[Korean Economic Daily] SKK GSB MBA Ranked No.1 in Korea for 10 Consecutive Years
Sungkyunkwan University SKK GSB’s MBA Ranked No.1 in Korea for 10 Consecutive Years, and Aiming to Become a Household Name Internationally
Sungkyunkwan University’s SKK GSB (Graduate School of Business) has set an all-time record, ranking first in Korea for 10 consecutive years, and 35th in the world in the UK’s Financial Times (FT) 2021 Global MBA Ranking. The school has risen 19 places over the past year.
SKK GSB has continued to achieve outstanding results in the aspects of internationalization and career development every year over the past decade. The rankings reveal further remarkable achievements, such as ranking 5th in the world for job satisfaction because of its career development services, 16th for value for money, 17th for international faculty ratio (68%), and 39th for international students ratio (58%). All of these factors have contributed towards the school’s increasingly dominant position.
Fostering business experts to lead the AI era
SKK GSB constantly updates its curricula in response to the ever-changing demands of the business market. Dean Eric Shih says: “In order for companies to dominate the market in the AI era, it is critical to secure experts who have a deep understanding of fast-changing technologies and businesses. Our focus is on fostering MBA graduates with such abilities.” SKK GSB launched new AI MBA and Business Analytics programs in 2020, and it offers related courses such as AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain, and Analytics Programming, alongside existing curricula.
Alumna So Dam Choi, who joined an e-commerce company in the UK after graduating from the Full-Time MBA this year, says: “I achieved both of my objectives—career transition, and getting a job overseas—thanks to the skills I accumulated at SKK GSB as a global MBA student.” To further facilitate such career transitions, SKK GSB has recently recruited an HR specialist from a multinational corporation to head the Career Development Center in order to provide more systematic and specialized career services.
SKK GSB offers six programs: Full-Time MBA (18 months, daytime classes), Professional MBA (2 years, evenings), Indiana University Kelley–SKK GSB Executive MBA (18 months, weekends), AI MBA (2 years, weekends) Master of Science in Business Analytics (18 months, weekends), Master in Management Studies (2 years, daytime).
More than half of the students enrolled on the Full-Time MBA are international students, and the international faculty ratio is 68%, making SKK GSB’s Full-Time MBA Korea’s leading global MBA program. In response to the sharp increase of demand for data managers, the new Business Analytics track to allow students not only to learn about big data and business analytics, but also to get practical hands-on experience. Moreover, students can specialize in fields such as Global Management and Brand Management to strengthen their expertise and competitiveness in each discipline.
The Professional MBA is for professionals who intend to study while working. Classes take place after work two or three times a week, and all classes are run 100% in English. Its innovative and hands-on curriculum allows helps students to analyze business cases from companies around the world and to collaborate with colleagues of various nationalities. During the first year, students complete the compulsory courses in various fields, and during the second year, they can select specialist courses to foster their own field of expertise.
Indiana University Kelley School of Business–SKK GSB Executive MBA
The IU Kelley–SKK GSB Executive MBA is run jointly by Indiana University Kelley School and SKK GSB. Through this program, students can obtain MBA degrees from both Indiana University and Sungkyunkwan University through weekend classes alone. All classes are run in English, and at least 55% of the classes are taught by IU Kelley faculty. This program is aimed at senior managers with eight or more years’ experience.
AI MBA is a program for students to develop into MBA graduates with AI and business expertise. Lectures are given by the SKK GSB faculty, as well as computer science, statistics, and mathematics faculty from Sungkyunkwan University, and external data experts. The AI subjects are run in Korean and the MBA subjects are run in English, allowing the students to grow into AI experts with global business capabilities. This program is only run as a corporate contract department.
Master of Science in Business Analytics
The Business Analytics program nurtures students’ ability to deal systematically with data analytics. It fosters the knowledge and skills required for hands-on jobs, from fundamentals to uses, and it applies these to business contexts. Since various business fields and functions depend on analytics, this program appeals to professionals who wish to advance their competitiveness.
Master in Management Studies (MMS)
MMS is a two-year daytime program run at three prestigious schools: SKK GSB, EDHEC Business School (France), and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (US). Graduates can obtain Masters in Management Studies from both SKK GSB and EDHEC.
All of SKK GSB’s programs are currently recruiting new students for the second half of 2021.