Nanyang Fellows | 20 Years of Nurturing Leaders
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The 20 years of Nanyang Fellows have seen 20 years of progress, partnerships and accomplishments. This year, we celebrate how far we’ve come; from having the nations of the globe step through our doors, to traversing the ends of the earth, and to building up top government and business leaders of the world stage.
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  • THE BEGINNINGS The Nanyang Fellows programme was initiated by Dr Tony Tan, then Deputy Prime Minister, aiming to help develop Asia’s future business and government leaders through a curriculum specialised for public sector professionals. The programme was modelled after MIT’s Sloan Fellows Programme. Professor John Webster was appointed as the first programme director.
  • SPONSORING REGIONAL PARTICIPANTS The Singapore government and Singapore Totalisator Board set up a $25 million endowment fund to sponsor regional participants interested in pursuing an NF MBA.
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  • INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION The NF programme was ranked Top 5 in Asia by Chief Executive China, a leading magazine for business management professionals.
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  • LEADING WITH A HEART Dr Toh See Kiat, a distinguished law practitioner, was appointed as the next Director of the NF programme. Spearheading Nanyang Heartware, a social responsibility component, Dr Toh sought to instil in the Fellows not just business management skills but also integrity and a passion for giving back to society.
  • PEOPLE-ORIENTED LEADERS Nanyang Fellows Class of 2004 organised a charity screening of The House of Sand and Fog, donating all ticket profits to The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund. They were the pioneering cohort of the Nanyang Heartware mission.
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  • CONTRIBUTING TO THE NATION Assoc Prof Ho Kim Wai was conferred the Public Service Medal Award (PBM) in 2005 for providing consultation and training services to organisations of private and public sectors including DBS Bank and the Economic Development Board.
  • RECOGNITION OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE Assoc Prof Lewis Lim was named one of the winners of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) Doctoral Support Award for his work on technology- versus human-intensiveness in pricing.
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  • GRADUATION OF PRESTIGIOUS CANDIDATE Nguyen Minh An, son of then Vietnamese President, Nguyen Minh Triet, graduated from the NF programme, marking its recognition by foreign public sectors too. During his time at NBS, he also arranged a networking trip for his peers to meet key government organisation and business leaders, reinforcing deep relations amongst future leaders.
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  • INTERNATIONAL HONOUR FOR EXCELLENT RESEARCH Assoc Prof Chong Beng Soon's research on The Financing Structures of Firms with Poor Corporate Governance received a Best Paper Award at the 2007 International Conference on Economics, Finance and Accounting in Taiwan.
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  • RECOGNISING TEACHING PROFESSORS The NBS Nanyang Fellows MBA Teacher of the Year award was set up in 2009 to recognise the efforts of professors who go the extra mile to nurture their students. Awardees have been selected from a world-class faculty teaching aspiring individuals with untapped potential. More than imparting knowledge, every faculty member shares their experiences with and inculcates crucial values in participants, ensuring that they are well-equipped to be effective leaders upon graduation.
  • IMPARTING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES A Sustainability Development segment from MIT Sloan was introduced to the NF programme, pushing participants to be innovative in developing and sustaining businesses.
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  • A SINGAPORE-INDONESIA PARTNERSHIP NBS initiated a collaboration with the Jakarta city government in a joint sponsorship of two senior officials to attend the Nanyang Fellows Programme. This helped enhance relations between the two nations and facilitated opportunities for further partnerships.
  • NEW PARTNER SCHOOL, NEW PERSPECTIVES A new segment was added to the U.S. Residential programme where participants get to attend classes at The Wharton School, UPenn and obtain cutting-edge knowledge from one more prestigious U.S. university.
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  • SPONSORING LOCAL NANYANG FELLOWS To support participants looking to do more for society, 13 Singaporean Nanyang Fellows were awarded full scholarships from the Singapore government.
  • NEW HEIGHTS IN DIVERSITY The Nanyang Fellows Class of 2011 broke the record by having participants from 13 nations. This also marked the programme having 30 nationalities in its alumni, building stronger relationships across nations. Today, with 38 nationalities across 6 continents, NF continues to bring together outstanding professionals from diverse backgrounds, nurturing them and providing a platform for building networks across the globe.
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  • EXPANDING COLLABORATIONS, ENHANCING CURRICULUM As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley becomes the third overseas institution to partner with the Nanyang Fellows MBA. Fellows spend five weeks at UC Berkeley, The Wharton School, and MIT, as part of the US Residential Programme.
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  • CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF NANYANG FELLOWS The Nanyang Fellows programme celebrates its 20th anniversary.
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The Nanyang Fellows Distinguished Alumni Award accords the highest commendation to Nanyang Fellows who have made transformational differences in their areas of expertise. It is awarded to Fellows who have not only demonstrated excellence in their fields, but who epitomise what it means to be a top leader.
MEET THE FELLOWS

NANYANG FELLOWS 20TH
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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PROGRAMME

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1530 REGISTRATION
1630 FORUM
1800 COCKTAIL RECEPTION
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GALA DINNER & AWARDS CEREMONY

Dr Tony Tan, Singapore's 7th president, launched the Nanyang Fellows programme in 1998. He championed the development of higher education in Singapore as Minister for Education and Minister-in-charge for Nanyang Technological Institute (1981-1983).

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