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  • Information Session for Study Abroad Prep Program “KUBScholars”
    KUBScholars Information Session

    The information session for Study Abroad Prep Program called “KUBScholars” will be held. The program aims to share useful information to students aspiring to become a global scholar, and to build academic networks. Scholars who have previously studied abroad will participate in the program and give practical advice.
     
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  • 2017 KUBS Full-time MBA Admissions
    2017 KUBS Full-time MBA Admissions Open

    Korea University Business School (Dean=Professor Soo Young Kwon) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 MBA admissions. The two full-time MBA programs that admit new students in 2017 are: △GMBA/CEMS MIM and △S3 Asia MBA. The Finance MBA Program has been reorganized, and its admission for Spring 2018 will begin in Fall 2017 (☎ 02-3290-5365).

     
  • KUBS AMP Ranks No. 1 in “2017 AMP Preference Survey”
    No. 1 in “2017 AMP Preference Survey”

    Korea University Business School's Advanced Management Program (AMP) topped in the "2017 AMP Preference Survey" among private universities. 

    The KUBS AMP received excellent evaluations in the business and economics assessment and is ranked second overall among private universities followed by △Yonsei University (3rd) and △KAIST (4th). The ranking is two spots higher than the previous assessment. The newly revised curriculum and innovative participant composition have positively affected the results. “The KUBS AMP—featuring the powerful alumni network—consolidated its reputation through curriculum innovation,” the university officials said. 
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2017 KUBS Full-time MBA Admissions Open
2017 KUBS Full-time MBA Admissions Open GMBA/CEMS MIM and S3 Asia MBA are now accepting applications for 2017 admission The application deadline for GMBA/CEMS MIM Dual Degree Program is March 30 (Thu) The application deadline for GMBA Single Degree Program and S3 Asia MBA program is April 28 (Fri) Korea University Business School (Dean=Professor Soo Young Kwon) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 MBA admissions. The two full-time MBA programs that admit new students in 2017 are: △GMBA/CEMS MIM and △S3 Asia MBA. The Finance MBA Program has been reorganized, and its admission for Spring 2018 will begin in Fall 2017.   The GMBA/CEMS MIM has three application rounds. In Round 1 and Round 2, applicants can apply for both GMBA Single Degree curriculum and the GMBA & CEMS MIM Dual Degree curriculum whereas the third round is for the GMBA Single Degree curriculum only. The application period for Round 1 is closed. The deadlines for the Round 2 and Round 3 are March 30 (Thu) and April 28 (Fri), respectively. In Round 2, the interview will be held in April 15 (Sat), and final decisions will be released on April 25 (Tue). The dates of the Round 3 interview and decision notification are as follows: May 20 (Sat) and May 31 (Wed). Two information sessions are scheduled to be held on △March 18 (Sat) at 2:00 p.m. and △April 5 (Wed) at 7:30 p.m. ▶ For further details, click the link: http://biz.korea.ac.kr/en/mba/global-mba/admission      The S3 Asia MBA Program (AMBA) is an Asia-specialized program offered by three leading universities — Korea University, Fudan University, and National University of Singapore. Students can obtain two degrees, one from Korea University and another one from other two universities. The AMBA accepts applications until April 28 (Fri). The results of the application screening stage will be released on May 12 (Tue). The interview will be conducted on May 20 (Sat), and final decisions will be announced on May 31 (Wed). Along with the GMBA/CEMS MIM, two information sessions are scheduled to be held on △March 18 (Sat) at 2:00 p.m. and △April 5 (Wed) at 7:30 p.m. ▶ For further details, click the link: http://biz.korea.ac.kr/en/mba/s3asia-mba/admission   The Fall 2017 MBA Admission is available at https://bizapply.korea.ac.kr/en/ For further inquiries, please contact the Administrative Office of MBA Programs at 02-3290-5365.
