One of the unique classes that SKK GSB offers is a Korean language course. During the first semester, students are able to choose if they would like to take the course at a beginner level or an intermediate level. By the time the beginner students are finished, they will be on the upper intermediate level and by the time the intermediate students are finished, they will be on the proficient level. Learning the language can help students communicate and explore Seoul more easily. It will help them have a better understanding the Korean culture and traditions. Also, it can help them expand their network outside of the business school. This can prove to be a useful tool for students because it will help them stand out to employers. They will be able to say that they received an MBA from a top Korean business school and they were able to learn Korean while doing it. Many students expressed interest in finding corporate jobs in Seoul after receiving their MBAs. Knowing both English and Korean will make them very valuable to the company, especially if the company has English-speaking clients. The class is a six-credit course that meets twice a week. During those two days, students learn a great amount and work very hard to meet the targeted goal set by Professor Anna Subok Kim. But it’s not just about work all of the time. The students also do fun activities outside of class where they are able to practice Korean and have a good time. On October 2nd, Professor Anna took her beginner students out for bowling and barbeque. During the outing, she only communicated with students in Korean. She also taught them how to say certain words by giving them the Korean pronunciation for an object she picked up or an item on the menu. The Korean language course is truly a great program at SKK GSB. It is an asset to students because they are able to expand their knowledge and make themselves more marketable for career opportunities. Also, it gives students an opportunity to have while learning. If you would like to see more pictures from their activity days, follow their Instagram account @skk_gsb_korean_class.
Maeil Business Newspaper 'Good Professor, Good Lecture' Prof. Kim Claes at SKK GSB Sungkyunkwan University Last May, a five-day intensive Blockchain class was given at SKK GSB. During this unique experience, students also met six key industry leaders among which the investment manager of Unblock (the blockchain subsidiary of Naver Line), the co-founder of Proof Suite (blockchain-based asset management platform), an anchor for CNBC's cryptocurrency channel, and a lawyer specialized in international transactions. The speakers delivered heated lectures on blockchain, focusing on the latest technologies and practical business applications. Students also engaged in group discussions with them about what Blockchain could contribute strategically to business and society. This blockchain course provided students with a clear understanding of the key concepts, economic principles, and basic technological aspects underlying cryptocurrencies and blockchain. This enabled them to understand both current and future blockchain related topics of importance for their career and organization(s), as well as some of the possibilities and limitations of the technology. During this course students were particularly pushed to think in a systematic fashion about how to take advantage of blockchain technologies for their organization, how these could contribute to the organization’s competitive advantage or value proposition. Students also had to opportunity to analyze the disruptive aspect of the technology for certain industries given how blockchain fundamentally challenges established notions of trust, efficiency, organizing, and autonomy."Through this lecture, I wanted to create an opportunity for students not only to understand blockchain technology but also to think about and see some of its uses and applications. This was necessary given the current (and hopefully future) growth in blockchain related businesses,” Prof. Kim Claes said. "We definitely recommend this course to students interested in entrepreneurship, consulting, strategy, venture capital and private equity and who want to know how blockchain might be changing industries." Indonesian student Galih R., Full-Time MBA student – Class of 2021, said "I got to enjoy hands on experience from the professor not only about blockchain but also about the cryptographic principles underlying the technology. Also, the real-world examples and business insights from industry experts benefited me greatly, not only by giving me deeper knowledge but also by providing some network in the industry”. He gave it a thumbs-up by calling it "the best lecture, only available at top MBA schools." Dr. Claes joined SKK Graduate School of Business as a Professor of Management in 2015. His research focuses on the social construction of prices and sustenance of markets in industries such as Blockchain, emerging markets Venture Capital, or the luxury watch manufacturing and fashion industries. Dr. Claes’ papers have won several academic recognitions, including the SMS Best Conference Paper Award nominee, the AOM OMT Entrepreneurship Best Paper Award nominee, and the JIMH Omega Best Paper Award. His work has been published in top tier journals in management and