Prof. Chengwei Wang comes from Shanghai, China, holding a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Tsinghua University and a doctoral degree in Finance from INSEAD. She joined SKK Graduate School of Business in August 2016. She received the SKK GSB Full-Time MBA Program Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 and also in 2018. She shared her teaching experience at SKK GSB as following: • Professors can be serious and, at the same time, fun. Teaching topics clearly with their storytelling or some short case exercises can make academic courses really interesting and sometimes unexpectedly so. It will make the students more like friends rather than just treating them as students. • Trying to reduce our teaching information by using keywords and simple words can be more productive. Focus on one topic each time. In general, MBA students have diverse background and different understandings of various classes. Teaching here is not about showing what we know, but making sure everyone clearly understands what we are trying to deliver to them, which may be beneficial to them in future applications. • Treat every student equally and always expect the best from each student. At the same time, do not expect too much from everyone. We should realize that no one is perfect in the world. Never leave any student feeling like their efforts have been wasted. • Make the homework assignments and exams closely related to the in-class topics to check that everyone is on the same page. Also, try to review the knowledge and some tasks in class so that the students have more work-life balance in their spare time. • Give some group research assignments related to the class for the students to learn creative ideas and make them learn from each other. Good students often cause a good professor. Pranitha Divya Sri Gajula, a student from India of the class of 2021, said, "I love the way Professor Wang taught us, I learned the new knowledge of Managerial Economics with a lot of fun. There are so many interactive activities and world-wide cases in class, which increased my motivation and knowledge retention. Michael G. Osborn, a student from the U.S., FMBA class of 2021, said, "One of the difficult parts of an MBA program, in general, is that the students come from a variety of disciplines and might lack a business foundation. Prof. Wang's class was incredibly effective because she did an exceptional job of using examples from a wide variety of areas to explain complex economic concepts, thus bridging the divide and including students who struggled conceptually."
Nov 7, 2019—The Full-Time MBA Class of 2021 started their first day of Effective Business Writing taught by Mr. Colin Gennoe. This class is the preparatory course for Applied Business Project. The mission of SKK GSB is to advance business knowledge in a multicultural learning environment to develop socially responsible managers who will lead a global organization. As a future global leader, it is essential to demonstrate your logical and critical ideas and integrate them into multivariate business situations. Excellent and persuasive writing skills can affect how people are perceived. Thus, practical business writing skills to improve communication in the workplace is essential for every student, even for native English speakers. Mr. Colin Gennoe encouraged students to think critically and employ strategies to overcome some common fears of writing. He emphasized the need to understand the use of formal and informal language to achieve practical professional communication skills and get ready for the Applied Business Project. Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery, and technology is the pen and paper of our time. It isn't where you come from, it's where you're going that counts. The more you write, the better you are. Yin Lin, SKK GSB PR Committee, FMBA Class of 2021
Choi Eun-pil(Professional MBA, Class of 2019, right in the picture) attended an MBA conference that was hosted by the Korea Economic Daily on Sep 26. "I got rid of the thirst for professional knowledge through the MBA...I have a lot of connections after graduation." Q) What made you to opt for an MBA? A) Choi Eun-pil, Head of Kakao's Foreign Policy Department: I received a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. However, the charge thrust upon me at work was predominantly related to business planning. For the last 11 years at work, I always yearned for an opportunity to learn more about management and strategy. Self-studying is, you know, not sufficient enough. This is why I chose the Professional MBA course at Sungkyunkwan University, where I can continue to work during the day and take classes at night. Q) Do you think pursuing an MBA degree in Korea has put you at any disadvantage? A) Choi Eun-pil: I did look into MBA courses overseas when I first thought about doing an MBA. However, it was not an easy decision to make, since it meant that I would have had to leave the company and go abroad to study for two years. Other issues, such as a career break and tuition, also played a significant role in my decision. I chose to do an MBA in Korea because it allowed me to study and work without having to worry about giving up either one. Until the early 2000s, I believe there was an unfounded admiration for overseas MBAs to a certain extent. However, the situation has now changed – Korean MBA programs have become a lot more competitive. I think that there is no reason to insist on pursuing an MBA degree overseas. The full article(Korean): https://www.hankyung.com/society/article/2019093023001
