Nanyang Business School

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Nanyang Business School
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Motto Nurturing Global Leaders for a Sustainable World
Type Business School
Established 1956
Dean Professor Neo Boon Siong
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,900
Postgraduates 500
Location Singapore, Singapore
1°20′41″N 103°40′53″E / 1.34472°N 103.68139°E / 1.34472; 103.68139Coordinates: 1°20′41″N 103°40′53″E / 1.34472°N 103.68139°E / 1.34472; 103.68139
Language English
Affiliations Nanyang Technological University
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Nanyang Business School (NBS) is the business school of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU). Singapore's oldest business school, NBS was established in 1956 at the then Nanyang University, which was subsequently absorbed by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1980 before it finally moved to NTU in 1987. It is also the largest business school in Singapore with over 6,800 students pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programmes.[1][2]

NBS is widely regarded as Singapore's premier business school and is consistently ranked amongst the world's best. Since 2004, Nanyang Business School has been ranked No.1 in Singapore by The Economist Full-time MBA rankings.[3][4] In the 2017 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking, NTU's flagship Nanyang MBA came in 24th worldwide and emerged 1st in Singapore.[5]


  • 1956: Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) is first offered at Nanyang University, a year after the Chinese-language university was founded.
  • 1980: Nanyang University merges with the University of Singapore to form the National University of Singapore (NUS).
  • 1981: Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) is established with a charter to train three-quarters of Singapore's engineers.
  • 1987: The accountancy programme at NUS moves over to NTI, and the School of Accountancy (SOA) is established.
  • 1989: SOA admits its first batch of undergraduates for the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree and is renamed the School of Accountancy and Commerce (SAC).
  • 1990: The school is renamed the School of Accountancy and Business (SAB), as business specialisations such as Actuarial Science, Banking, Marketing and Human Resource Management are introduced.
  • 1991: Nanyang Technological Institute becomes a full-fledged university, under the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Act.[6] The Nanyang MBA programme is launched in that same year. The Bachelor of Commerce degree is renamed as the Bachelor of Business degree.
  • 1995: School of Accountancy and Business is renamed as the Nanyang Business School.
  • 2004: Nanyang Business School is conferred the EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation.
  • 2005: Nanyang Business School is awarded the AACSB (Association of Advance Collegiate School of Business) accreditation.[7]

Academia & Accreditations[edit]

Nanyang Business School is the first business school in Singapore, and the third in Asia, to be accredited by both the European Quality Improvement System and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is also one of only 11 business schools outside of the US to be accredited with the AACSB in Accounting.

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Undergraduate courses offered at Nanyang Business School include the following:

  • Bachelor of Accountancy (with option to specialise in Predictive and Forensic Analytics)
  • Bachelor of Business (choose 1 of 6 specialisations in Actuarial Science, Banking & Finance, Business Analytics, Human Resource Consulting, Marketing, Risk Management and Insurance)
  • Double Degree in Accountancy and Business (with specialisation)
  • Double Degree in Business and Computing (Computer Science or Computer Engineering)
  • Integrated Programme in Bachelor of Accountancy or Bachelor of Business (with specialisation) with Master of Science in Financial Engineering
  • Minor in Strategic Communication
  • Minor in Risk Management and Insurance
  • Minor in Finance
  • Minor in Business
  • Second Major in Business
  • Exchange Study
  • Experiential Semester Programme
  • Professional Attachment and Internship

The school offers 3-year direct honours single degree programmes. NBS' double degree programmes and the integrated Bachelor/Master's programme can be completed within 3.5 to 4 years. As part of the degree requirements, all undergraduates will have to complete a professional internship.

Post Graduate Programs[edit]

Nanyang Business School in NTU Singapore offers the following postgraduate programs:

The Nanyang MBA is one of Asia’s most prestigious MBA programmes. Ranked 24th in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2017, it is ranked 3rd in Asia and Singapore’s No.1 MBA. It is a 1-year full-time programme. Participants can choose from the following 3 tracks which allow you to focus on specific career requirements that you would like to pursue:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Strategy & Innovation
  • General Management

Nanyang Business School also partners with reputable business schools from Europe and Asia to offer the Double MBA and master's degree programmes.

