mindful to inculcate in our students the core values of excellence, integrity, innovation, teamwork and a caring heart,” he said.

“As we celebrate 50 years of developing business leaders and contributing to Asia’s economic growth, we look forward to leading from Asia in the coming decades with deep business insights and creating valuable networks for the business community. We will continue to spearhead the development of future-ready talent for this region,” said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School.