Manila MBA Study Trip ’09

Apurbakanti Mukherjee shares the highlights of the 2009 NUS MBA Study Trip to Manila, the Philippines.

I came very close to not going on the Manila MBA study trip due to various reasons other options available, but I’m glad the way things played out in the end. There were some iconic names in the list of companies that we were scheduled to visit and some not so familiar names which later turned out to be the star attractions of the trip.

The Cast

The group consisted of 14 students representing 9 nationalities including some of our exchange students as well.


This was our 1st day of meetings and by the end of the week we all agreed, one of our favorites. Our 1st stop was at SGV, the local arm of Ernst and Young. After we met a number of their top managers, we waited for our lunch appointment with the 88 year old founder, Mr. Cecip Washington. While we waited in the plush room with panoramic views of the Manila skyline, we had, what was to be the 1st of many such photo ops. We were carrying with us a special banner made for this trip and at every chance, we would unfold the banner and take pictures with the whole group and the host.

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Thammasat Asia Moot Corp ’09

thammasat asia moot corp 2009

The team representing NUS at the Thammasat Asia Moot Corp 2009 shares about their business plan competition experience in Bangkok, Thailand.

Competition: Thammasat Asia Moot Corp ’09
Date: March 10-12, 2009
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand
The Team: Muthuraman Ganesan, Srinivasa Varadhan Kannan, Pavithra Jayakumar

Greeted with warmth true to the Thai culture of exquisiteness and hospitality, The “Thammasat Asia Moot Corp ’09” welcomed the 12 Finalist teams to the Opening Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom at the country’s most renowned Boutique Hotel, “The Four Seasons”. An extravagant dance performance in full Thai cultural grandiose soon followed a quick briefing session by Bill Randall, the key organizing member of this event. We were enthralled and felt extremely proud to represent the NUS Business School in this exclusive “by invitation only” Business Plan competition organized by the Thammasat University. It had taken a lot to reach here, and this moment was truly rewarding.

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