The class schedule for the Full-Time MBA class of 2021 was hectic with a full workload for the last 7 weeks and as soon as the MP1 finals wound up, all of the students ended up showing their different talents, like a rainbow in the universe. SKK GSB shares a common goal of nurturing young talent, believing that a positive message, collective efforts to build a harmonious environment and shared value can improve our health, happiness, and future success. The school spreads positive energy and harmony through all the education programs, with participation from executive directors to staff, from faculty to students, from students to students. Upon a quick review of the MP1, although the program is quite demanding and our new life is quite challenging and interesting, especially for the international students, the talented and knowledgeable classmates are here to help each other to sort everything out. The 33 family members of the Full-Time MBA class of 2021 are very diversified with students from 11 nationalities encompassing different backgrounds. Everyone has their own talent; spreading love and understanding. While experiencing the ultimate culinary experience in Seoul, learning analytical thinking about the business environment with a global vision and optimizing time management under pressure, the class of 2021 will finally achieve success in the MP1 program. Melina Bauer was very excited to share her scores as the role model of the class 2021. One step toward success did not make the Class of 2021 complacent, instead, all of the talented students never stopped and modestly took the great opportunity to listen and to keep learning from Robert C Merton, one of the greatest Nobel Prize winners in economics. It is worth mentioning that on Sep 4, 2019, the Class of 2021 voted for their own talented leaders: Tyron Sabatta, as President and Melina Bauer, Vice president of the Class of 2021. Both are excellent leaders and are committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance through diversified activities for students to get-together, even providing course assistance, celebrating classmates’ birthdays, organizing family-oriented parties, cultural excursion and class uniform design. On election day, the speech of Tyron Sabatta, the President of Class of 2021 demonstrated infinite positive energy through his quote from Steve Jobs: “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” His speech encouraged everyone to pursue their own dreams to get self-satisfaction as well as take social responsibilities. He emphasized that innovation and entrepreneurship of today’s youth is key to a more diverse and sustainable economy. Talented class of 2021 keep walking! See more weekly updates. Yin Lin, SKK GSB PR Committee, Class of 2021
Last Monday, SKK GSB celebrated their annual Homecoming Day with a banquet. This year’s celebration highlighted a major milestone in SKK GSB history: the 15th anniversary of its inception. Students, faculty, administrators, and Alumni from all over the world came out to show their love and appreciation for SKK GSB. Dean Jae Ha Lee gave an invigorating speech about the history of SKK GSB and the road to how it became one of the most globalized MBA programs in the world. It is quite remarkable to think about all that the school has been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. It has climbed the rankings to become the top MBA program in Korea. Also, it is ranked 42nd out of over 2,000 MBA programs in the world. Dean Lee assured that these major accomplishments are only the beginning to more success in the future. The night was then followed by several exciting and entertaining presentations. There was an award presentation highlighting the achievements of several alumnus. Also, there was a video presentation that included students, alumnus, faculty members, and leaders from our partner schools. They all congratulated SKK GSB for their 15th anniversary and they also expressed their gratitude and pride for our thriving program. Following the presentations, dinner was served and the lively Nanta ensemble commenced. Nanta is a special Korean Drum production that incorporates dance and music. The stars of the show were actually some of our own MBA students from the Class of 2021. This exciting performance was the perfect way to end the evening. Overall, Homecoming Day was a tremendous success and an amazing way to bring in the 15th anniversary of SKK GSB. It was truly amazing to see everyone come together to celebrate such a momentous occasion. Until the next 15th anniversary, we wish our amazing institution continued growth and success. More photos: https://gsb.skku.edu/gsb/community/Gallery.do?mode=view&articleNo=87862
October 23, the auditorium in the International Hall was fully packed for a special lecture that would be delivered by Robert C. Merton. Every single in the room was filled. Professors, students from both the undergrad and business school, and special guests were all in attendance. This was a highly anticipated and popular event because of the speaker and the topic that would be discussed: financial innovations. Robert Merton is a famous American economist, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a former Harvard School of business professor. He is responsible for making great strides and contributions to both finance and economics. Professor Merton is probably most well-known for winning the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1997 for creating the Black-Scholes model, which is a method to determine the value of derivatives. Professor Merton began the lecture by telling the audience some background information about his personal life, his accomplishments, and how he ended up where he is now. He then began to talk about the evolution of financial technology, which he referred to as FinTech. Fintech has been around for centuries and highlighted some of the major contributions that were the building blocks for the type of technology we see today. He discussed how innovations were spread out in the early years but now they are starting to occur at a more rapid speed. Professor Merton has been in the finance industry for almost five decades so he also explained some of the technology he has seen implemented over the years while working for financial institutions. Professor Merton concluded the lecture by reminding the audience that FinTech will continue to evolve and that we should be on the lookout for innovations in the near future. It was truly an honor to have such an icon like Professor Merton at SKK GSB.
The much-anticipated SKK GSB Homecoming Day will be held at 7 PM on Monday, November 4, 2019 in Chobyungdoo Hall, 5th floor, 600th Anniversary Building. SKK GSB began recruiting volunteers on Oct 2, for Nanta—a special Korean Drum performance to celebrate the 15th anniversary of One GSB Homecoming Day. The Korean Drum performance has a long history. During the Joseon period, many types of drums were used for the royal court music, and nowadays it is commonly used in Korean music with its cheerful and powerful rhythm. It illustrates the spirit of the Korean people of creating happiness during their work. The Nanta Show in Korea, one of the most famous non-verbal performances, combines Korean traditional instruments and modern performances by incorporating western-style percussion with melodies played on traditional Korean musical instruments. The new SKK GSB volunteers of the team of Nanta—Korean Drum performance were chosen on Oct 9, 2019. The 6 volunteers are Kyeong Nam Kong from EMBA, Esther Lee from PMBA, Pranitha Divya Sri Gajula, Janice Gunawan, Yin Lin and Tyron Greg Sabatta from Full-time MBA. Under the professional guidance of Ms.Jisun Lee, the drum and dance instructor, starting with virtually zero experience, the entire team members, pull out all the stops for the Nanta—Korean Drum performance on Homecoming day - and for sure the results will be pretty incredible. Even though the show moves through a series of different songs and emotions, the underlying theme of the show centers on One GSB. Let’s look forward to meeting them on the 15th anniversary of One GSB Homecoming Day. Yin Lin, SKK GSB PR Committee, Class of 2021