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  • SolBridge participates in NIBS Worldwide Case Competition">SolBridge participates in NIBS Worldwide Case Competition

     From5th-10th march, four BBA students had the opportunity to represent SolBridgeand participate in the 27th Network of International Business Schools (NIBS)global case competition hosted by the University of Northern Iowa – College ofBusiness, USA.NIBSis an association of business schools worldwide that supports incorporatingglobal perspective, cultural insight, and international experience intomanagement education. The association currently has more than 70-memberinstitutions in over 30 countries. NIBS case competition has providedunparalleled learning experiences for undergraduate students from across theglobe for over 25 years. During the competition, participants tackle real-worldinternational business challenges in a best-on-team tournament, benefiting fromunique settings that immerse them in the host country's culture.Participatingfor the first time this year, the SolBridge team joined 15 other teams from topuniversities coming from 13 countries. Working as consultants, the teamsquickly developed strategies and solutions (4 hours) to solve real businesscases and present their findings to judges.  Againstall obstacles, SolBridge team managed to emerge first at the preliminary stagein their division, which consisted of four other universities; however, theylost to Germany's Heilbronn University in the quarterfinals. This is the firsttime a new university has advanced to the quarterfinals, and we are proud ofthe team for representing SolBridge and Woosong University well.Apartfrom the competition, teams could explore and experience the best of NorthernIowa. 


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  • SolBridge Alumni Highlight: Battulga Munkh-Od">SolBridge Alumni Highlight: Battulga Munkh-Od

     This month we recognize BattulgaMunkh-Od, SolBridge BBA alumnus class of 2020 from Mongolia. Battulga joinedSolBridge under the 2+2 dual degree program with our partner university, theUniversity of Finance and Economics. After graduating from SolBridge with aBusiness administration degree minoring in Finance he decided to pursue acareer in his home country. His first practical experience started as a foreignrelationship manager in EM AI ES ES LLC, which operates in construction,electricity in Mongolia, and distributing air monitoring technologiesmanufactured by a global company called ENVEA.Driven by his passion for the bankingand finance industry he started working as a specialist in the ProcessImprovement Department of Khan Bank, the largest commercial bank in Mongolia.Due to his role, he has been working on projects that are improving bothinternational and domestic transaction processes, monitoring payments by makingbusiness requirement documents, doing User acceptance testing, and preparingany other document that relates to delivering the product to both customers andinternal users. Additionally, he successfully worked as a project manager toimplement programs such as the Transaction screening service and Paymentcontrols service which are offered by SWIFT organization to monitorinternational transactions.“Being a student atSolBridge helped me to acquire more knowledge related to the business andfinance field. With the diverse experiences that SolBridge is offering, Iearned not only education but made great memories and friends.” - Battulgasaid.     


  • Dean Park’s Remarks to SolBridge Graduating Class Fall 2022">Dean Park’s Remarks to SolBridge Graduating Class Fall 2022