was also presented at many academic and business meetings around the world as well as covered by various media including the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and the Gulf Times. Dr. Claes teaches competitive strategy, blockchain technologies, group decision making, and power and politics to and full time and professional MBAs and undergrads. He received a Ph.D. in management from INSEAD, a master's degree in actuarial sciences and a bachelor's degree in theoretical physics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and has worked in capital markets for several years before starting his Ph.D. In July, his paper “Does Social Similarity Pay Off? Homophily and Venture Capitalists’ Deal Valuation, Downside Risk Protection and Financial Returns in India” was just accepted by Organization Science, a top tier academic journal in the field. Link to the original article(Korean): https://www.mk.co.kr/news/special-edition/view/2019/09/762983/
(Picture left to right) MichaelOsborn, Samuel Russell, Whitley Pannell, Michelle Johnston Sungkyunkwan University Graduate School of Business has established a strategic partnership with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and Maurer School of Law. This innovative partnership is basically an exchange program that allows students from both universities to study abroad to receive global experiences and dual degrees. The partnership also involves exchanging professors to both schools to teach business courses throughout the academic year. This year, Indiana University Maurer School of law sent four students to Seoul to study at SKK GSB. These four students include Michelle Johnston, Whitley Pannell, Michael Osborn, and Samuel Russell. So far, they have completed their first year of law school and will now study at SKK GSB for a year to earn their MBAs. Upon completion of the program, these students will return to Indiana University to complete their last two years of law school. They will graduate with two degrees, a Juris Doctorate and a Masters in Business Administration, in just four years. This dual degree can be very valuable to the law students because they will gain knowledge in both business and law, which are two sectors that tend to cross paths often in practice. Also, having a second degree and a global experience will give these students an extra edge to help them stand out to employers in such a competitive legal market. Osborne shared, "I think no matter where I end up in the legal market, being business literate and understanding the decision-making process of business leaders will be invaluable in helping me better serve my clients. Getting an MBA in such a globally diverse setting just adds another layer to that." Johnston also found that obtaining her MBA from SKK GSB will benefit her in her future career as a lawyer. She explained, “One of the reasons I chose this program was because there's so many uses for global business and leadership skills. I want to use what I learn at SKK to make me a better lawyer, and currently, I'm hoping that will manifest in a career that combines business and law, such as prosecuting white collar crime or designing business regulatory policy.” SKK GSB is truly preparing Maurer’s students for success in today’s ever-evolving business world. Their experience in law school coupled with the global business experience they’re receiving here will help them become strong candidates for the workforce. Whitley Pannell, PR Committee, Full-Time MBA Class of 2021
Sep 24, 2019—The first SAP (Study Abroad Program) Information Session was successfully held in the Conference Room of SKK GSB Office. Prof. Raunaq Pungaliya, Faculty Chair of the Full-Time MBA Program attended the session. Mr. Joe Davenport, Associate Director of UCI Paul Merage School of Business delivered the UCI SAP program presentation to all the potential applicants interested in studying abroad. Located in the heart of Orange County’s “Tech Coast”, the Merage School is surrounded by a network of cutting-edge businesses in an evolving ecosystem of tech firms, including Amazon, Google, and Western Digital. According to Financial Times, UCI ranks No. 8 in 2019 among Full-Time MBA programs at Public Institutions, with data-driven decision-making at the forefront. Important SAP Program Dates are as follows: • April 15, 2020 – Complete application • April 27, 2020 – Receive enrollment confirmation and Visa application form • September 28, 2020 – Academic Term Commences • December 18, 2020 – Academic Term Concludes After the presentation, Prof. Pungalia encouraged students to take advantage of the SAP program opportunity to become familiar with international standards and understand the motivation behind international business decisions. The students highly appreciated this session and requested more information about the SAP and DDP programs. The SAP and DDP programs at Sungkyunkwan University is in collaboration with diverse top business schools in the US, Europe and Asia offering students a variety of options. Sungkyunkwan University has always advocated humanistic care, respect for the individual differences of people, care for diverse individual needs, and in addition, stimulates student’s creativity and promotes all-round development of people. Yin Lin, PR Committee, Full-Time MBA Class of 2021