News Details | 16-Jul-2013

High-powered council boosts NTU’s Nanyang MBA

A new speaker series aimed at providing thought leadership and industry-focused expertise is council’s first initiative

Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU’s) Nanyang Business School today launched the Nanyang MBA Business Advisory Council, a panel of 10 senior business leaders that will deepen the graduate programme’s focus on industry practice and experience, and enhance career opportunities for its students.

Comprising leaders from global corporations, regional enterprises, inter-governmental organisations and government agencies, the council will offer valuable insights and guidance to enhance the relevance of the Nanyang MBA programme to today’s global business context.

With their seniority and broad networks, council members will pave the way to greater and more diverse opportunities, within their own organisations and beyond, for students to gain hands-on experience, build up their professional networks, and fulfil their career aspirations.

Associate Professor Chung Lai Hong, associate dean of the MBA programme at Nanyang Business School said, "The Business Advisory Council is a unique initiative designed to leverage the insights and expertise of senior corporate leaders who possess rich experience, diverse perspectives, global networks – and crucially, passionate concern for the school and the MBA programme.

“We are honoured that these influential leaders have committed themselves to review the programme, and advise us on how to keep it relevant to industry needs and aligned with expectations of tomorrow's leaders.”

The first initiative of the advisory council is a Leadership Speaker Series, which starts on July 29. The inaugural event will be held at the American Chamber of Commerce and will focus on the topic of new emerging markets.

The Leadership Speaker Series will feature three talks a year by top level corporate leaders, and other distinguished business decision-makers and experts, who will share their thoughts, experiences, and best practices. It will be a powerful platform for meaningful exchange of ideas between seasoned business leaders, Nanyang MBA students, and the rest of the Nanyang Business School community.

Well-known global strategist and best-selling author Parag Khanna, who holds fellowships with several international think tanks including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, will be speaking at the inaugural event. Also making a presentation is advisory council member Kevin Lu, Asia Pacific regional director of the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

The formation of the Business Advisory Council follows the introduction of a new 12-month MBA curriculum this year that emphasises leadership across cultures and practical industry knowledge. Designed to help MBA students meet the challenges posed by rapid market change, the new programme provides a framework for understanding Asia and its growing influence on world markets.

Council member Janet Young from Bank of America Merrill Lynch said, “Aside from the globalisation of markets, MBA students face a myriad of challenges in communication, innovation and talent management. It is important that they are equipped to manage these challenges through continuous learning, creating networks and cultivating relationships.”

The council, which will meet formally twice a year, is headed by Mr Abel Ang, chief executive and executive director of Economic Development Innovations Singapore, a firm that specialises in the development and management of integrated cities. The other council members are:

• Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree, group executive director, Cahya Mata Sarawak
• Sajen Aswani, chief executive, Tolaram Group
• Kathy Lai, assistant chief executive, International Enterprise Singapore
• Lim Pek Suat, chief financial officer and head of group business development, PSA International
• Kevin Lu, Asia-Pacific regional director, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, World Bank
• Keith Magnus, chairman and head of investment banking for Singapore and Malaysia, UBS
• Peter Woon, procurement and supply chain vice-president, Marina Bay Sands
• Janet Young, managing director and international head for multinational corporations commercial, global corporate and investment banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• Associate Professor Chung Lai Hong (ex-officio), associate dean (MBA), Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University

Mr Ang said, “The advisory council comprises senior leaders of diverse key sectors from the private sector and government. Our goal is to further enhance the global reach of the Nanyang MBA and to raise the commercial and social impact of Nanyang MBA graduates. We are excited to share our collective knowledge and experience to nurture the development of a new generation of leaders for industry and government.”

The Nanyang MBA is ranked Singapore’s top MBA programme by the Economist and the Financial Times (FT). The programme has been ranked among the world’s top 35 in FT's MBA premier league table for the past five years. In the latest FT ranking this year, the programme climbed two places to 32nd position and ranked seventh internationally for being good value for money. Its average alumni salary also increased. 

The Nanyang Business School admits about 80 students to its full-time MBA programme every year, while another 40 take the course part-time. With a classroom typically having participants from more than 20 countries, including from Asia and Europe, the Nanyang MBA provides a diverse cultural experience, international mobility and new career opportunities.

The programme is taught by an equally diverse international faculty with extensive business experience in management and consulting at major global organisations. Among its professors is information systems expert Vijay Sethi who was named Business Professor of the Year by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in March this year, beating more than 220 business professors worldwide.

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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About Nanyang Business School

Consistently ranked among the world’s premier business schools, we nurture leaders for business and public service, advancing global management knowledge and practice. Our curriculum melds rigorous academic theory with real-world business practice, while our faculty leads global thought and research in several fields of business and finance. As a college of Nanyang Technological University, a research-intensive university, we draw on the strengths of the fastest-rising university in the world’s top 50 to provide enriching opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Our 35,000 alumni hold positions of responsibility in business, government and public service in 45 countries. At NBS, we believe that responsible leadership in business and government is crucial to securing a sustainable future for our world. Through teaching and research, we are grooming a new generation of leaders with the knowledge, skills and passion of pursuing lasting success that seeks not only economic profit but also the interests of the community and environment.

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