Mar 08, 2017
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KUBS AMP Ranks No. 1 in “2017 AMP Preference Survey” among Private Universities
KUBS AMP Ranks No. 1 in “2017 AMP Preference Survey” among Private Universities   Korea University Business School's Advanced Management Program (AMP) topped in the "2017 AMP Preference Survey" among private universities.  The KUBS AMP received excellent evaluations in the business and economics assessment and is ranked second overall among private universities followed by △Yonsei University (3rd) and △KAIST (4th). The ranking is two spots higher than the previous assessment. The newly revised curriculum and innovative participant composition have positively affected the results. “The KUBS AMP—featuring the powerful alumni network—consolidated its reputation through curriculum innovation,” the university officials said.   The KUBS AMP focused on enhancing its competitiveness, including its curriculum innovation, in order to develop a distinguished advanced management program, thereby receiving a high score. The lectures have been revised 100% for the innovation of the education program. “We changed the contents of lectures by adding science subjects such as Biotechnology,” said Professor Sang Yong Kim who is AMP Director. Also, the AMP selected second-generation business leaders to strengthen the power of the network. The average age of the program participants has dropped to early 50s. The quality of the network has improved as well. The program enhanced the interview process, resulting in eliminating more than 10 applicants. The KUBS AMP, which is well known for its alumni network, has a special curriculum called “3rd Period.” After second period, students can go out for a beer and develop a network, and that is part of the AMP curriculum. The purpose of this session is to utilize networking assets by building a strong alumni network.   “Half of the AMP students said that the reason for taking the program is to acquire necessary knowledge for business management whereas the other half said it is to build a network with dignitaries. I can assure you that Korea University has the most powerful network than anywhere else,” KUBS Dean Soo Young Kwon said.   In addition, the KUBS AMP, which has been running its alumni association since 1976, has a curriculum using Korea’s largest alumni network of 5,000 graduates. “We provide an event where AMP students and graduates can attend to maintain KU’s unique alumni network,” Dean Kwon said.     Meanwhile, the assessment, jointly conducted by Korea Economic Daily and Global Research, was surveyed by 417 human resources executives and managers from the government and public enterprises. The 42 AMP programs, which were recommended by 20 major universities in Seoul, were categorized in six areas and were scored based on the following indicators: △curriculum, △current and future reputation, and △network. Each section was ranked either from 1 to 3 or 1 to 5.
Feb 16, 2017
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KUBS Signed MOU with PHBS in China
KUBS Signed MOU with PHBS in China   Korea University Business School (Dean=Professor Soo Young Kwon) singed a MOU with Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS). The MOU includes △Graduate and MBA-level Student Exchange Program and △academic exchanges, including joint research and seminar. Each university can send two students per semester to study overseas. Exchange students may study for up to one academic year and take the following course areas in English offered at PHBS: Business Administration, Economics, and Finance.    ▲ Korea University Business School singed a MOU with PHBS on January 11.   “Through this agreement, KUBS and PHBS can actively communicate and build a robust network,” Dean Soo Young Kwon said. “I especially hope there will be even more graduate-level research and academic exchanges between the two universities.”   ▲ The panoramic view of PHBS The Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School of Business was founded in 2004 and renamed HSBC Business School in 2008. PHBS has a total of 61 full-time faculty. The university is ranked No. 129 in the UTD Rankings, an evaluation index indicating the research performances.       Shenzhen, China, where PHBS is based, is a major city located in Guangdong Province adjacent to Hong Kong. The city has a population of about 11 million with an average age of 30 years. The headquarters and factories of the global leading companies in China, such as BYD, Foxconn, Xiaomi, and Tencent, are situated in Shenzhen, a rising city where the future of China can be anticipated.   For further inquiries on the Student Exchange Program, contact the KUBS International Office (hyunlee@korea.ac.kr).
Feb 07, 2017
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Special Lecture by JYP CEO Wook Jung, “Active and Open-minded Talents Have More Creativity”
KUBS Startup Institute’s Entrepreneurship Academy Lecture Series Special Lecture by JYP CEO Wook Jung, “Active and Open-minded People Have Creativity”     On December 9 at 1:30 p.m., a special lecture “The Success of K-POP and Creative Talents,” delivered by JYP Entertainment CEO Wook Jung, was held at KUBS Startup Station in KUBS Main Building. As part of the Entrepreneurship Academy Lecture Series, the session aims to educate students to understand diverse academic areas—such as business and liberal arts—by inviting related mentors and sharing innovative experience and advice.   CEO Jung pointed out that one of the reasons K-POP continues to grow is because the size of target customers is rapidly increasing due to relevant market expansion in North America and other countries. In other words, the development of platforms and digital devices have made people from around the world consume K-POP even more. K-POP fans who voluntarily listen to Korean music through digital platforms have become the principal engine of expanding and reproducing K-POP. “We should focus on establishing a niche,” CEO Jung said. “For instance, TWICE, Korean girl group, released the music video, featured with zombies. We believed that the zombie-theme can surely intrigue anyone all over the world.” CEO Jung indicated that when producing music, an entertainment agency should anticipate the global market demands and preferences.     