Published on: 15-Sep-2020
Nanyang Business School (NBS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) held the 4th annual Postgraduate Fair 2020 on 29 August 2020.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has made it almost impossible for a physical event, the NBS Graduate Studies Programmes team took up the challenge and designed the first-ever virtual fair for prospective students who are keen to learn more about the NBS postgraduate programmes.
The virtual event saw over 1,500 registrations from across the globe – mainly India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, the UK, and the USA – something which may not have been possible via a physical event.
Comprising a series of information sessions and useful workshops, the NBS Postgraduate Fair started with an opening session by NBS Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Elison Lim, who introduced NTU, NBS, and the postgraduate programmes offered by the School.
One highlight of the event was the Alumni Panel Discussion on the topic of Digital Transformation moderated by NBS Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Sia Siew Kien. The panel comprised CEO Singapore & Group CGO of Yeo Hiap Seng, Ms Angela Lu (Nanyang MBA, Class of 2006); Senior Vice President & GM of Blackline, Mr Terry Smagh (Nanyang Executive MBA, Class of 2015); and Managing Director of CIMB Bank, Ms Catherine Tan (MSc Financial Engineering, Class of 2002).
L to R clockwise: Assoc Prof Sia and Alumni Angela, Catherine & Terry
The panel drew upon their personal experiences to discuss the culture needed to drive digital transformation, the challenges faced by digital disruptions, and how do business leaders embrace change to lead amidst uncertainty. Associate Professor Sia also shared the importance of embracing technology to address future challenges in dynamic Asia and beyond, and how NBS is uniquely positioned to empower its participants to Innovate. Lead. Transform.
"The diversity on our panel speaks volume of NBS diverse course offerings that hone critical skills that enables future proofing and resiliency in the ever-changing environment. It was indeed an exciting session and I hope it has helped fired up interest in innovations, inspired future leaders of our society and gave hope and courage for participants to believe and be part of a meaningful transformation in their respective career initiatives or economy" said Catherine.
"The panel session was extremely insightful across. Having cross industry veterans with Angela and Catherine helped bring a 360 view on leadership and lifelong learning. It is evident that continuous upskilling – learn, unlearn, re-learn – is pivotal to success. Furthermore, a large and meaningful network – NTU Alumni, is always cherished upon as we learn from our peers," shared Terry.
Among the various sessions and workshops, the Admissions workshop conducted by NBS Graduate Studies Deputy Director Gilbert Chua saw one of the highest number of registrations. Besides providing information on the application process and interview tips, the session also included interactive exercises for attendees to participate.
Another highlight of the event was the live chat with NBS admission advisors, where attendees could ask questions. Some common questions raised included the availability of scholarships, the profile types the admissions team look for, and the opportunities to switch career post-graduation.
The NBS' first postgraduate virtual fair was a success, and we hope all who attended the event benefitted from the various sessions.
For more information about upcoming postgraduate events, kindly visit the NBS Graduate Studies website .
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