The 2013 Farmleigh Fellows have had the incredible and rewarding experience of being taught by Professor Vijay Sethi who was awarded the title of ‘Business Professor of the Year’ by the Economist Intelligence Unit in March 2013. This accolade also came with a $100,000 cash prize
Vijay Sethi (52) who is a professor at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Business School, has lectured on all three Farmleigh programs since 2011.
‘The information systems expert won the ‘Business Professor of the Year’ award, which includes a $100,000 prize, after beating three other professors in a live ‘teach-off’ at the Hult International Business School’s London campus. The four finalists were selected among 222 professors nominated by 30,000 students and alumni from 31 universities worldwide.’ (www.ntu.edu.sg).
The four finalists — Johanne Brunet from HEC Montreal, Darren Dahl from University of British Columbia, Kevin Kaiser from Insead, and Sethi — were picked by a panel headed by William Ridgers, The Economist’s business education editor. Nominations were received from leading institutions such as Wharton School, Harvard Business School and London Business School.
For the title, the four finalists had 35 minutes each to deliver a lecture to an audience of undergraduate and graduate business students. The votes were cast by not only people present but by online viewers also.
The EIU award is the only global contest to recognise and reward excellence in business teaching.
Professor Sethi also received the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching in March 2013 , which recognises faculty members with excellent teaching practices.
Professor Seth’s teaching style is to cover case studies without power point slides and instead let students create the content, thus bringing difficult information technology issues to life. Professor Sethi managed to impart a lot of information to us it what we expected would be a very difficult subject in a very engaging and enjoyable way.
Case studies we examed during the term included:
Taobao, Skype, Apple, Facebook, Wikipedia, Google, and Netflix.
Professor Vijay Sethi has a way of making you feel comfortable about speaking up in class, he also shared much of his incredible industry knowledge which was more than we would have learned from a text book.
Professor Sethi has a passion for IT start-ups and the module concluded in May with the fellows presenting their business ideas to the class. These ideas were:
• EDtalks (By David H, Ed, James, Mark)
• Job Done (Brian)
• Enigma Insights (Paul & Tim)
• GigFreak (Fintan, Mary & Louise)
• WeKnowAsia (Fiachra, Sophie, Shaun, Philip)
• Grab the Gown (Aisling)
• TravelMaid (Xiaoyu, Conor and David K)
• MomSourcing (David A)