CEO Jung also explained about the K-POP global marketing in the past and the present. “We should continue to drive sales growth and business diversification by focusing on markets, which were expanded based on IP services,” he said. Prior to 2015, many entertainment agencies globalized their business by sending Korean singers overseas. However, they have been producing Asian-based multinational idol groups since 2015. One of the representatives is Tzuyu of TWICE. Starting 2016, agencies have implemented localization strategies worldwide and have been releasing songs fit for the local culture. For instance, if a Korean singer performs in Japan, the song will be sung in Japanese.   CEO Jung emphasized that desire creates a market. He explained with an example of his childhood cartoon Winnie the Pooh. “When you were young, you perhaps imagined the taste of Pooh’s pancakes,” CEO Jung said. “We have to create a market, for example, making people want to visit the filming locations when they watch a movie.” Global marketing must be designed to stimulate desire for eating Korean food, seeing Korean culture, and furthermore visiting Korea. This is also known as Creation of Desire.     CEO Jung believes a creative talent is the one who knows how to express his feelings to a boss. “JYP (Jin-young Park) and I like staff members who can talk back to us,” he said. “When I ask staff members’ thoughts on a song, the one who is brave enough to say ‘I just don’t like it’ without any explanation is blunt but creative.” CEO Jung believes that a true creative talent can be discovered if there is a tension-free atmosphere. In fact, he does not prefer recruiting typical applicants who wear a suit for their job application photography. CEO Jung once hired a staff member who used the wrong company name. “We can provide you the market,” he said. “But, do you really think that I, who have been in K-POP for 17 years, will be intrigued by someone who explains about the current K-POP status and propose its business? We are attracted to people who point out our problems and have guts to criticize us.”   “I am here with the expectation that I will have the opportunity to communicate with you and possibly work together in the future. It is my great honor to be here at this wonderful place where something new will begin,” CEO Jung concluded.   “As we live in the era emphasizing diversity, creative talents that CEO Jung has stressed can actively engage in various fields,” said Jisun Rha (Business, ’12) who attended the special lecture. “The session was significant as I was able to meet professionals in my area of interest, improve an understanding of the Korean entertainment industry, and get to know their desired talents for the related field.”
Dec 21, 2016
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“2016 KUBS Worldwide Business Research Rankings” Released…KUBS Ranked 74th
 “2016 KUBS Worldwide Business Research Rankings” Released…KUBS Ranked 74th Analysis on 40,000 publications data from 86 business journals, University of Pennsylvania ranked #1, followed by Erasmus University Rotterdam (#2) and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (#3). A broader evaluation on research capacity compared to the UTD Rankings focusing on Western Universities.   The Center for Business Research Analytics at Korea University Business School (KUBS; Dean Soo Young Kwon) released the 2016 Korea University Business School Worldwide Business Research Rankings™ (KUBS Rankings). This year, the University of Pennsylvania was ranked 1st place, while Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor were ranked as the top universities, placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Within the Asian region, City University of Hong Kong (8th) and National University of Singapore (9th) placed within the top 10, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (20th) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (23rd) ranked within the top 20. Korea University has been ranked as the one and only university in Korea to be named within the top 100, being the 74th in the world. Other Korean universities ranked as follows: Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (139th), Yonsei University (164th), and Seoul National University (167th). Korean universities have shown notable performances this year. While the rankings were not especially high, KUBS – as the leading university in Korea – moved up one spot higher from 75th to 74th this year. Other top Korean universities also showed great increase in ranking as follows: Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology moving up 36 spots (175th in 2015), Yonsei University moving up 19 spots (183rd in 2015), and Seoul National University moving up 4 spots (171st in 2015). KUBS Rankings, annually released towards the end of the year, is an evaluation index which indicates the research capabilities and performances of universities worldwide by data analyses on 40,000 publications listed in the 86 distinguished journals. While the worldwide rankings are released as an overall index which can be viewed by Rankings by Area – divided by seven business research areas of study – and Rankings by Journal. The Areas include △Accounting △Finance △Management △Management Information System (MIS) △Marketing △Operations Management & Management Science (OM/MS) △International Business (IB) & Strategy. Five years of publication data from 2011 to 2015 have been computed for the 2016 KUBS Worldwide Rankings. The top 300 universities have been ranked based on the sum of converted scores, reflecting the number of authors and their affiliations.       The KUBS Rankings provides analyses on a wider scope of journals compared to the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings™ (UTD Rankings) which conducts analyses only on 24 distinguished journals. While there is a tendency for the UTD Rankings to show outstanding performance of universities mainly in the United States, KUBS Rankings strives to have its base on a more practical evaluation standard by conducting analysis on a broader variety of journals so that the top universities in the European region as well as the ones in the Asian Pacific region will not be undervalued.   “The goal of KUBS Rankings is to provide an active and inclusive evaluation on business schools around the world,” KUBS Dean Soo Young Kwon said. “Since KUBS Rankings has created a database of a wide variety of prestigious business journals, it has been recognized its potential to grow as the major index for evaluating the capability for research on studies of the business field. Currently there is an increasing number of inquiries continued from all over the world.” The details and information on the 2016 Korea University Business School Worldwide Business Research Rankings™ and other supplementary rankings can be found at kubsrankings.korea.ac.kr. 