     “I’d like tothank Founder Kim, Chairman Lee, President Oh, high officials, faculty members,distinguished guests, and our students and parents for this opportunity toaddress our graduating class of Fall 2022. Graduating class of Fall, 2022: youhave my heartfelt congratulations and blessings on finishing this stage of yourjourney at SolBridge International School of Business, getting ready to takethe next step forward.Oftentimes,especially when words of wisdom are given to young people like yourselves, youare encouraged to look ahead, not back. To look to the future, to set a goal,to plan, to dream. And all of that might be good advice, to put you in bettershape to adapt to what lies ahead, especially in an era of transformation and upheaval.But at momentslike this, when an important chapter of your life is coming to a close, it’sworthwhile to look back to what this chapter has held. When you look back tothe path you’ve followed for this part of your life’s journey, what does your footprintlook like?I’m not talkabout your digital footprint, the record you’ve left on your social mediaaccount on Instagram, Facebook, etc.—although you can be sure that this will besomething that everyone, including your future employers, will look at. Thefootprint I’m talking about is more than simply what you’ve posted or whatyou’ve done. I’m talking about your “impact.” What do I meanby that?Perhaps in aninterview, you may have been asked who your role model or influential figureis. And you may have said Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, or MotherTheresa. And each of these figures have one thing in common. They were or arefigures of tremendous impact.Of course, whenI ask each of you to think about your own impact, I’m not expecting any of youto have founded the next Tesla or Apple, ended apartheid, or saved millions oflives. However, we all can have an impact in our sphere of influence. So whatimpact have you made during your life at SolBridge?One way tomeasure this may be to look at your MySolBridge account, which, for those ofyou who have put it to good use, should have tracked your activities andaccomplishments at SolBridge. But it goes beyond that. How will people rememberyou? How did you affect the people and the world around you? Because while wecan say “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me,” anyone who truly does not careabout anyone else, by definition, is a sociopath. Human beings, by nature, aresocial animals. Our sense of self-worth is significantly tied to what we viewour own impact to be. In this examination of your footprints, your impact, tryto be both fair and comprehensive.Acknowledge thenice footprints as well as the wobbly ones; your successes and failures.Celebrate the positive impacts you’ve made—in the classroom, club activities,or with your friends and family. Learn from the non-impacts or even negativeimpacts—what could you have done differently, or what can you do differently toleave a more positive impact both retrospectively and moving forward? Becausewhile you can’t change what’s already been done, you certainly can try to make anyfurther footprints you leave become ones that others will admire and may wantto follow.And sinceyou’re all part of the SolBridge family, soon as alumni, you may be interestedin how SolBridge has tried to make an impact—and what you might take away inyour own attempts to make a better impact. We have tried to make a positiveimpact—with our students, with our research, and with our social activities. First,with our students, we have tried to make an impact as educators, mentors, and advisors:equipping you for the business world through classes, activities, and coaching.And while I know you have your share of complaints, I’m sure you have a numberof classes and/or professors whom you learned something very useful from,activities/workshops/competitions which taught you skills, or maybe you tookpart in the job fair or other similar activities. Secondly, our professorsconduct research that addresses areas of real significance in business,national/international policies. And third, we try to make an impact in thelocal and global society, as was seen in our involvement with the UCLG as wellas initiatives with partner institutions around the world.And while notall of our efforts may be successful, we try to continuously improve, to leavea positive impact. This is possible because we define ourselves, our activitiesand strategies, via our Mission: Educating the Next Generation of AsianThought-Leaders.I ask you totry a similar approach with your own impact. First, have a clear idea of whoyou would like yourself to be right now.What do you like, what are you good at? This can determine how you can have animpact in your own sphere of influence. For starters, you have GACCS, asgraduates of SolBridge. You have been inculcated with global perspective, Asianexpertise, creative management foundations, cross-cultural competence, andsocial responsibility. Can you have a positive impact professionally andpersonally, at your work, or with family and friends? Continuing to evaluateand form your path with your mission in mind will help you to leave anever-growing footprint of positive impact throughout the rest of your lives. And pleaseremember that you will not be alone in your attempts to do so. Stay in touchwith your friends and your professors—and they will help make those footprintswith you. Please take advantage of and add to this tremendous global resourceeven after you graduate, by being active alumni.And with thosewords, and bringing our mind’s eyes from our rearview footprints back to thefront and looking into the future, I’m happy to invite you in just a fewmoments, to take the next giant step—your graduation. Once again, congratulations!” 


  • Ignatius Hanny Sugiarto: Masters (MIMT) Valedictorian Class of 2022">Ignatius Hanny Sugiarto: Masters (MIMT) Valedictorian Class of 2022

