The NUS MBA Welcome lunch was held on 18th August to welcome existing batches, exchange students as well as the new batches to a new semester.
The NUS MBA Welcome lunch was organized by the MBA Programs Office on the 18th of August, 2009. The event took place at the Kent Ridge Guild house right next to the business school. An enormous structure adorned with beautiful water fountains, grand spiral staircases and soft, subtle decorations & layouts, the Kent Ridge Guild House is simply magnificent.
The idea behind the event was to welcome existing batches, exchange students as well as the new batches across all programs to a new semester. Most of the students by now already knew their classmates, thanks to the OBS program and a week of classes. This afternoon, however, was a great opportunity to get to know people from other batches and cohorts. While many more such formal and informal gatherings would follow, this lunch, simply by the virture of being the first one, had an atmosphere buzzed with curiosity and excitement. More specifically, this was also the first formal interaction between the senior and the junior batches; and gave way to new associations and friendships; especially with regards to the “NUS MBA Buddy” program; since a lot of freshmen had yet to meet their buddies face to face.
The lunch started off with Shipra Gupta, Emcee for the program, welcoming the students and the faculty present. We had our Deputy Dean Prof. Kulwant Singh, Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies, Prof. Susanna Leong and the NUS MBA Academic Director, Prof. Nitin Pangarkar, amongst others, in attendance. Also present were members of the MBA Programs Office, Student Development Unit and the Career Services Office. The event included speeches by Prof Kulwant Singh and by Srinivasa Varadhan, the President of the NUS MBA Student council. Srini advised all of us to develop a positive attitude and to create strong sense of unity and pride within the cohort. Quoting George Bernard Shaw, he also encouraged us to explore new paths to make the most of the time here at the NUS MBA. Prof. Singh addressed the audience with some inspirational words for the new batch and also some encouragement and advice for the seniors.
The most awaited part of the afternoon, namely lunch, was upon us. The food was wonderful, a sumptuous spread amply catered to all cuisines and appetites. It was also a great opportunity to talk to our seniors and take their inputs, advice and suggestions on topics ranging from the best places to eat in the canteen to internships and job hunts! After having our fill of the delicious food and drink, it was time to leave and go back to the reality of classes & assignments. All in all, it was a memorable afternoon!
Class of 2011