Dec 21, 2016
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KUBS Startup Institute Selects Its 2nd Teams…"Startup Express Winter Season"
KUBS Startup Institute Selects Its 2nd Startup Teams…"Startup Express Winter Season" 4 teams out of top 9 teams were awarded at the competition on December 9   The 2nd startup teams of KUBS Startup Institute (Director: Professor Ho-Won Jung) are now finalized. On December 9 at 3:00 PM, “The 2016 Startup Express” was filled with enthusiasm of prospective entrepreneurs who wish to become Korea’s Mark Zuckerberg and to create the next Instagram.     The 2016 Startup Express, hosted by Iljin Center for Startup Incubation at KUBS Startup Institute, is a startup competition where students can propose their creative business items based on entrepreneurship and innovation. A total of 12 persons, including △Minseop Kim (Manager of Lotte Accelerator), △Yushin Kim (CEO of Korea PCP), △Hicheon Kim (Head of Iljin Center for Startup Incubation), △Jooyoung Noh (Executive Officer of Dongwha Group), △Joong Yang Park (Director of Iljin Global), △Young-woong Song (Head of the Korea Times), and △Jaesun Shin (CEO of IT Winner, attended the event as judges. “It was a difficult decision to select just 12 teams for presentation among such talented applicants,” said Professor Hicheon Kim who is Head of the Iljin Center. “Through the 2016 Startup Express Winter Season, I hope there will be more talented entrepreneurs leading our society and economy.”     A total of 43 teams, consisting of 156 undergraduates and graduates, from 16 universities in 3 countries have applied for the 2016 Startup Express Winter Season. The top 12 teams selected through a screening process presented their business items. The 2016 Startup Express Winter Season includes idea presentation and Q&A session. The judges chose four teams, which are Vlogr (Grand Prize), △B&B Brothers (Excellence Award), △Brave Peach (Encouragement Award), and △GridaZip (KUBS Research Association Award), based on the following criteria: △Creativity, △Marketability, △Business Feasibility, △Research and Analysis, etc.   Vlogr (Grand Prize) B&B Brothers (Excellence Award) Brave Peach (Encouragement Award) Grineun (KUBS Research Association Award)   The grand prize winning team, Vlogr, developed a video editing sharing platform, an app that helps people intuitively use video clips, as their business item. “Although videos are influential, people tend to have trouble delivering meanings in a video due to the difficulty of using editing tools,” Vlogr CEO TaeJun Lee (Business Administration, 11’) said. “As we are now living in the new media generation, I would like to contribute in producing various contents by developing intuitive and easy editing tools.”   Meanwhile, the four winning teams of the 2016 Startup Express will move into Iljin Center for Startup Incubation in January. After moving in, the teams will not only receive budget for operation expenses and systematic startup education, but also continuous advice and support from mentors, composed of alumni entrepreneurs, industry experts, and venture capitalists. The other five teams recognized as having potential for development –  △TICON, △CANVAS, △PrismStone, △Clickmation, and △Yein Company –  will also move into the Iljin Center and continue their startup business.
Dec 16, 2016
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[KUBS Student Interview] “Making a College Life without Regrets Depends on Yourself”
Interview with KUBS Students “Making a College Life without Regrets Depends on Yourself”   How do students of Korea University Business School (KUBS), one of the most prestigious school in Korea, spend their college life? The KUBS students have gathered together to share their experience for prospective freshmen wondering what college life is like. On November 8, <KUBS Journal> met Freshman Hui Su Lee (Business Administration, ’16), Sophomore Jongin Lee (Business Administration, ‘13), Junior Ji Hyun Yang (Business Administration, ‘13), Senior Jungsoo Lee (Business Administration, ‘13) to ask about their life at KUBS. The students, all in different grades from freshman to senior, said that it is important to find your area of interest in order to make a college life without regrets.    (From the left) Sophomore Jongin Lee (Business Administration, ‘13), Senior Jungsoo Lee (Business Administration, ‘13), Freshman Hui Su Lee (Business Administration, ’16), Junior Ji Hyun Yang (Business Administration, ‘13)   Q. What is the difference between expectations you had in high school and reality of college life? Hui Su Lee: One difference is that, unlike in high school where we learned things from our teachers, we can actively study through debates and discussions in college. Jongin Lee: In middle and high schools, I learned English by rote or cramming education. However, in college, I have improved my English a lot as I enthusiastically participate in English courses and English debates. The campus is an environment where you can freely study with your friends. In my case, I make study groups with peers taking the same course to overcome hardship in studies. Jungsoo Lee: KUBS has multiple opportunities to meet with international students, as you move up to higher grades. Especially in the junior and senior year, half of the students who take major courses are international students and we exchange project feedbacks with each other. Q. Why did you choose KUBS? Hui Su Lee: For me, all courses offered from the Department of Business Administration were my area of interest. That is why, even before admission, I browsed the KUBS homepage to get more information, and looked forward to college life at KUBS. Since my sophomore year of high school, I have tried to acquire Business knowledge by studying the “TESAT” which is a National Certification of Economics. Jongin