Columbia Alumni Associations in Asia

The Columbia alumni network in Asia is growing rapidly. The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) has  been integral in connecting and expanding this network in Asia to provide you with the opportunities to connect with alumni throughout the region.

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Distinguished Universities Alumni League

DUAL is the Distinguished Universities Alumni League, an umbrella organization comprising members from the following 20 alumni clubs - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University/Cornell University Hoteliers, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Imperial College, INSEAD, King's College London, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University

 

1. Wednesday, 10 Jan, 2018 06:30pm - 08:30pm - MIT Enterprising Alumni Event - "The Frontier of VR: Total Immersion"

Aviation Virtual Studios, which started in 2014 to develop Immersive Virtual Reality solutions for conducting Aviation Maintenance Training, has since then expanded into visualization solutions for numerous high impact developments, including the planned Terminal 5 at Changi Airport, Capitaland’s “Funan” redevelopment and MOHH’s “Virtual Hospital” project.
www.aviationvirtual.com.sg MIT alumni turned entrepreneur Dr Chong Chee Leong will host the club to his immersive VR studio, and talk about developments in the exciting Virtual Reality space.

Venue: Aviation Virtual Studio, 115 Eunos Avenue 3, #05-05, Singapore 409839
Cost: $10 for paid MIT Club of Singapore Members $20 for non-members
RSVP:
http://mitcs-vr.peatix.com
Contact: James Toh -
jtoh@alum.mit.edu

Dr Chong Chee Leong was the founding Dean and Professor at UniSIM’s School of Science and Technology, following a distinguished career at NUS. In 2014, he founded Aviation Virtual Pte Ltd, with the intent to develop the first complete 3D Immersive Virtual Reality solution for the aviation sector. Dr Chong has a PhD from MIT, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from NUS.


2. Friday, 12 Jan, 2018 06:30pm - 09:00pm - Cultivating Leadership Among Students and Educators

The Columbia Alumni Association of Singapore invites you to join us for a panel discussion with prominent Teachers College alumni on the topic of Leadership in Education. Panelists will share their experience leading and working in schools in Singapore and explore the critical question, "How can we as educators cultivate a culture of leadership in our schools and teach our students how to lead?" Panelists include: Hwee Yeang CHENG (TC'13): Principal, Cedar Girls' Secondary School Christopher Deneen, Ed.D. (TC'04): Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, National Institute of Education June Meng LOW (TC'13): Head, Leadership and Community Education, Raffles Institution Geok Hwa KHOO (TC'09): Head of Curriculum, Dunam High School

Venue: The Tanglin Club - Raffles Room, 5 Stevens Road, 257814
Cost: Includes Buffet Dinner - $35 (Columbia Club Members), $40 (Columbia Alums), $45 (DUAL Members), $50 (Guest)
RSVP: Michael Novielli
Contact: Michael Novielli -
columbianovi@gmail.com
Please RSVP Michael Novielli by January 9th. Schedule: Dinner and Networking: 6:30-7:30pm Panel Discussion: 7:30-8:30pm Q&A: 8:30-9:00pm


3. Thursday, 18 Jan, 2018 07:00pm - 10:00pm - DUAL Drinks - hosted by MIT

Happy New Year! Start the new year with meeting new people! Do come down and join us for our monthly DUAL Drinks (3rd Thursday) at a venue with a great view! It will be a wonderful time to relax, catch up with old friends and meet new people! MIT will be hosting January's DUAL Drinks - come and meet their alums!

Venue: Barnacles 70 Collyer Quay, Customs House
Cost: Cash Bar. Happy Hour
RSVP: Just Come! No need to RSVP!
Contact: Questions: please email Hau Yee at
hauyee.ng@gmail.com


4. Thursday, 08 Feb, 2018 07:00pm - 09:00pm - Nanyang Business School (NBS) Focus Point: Business at a Crossroad - To Cross or Not to Cross!

