[Dong-a Ilbo] SKK GSB, raising global MBA graduates to lead business innovation
Sungkyunkwan University’s SKK GSB, raising global MBA graduates to lead business innovation
All courses include data science and analytics. New course open: Business Analytics MBA
SKK GSB is again ranked 1st in Korea in the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA rankings. Among top 100 global MBAs, the school ranked 30th for investment value, 29th for promotion, and 15th in international experience. This is also the school’s 11th consecutive year among the world's top 100 MBAs.
As SKK GSB Dean Eric Shih says, “In recent years, business has changed more rapidly than ever before, digitalization has progressed in most fields, and data is now the language of business. We have been raising global MBA students who can lead this continuing business innovation.” SKK GSB updates all programs’ curricula every year, enhancing digital competitiveness; the school has also introduced new courses such as the Business Analytics MBA and AI MBA.
Chaewon Yoon (Full-Time MBA) is pursuing both a management track and a business analytics track. His objective is to cultivate a broad understanding of data and business analysis, and acquire professional knowledge on the latest management strategies and issues. He chose this path because these are considered the key factors to improve competitiveness in today’s job market. In fact, Sangyeol Kim, an alumnus working in a smart manufacturing solution company, was pleasantly surprised when he contacted SKK GSB to recruit skilled graduates. A decade since his graduation, the Full-Time MBA now covers various data and analytics subjects such as database management, business analytics, marketing, and financial analysis, in addition to previous course content. Mr. Kim says, “These days, it is very difficult to find skilled people who understand data and AI, and who have global business capabilities, not only in Korea but also elsewhere.” He welcomed the change in the curriculum as there will be greater need for such hybrid skills in the near future.
The Full-Time MBA program (daytime) is a high-ranking global MBA program in which 58% of freshmen and about 70% of the faculty are from overseas. The program offers dual degree programs with Indiana University Kelley School of Business (US), Maurer School of Law (US), and EDHEC Business School (France). There are tracks in four areas一marketing, finance, strategy, and business analytics一and students can expect to improve their expertise and career competitiveness.
The Indiana Kelley-SKK GSB Executive MBA program (weekends) is operated jointly by both schools. Faculty from IU Kelley School of Business teach 55% of the programs, and students obtain two MBA degrees一one from each university. This program is for working professionals with at least eight years’ work experience.
The Professional MBA program (evenings) focuses on fundamental business management knowledge in the first year. Students then select specialist courses in marketing, finance, or management strategy. In this program, students can take either a one-year online MS program from IU Kelley School of Business, or a one-year on-site MBA program (daytime) at IU Kelley’s campus in Indiana.
The Business Analytics MBA course (weekends) simultaneously develops data analysis competency and related MBA knowledge. The course involves intensive study in specialized data fields such as programming, big data, cloud computing, and digital and social media analysis.
The MMS (Master in Management Studies, weekend) is a two-year program operated jointly by SKK GSB, EDHEC Business School in France, and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in the United States. Graduates obtain two Master of Business Administration (MS) degrees from SKK GSB and EDHEC.
The AI MBA course (weekends) is a contract course for companies developing in-house AI experts. AI subjects are taught in Korean, while business subjects are taught in English.
SKK GSB is accepting applications for the 2022 freshmen until May 20 for programs other than the Business Analytics MBA. More details can be found on the SKK GSB website or by phone. (gsb.skku.edu, Tel. 02-740-1520, 1530, 1533).
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