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New post 27 Feb 2018, 22:00
FROM Nanyang Admissions Blog:
The MFE experience by Jackson Gan
I graduated with my Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s degree from NUS, and worked in Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry for approximately 4 years. I decided to further my study after leaving the school for 4 long years, with the main motivations were for career switching and further development. Particularly I was looking at finance industry. I spent significant amount of brain juice deciding between MBA and MSc Financial Engineering (MFE) programmes from local universities (NTU, NUS, SMU). With my technical engineering background and my affinity for Mathematics, MFE appeared to be a better match. The roadshows and exhibitions were definitely very useful in my view in giving out information about the programmes.

Why NBS? To be honest at the start, I had little to no knowledge and zero comparison between the various local Biz schools. However, I attended multiple roadshows and exhibitions during the decision making process. That was when I gain more information about NBS. The programme staffs and professors were helpful in giving the right advice, i.e. if you have better opportunities on hand, they would point you to those directions instead of hard selling the programme. The pre-programme prep course was another attractive point that is useful for people that have left school for some time.

The highlight of my experience throughout the programme was the rapport and learning opportunities with programme managers, professors and the friendships with a group of awesome individuals. I may have been awarded the “Best MFE Student” that year, but truly I think that award should be changed to “Best MFE Group”, and honour my study and project group. We have programming king, excel queen, meticulous prince, where we leverage each other’s strengths to overcome obstacles after obstacles. The experience in CMU was another awesome adventure that I believe every one of us cherishes.

The experience with career is simple – I got my internship and full time job using the resume designed and reviewed by NBS career office.

Takeaway – school is temporary, learning is never ending. NBS and MFE in particular, has the professors that continue to discuss, share and teach the alumni, 1 year, 2 years or 5 years after you graduated.

For all my juniors, you should be excited when the professors keep telling you the programme is difficult. That shows both the quality of the programme, and your quality the moment you are admitted.

 

For more info, visit http://www.beyondamasters.com/programme-msc-fe.aspx to learn more about our programme! 
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FROM Nanyang Admissions Blog: Hult Prize Regional
Article contributed by Jaime Zulueta

Our journey to the Hult Regional Finals began in Singapore in December 2017, at the local qualification round. Out of numerous business entries in Nanyang Technological University, only ten were chosen to present. Luckily, Team PH was among them.

We decided to present a business model specifically for the Philippines where we identified an underserved market in resettlement communities. Resettlement housing is socialized housing provided to the landless and those devastated by natural and man-made calamities. The problem with resettlement communities was that there are limited income opportunities in these areas. We believed that Vertical Bottle Farming was a solution to this problem.

To our surprise, this idea made first runner up in the local round. We were quite happy as our business pitch was not reliant on technology compared to many of the presented ideas. Initially, Team PH thought this was the end of the Hult journey as we assumed only the first place team would go on to the next round. To our amazement, we received an email in January 2018 notifying us of our selection to go to Melbourne in March 2018. As we only had two weeks to confirm, we immediately contacted the Nanyang Business School for financial support. Once we confirmed this, we booked our tickets and sent our confirmation to the Hult Prize Committee.

February was very busy as this was the end of the 2nd semester at NTU. Many of us had internships, exams, and school requirements. However, we found time to work on our business pitch. We contacted Ruo Mei Chua, one of the judges who had shown interest in our group during the local round. She provided us with valuable insights which we gladly took into our presentation.

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On the eve of the competition in March, we boarded a nearly 8-hour overnight flight from Changi to Tullamarine. We arrived in Melbourne at 6am, had a quick breakfast at Hungry Jack’s (the Australian Burger King) and immediately headed to the city to begin working on our presentation.

The first day of the competition was filled with talks from previous finalists and participants of the Hult Prize. They shared their experiences during and after their time at the Hult competition. In addition, we had the chance to listen to various entrepreneurs.

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The second and last day of Hult was reserved for the various pitches. We were picked to go first which we thought went quite well. Sadly, we did not make it to the next pitch round which included the top 6 pitches. From the 6, one was chosen to go to the incubation stage in July 2018. The winner was a team from North America. They presented a business idea of farming algae to be used in cow feeds which would potentially reduce the methane produced by the cows.