Lee: I have chosen KUBS because I wanted to spend my college life without regrets. I wanted to enjoy the unique cheering culture of KU and also study with friends on the nice campus. Ji Hyun Yang: The reason I wanted to come to KU was because of the special bond among KU students. I spent my high school years listening about college life from teachers who graduated from KU, and my expectations of KU culture and its network were high. Jungsoo Lee: Similarly, my motive to enter KU was the special bonding culture of students. Most of my teachers in high school were from KU and I saw them attend KU college reunions consistently after graduation. By looking at them, my goal was to come to KUBS, believing that I can enjoy my college life at KU for a long time. Q. Which extracurricular activities are you participating in? Ji Hyun Yang: Previously, I was a member of KUBS Student Council. As Plan/Finance Director, I planned a KUBS student festival and carried out different projects for student-lead activities. I am now the student representative of “KUBS Ladies” which is an alumnae association of KUBS. I am working to strengthen the network among KUBS women alumni. Hui Su Lee: I am currently in the KUBS Soccer Club “Kyung Chuk.” I was also a member of my high school soccer club, but university soccer clubs are more systematic and have a fun atmosphere. I am playing with many seniors, so I receive advice on studies and career from them. I am experiencing KU’s special bond through the soccer club. Jongin Lee: I am a member of KUBE, which is KUBS Student Ambassadors. At first, it was not easy to introduce KUBS in front of people whom I do not know, but it is truly my pleasure to share information about KUBS to diverse people. I feel especially proud when introducing the school to high school students, who are future KUBS students, and becoming their academic mentor.   Q. Wasn’t it difficult to balance your studies and other activities? Ji Hyun Yang: From the beginning of my university years, my goal was to participate in various activities. Since it was hard to invest time in studying, I always tried my best to focus during class and asked professors questions after class if I had anything that I did not understand. By understanding the materials, I could follow the course without any difficulties. Hui Su Lee: I always try to concentrate during class. Unlike high school, private institutes or lessons are not available, so it is important to practice your own method of studying. As our seniors mentioned, I make study groups with friends to study. When class ends, my friends and I review at KUBS study rooms and share parts that we do not understand with each other to keep up with class. Jungsoo Lee: There was a time when I was immersed in activities of an academic society. I used all of my time, except class hours, focusing on the society. It was hard to adjust my schedule, but I could keep my GPA by focusing only on my studies during the exam period. I also visited professors every day to ask questions. In particular, Finance courses were hard to understand at once, so I had to review the materials and organize my questions before visiting professors.   Q. Is there a KUBS program that you would like to recommend to students? Jongin Lee: It would be great if KUBS students utilize the Academic Advisor System. There are many opportunities to meet with senior students and alumni through activities such as “Faculty-Student Mentoring Day” with professors. By meeting seniors, we can get motivated and receive thoughtful advice regarding studies and our future career. Jungsoo Lee: I also recommend the Academic Advisor System. I am still in contact with my advisor and often ask his advice. I even met my professor in the U.S. when I went on an exchange program. I visit his office and meet him regularly. There are many professors here at KUBS, so please do not be shy. Professors are interested in each and every student, and you can receive feedback about your studies. Ji Hyun Yang: I recommend various activities including the exchange program. I went on exchange twice receiving scholarships. If you research in detail about scholarships, exchange programs, internships, and alumni mentoring programs, you will find many opportunities, so take advantage of these.   Q. Any last words of advice to high school students who wish to attend KUBS? Ji Hyun Yang: I hope you all spend a college life that extends your views and understanding of variety. Following the standard paths, such as becoming a CPA or a public officer, is not always the answer. I feel sad when I see juniors locked up in a stereotype way. I hope students can experience everything they want in their studies, career, and college life, as well as being free from the standards of other people. Jongin Lee: Until recently, I was also stressed because I wanted to achieve my goal as fast as I can. However, I think that trying to fulfill your goal in a short time is not always the best way. There are things that we need to enjoy in some moments of our lives, and I hope that we always live faithful to the present. Jungsoo Lee: I hope students enjoy their college life without worrying about what others think. If you start focusing on other people’s views, you may end up following advice that you do not want to follow. I think the most important key of college life is finding the answer of how you would like to live. Therefore, I hope everyone makes their own decisions according to their own values, without being disturbed by other’s advice. Hui Su Lee: Before coming to college, I too, had many concerns about college life. However, I think good results happen when you follow your own beliefs and work diligently. College life is surely more enjoyable than high school life, therefore I am sure you will gain good results when you happily do your job.
