NUS Business School students to gain opportunity to learn from Morgan Stanley business leaders

Three-year strategic partnership to provide students with deeper understanding of real-world business and finance

12 March 2012 (Media Coverage)

MOU signing between NUS and Morgan Stanley
L-R: Professor Tan Tai Yong, ViceProvost (Student Life), National University of Singapore and Mr Ronald Ong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Southeast Asia, Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley and National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a three-year strategic partnership to provide students access to Morgan Stanley's industry expertise. The partnership, one of the most comprehensive and robust 'applied education' programmes for both parties, will engage the firm's leaders across all businesses including equities, fixed income, investment banking, wealth management, research, and asset management.

Ranked as one of Asia's top business schools, NUS Business School seeks to ensure that students stay relevant and current with the fast-changing landscape of the financial industry through seminars and conferences hosted by Morgan Stanley executives. As part of the strategic partnership, Morgan Stanley will provide experts and guest lecturers throughout the curriculum, as well as at NUS Business School and the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments' (CAMRI) conferences and forums.

The programme will also engage students in consulting practicums, profile NUS PhD Research at Morgan Stanley client events and support NUS Business School and CAMRI's annual forums and roundtables. Working with Morgan Stanley's business leaders in consultative sessions, students will also have the opportunity to leverage their research and analytical skills on real life projects, while gaining practical advice from the firm's industry experts.

"For both Singapore and Morgan Stanley, people are our core asset," said Ronald Ong, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Southeast Asia, Morgan Stanley, commenting on the partnership. "It is critical that we help nurture and support talent and provide tomorrow's leaders with the insight and differentiated experiences they need to succeed. In this context, we are proud to have developed with NUS Business School a comprehensive partnership programme that will expose students to all facets of Morgan Stanley and provide them with deeper understanding of real-world business and finance."

As part of the partnership, Morgan Stanley will donate S$270,000 over three years to support the business school's educational programmes and initiatives.

Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor of NUS Business School, said, "We are grateful to Morgan Stanley for its generous support. This collaboration will give our students invaluable real-world learning and experiences that will prepare them well for the corporate world. Morgan Stanley can leverage our students' resources and potential as well. This win-win collaboration in grooming our future business leaders will bode well for the finance industry as a whole."

Morgan Stanley is recognised for its generous support as the Platinum Donor (2011-2014) for NUS Business School’s annual Asian MBA Stock Pitch Competition jointly organised by CAMRI and Cornell University's Parker Investment Center at Johnson, where finance students from the region's top business schools gather to showcase their equity research and stock picking skills. Morgan Stanley will also be one of the judges of this event.

The MOU signing ceremony was held today at a special student dialogue session with Morgan Stanley Co-Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific, William H. Strong, Morgan Stanley Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Southeast Asia, Ronald Ong, and regional heads of some of Morgan Stanley's core businesses.


About Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,300 offices in 43 countries. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit

About NUS Business School and CAMRI
National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School is known for providing management thought leadership from an Asian perspective, enabling its students and corporate partners to leverage global knowledge and Asian insights. As Asia's Global Business School, NUS Business School is a leading authority on business in Asia.

The school has consistently received top rankings in the Asia-Pacific region by independent publications and agencies, such as The Financial Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, and QS Top MBA, in recognition of the quality of its programmes, faculty research and graduates. In the Financial Times Global Rankings, the NUS MBA was ranked 23rd in 2012, while the Asia-Pacific Executive MBA and the UCLA – NUS Executive MBA were ranked 19th and 9th respectively in 2011.

In the biannual 2011 Forbes rankings for two-year MBA programmes, NUS Business School was ranked the top school in Singapore and Asia, and fourth among business schools outside the United States - the first time a Singapore business school has made the list. The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked the school first in Asia and 15th in the world for accounting and finance, and the QS Global 200 Business Schools 2009: The Employers' Choice Survey ranked the School's graduates third in the Asia-Pacific region.

The school is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and is a member of the GMAC Council, Executive MBA Council, Partnership in Management (PIM) and CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) – endorsements & affiliation with organisations of high repute in the education circle that the School has met the highest standards for business education.

The Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) at NUS Business School is a world-class research centre focusing on asset management. With state-of-the-art facilities, resources, data, and software applications, its mission is to promote best practices in Asian institutional, sovereign wealth, and retail fund management and regulation. For more information, please visit