Futsal Fury 2009

Jointly organised by NUS MBA Social Impact and Sports Clubs, Futsal Fury 2009 saw teams from INSEAD and GE as finalists in a fundraising futsal match.

It was a crisp “Valentine’s Day” Saturday morning on February 14, 2009; but for the team of NUS MBA Social Impact Club, it was more than just Valentine’s day – it was a day when the club was going to host an event that would make a difference in some people’s lives. This event was a fund-raiser for a local Singapore hospital that serves patients suffering from HIV/AIDS.

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Consultant Unplugged 2009

President of the NUS MBA Consulting Club, Shipra Gupta talks about the process of planning the club’s flagship event. 

On March 19, 2009 at 2:30 am, as I finally flopped on my bed, and in the 2 seconds before I fell asleep, all I could remember were Srikanth’s words, “Just make sure you hold Consultant Unplugged”.

The day was Dec 6, 2008. I wasn’t even a month old as the Club President when at the annual ART dinner, one of our alumnus, Srikanth Sridharan caught hold of me and Srinivasa, our student council President, and told both of us that we must hold “Consultant Unplugged”. Our outgoing ex-co had said the same thing and I of course agreed. I hadn’t even planned the event calendar for the year and I was going home for a month. So I made a note at the back of my head and promptly forgot about it. Back in January, I started planning the events, and thinking about Consultant Unplugged. After much deliberation and consultation, we, the club ex-co, decided on March end. We had 3 months to plan, but no idea what we were in for.

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Student Council Retreat

The NUS MBA Student Council Retreat was a success and student blogger Ruhaini Fatema Islam shares her stories about the experiential learning. 

When my husband heard that the new student council was going on a two day retreat he couldn’t stop grumbling as I would be away from home for the entire weekend. But I for one always enjoy outings and was looking forward to the retreat. On Saturday afternoon, we all gathered at school with our little backpacks…Vikram was given the additional responsibility of carrying the first-aid tool kit which later proved helpful when Shekhar took a tumble down the stairs…but that’s another story! 😉

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Launch of Social Impact Club

NUS MBA blogger R. Suraj (class of 2008) shares the vision and founding story of the Social Impact Club NUS.

The Social Impact Club was an idea born in the heat of a Mumbai afternoon. A CSR club has existed within the NUS MBA but unfortunately it had remained dormant. When Adarsh and I met on that Mumbai afternoon, we shared the belief that we needed to revive the CSR club. Adarsh proposed that we start a Net Impact chapter at NUS, the first chapter within Singapore. Thus our journey began.

Paulo Coelho famously said, “When you really want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” Truer words were never spoken. Along our journey I met five others who gave their total commitment to the cause. These five – Debesh, Kashif, Kathrin, Vikram, Vivian, became the executive committee for the club. We found moral and financial support from the NUS MBA office. The Career Services Office helped us with contacts. Prof. Bob Fleming and Prof. Albert Teo became the club’s faculty advisors. Along the course, we built bridges with Insead Business School, which helped us in setting up the club. We also held a re-branding competition where we asked for new names for the club. The name ‘Social Impact Club’ was chosen from a bunch of equally good choices. Congrats to Kashif for getting the name right!

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Close Up – NUS MBA Club President Batch 2009

On the eve of the 2010 NUS MBA Club elections, Adarsh Abhineet, President of the 2009 batch shares some of her thoughts and opinions. 

Among the most anticipated events of the year in the lives of the NUS MBA students are the NUS MBA Club elections and the elections for the other supporting clubs, because the people elected become the face of the batch, and of the school, for one whole year. The elected student leaders come forth and pledge to devote time out of their hectic schedules to make a positive impact on the students’ experience. The higher up one is in the council, the more the challenges and the rewards. So just to get a close look at how hard the job is at the highest post in the Students’ Council, we caught up with Adarsh Abhineet, the outgoing President of the 2009 batch in a tête à tête, and an extremely camera-shy President at that :), the night before the election results for the 2010 batch.

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