Nov 24, 2016
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[MBA Success Story] 10th Class of GMBA – Minhee Bae
“By motivation gained through CEO mentoring sessions, I was able to develop my career” MBA Career Success Story   Minhee Bae (10th Class of GMBA), IKEA Korea   1. Please briefly introduce yourself. My name is Minhee Bae and I'm a member of the 10th Class of GMBA. I'm on track to graduate this coming August and I have been working as a HR Specialist at IKEA Korea since July of this year.   2. What did you do before you entered GMBA? I studied finance and majored in International Business. Upon graduation, I worked at a global company, supporting international business activities of the firm, from which gathered overall knowledge and experiences pertaining to human resources. Before starting GMBA, I worked at the HR department of an American company after a M&A took place. After working with several managers, I realized how crucial a MBA degree was in acquiring the necessary leadership skills.    3. Why did you choose Korea University’s GMBA? It was not easy giving up a stable job to come back to school. Everyone around me recommended taking the MBA course that is offered in the evening. However, I thought this would put a limit to my learning experience. Furthermore, I deeply wanted some time to reassess my career plan and the quickest way of enhancing my professionalism.   I believe MBA in Korea University has the capacity to compete at a global level when comparing to both domestic and foreign MBA programs. Not only does it have a great curriculum, but it also has globally renowned professors, as well as networking opportunities through CEMS network. Moreover, Korea University's unique culture of strong bond among alumni played a major role in my decision, as networking is a critical component of MBA.   4. In GMBA, which curriculum has helped your career development? Domestic and foreign professors' admiring lectures and case studies, as well as the IRP (International Residence Program) in Shanghai, China, and Barcelona, Spain, were extremely unique experiences. Also, the curriculum that allowed me to actually apply what I have learned to a real business was extremely helpful, especially the "business simulation" executed at module. This experience allowed me to team up with my colleagues and run a virtual business, managing operations, quality, R&D, finance, HR, and etc., not to mention how valuable it was for us to perform business planning based on the virtual market conditions and make decisions.    5. What was the most helpful coaching resource provided by KUBS Career Hub? Mock interview was the most helpful. The Career Development Center provided periodic mentoring and special lecture sessions led by either Korea University alumni or related CEOs, which constantly motivated me. This exposed me to true market conditions and helped me to develop a sense of where I want to take my career. 6 months before I graduated, I was participating in mock interview program with HR coordinators in global companies, which turned out to be very helpful as well. The feedback and the interview coaching from Career Development Center allowed me to perform at my full potential without getting nervous in the real interviews.    6. Do you have any advice for job seekers interested in the related field? I learned the value of connecting and cooperating through the GMBA program at Korea University. The synergy that derived from cooperating, studying, and discussing with my colleagues with various backgrounds and nationalities will forever be useful and I will always take pride in the fact that I graduated from the GMBA program from Korea University. In my case, I tried to connect what I learned in school with the real world, which allowed me to naturally develop new thoughts and values that I missed out on as a college student back when I was pursuing my BA degree.   Moreover, now that I am back at work, it turns out the principles and cases that I was exposed to during the GMBA program became the foundations for applying new ideas in the real world. By utilizing the competitiveness and influence of the GMBA program, I hope everyone can further develop their career and rise up to the decision maker level.
Nov 18, 2016
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Interview with Entering Class of 2015 MBA Valedictorians
Interview with Entering Class of 2015 MBA Valedictorian   Finance MBA Valedictorian Woo Joo Yang (10th Batch)   1. What does it feel like to be Valedictorian? I want to thank Korea University for giving me an opportunity to be in the FMBA program and to KEB Hana Bank where I work. I also would like to thank my FMBA colleagues and my wife who have always supported me. As I completed each module diligently, I was able to produce exceptional results. Achievements earned from FMBA program will be the good ground for my career.     2. What were the keys to become Valedictorian?  Firstly, I think it was my passion for learning. After 10 years of working, I was desperate to have an opportunity to systemize my experience at a bank through learning and then utilize my knowledge when I return to work. Thus, my motivation was clear. Secondly, my CFA certificates that I obtained previously were a big help. A CFA certificate is specialized within the fields of finance and accounting, which is was very similar to the MBA curriculum. Lastly, my work experience at a bank also helped me greatly. I suggested my thoughts and proposal ideas of Korea’s finance industry during the team project. My work experience served as the foundation of working in a team.     3. What is the most memorable experience during Finance MBA? I would say the IRP program, especially when I took the course related to risk management at NUS. Although I went through some difficulties, it is a valuable moment which I cannot easily experience. In addition, I was able to learn the current position of Korea in global financial market by visiting a financial institution in Hong Kong. 4. What did you learn from Finance MBA? Through the FMBA program, I have developed expertise in finance and accounting along with my CFA certificates. Not only I learned academic theories by taking courses, but also felt a sense of achievement through projects with my teammates from various backgrounds.   5. Do you have any advice for the upcoming FMBA freshmen? Because the following program is specialized in finance and accounting, the new students may have difficulties keeping up with the program. However, if you have a passion to study and spend time on it, eventually you will be able to pave your own path. As you actively share your opinions in the team project, you will find yourself growing. Lastly, it is important to keep in touch with your colleagues, alumni and professors and build a network to support each other. Global MBA Valedictorian Jiwon Woo (10th Batch) 1. What does it feel like to be Valedictorian? I would to like thank those of you who always supported me to complete Global MBA Program. The past year was necessary for my long-term career, and it was a meaningful time for me to meet precious people who will last a lifetime.   