  • Double Masters Programs
    • Nanyang-Waseda Double MBA – 2 MBA degrees in 14 months in Singapore and Japan
    • Nanyang-St Gallen Double Masters – Nanyang MBA and Master of Arts in Strategy & International Management in 24 months in Singapore and St Gallen, Switzerland
    • Nanyang ESSEC Double Masters – Nanyang MBA and MSc in Management in 24 months in Singapore and France


Nanyang Technological University Campus Building
Nanyang Technological University Residential Hall

Nanyang Technological University is a large 200 hectare campus along the Jurong West district of Singapore consisting of a number of schools and colleges and residential buildings. The campus offers various facilities for students to enjoy such as the e-commerce laboratory and financial trading rooms. In 2014, Nanyang Business School launched the 165-square meter Centre for Applied Financial Education, the largest finance lab in Singapore. The new lab is equipped with 60 dedicated Thomson Reuters Eikon terminals with Datastream, along with 24 Bloomberg terminals that will allow business school students to access all kinds of real-time financial, economic and business news information.[8]

The main NTU campus houses most of the Colleges and Schools. These include:

  • College of Engineering
  • Nanyang Business School
  • Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
  • College of Science
  • College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • National Institute of Education
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate School
  • S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Clubs and Committees[edit]

Nanyang Business School houses a variety of clubs and committees. The constituent clubs at NBS are:

  • Accountancy & Business Club (ABC)
  • Banking & Finance Club (BAFC)
  • Business Analytics Club (BAC)
  • Business Solutions
  • Human Resource Consulting Club (HRC)
  • Investment Interactive Club (IIC)
  • MarkeTHINK Club
  • NBS Auditing & Assurance Team (NAAT)
  • Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science Club (QFASC)
  • Risk Management Society (RMS)
  • Tax Advisory Club (TAC)
  • Tourism & Hospitality Management Club (THMC)

Global Associations[edit]

Nanyang Business School has various multinational tie-up programmes with some of the world's top universities across Europe, US, and Asia.

Some of the major tie ups include:

  • ESSEC Business School, France
  • Cornell School of Hotel Administration, US
  • Carnegie Mellon University, US
  • Lorange Institute of Business, Switzerland
  • MIT Sloan School of Management, US
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, US
  • University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • University of California, Berkeley, US
  • Netherlands Institute of Maritime Technology, Netherlands
  • University of Illinois, US
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • EDHEC Business School, France


Nanyang Business School has more than 160 professors from more than 20 countries, proficient in 30 languages holding doctorates from the most renowned universities in the world. This makes NBS one of the largest business schools in the world in terms of faculty strength.[9][10]

The faculty is organised into six academic divisions, though several possess research interests that span more than one division. The divisions are:

  • Accounting
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Law
  • Information Technology & Operations Management
  • Marketing & International Business
  • Strategy, Management & Organisation

Professor Vijay Sethi (Information Technology & Operations Management) was awarded World’s Best Business Professor by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) [11] in 2013. His work is focused on digital disruptions, the economics of technology, social media and networks, data analytics, legal and IPR issues, and patterns of new technology evolution.

Professor Tan Hun-Tong is the world's No.1 accounting researcher[12] according to the Brigham Young University (BYU) Accounting Research Rankings, while Professor Clive Lennox is ranked 2nd in Asia. NBS is ranked joint 7th in the world with MIT and is top in Singapore for accounting research.[13]


Business school rankings
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[14] 50
Economist[15] 69
Financial Times[16] 24

NBS has consistently been ranked amongst the world's top business schools, and the best in Singapore.

Notable rankings include:

Alumni List[edit]


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  14. ^ "The 50 best business schools in the world". Business Insider. 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  15. ^ "Full time MBA ranking". Economist. 2016. Retrieved 2017-03-15. 
  16. ^ "Global MBA Ranking". Financial Times. 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-31. 
  17. ^ "Business school rankings from the Financial Times -". Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
  18. ^ "NTU's business school rated 10th in the Financial Times’ global EMBA ranking". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
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