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Overall, the competition was a great venue to experience a new city, meet various students from around the world, and listen and share great business ideas. The learning experience cannot be matched compared to attending and sitting in classes. We were able to apply lessons from Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. This event added to the beauty and learning of the MBA program.

All this would not have been possible without the Hult Prize Committee, and support from Nanyang Business School. As such, a big thank you goes out to these two.
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FROM Nanyang Admissions Blog: Finalists of InnovateChina 2018
Written by Noel Lavarias.

One shouldn’t be saying this, but I honestly still don’t know how and why my group got in the finals of InnovateChina 2018 organized by China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). With the number of contests that our group submitted entries to, this contest might be the least that we expected would be successful. Yet looking back at the experience, luck might had played a factor for us to get in, but I’m truly proud to say that we didn’t waste the opportunity given to us.

The story of our experience started one January evening in the discussion hall of Graduate Hall two. The group started out literally without any idea to submit to the contest. Like any other group trying to create a new business idea, we started by saying  logical and safe ideas which we eventually would just shut down due to feasibility or the idea already exist. What started out as a brain storming of conservative ideas, we eventually started thinking of crazy ideas such as “tinder” like app but for sports. I believe this no holds bar brain storming led our group to think of an app powered by Artificial Intelligence for Chinese kids to learn English. This app would eventually be our entry to the contest.

Creating an idea was just the beginning as we had to create a 10-slides PowerPoint presentation as our entry to the contest. With the deadline of our requirements for classes also fell at the same week as the contest’s deadline, we did a last minute deck creation. As we were about to submit our entry, we faced technical problems in uploading our deck which by this time it was already 11:58pm with the deadline at 12mn. Within two minutes, we at least tried uploading six times using two different laptops. Fortunately, by 11:59pm and 55 seconds (not the exact seconds but it felt like it was) one of our tries got in. However, just to be sure our entry was uploaded, we sent an email to the organizers beyond the deadline containing our deck. Actually after submitting our deck, we thought that there was very little chance for our group to get in.

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However, lo and behold, one February evening we received an email from the organizers that our entry was chosen for the finals.  So much excitement rushed through each member’s system when we received the news. We recognized that it was a gift to be chosen which was why for the next three weeks we really dedicated our time to improve our business plan. We consulted various professors in NTU which included Dr. Douglas Rolph and Professor Yonggang Wen. At the end, what started out as just an app, we managed to modify our business plan into an AI English Learning Buddy for kids named Språk.

We arrived Shanghai on the 23rd of March for a dry-run and to get a chance to see the venue before the contest the next day. During the dry-run, a draw-lot was held for the order of presentations. Our group drew number six which would be the last group to present. This also meant that we won’t get a chance to see other groups present as the rule of the competition prohibited us.

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Come the contest day, the event was nothing but spectacular. Not only did the organizers created the event for the groups presenting, but they made it as an innovation conference with talks and product showcases. Of course, the main event for the day were the presentations. According to the organizers, the attendees for the event reached almost 800 which was quite a feat.

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On behalf of my group, the experience of being able to pitch a business idea and plan in front of Chinese Business Figures something we were really proud of. After our presentation, people came to us inquiring about our business, and told us that they think we were one of the top groups of the contest. However, we weren’t able to bag any prize, but we didn’t have any regrets because we know that we did our best. The group didn’t feel that we had a bad business plan, but just like any other business plan competitions, others just had ideas which the judges liked more.

As I said earlier, it was luck that got my group tickets to the finals of InnovateChina 2018. However, that luck was more of a gift because we got to experience such an amazing competition. With China growing economically, the contest was a good avenue for aspiring business leaders like us to get to feel how it is to pitch in front of Chinese business figures. We got a chance to experience how they acquire about business plans and what values they are looking for. The prize of the contest was just a bonus to be honest as the real award was the experience itself.