2. What were the keys to become Valedictorian?  I believe it was my strong will for learning. Although I was not a typical exemplary student, I completed my assignment diligently with responsibility. Since I chose this program for my self-development and long-term career, I set high goals and did my absolute best. I always endeavor to produce better results than my goals.     3. What was your motivation to start GMBA? I thought an MBA program was the most necessary program for me to reach my ultimate goal of working in the field of strategic consulting. The GMBA curriculum, which all courses are offered in English, was a perfect fit for those wishing to become a global talent. Furthermore, the best part of this program is that I have a chance to build a network with students from various countries. 4. What did you learn from GMBA? The GMBA was a great opportunity for me to overcome fear of numbers. When I was a student, I avoided taking courses related to numbers. I thought this could possibly be an obstacle for me to become a business leader in the future. Therefore, I decided to major in Finance. Thanks to the GMBA program, I was able to overcome fear of numbers. It helped my consulting career as well. 5. Do you have any advice for the upcoming GMBA freshmen? I hope you will make unforgettable memories through this MBA program, which is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The professors with excellent lectures, GMBA colleagues and alumni have always planted a deep insight in me. Now when I look back, there were many events occurred, such as orientation session and commencement ceremony. I personally think all of my times at KUBS were meaningful, and I hope you all learn many things from the GMBA. Take an advantage of this opportunity and enjoy it.    
Sep 30, 2016
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Alumni Interview: Iljin Group CEO Sang Il Lee (Commerce, ’57)
KUBS Alumni Interview — Sang Il Lee (Commerce, ’57), Chairman of Iljin Group “One with professionalism and positive attitude can succeed” Q: Iljin Group is leading the field of wheel bearing with its innovative technologies. Tell us about the company’s vision and your business philosophy as Iljin Group reaches out to the world beyond Korea. The three core values for Iljin Group’s corporate culture are “creative spirit,” “teamwork,” and “make it happen.” With that being said, our company supports all employees, so they can collaborate to achieve goals based on their insights. A company can stay in business with its results and profits. In order to bear fruits in management, the company shall ensure its competiveness in the market by producing excellent goods in various aspects, such as technology, quality, price, etc.   Iljin Group is leading the world’s wheel bearing market with the global market share of 30%. Our major clients are world-class automobile companies, including Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors, BMW, Ford, Renault, VW, PSA, FIAT, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, GM, TESLA (manufactures electric vehicles), etc.   Since the initial stage of Iljin Group, I had a goal and confidence to produce goods with global competiveness, rather solely focusing on the domestic market. I believed that providing excellent products at the lowest cost would lead our company on the path to success in the global market. Because wheel bearing is an essential part of an automobile, it is important to guarantee its best quality with securing the stability. I must say it was not easy to penetrate the market due its high price and quality; however, under the company’s management philosophy “make it happen,” I did not give up. With a sense of duty, I constantly invested in research in order to be recognized as the most important quality.   Iljin Group currently has research facilities in the United States and Germany. Professional technicians in Korea and overseas cooperate together to enhance the cost competiveness by increasing the automation rate using robots, sensors, and computers. The Quality Assurance Team is responsible for product manufacturing and delivery, while satisfying customer needs. Q: Many students are trying to start their own business nowadays. You have made a meaningful donation for the KUBS Support for Business Start-Ups. KUBS, my alma mater, has been recognized as the best in Korea according to various performance indexes in Korea and abroad. And now KUBS is making progress to be recognized by the world beyond Korea. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of my alma mater.   Until the development of KUBS with its 110-year history, there have been numerous deans of KUBS, professors, including former KU President Yoon-dae Euh, who have played a major role. With these professors, KUBS produced talented individuals leading Korea. Also, because of our alumni’s love for KUBS juniors, students have access to study in the superior educational facilities.   A number of world’s distinguished universities strive to improve their start-up education. As I, too, was able to advance into the global market by starting my own business, I believe that start-up education is necessary in order to change the economic paradigm of Korea. I decided to donate the funds to develop my alma mater in a successful direction and to support our students become entrepreneurs who demonstrate their abilities to lead Korean economy. I hope KUBS Start-Up Center, which will be completed in September, will foster entrepreneurs with integrated thinking. I am confident that students will have more chances of success by challenging themselves, rather than being afraid of failure.     Q. What are some virtues that students desiring to start their own business shall improve during their studies? Please give words of advice to KUBS students. I would like to emphasize two virtues: “professionalism” and “positive attitude.” First of all, it is imperative to build your own professionalism. Developing professionalism with insights will help students become global leaders fitting the trend. Once students have made a decision on their business item, they should aim high to become the best in the world. In addition, they should think on their feet to be one step ahead in the market.   Positive attitude is also extremely important. One who only has knowledge cannot become a great leader. Nothing can be accomplished alone. You should endeavor to earn the respect and recognition from your co-workers while working together. One with positive attitude can win the hearts of clients. If you always behave modest and humble, you can become a wise entrepreneur. I will always support our KUBS students on their journey of becoming a great entrepreneur with a warm heart who thinks carefully but act boldly.   