Recently, Sungkyunkwan University PR team interviewed with Professor Ercos Valdivieso. The following is the full interview. Hello! My name is Ercos Valdivieso. My hometown is Santiago, the capital and largest city of Chile. I received a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Chile and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of British Columbia. 'Excellent' Life in Korea Professor Valdivieso came to Korea in 2017 as an assistant professor at SKK GSB, Sungkyunkwan University. "Briefly speaking, my decision to come to Korea was determined by my professional and personal interests. And now I see that I was not wrong. From the very beginning, having the experience to be an assistant professor at SKK GSB, Sungkyunkwan University, has allowed me to grow in several aspects of my life. For instance, it has been a perfect opportunity to become a member of the best business school in Asia and at the same time, learn more about this great nation! After two years living in Korea, I can say with much confidence that I made the right choice. Korea is a very special country. From its traditional culture to its modern developments across cities, I feel Korea can provide the perfect combination to anyone who is looking for a great place to live, work and grow professionally." Professor Valdivieso emphasized that Korea is full of surprises. "Whenever I think that I have become familiar with Korea, I encounter something new – especially when I get a chance to travel. I believe this is the most fascinating aspect of Korea. In particular, I cannot help marveling at its traditions, historical venues, unique tourism and hospitality. To be honest, I am certain that Korea will keep surprising me no matter how much time I spend here." Growth at SKKU "As an instructor, I always try to make sure my students focus on the forest instead of the trees. I believe that once the big picture becomes intuitive, the understanding of the details becomes not only straightforward but also more permanent. I feel very satisfied when I observe my students conveying their ideas in a coherent and intuitive way." Professor Valdivieso, who has an educational philosophy of "Focus on Forest”, said to us that he is honored that he had an opportunity to further advance as a scholar by working as an assistant professor of SKK GSB at Sungkyunkwan University. He lavished much praise on SKK GSB, emphasizing that it is indeed Asia's top Business school. We also inquired about his most memorable moment at SKKU. "The graduation ceremony at SKK GSB, Sungkyunkwan University, is certainly an unforgettable moment in my life. As a professor, I have the chance to see the academic growth of my students over their two years at the program. Then, seeing them at their graduation makes me overwhelmed by pride for their accomplishments. No doubt, graduation ceremonies at SKK GSB are genuinely heart-warming experiences." Then, Professor Valdivieso explained in detail his view about the Finance courses at SKK GSB. "As an assistant professor of Finance, I see the financial knowledge and the state-of-the-art financial methodology taught to our students at SKK GSB as key factors which will facilitate their future career development. Indeed, our courses will help our students to make accurate data-orientated decisions and increase their leadership in real-world situations." He also cited "Mergers and Acquisitions" as his most memorable module. "Last winter, I taught a subject called ‘Mergers and Acquisitions’ at SKK GSB. The course was very well-received by students. I believe that this module neatly captured the harmonious combination of conceptual knowledge and practical methods. According to the assessments of the students, the module helped them immensely in their job interviews. I personally think that it was a meaningful experience for me as well." PIPELINE for the Future "I currently have an important research pipeline that I aspire to execute over the following two to three years. This will be done in collaboration with numerous co-authors around the world. Undoubtedly, the future looks quite exciting on the research side. Currently, I find myself fascinated with the fast-growing and exciting intersection between finance and technology as well as social networks. Consequently, I believe a legit plan for the future would be to become a leading expert on these fields of study”. “Teaching-wise, I expect to continue improving as an effective educator. To me, teaching is like working-out. When I see results, I want to continue improving them”. “Any plans outside my profession? Of course, I hope I manage to spare more time travelling around Korea and Asia!" To Students of SKKU... "Always try to take a proactive role in your learning. At SKKU, you will have the opportunity to interact with experts in diverse fields who are willing to help you to explore your passions and skills. Embrace this opportunity and use every single course in your program to tailor your future career path."