未來的領袖們

入學到現在已經8個月,整個MBA課程剛好過了一半,深深覺得除了紮實的教育和豐富的就業選擇,在這裡認識的朋友將成為未來最寶貴的資產。

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上面的照片拍攝於今年3月9日,東南亞企金領域首屈一指的華僑銀行(OCBC)在新加坡市中心舉辦大型說明會,吸引了不同國家超過200名社會人士參與,主辦單位介紹包括消費金融、企業金融與投資銀行在內各個部門所需人才,場面熱鬧非凡。

NUS MBA也有很多同學前來共襄盛舉,圖中後方是來自中國浙江的Kelvin。Kelvin過去曾擔任美國道富銀行分析師與瑞士信貸顧問,過去與他合作分組報告時,他總是能針對商業個案提出獨到見解; 而且由於在新加坡有多年的工作經驗,Kelvin也不吝於分享在求職過程中可能用得上的訣竅和應該避免的錯誤,令人獲益匪淺。

圖左的DK Ha來新加坡之前是Fortune 500大企業-韓國SK集團旗下的原物料交易員,數學好得不得了; 和他一起修的投資課不但充滿樂趣,我們也一起在模擬投資競賽中取得暫居第三名的佳績。分析過程中DK對原物料市場展現的深入理解讓人驚豔,他幽默風趣的談吐也獲得極好的人緣,我想這些都是未來成功企業家必須具備的特質。

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Intensity 10

Charisse Rossielin Cruz offers a poetic tribute to class at NUS Business School.

It was the day after new year
When the school came alive
(Although some of us were groggy
From flights that just arrived).
We were to complete 2 courses
In a period of 6 days
We didn’t feel, though, that these
Were all done in haste.

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Change: Closing a Chapter and Going back to Student Life

Full-time student Devmanyu Singh reflects on making the transition from work, and going back to student life as an NUS MBA.  

Not very long back I had been part of the arduous process of preparing for exams, short-listing b-schools, filling applications and writing those ‘why MBA?’ essays. Though I was through with most of the MBA admission interviews, and had even been accepted in some of the schools that I had applied to, I particularly remember the uncharacteristically laidback afternoon in early April in office. This was the day I got an email with the subject — “Congratulations! You have been given an admission offer for NUS MBA (August 2011 intake)”. Unable to react, I glanced nervously around my workstation and then stared hard at the computer screen—a bit overwhelmed and too confused to open the mail. Asian b-schools were the focus area of my first year of application, and NUS was the top school (in terms of strategic fit) to which I had applied.

Well, I did finally open the mail, and it slowly sank in that I had made it to the prestigious NUS MBA program! Along with the happiness of getting admitted to NUS and the excitement of living in the vibrant Singapore, a sense of loss and nostalgia also crept in. The familiar office where I was sitting, the colleagues who were congratulating me on my admission and the cheerful cook at home would slowly drift away into a fondly remembered part of my past. Many of the contacts on my cell phone would become alpha-numeric links to fading faces. This awkward mix of feelings brought with it an element of anxiety.

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For the Love of Language

Introduced by the Language and Culture Club, the Mandarin Initiative provides opportunities for non-Chinese NUS MBA students to learn the language from their Chinese counterparts.

The NUS MBA has rightly been described as a melting pot of cultures. In my first semester, I had the chance to meet and work on assignments with students from South Korea, Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, among others. Attending such an engaging program amidst such a plethora of cultural diversity gives one an opportunity to realise and appreciate the nuances and beauty of different cultures.

To further leverage this cultural diversity, an MBA student initiated an extremely fascinating program, named, “The Mandarin Initiative”. Ma Dongye, a full time MBA student from China had previously worked in an NGO that focused on inter-cultural communication between China and the rest of the world and had arranged Mandarin teaching trainings for Chinese teachers. After joining the NUS MBA, Dongye realised that there was a lot of interest in Mandarin among the non-Chinese students. Many students also felt that learning Mandarin would help them in securing better jobs and would open up more lucrative opportunities for them.

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My winter vacation – Trip to Surabaya

Fumiyuki Kosugi talks about a trip to Surabaya, Indonesia during the NUS MBA vacation break, with a friendly MBA classmate playing host.

December is the winter vacations for NUS MBA students. Most of them go back to their home countries while some students stay in Singapore for their internship. For me, I traveled around three Southeast Asia countries – Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Indonesia (Jakarta and Surabaya) and Philippines (Manila).

I really enjoyed every one of my trips. However, of  all the trips, Surabaya (Indonesia’s second-largest city) was the most memorable one. Melinda, my classmate from the same intake, comes from Surabaya. She kindly showed me around her hometown during my stay.

I took a lot of pictures there and will show you some of them.

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