Mar 08, 2016
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[2015 MBA Graduate Student Interview] The top graduate of FMBA, Young Jin Kim
Q. Congratulations on being the top graduate of FMBA program I would like to thank professors, staff members, FMBA graduates, other colleagues, and my family who have constantly supported me to achieve this excellent result. The FMBA program has not only built my long-term career plan, but also has given me an opportunity to improve myself throughout the past year. Q. What are your keys to success of becoming the top graduate of FMBA? My proactive attitudes produced such great outcomes. I tried my best to lead the team while performing the numbers of case studies and team projects. In addition, participating classes enthusiastically by reading lecture materials and organizing the list of questions beforehand is another key to receive positive evaluation. For those who are non-business majors, I highly emphasize that it is critical to prepare and review the notes from the previous lecture before class starts. Q. What do you remember the most during your FMBA? I remember vividly every moment of my FMBA journey. If I had to choose one, I would say “International Residence Program.” Studying at the National University of Singapore and Wharton School was extremely new and exciting. Also, I was able to cultivate the business acumen by visiting financial institutions in Hong Kong and New York. Lastly, I cannot forget the memories of my warm-hearted colleagues who helped me when I was injured during IRP. Q. What have you gained after completing one-year course of FMBA? I am currently in the hiring process and have a good feeling about it. Knowledge that I have gained from FMBA program has allowed me to view the entire financial market, as well as thinking globally. In addition, I am confident that students and alumni of Korea University will have access of professional networks and become an asset in the financial sector. Q. Do you have any advice for upcoming FMBA students? Set two or three goals for each module and devote your full attention to the studies. You will find yourself growing after a year. At the same time, I encourage students to participate actively in various events, such as MT, Ko-Yon games, athletic meetings, CDC program and cherish those moments while building your professional networks of MBA colleagues. A year is much shorter than you think. Do your best without regrets. I wish you a good luck in achieving your ultimate goals and success.  
Oct 28, 2015
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[2015 MBA Graduate Student Interview] The top of graduate of GMBA, Vincent Lee
Q. Tell us your impression of being named as the top graduate of GMBA program. Professor Se-Joon Hong told us at the very beginning that there is a reward for the top graduate of GMBA and consequently, I worked very hard to achieve it. There is no way however, I could have achieved this position without the help of my friends I worked with on school projects, and as such I am very grateful. Q. What did you mainly focus on to achieve this title while attending school? Our program is very intense with 8-week long courses. There are a number of assignments during those eight weeks with midterms and finals. This busy schedule keeps you constantly focused on the short-term goal of performing well. Q. Why did you choose Global MBA program 2 years ago? I chose it because of the school’s reputation as the top business school as well as the school’s strong alumni network. In addition, the program was only one year versus the standard two-year schedule in America. Q. How was your life as a student of Global MBA? I enjoyed socializing with diverse groups of people and many international as well as Korean graduate students. In addition, I tried to meet many people outside of our program. Life as a GMBA student is not an easy journey but it was very gratifying. Q. Which curriculum of Global MBA was helpful in your career? I wanted to focus on the areas where I was weaker. The most valuable classes I took were twofold. The first was Business Communication, where Professor Silvia Kozlovska helped me become much more confident in front of larger audiences. The second class was Uncertainty, Data & Decisions. Professor Byung Cho Kim made a highly analytical and data intensive class by emphasizing the valuable insights derived from the numbers. Q. Do you have any advice for your juniors who are studying at KUBS? Enjoy the program. Classes and grades are important but what’s more important are the relationships you build here and outside. I would encourage students to focus in class, work efficiently in groups, and with this efficiency, use your precious free-time well.  
Sep 23, 2015
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