News Details | 08-Feb-2013

NTU business professor in the running for The Economist’s US$100,000 Business Professor of the Year Award

Nanyang Business School Professor Vijay Sethi to contest 3 other dons at live ‘teach-off’ in London next month


Professor Vijay Sethi, 52, from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has emerged as one of the world’s top four business educators in an international competition organised by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The Nanyang Business School information systems expert is in the running for the EIU Business Professor of the Year title, and a prize of US$100,000, after edging out more than 200 other business professors from leading institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Harvard Business School, and London Business School.

The award is the only global contest to recognise and reward excellence in business teaching, and drew nominations and votes for 222 professors from 31 countries by over 30,000 business students and alumni.

The final shortlist, announced on February 4, was drawn up by a judging panel of five, comprising Economist business education editor William Ridgers, Hult International Business School professor John Beck, Association of Executive Search Consultants president Peter Felix, Microsoft legal and corporate affairs director Astrid Tuminez, and Economist management editor Adrian Woolridge.

The award will be determined on March 14 at a live ‘teach-off’ in London, where Professor Vijay will contend with Professors Johanne Brunet from HEC Montreal, Darren Dahl from University of British Columbia and Kevin Kaiser from Insead, before a live classroom audience of undergraduate and graduate business students.

Loved by students for his contagious passion and sense of humour, Professor Vijay teaches e-business and technological entrepreneurship classes at the Nanyang Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme. He also teaches information technology management to undergraduates. He holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of Nanyang Business School’s Information Technology and Operations Management division.

A winner of several teaching awards, including the school’s MBA Teacher of the Year in 2011 and Teaching Excellence Award in 2012, Professor Vijay is much praised for leading group discussions with deep analysis and insights that stimulate thinking and creativity. His enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring students extends beyond the classroom, leading him to develop meaningful interpersonal relationships with them.

Mr Andrew Kim, one of Professor Vijay’s current MBA students, said: “He listens to the interests of his students, motivates them to aim for excellence, and provides mentorship to develop the necessary skills.”

Professor Vijay said: “Rapid developments and the constantly changing nature of technology make the field an exciting one. And it is phenomenal to share with students the dramatic and transformational implications of this for e-business as they will go on to affect this kind of transformation by bringing new ideas and applying different ways of thinking. Moreover, when you see in the eyes of the students that they’re learning, there’s nothing quite like that experience.”

On top of teaching and research, Professor Vijay is the school’s director of international business competitions. He was previously coordinator of India strategy, and Dean of the undergraduate business programme. He has also worked with several companies in Singapore, including Abacus International and International Data Corporation, as a consultant and for executive education programmes.

Nanyang Business School Interim Dean Gillian Yeo said: “Vijay has been an inspiration, exemplifying the dedication and passion of Nanyang Business School faculty to nurture leaders for a sustainable world. We congratulate him on making the shortlist for the Business Professor of the Year award and wish him all the best for next month’s teach-off.”

At the teach-off on March 14, each of the four finalists will plan and present a short lecture to a live classroom audience. Candidates will be judged on their ability to engage students and communicate important ideas in an inspiring and memorable way.

Online viewers will be able to cast their vote online for their favourite professor; these will then be calculated electronically and the results will be presented to the in-room audience, comprising of business students from international universities and colleges. The panel of judges will also present their comments to the in-room audience. These business students will then have the final vote to determine the winning professor, having had the opportunity to take into account the online vote results and judges' comments when casting their votes.

The Economist’s management editor Mr Adrian Wooldridge said: "This award aims to highlight those key professors that have engaged effectively with a class and made a significant difference to their education. It will also identify what constitutes good teaching, with the winning professor being awarded the world's highest distinction for business teaching."   

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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 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, NBS has been nurturing leaders for business and public service, advancing global management knowledge and practice for over 50 years. 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. 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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