Dr Koh Chin Yee
Dean，Nanyang International Business College
The decision to set up Nanyang International Business College (NIBC) in Singapore is made after some robust deliberations.
The 21st Century is the Century of Asia Pacific. The first decade of this Century witnesses the rise of China and the possible commencement of the take-off of Indian economy. Some three years ago, China initiated "One Belt One Road" program, and India raised the notion of "Made in India". Huge resources in Southeast Asia and South America remain relatively untapped, and so are their market potential. These are bright spots in Asia Pacific economic development.
However, at the meantime, some hot security issues remain problematic in this region, and they pose great challenges to regional economic collaboration and development. In economic and commerce sectors, while the Fourth Industrial
Revolution brings about new opportunities, it also shakes the traditional economy; Several economies in the region are undergoing re-structuring; Coupled with the uncertainty that Trump Administration brings about, the rise of protectionism in USA and Europe, and an increasingly disturbing prominent anti globalization movement, it is indeed unclear where the world is heading to.
Full of challenges and uncertainty, yet abundant opportunities lying everywhere, this unique characteristic of our time inspires the creation of NIBC. This is Opportunities of Time.
Situated in the crossroad of Southeast Asia, Singapore is an important global financial centre, trade centre, air and sea transport hub, and oil refinery centre. She is also an important node in "One Belt One Road" Initiative, and the most open economy in the world. Singapore is home to several thousand MNCs, financial institutions and research bodies, and enjoys a vast network of free trade agreements signed with more than 30 economies in the world. Singapore is well connected to the rest of the world, and many use this little red dot as a springboard to Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and to Oceania and America. This is Opportunities of Space.
Singapore and China enjoy a time-tested relations and collaboration. Despite her size, Singapore is the largest foreign investor in China. Many Chinese enterprises use Singapore as a launch pad for their venture into Southeast Asia. Many world-renowned business leaders opt to reside in and operate out of Singapore, including Jim Rogers, Mark Zuckerberg and several big names in China business. Just as importantly, Singapore too attracts an influx of highly-qualified and highly-diversified professionals, researchers, and scholars. This is Opportunities of People.
Leveraging on the Opportunities of Time, Space and People, NIBC strives to muster and integrate strengths and resources, and through the provision of quality education and research programs, help raise the competencies of C-Suite executives in the region to face the challenges posed by the current business world. Our competitive strength lies with our ability in understanding and connecting East and West, i.e. while we help Chinese entrepreneurs and senior executives broaden their horizon and perspectives, and help inspire them, we also help their Southeast Asian counterparts open the door to rediscover China, and to help them build connections and networks to aid their business ventures in China.
Giant leaps await. But we have to start with making our first steps. In our endeavour, we hope to enlist help and support from all sectors, to lift the standard of business education and research, for the betterment of regional business and economic collaboration and development
- March 2017
Dr Koh Chin Yee holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree and a MBA from National University of Singapore (NUS) and a PhD degree from Nanjing University.
He held appointments in news and media relations as well as China affairs in several government bodies, including International Enterprise Singapore’s Centre Director for Shanghai, before he spent a few years as general manager in companies and SingCham China, Business China, and Director (Asia) for NUS.
Dr Koh held appointments in news and media relations as well as China affairs in several government bodies, including International Enterprise Singapore’s Centre Director for Shanghai, before he spent a few years as general manager in companies and SingCham China, Business China, and Director (Asia) for NUS.
He is Editor for a few publications including Longus Review. He lectured in NUS’ Department of Chinese Studies and Business School’s executive education programmes and speaks and lectures regularly at universities in mainland China and Taiwan, including Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and National Taiwan Normal University.
He had been investment advisor to Shanghai’s Huangpu District, Nanjing City and Lianyungang City of Jiangsu Province, and is a council member of South Seas Society, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, and Singapore Kim Mui Hoey Kuan.
He is concurrently CEO for Longus Research College and Managing Director for Cedarwoods Consultancy Pte Ltd (that manages Xinjiapoyan, a top Chinese Language social media platform in Singapore).
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