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FROM Nanyang Admissions Blog: Building next wave of women leaders through top MBA programmes
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In recent years, women have been breaking bounds in various lines of busine. The modern businesswoman is relentlessly pursuing excellence in her work through dedication to a valuable education that paves the way to a successful career. Nanyang Business School has for years been a building stone in the careers of many successful corporate women in Asia. The institution has managed to contribute to the growing number of women leaders in Asia who are powerfully leading and changing Asia’s and the world’s economies. In this piece, we look into three women who shaped their careers based on the MBA programmes in Asia they took with NBS.

Women & the MBAs

Jiang Wei Wei, who held a Master’s degree in electrical engineering was looking for an institution with the best MBA programmes in Asia. When deliberating between various business schools in Asia, many factors came into consideration – Rankings, curriculum, cost, exposure, campus environment. She ultimately set upon on NBS for its globally ranked MBA programmes and robust curriculum, which would develop her corporate finance management skills and help her advance in her career. She completed her MBA in Finance at NBS in 2009 where her learning curve was accelerated through the business knowledge she acquired from the course. She also gained a competitive advantage over her peers who are not MBA holders and that contributed to her promotion to Senior Director at Air Liquide after serving as the company’s general manager of home health care in China since 2013. She credits NBS’s case method of teaching, in which students position themselves in a decision-maker’s shoes at a critical juncture of an organisation’s history, for challenging and honing her core competencies and skillsets.

Junko Kimura became Southeast Asia’s Senior IT Director and Business Technology Leader at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) after pursuing an MBA to improve her business management skills. She decided to study one of the top MBA programmes at NBS, the Nanyang Executive MBA (EMBA). This course intertwines global principles of business. The 14-month programme boosted her senior executive leadership skills which she constantly uses at work. The programme was also time-effective.

And while discussing on the transition of a woman’s role in the perceptibly conservative Asian societies and MBAs – We have Colonel Jerica Goh, who is Singapore’s highest-ranking female naval officer and also the commanding officer of the navy’s most advanced warship, RSS Supreme. Col Goh graduated from the Nanyang Fellows MBA programme in 2011. This programme was unquestionably her first choice for its intense yet well-crafted curriculum, which incorporated Residential Learning in top business schools in US, case method learning through Overseas Business Study Missions and a series of closed-door dialogues with top academics, business and government leaders. The diverse backgrounds of the participants in her cohort bolstered up her learning experience in the MBA journey. She shared that she was involved in many case studies where participants brought their different perspectives to the discussion – especially cultural differences. This highlights the importance of having a learning culture that promotes connection, discussion and integration of unique information, which is one of the key priorities of MBA programmes in NBS.

 

NBS Ranked Top 10 MBA Programmes for Women by Financial Times

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Gone are the days where women consistently under-valued their own abilities and potential, and were absolutely more likely to doubt themselves in the admissions process to business schools. This is why finding a business school that offers a strong support community and nurturing mentorship are equally as important as MBA rankings. At NBS, we firmly believe that all forms of diversity are essential to creating a successful learning environment and women most definitely provide a different perspective and experience. The rich diversity and inclusive culture support the co-creation of knowledge and co-creation of ideas, driving greater success.

If you’re thinking about applying to one of the top MBA Programmes in Asia, we welcome you to visit the NBS campus or join us at our events to reach out to women alumni network who have pursued an MBA.

Find out more about Nanyang MBA Fellows Programme hereor download the Programme Brochure here.
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FROM Nanyang Admissions Blog: Berkeley Tour by the Fellows
Article written by Theodore Loy Tom.

As a native San Franciscan who was born and raised in the Bay Area it was my pleasure to host my cohort for a day in Berkeley. It was a fun packed day that showcased the best of Northern California – amazing food and delicious locally made wines.

We first started off the day by going to the Farmer’s Market at Lake Merritt. This is a very popular event to go to on a Saturday morning, with people from all different walks of life coming together to enjoy live music, purchase produce directly from farmers, and enjoy food at different food trucks. While looking out to the lake we enjoyed Spanish roasted chicken and potatoes, Himalayan Momo dumplings and freshly brewed coffee. Some say that you can travel the world through your stomach by living in the Bay Area, I would say that is quite apt.