     Masters (MIMT) Valedictorian congratulatory remarks duringthe Fall 2022 commencement ceremony.“Good morning, everyoneOn this wonderful day, I would liketo welcome the honorable Chairman Kim, President Oh, Dean Joshua Park, and all distinguished SolBridge professors.I don’t even know how to express myexcitement of standing here as a proud graduate of master’s in management and Technology program at SolBridge and let me share why this moment ismonumental for me.Backin Spring 2021,students from India, Brazil, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan,USA and I started our study together in this MIMT program. It didn't take longfor us to find out that we were actually the very first cohort of the MIMTprogram at SolBridge. Although I'm theonly child in the family,I still remember very well how myuncles and aunts talked about the challenge of raising their first child.Usually, the first child is always the experiment of their parents startingfrom what food they should give, what first words they should learn, whatparenting style they would like to use, and it includes all the ups and downsof having the first child. Especially the feeling of not knowing what you aredoing can feel like an experiment or even like a test. It feels exactly thesame being the first cohort of the MIMT program. The courses we had to take,the curriculum, the opportunities we had - everything was new to us as toSolBridge. Many would see being the first cohort of a program as somethingscary and risky, but I'm now glad to say that I'm actually honored in two differentways.First of all, it's a rare opportunityfor a bunch of students like us to be part of the growth of a business schoolas progressive as SolBridge. I remember the days we kept coming back toProfessor Kushal Sharma and Prof. Jung Kwan Kim's offices expressing ourfeedback about our classes, our materials, and other things and they always made time to see us. Theypatiently acknowledged our inputs and working hard to utilise them so ourjuniors in the MIMT program can have a better experience. I hope this wasn't atraumatic experience for Prof. Kushal when we always made appointments to seehim almost every day. But to be honest, my friends and I are very impressedwith Prof. Kushal's patience, andI sincerely believe that SolBridge isvery lucky to have great professors like him and Prof. Jung Kwan Kim. They areso dedicated to their students and they're willing to put up with us in thebest way an educator can do. Please give them a big round of applause.And because we are the first batch of MIMT students who got admitted intoSolBridge in the middle of the pandemic, many SolBridge professors actually sympathize with oursituation and did their best to maketheir professorship meaningful for us. Outside of the academic help, I owe a great debt of gratitude to Ms. Rezia Usman, the Regional Director for Southeast Asia andSouth Asia in Woosong, both her tireless dedication to helping out any andevery student to adjust to university life especially during COVID-19 pandemicand for her friendly demeanor. I would still be floundering if not for her bureaucratic and emotional support. Thank you, Professor Lee Gang Rok, for your dedication to teachingKorean language to a bunch of spoiled brats waegugkins like us. Kamsahamnida,Kyusunim! All Korean teachers should be as funas you. I would also like to thank Professor Roger Royo for giving meunimaginable opportunities in organizingdifferent events and allowed me to take partin multiple competitions that further sparked my interest to be a start-upentrepreneur. I really hope that one day, I can make you proud by becoming asuccessful businessperson. Only in these given opportunities, I was able to exercise my leadership skill, my organizational skill,as well as my skillin dealing with multiplestakeholders both internal and external. There are so many works and efforts byprofessors in the background that go unnoticed and unseen because all of us arebusy surviving the student life so, to all SolBridge professors who have donetheir best, this round of applause is for you! Secondly and most importantly, I'mreally thankful to be part of the first MIMT program because SolBridge gave mea new family that I end up treasuring. There were no seniors or graduates from the MIMT programbefore, so every single one ofus had to rely on each other both inclass and outside of class. The nights we spent helping each other to study,consoling each other in our personal lives, and supporting one another whenthings got difficult, everyone is suddenly everyone's mother, father, brother, and sister.Thank you for always having my back, Dhiya, for always being there to support and criticize me, Sudha foralways mediating the problems and beinginvolved somehow. To Sagnick, who isnot here but isalways a brother and father figure for all of us and to Sayali,Yiyakshu, Almira, Jeffrey, Sidakjot, Arunasish, Gailin, Bhawna, Nadia, Tanya,Juliana, no words can convey how grateful I am to have you guys with me.Unfortunately, my parents couldn’t be here today, but it gives me so much assurancethat my MIMT family in Korea is righthere with me. Fellas, we did it!!! We graduated! I'm so proud of all of us!! Having said all that, I would like toemphasize that even though I'm a Valedictorian, the success I have is solelybecause I'm standingon the shoulders of a lot of peoplewho have been nothing but supportive in my life. My amazing parents, who aretoo scared of Korea's harsh winter so they couldn't come today, but I know forsure they're proud of me. And last but not least, I would like to thank God foralways opening doors during times there was seemingly no way out and for beingthe compass when I don’t know where to go.Needless to say, that life afterSolBridge is unexpectedly scary because I have to figure things out on my ownnow and start finding my ways. There will be no professor Kushal, no ProfessorJung Kwan Kim, no Ms. Rezia, and no MIMT family in the search of jobs and life as I will be alone. But I know I can always come back toSolBridge and connect with everyone I know. SolBridge is home and will alwaysbe my home.Finally, I would like to close my speech with a quote from MichelleObama “It is absolutely stillpossible to make a difference.”Thank you everyoneand let’s make a difference!” IgnatiusHanny Sugiarto: Masters (MIMT) Valedictorian Class of 2022        


  • Nghiem Thi Tuyet Anh: BBA Valedictorian Class of 2022">Nghiem Thi Tuyet Anh: BBA Valedictorian Class of 2022

     BBA Valedictorian congratulatory remarksduring the Fall 2022 commencement ceremony.“Good morning professors,friends, families, and all the loved ones gathering today. Especially,graduating class of Fall 2022, congratulations, we made it.Four years ago, we all decided to leaveour home countries to come to South Korea, a brand new country in search ofgreat knowledge and life experience. And I hope we all have fulfilled thedreams and aspirations that we brought with us to SolBridge as now we areleaving this school with even bigger goals.Never in my life had I imagined myselfbeing immersed in such a culturally diverse environment like SolBridge. Duringmy journey, I made many friends from different backgrounds and met so manyProfessors without whose help I wouldn’t be here today. They have humbled mewith their wisdom and taught me to be a more open-minded person with theability to sympathize and treat people of different cultures with more respect.So I want to take a moment to thank Professor Choi from CDC, my friend Hanne,my Vietnamese fellows Ha, Yen, Mai, and Huyen, and my family who unfortunatelycouldn’t be here today.Weare leaving SolBridge today with the strong will and perseverance to make itbig in the time to come. Getting a university degree is not easy and getting auniversity degree during the global pandemic is definitely a remarkableachievement that we should all be proud of. The future is uncertain but I amsure that we are all geared up for whatever storms life might throw at us.Don’t be afraid to try because it’s better to take a step in the wrongdirection than to stay still. So go out there, stumble and become the bestversion of yourself!Thank you and keep warm!” Nghiem Thi Tuyet Anh: BBA Valedictorian Class of 2022 


