As the first official event for students entering in the year of the 2022, the 2022 Global Business Administration College-Prep Event was held on the 15th and 16th of February. This event was designed to help students familiarize and experience the culture within a university campus, a life drastically different from high school. The program conveyed useful information to students and aroused interest in new learning paths. The 2022 Global Business Administration College-Prep Event was conducted both through online and offline platforms, allowing freshmen entering in the year of the 2022 to be able to meet their classmates online or offline for the first time. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the event for two days, students were instructed to submit a vaccination certificate, or a negative COVID-19 test confirmation in advance. These measures were implemented to carry out the event in compliance with the quarantine mandates of South Korea regarding COVID-19. On the first day of the program, the event started with greetings from the administrative office and the introduction of the assistance staff running the event. Later, the Chair of the Department of Global Business Administration, Youngbong Jang, had an opportunity to greet the students. In addition, all the new undergraduate students who participated in the event introduced themselves to make them ice break and get to know each other. In the afternoon, the event schedule continued with a university guidance session and a special informative session from sophomore students. An assistant senior student also addressed information about the school and department homepages and introduced the school portal plus must-know information while attending Sungkyunkwan University. Later, student Geunju Park gave a special lecture on the topic of university life for students from the Department of Global Business Administration. Geunju introduced what kind of activities one could do before graduation, and shared some programs suitable for college students. He recommended students to try various activities, including global camps, the I-Core program, internal and external competitions and conferences, student clubs, and volunteer activities conducted by the Department of Global Business Administration. Geunju got the students' attention by encouraged them to actively participate in these activities, while teaching them what they could learn from each one of them. After a short break, the administrative office provided information regarding the academic system, explaining the process of class registration, withdrawal and return to school, as well as learning about grade evaluation, and graduation requirements. The importance of understanding this part was emphasized by distributing a guidance material book to the students. As the last segment for the first day, there was a course registration guidance session and a class timetable preparation Q&A time. A total of eight senior students guided students on how to register for courses, gave each one a tour of the registration system, planned a mock timetable, and aided students if they had any questions. On the second day, the first program prepared for the students was a special lecture from seniors regarding the topic of exchange students, double majors, and dual degrees. Taking the stage first was student Minwoo Song, who oversaw explaining the exchange student experience. He delivered the importance of the preparation process before going off as an exchange student, as well as sharing parts about the life and classes of an exchange student. He emphasized that it might be difficult first, since there are more things to prepare in comparison to taking classes domestically, but once again he emphasized the many unique experiences to learn abroad. Then another senior student, Minsu Shin, gave a special lecture about double majors and provided information about the qualifications and methods involved. This part shared to the students another possibility one could take when interested in a variety of fields or wishing to widen one’s academic field of view. Lastly, a special lecture was given by Seongah Yoo, a current student pursuing a dual degree. She explained in detail her dual degree program, and the relationship of the program with regards to the Kelley School of Business in Indiana University. In addition, she also provided information about the application process and backed her opinion to pursue a dual degree. After the special lectures, the students were introduced to the Global Business Administration student clubs, which they were most interested in. These included The Student Council, Globall, SOT, Steroid, Allimi, 연하남녀, FC 글경, Wanted, Filmolog, and GBNN. Each club had the opportunity to share their field of interest and activities. In addition, the clubs shared their recruiting schedules and the people they were looking to recruit as new members. The last official scheduled event was a special lecture by Professor Josephs Kim. This was aimed to be an introductory college course for the students to experience. Professor Josephs Kim, who teaches the ‘Business Communication’ course in the Department of Global Business Administration, used his skills to communicate directly with the students, which were divided into groups. Students were tasked to focus on each other’s facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language, and presented their observations and feelings while always keeping the conversation going. This was a great opportunity to let students experience the structure and contents that would be presented to them in a future major class. Finally, the closing ceremony was held for the 2022 Global Business Administration College-Prep Event. The two-day program was concluded with closing remarks from the organizers, group photos, and giveaway of souvenirs to the students.2022-06-27