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After enjoying a great lunch at the Farmer’s Market we then headed to Donkey and Goat Winery. Located right in Berkeley they are a husband and wife owned Winery that focuses on natural wines – where no sulfites or preservatives are added to the process of developing the flavors in a wine. We first started off with a quick lesson on wine tasting and theory by the staff, for some it was their first wine tasting and they absolutely loved learning how to experience wine through smell, sight and taste. We then enjoyed the rest of the afternoon by trying different wines while playing bocce ball and the Fellow’s favorite game – Jenga! Typical for a Bay Area afternoon there was some light rain but it didn’t stop us from having a great time together.

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Great wine, fun activities and an amazing cohort, just another day in the life of the Nanyang Fellows.
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FROM Nanyang Admissions Blog: Mahindra War Room Season 10
Article contributed by Ambrose Tey

“The best lessons are learnt outside the lecture hall” – this is what I believe in. The value in an MBA is truly found when you synthesize all the classroom learnings to compete with the brightest minds on a global stage. Mahindra War Room was the very first competition in our MBA journey. Needless to say, I was rather enthusiastic about it even though the first round coincides with our Trimester 1 examinations.

The competition is organized by Mahindra Group from India, involving live business cases to be solved by MBA students from top business schools. Preparations for the qualifying round in Singapore was an exhausting yet rewarding experience. My team (Jamie, Roman, Pravin and I) was having late night meetings, while studying for the examinations. The live business case we have chosen was tough, requiring crazy amount of research. Fortunately, we have Jamie, who was a thoroughbred specialist in research and finance, to back us up. And so, we battle on!

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The first round of competition was held in Nanyang Business School, we were honored to have several top executives from Mahindra Group as our judges. Their presence was both encouraging and daunting at the same time; knowing that we are tackling a real problem faced by the company. I have to say that we were all excited and nervous, given the amount of hard work we had put in. During our presentation, I thought we were doing pretty well (seeing the constant nods of approval from the judges) until Roman took the stage. No, he did not disappoint us. Instead, he took the level of competition over the top as he dazzles everyone present in the hall. When he was done, I knew in my heart that the battle was won. And indeed, we did!

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The stage was set, and we flew to Mumbai 3 weeks later for the grand finale. Pravin and I were in Shanghai for our Business Study Mission, and flew via Singapore to Mumbai. It was nearly midnight when we arrived, and that was when disaster struck! Now, I have flown gazillion times and had never met any major misfortunes other than short delays. We were knackered and just wanted to get sufficient sleep for the competition in the morning. However, my luggage was nowhere to be seen at the belt carousel. Apparently, it was still sitting joyously in Singapore, waiting for the next flight out. I will have nothing to put on for the presentation, besides my suit jacket and pants.

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Now imagine having to wear your teammate’s oversized shirt, ridiculously-colored tie and moist shoes for a presentation you had spent weeks working on. It may not have been very pleasant, but it was definitely a rare experience nonetheless. On the bright side, I consider myself lucky that Pravin had spares for everything. I am forever grateful.

Back to business. Let me start off by saying that the most valuable element in any competition is the networking opportunity. Not only did we get to exchange ideas with top executives and acclaimed professors, but we also learned from other brilliant MBA students from all over the world. The second most valuable element is the experience that adds to individual growth factor. Put it this way, every team has put immense effort to solve every live business problem – and we get to see all of it in one day. You will never grow as fast or as much in any other way. In that regard, we all came away as winners even though we were not victorious in the grand finale.

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Personally, I am both deeply humbled and honoured to have represented Nanyang Business School in the global arena. I strongly encourage all prospective students to embrace competitions such as this to enrich your Nanyang MBA experience.

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On behalf of my team, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers and Professor Vijay Sethi for the encouragements they have given throughout the entire time. Special thanks to Ms. Rachel Ng and Ms. Ong Ming Hui for working tirelessly behind the scenes to support us.
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