  • SolBridge Alumni Highlight: Kimberly Limanto">SolBridge Alumni Highlight: Kimberly Limanto

     This month werecognize Kimberly Limanto, SolBridge alum class of 2018 from Indonesia. Withher friends, Kimberly is a businesswoman and proud owner of a bistro calledNomu in Surabaya, Indonesia. Nomu bistro andcafé is an eatery carrying the concept of West and East fusion food withvarious appetizers, main courses, and desserts that are updated almost everyweek. Conveniently located in the west part of Surabaya, Kimberly oversees therestaurant's day-to-day operation, menu design and selection, and overallcustomer satisfaction. Before openingher own business, Kimberly's fluency in English, Korean, and Chinese got herhired by Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA). KOTRA is astate-funded trade and investment organization operated by South Korea'sgovernment to support business partnerships between Indonesian global companiesand Korean companies. Driven by herdesire to have full control of her time and energy, Kimberly decided to give upher corporate life and own a business and channel her passion. Although this isher first entrepreneurial project, Kimberly has been known to her friends andfamilies for the longest time to be a culinary enthusiast. She is no strangerto having insights about specific places to eat, signature dishes in differentcorners of the cities, as well as the best way to enjoy particular kinds offood. It's not uncommon for Kimberly to travel to a foreign country to try thefood. In addition to living in Korea for four years, Kimberly also lived inSingapore and the UK – making her culinary exposure extremely rich and diverse. So when one ofher friends' online desert business took off during the pandemic, Kimberly wasroped in to use her MBA and love for food to bring the business up byestablishing an eatery offering a wide range of food instead of just brownies.Now, you can find Kimberly at Nomu every day, making sure her foods staydelicious, the customers remain happy, and the menu stays innovative.Kimberly graduatedwith a Master of Business Administration degree from SolBridge in 2018, thoughmany SolBridgers remember her fondly as the Academic Affairs Assistant on the5th floor for two years upon finishing her MBA degree.  "Owning abusiness runs in my family's genes," Kimberly said. "And Nomu bringspeople together. I'm not talking only about the customers, but also thewonderful people I work with come from different backgrounds, yet all of usshare the same passion for food", she added. While giving a tour of herrestaurant, she pointed out that chefs at Nomu have experience working andstudying in Bali, Japan, Korea, and many more. Please checkout Nomu's IG account _justnomu, and don't forget to visit Kimberly andtry Nomu's food when you visit Surabaya! 


  • SolBridge hosts 10th edition of annual International Business Plan Competition">SolBridge hosts 10th edition of annual International Business Plan Competition