With the goal of discovering individuals that satisfy the criteria of being a “first mover” as well as being a role model for student success, Sungkyunkwan University’s School of Business always tries to find and support students that show creativity and critical thinking, not just excellent grades. With this philosophy in mind, scholarships are awarded to students who actively engage in various on-campus activities inside the Sungkyunkwan community, eagerly participate in challenging research endeavors and diligently fulfill learning achievements. Yeran Yang actively participated in various non-curricular programs organized by the Department of Global Business Administration. In 2021, she achieved first place in a competition that relied on the cooperation with KK FUND. This opportunity allowed her to demonstrate her excellent qualities as a preliminary consultant. Her favorite phrase is the expression “connecting the dots” which first appeared in a speech given by Steve Jobs. Let's take a listen to the story of Yeran. 1. Please introduce yourself. Hello, my name is Yeran Yang, and I joined the Department of Global Business Administration in 2017 and recently graduated in February 2022. It is quite disappointing to have spent the last two years of my 5-year university experience amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but luckily, I was able to take advantage of the situation to gain various experiences and awards. It is an honor to receive this award and to have the opportunity to participate in this interview. 2. You were granted the Dean's Award for Student Success at the graduation ceremony of 2022. Please give a brief description of this award. Honestly, I didn't expect to receive an award in my graduation, so it was very unexpected and pleasantly joyful at the same time. This recognition was personally rewarding in the sense that it showed me that my efforts to try out various programs that interested me throughout university had ultimately resulted in high quality results. I am very proud of this feat, and I believe this marks an appreciable conclusion to my university life. 3. You have actively participated in various programs organized by the department administration. What programs did you participate in and what is your most memorable experience? I frequently visited the university homepage and was able to get informed about the various programs hosted by our school regarding different themes and fields, aimed at a variety of students. Some of the university-led programs that I was able to participate include the Co-Op Field Training Partnership with Seoul Fintech Lab, the Overseas Career Tour Program in Singapore, the I-CORE project in conjunction with LG Chem, the World at your Fingertips Challenge in collaboration with 3M Global, the LOOKO X GBA Student Competition, the Startup CEO Challenge, the Kelley Case Competition, and the KK Fund Competition. There are many intramural competitions, excellent research credit programs for undergraduate students, and courses designed to strengthen employment competency. The most memorable activity for me was the excellent undergraduate research credit system program. It was very meaningful in the sense that it allowed me dive deep into a field or topic of interest. Through this experience there were limits to research resources accessible as a student and some study results resulted in different values compared to initially expected results. However, I was able to fully utilize all the skills that I had been learning in school for the last 5 years. I also believe that a memorable element of this experience was the process of working together with different team members to refine research results, work on reports, and give feedback on each other’s work. 4. In 2021, you won first place in the KK FUND contest. How would you describe this competition? The contest was a program based on the collaboration between our university and KK Fund, a venture capital firm based in Singapore. Every contestant participated in a team assigned to research global ESG investment trends. Based on the research, each team had to make an investment proposal and offer recommendations regarding domestic ESG venture capitals or startup companies. First, our team categorized major countries into either ESG investment “leaders” or “followers” based on the analysis of each nation’s market and ESG trends. Through this process, we were able to derive limitations and difficulties in ESG investments. Based on our research, we made a checklist that could be used as an investment guideline, instead of making our proposal bound to one specific venture capital or startup. The checklist our team developed was centered on analytics including KCGS, GRI, and fund assessment values. As a result of our unique approach, we were able to achieve good results and favorable reviews from the judges at KK Fund. 5. Were there any difficulties while preparing in the contest? How did you overcome such obstacles? The contest, which lasted for a month and a half, consisted of several feedback meetings, interim reports, and final reports with personnel from KK Fund and other participating teams. The entire process was conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The most difficult part to manage was the time management aspect of this project. It was time consuming in the sense that the project lasted a long period of time, and the feedback sessions were held at least once or twice a week. Therefore, our reporting schedule was very tight, which didn't help because all our team members were working on internships and other programs at the same time. To manage this problem, our team set up a fixed meeting times twice a week: one online session on weekdays and another face-to-face session on weekends. We invested time in a work breakdown structure (WBS) schedule, and flexibly adjusted roles and responsibilities (R&R) among team members according to each member’s personal schedule. This allowed us not only to foster group harmony, but also made it easier for us to conduct meetings in the most efficient way possible. 