A specifically designed series of networking events for SMEs to connect and engage in meaningful discussions on the latest business trends, innovations and SME-specific business challenges, etc. This is a platform wherein entrepreneurs, business owners and managers like yourself, can consult with industry practitioners, thought leaders and academic professors as well as other like-minded peers to discover practical business solutions. In this very first session, the topic focuses on the timing in making key changes such as incorporating new technologies, new innovative ideas, new product development, etc. In this time and age of rapid technological and environmental changes, many argue for the “faster is better” approach. Yet, others support a case of “go slow to go fast” approach. What is your view? What are the views of our speaker and panel members? Let’s meet up in the New Year at our inaugural “Business at a Crossroad” networking session on 8th February 2018 to find out.

Venue: NTU Alumni House @ Marina Square
Cost: $20 per NBS/NTU Alumnus; $40 per CFA/DUAL Member; $50 per Guest
RSVP:
http://web.nbs.ntu.edu.sg/alumni/registration/NBSFocusPoint_180208/register.asp
Contact: Adeline Lim (
adelinelim@ntu.edu.sg)
http://web.nbs.ntu.edu.sg/alumni/eNewsletter/NBSFocusPoint_20180208/index.html


5. Thursday, 22 Feb, 2018 06:30pm - 08:30pm - Making a Radical Career Change with Daniel Porot

Are you thinking about making a career change? Get some help and make it happen! Daniel is an expert and pioneer in career design and job hunting, and was co-teaching with Richard Bolles (author of “What colour is your parachute”) for over 20 years. Daniel is visiting Singapore for a few days and we are very pleased that he accepted our invitation to speak to the INSEAD alumni community again. Expect an inspiring and action-oriented session. See Daniel apply the strategy of marketing diversification to career change. Do some practical exercises to design and evaluate your options. The session will cover the ‘bermuda triangle of job hunters’, the concept of 'relative skills', risks taken when making a radical career change as well as alternative strategies. Seats are limited so sign up early to avoid missing out on taking the first step towards a radical career change. INSEAD NAA Members: S$ 15 INSEAD NAA Non-members: S$ 45 DUAL Members S$45

Venue: INSEAD 1 Ayer Rajah Crescent Singapore 138676
Cost: DUAL members and a guest $45
RSVP: Please click here to register:
https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/making-a-radical-career-change-with-daniel-porot-tickets-41000903807
Contact:
alumniassoc.sg@insead.edu
If you want to learn more about Daniel Porot, check out his bio:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w4egyEFC0gS7W6ySqRkTqTBexnIeTpYTlSU-19UTFn0/edit Daniel has put many of his training materials on his website, available for free www.porot.com

 

6. Volunteering Opportunity – Mentors and Reviewers, Young Social Entrepreneurs, Singapore International Foundation (SIF)

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) would like to invite DUAL schools’ MBA/EMBA students and alumni to join us as mentors and reviewers for the Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) 2018 Workshop. YSE seeks to inspire, equip and enable international young changemakers to start or scale their social enterprises in Singapore and beyond. About 65 social enterprises from all over the world will be joining us from for a four-day workshop to learn the foundation of running a social business. As part of the workshop, we will be holding business clinics where each mentor will be matched to 2-3 social enterprises for 2 evenings to guide them face-to-face on their business plans, financials and prepare them for their business presentations.

Dates: 22 and 23 March, Thursday and Friday

Time (TBC): 6.30pm – 8.30pm on both evenings

Venue: Singapore (TBC) 

All business clinic mentors are also invited to help us review applications to the YSE 2018 programme to decide which 65 social enterprises get admitted into the workshop in March. Each reviewer will review and score about 15 social enterprise business plan applications through our online system from 12 to 22 Jan, which should take about 4hrs in total.

Dates: 12 to 22 Jan

Time required: 4hrs in total

Method: Online

Applications for mentors and reviewers and close on 8 Jan! More information and link to apply can be found on www.sif.org.sg/ysementors.

 

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www.dual.org.sg

DUAL is the Distinguished Universities Alumni League, an umbrella organization comprising members from the following 20 alumni clubs - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University/Cornell University Hoteliers, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Imperial College, INSEAD, King's College London, London Business School, London School of Economics, MIT, NUS MBA, Oxbridge Society, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University