     From November 21 – 25th, 2022, 24 teams from SolBridgeand our global partner universities gathered online to participate in theSolBridge International Business Plan Competition (IBPC) 2022. A total of 96undergraduate students from 17 universities around the world worked on areal-world business problem delivered by BIONEER – Korea's leadingbiotechnology company. At the beginning of the competition, Mr. Chang Hoon Kang,BIONEER’s Head of Strategic Planning, gave a brief overview of the company, itscore products, and its global footprint in over 100 countries, beforepresenting the case that participants would need to work on over the followingdays.In line with BIONEER's global pipeline expansion vision,the groups had to develop a business model and go-to-market strategy forBIONEER's next cash cow based on one of three proposed products/services, thesebeing: Global Oligo Synthesis Center; IRON-qPCR™; and COSMERNA. In addition tothe topic release, and to enable participants to tackle the case, SolBridgeProfessor Hyojin Nam delivered a special lecture on Global Marketing. The teamsthen had three days to research new markets and develop a business plan fortheir selected service. After the preliminary round, eight teams moved on to thefinal round. Indonesia's Team Anagata from BINUS University won first place with their visionfor "Realizing India's National Digital Health Mission with BIONEER'sIRON-qPCR™'. Their investigation into such detailed aspects as regulatorycompliance and national diplomacy impressed the judges. SolBridge's team GlobalBridge came in second. The team demonstrated theirresourcefulness in determining the best location for BIONEER's expansion andsuggesting a practical market penetration strategy for the company’sIRON-qPCR™. Their value proposition focused on 'increasing the quality ofpatient treatment by accurately detecting multiple infections at a time, savingworkers' time through full automation and multiplex testing, and receivingresults in 30 minutes.' Winning third place, Team FICT Consulting from TheUniversity of Porto, Portugal, demonstrated a human-centric approach with their'Bio-Near' business plan for BIONEER's IRON-qPCR™. Their plan focused on howBIONEER could bring IRON-qPCR to market profitably and innovatively.Participating teams also took part in an IntroductionVideo Contest that was won by India's Dream Team from Woxsen University. The team won based on theircreativity, professionalism, and the number of likes generated on social media.The SolBridge IBPC continues to present an opportunityfor participants to test their practical skills on real business cases, workunder pressure, and network with students from different countries.We thank our esteemed partner universities below forparticipating in this competition and look forward to next year's edition.●     Bangkok University, Thailand●     BINUS University, Indonesia●     EDEM Business School, Spain●     Foreign Trade University, Vietnam●     HUTECH University, Vietnam●     Kokand University, Uzbekistan●     Miriam College, Philippines●     Presidency University, India●     Rabat Business School, Morocco      ●     Korea University, South Korea●     Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia●     University of Finance & Economics, Mongolia●     University of Porto, Portugal●     VNUK Institute for Research & ExecutiveEducation, Vietnam●     Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic University,Indonesia●    WoxenUniversity, India 


  • SolBridge Holds its annual Job Fair 2022">SolBridge Holds its annual Job Fair 2022

      On November 10,SolBridge hosted 28 Korean and global companies for its annual job fair, thefirst to be held offline since 2019. Companies representing different fields,from Technology, Logistics, and Human Resources to Healthcare, highlighted andintroduced themselves to potential candidates.Over 170students participated in on-the-spot interviews, career counseling and attendedspecial lectures by HR professionals on sourcing global talent and working inKorea as foreigners. Additionally, SolBridge alums that successfully foundemployment in Korea shared their experiences with the current students.  Before the fair,students received career advice and tailored sessions on the cover letter andresume writing organized by SolBridge Career Development Center (CDC).SolBridgestrives to provide various networking opportunities and industry placements forstudents in terms of internships to polish their skills and knowledge as theyprepare to enter the job market. “The biggest difference of this year’s eventis that it is a customized recruitment fair between selected companies that areinterested in recruiting excellent local and foreign talent and job seekers,”said Prof. Han Joon-Ki, Director of SolBridge CDC. Additionally, the fair wasan opportunity for foreign talent to learn more about the work culture andskills that Korean companies look out for in recruitment.  Some participatingcompanies include Adecco Korea, Dongwon Industries, Gucci Korea, andGE Healthcare, BIONEER, and Surplus Global. 


  • SolBridge Culture Day 2022">SolBridge Culture Day 2022

     This month on Wednesday, 12 October 2022, the SolBridgecommunity gathered together after a 2-year break to celebrate our globalcommunity in its annual event, Culture Day. Currently home to students andprofessors from over 70 nationalities, SolBridgers came together to showcasebits of their culture in traditional attires and music and dance performances.SolBridge Culture Day provides a safe space for students to share their customsand traditions as they work in multinational teams and strive to achieve acommon goal.This year’s event was unlike no other; it was organized incollaboration with the Daejeon UCLG (United Cities & Local Governments)world summit hosted in Daejeon. The congress aims to promote partnershipsbetween communities and cities to promote active sustainable development andprovide a platform to voice local concerns globally.  SolBridge is delighted that this Culture Day was afundamental part of the “We Care” World Citizen’s Festival held in celebrationof the UCLG. Over 200 SolBridge students from various nationalities joinedCulture Day as performers and organizers, showcasing their ethnicities andcultural identity through traditional performances. Students took viewersaround the world with performances from 12 countries, including; Bangladesh,Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Russia,South Korea, and Vietnam. The performances drew thousands of onlookers (both localsand foreigners) who enjoyed the traditions and customs on display and gained adeeper insight into cultural differences.In their remarks, the President of Woosong University, Dr.Deog-Seong Oh, and the Dean of SolBridge International School of Business,Prof. Joshua Park, reiterated the importance of celebrating our diversity,equity, and inclusion and the significance of this day at SolBridge.  As SolBridge strives to raise the Next Generation ofleaders, we hope that SolBridge students can cherish these opportunities andlearning experiences gained outside the classroom through events like these andpartnerships with local communities.  


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