6. What are your future career goals? Since I started my career in the consulting industry, as a short-term goal, I plan to develop the necessary competencies within this industry. As a long-term career path, I have not set a specific goal in detail, but I want to pursue my personal interests while developing insights into the world by engaging in activities that interest me at the same time. 7. Lastly, would you like to give some advice for any of your peers in business school? One of the phrases I really like is the expression ‘connecting the dots’ which appeared in one of Steve Jobs’ iconic speeches. When I look back on the programs I have participated in, there have been times when I was worried because the connection between each activity was lacking, and the direction seemed to be difficult to see. However, I realized how to connect each of those activities, and the greater picture that resulted from them has now become one of my greatest strengths. Looking at all my classmates, I came to realization that despite everyone being bound to spend the same time on the same campus from admission to graduation, the “picture” each individual draws is different depending on what kind of activities he or she does throughout that same time span. All the activities I went through during my college life have become the building blocks that make up my personal picture, so one piece of advice I want to share is that even seemingly insignificant side activities will become meaningful and valuable in the future. Of course, it is a great idea to set specific goals and choose activities that match the career path one is pursuing. However, even if the activities do not seem to be related to the desired goal or even when tangible results are not noticeable, I would still recommend students to accumulate as much experience from various fields and industries. I believe that for any individual to create his or her wonderful personal painting, that person must devote his or her whole heart and soul in each activity. At the time of graduation and after that period, paintings will start showing up at every important milestone in life.2022-06-27
On Wednesday, December 15th, the opening ceremony of the Global Business Administration and Global Economics student lounge (International Hall 3rd basement floor) was held. The opening ceremony was attended by Sungkyunkwan University executives, professors, and students. Attendees included Heejoon Ahn, Dean of the School of Business, Sunghyun Kim, Dean of the College of Economics, Young-Bong Chang, Chair of the Department of Global Business Administration, Dong-Won Lee, Chair of the Department of Global Economics, and Taehyo Lee, Head of the Administrative Office of the Department of Economics/Business School and Graduate School of China. Students who participated in the event included Sangjun Woo, the 13th Student President of the Global Business Administration Student Council and Jinwoo Jung, the 14th President of the Global Economics Student Council. This student lounge is a major upgrade in the overall facilities in campus. The project took about 6 months, from late May to early December, and it was set in motion to create an alternative learning area in response to the limited seats in the original student lounge located on the 2nd basement floor of the International Hall. Both lounges will be mainly used by students of the Department of Global Business Administration and Global Economics. The administrative offices and the student council body groups from both departments worked together to make this project a reality. The brand-new student lounge is expected to become an approachable space where students from the Department of Global Business Administration and the Department of Global Economics can freely study and communicate with peers. This new facility is expected to cement itself as a major student activity zone for future periods to come.2022-06-27
The 12th Annual Event “The Night of GBA” was held on Saturday, December 7th, 2019, at 6 pm in the 5th floor Reception Hall of Sungkyunkwan University’s International Hall building. A total of 85 undergraduate students were accompanied by 40 alumni and various professors during this year’s event. Professor Yongjune Kim (Dean of Sungkyunkwan University Business School), Professor Hakkyun Kim (Associate Dean of Sungkyunkwan University Business School), Professor Young-Han Kim (Chair of the Department of Global Business Administration), and Professor Sunhae Hyun (former Chair of the Department of Global Business Administration) were some of the attendees of this special occasion. This event not only celebrated the end of the year, but also was a time for alumni and current students to network together. Through this event, undergraduates from the Department of Global Business Administration celebrated the end of the school semester I style and had a unique opportunity to network with alumni with experience in different industries. The number of Global Business Administration graduate students who attended this year was unmatched compared to those from previous years. Out of the alumni who showed up, many were active employees in large domestic or overseas companies, allowing them to mentor and give valuable advice to current students. Thanks to the presence of professors, alumni, and current undergraduates, the 12th Annual “Night of GBA” Event was an invaluable experience that allowed members from the Global Business Administration community to share their experiences and know-hows about academic life and career paths. With the rich history of the Department of Global Business Administration being built up over the past 12 years, we look forward to fostering bright and successful global business leaders in the future.