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  • Students from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) Visit SolBridge

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=928&code=solbridge0803b">Students from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) Visit SolBridge

     On March 15, a group of students from the National University of Malaysia visited SolBridge. The university is hosting a program called "Knowing Asean+3" in which a group of students and faculty members are required to visit a foreign country to observe and learn about the education and business system to give them an exposure of the international knowledge and thus making them a “first class graduate”.This year, "Knowing Asean+3" had chosen South Korea as its destination. The objective of the program is to learn about the education and management system in Korea. According to a spokesperson from the school, the reason the SolBridge International School of Business was chosen was because, SolBridge already has an MOU with UK Malaysia and the school sees this as an opportunity to strengthen university relationships. Moreover, the coordinator of this program pointed out that SolBridge has an outstanding academic and curricular activities and believes SolBridge is one of the best business schools in Korea; therefore, the students and faculty member who visited SolBridge could have an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience.   During their visit to Solbridge, the students and their professor were given a presentation by Dean Jun about SolBridge and its mission as well as hear a talk from the president of SolBridge’s student council. They also had the opportunity to attend a short presentation from a representative of the South Korean Ministry Of Government Legislation about the upcoming 2nd Asian Forum of Legislative Information Affairs (AFOLIA) which will be held in Korea at the end of June.  

    2012-03-16


  • SolBridge Toastmasters Club gains their Charter status

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=635&code=solbridge0801">SolBridge Toastmasters Club gains their Charter status

    SolBridge International School of Business fosters a vibrant extra curricula environment, where students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through clubs and a wide variety of team-based activities. One particular group that has grown in membership and reputation during the last year is the SolBridge Toastmasters club.Based on the non-profit model for Toastmasters International, SolBridge Toastmasters is now a member of a global community of more than 13,000 clubs with 270,000 members. The focus of Toastmasters is to help members improve their speaking and leadership skills through a disciplined agenda of activities for each meeting.Each meeting is designed to encourage public speaking skills, with designated members fulfilling certain roles such as grammarian (catching grammatical mistakes), time keeper (watch the yellow cards!), counting ‘ums’ (um – we all do this…..) and adhering to parliamentary procedures (running a good meeting). Each meeting is a ‘learn-by-doing’ workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere, with a typical weekly meeting lasting 60 – 90 minutes. There are no instructors in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate each other’s presentations, by giving positive feedback and constructive suggestions. There is also an impromptu element where participants talk on an assigned topic, and attempt to weave in the theme word for the meeting.During February 2012, SolBridge Toastmasters achieved ‘Charter’ status, which guarantees their legitimacy in the Toastmasters network. Gaining this status is a significant achievement for this young club, and something they have worked hard to accomplish. The benefits of being chartered include working within the Toastmasters network to participate in national and global events such as speech competitions, and enjoying reciprocal rights when visiting another country: you can join a local chapter of Toastmasters and participate in their local meeting.Congradulations to the SolBridge Toastmasters club on achieving their charter status this year. You can find them on Facebook. Here is a promotional word from Angie, President of SolBridge Toastmasters: Click Here

    2012-02-22


  • SolBridge Toastmasters Club gains their Charter status

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=929&code=solbridge0803b">SolBridge Toastmasters Club gains their Charter status

     SolBridge International School of Business fosters a vibrant extra curricula environment, where students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through clubs and a wide variety of team-based activities. One particular group that has grown in membership and reputation during the last year is the SolBridge Toastmasters club.Based on the non-profit model for Toastmasters International, SolBridge Toastmasters is now a member of a global community of more than 13,000 clubs with 270,000 members. The focus of Toastmasters is to help members improve their speaking and leadership skills through a disciplined agenda of activities for each meeting. Each meeting is designed to encourage public speaking skills, with designated members fulfilling certain roles such as grammarian (catching grammatical mistakes), time keeper (watch the yellow cards!), counting ‘ums’ (um – we all do this…..) and adhering to parliamentary procedures (running a good meeting). Each meeting is a ‘learn-by-doing’ workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere, with a typical weekly meeting lasting 60 – 90 minutes. There are no instructors in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate each other’s presentations, by giving positive feedback and constructive suggestions. There is also an impromptu element where participants talk on an assigned topic, and attempt to weave in the theme word for the meeting.During February 2012, SolBridge Toastmasters achieved ‘Charter’ status, which guarantees their legitimacy in the Toastmasters network. Gaining this status is a significant achievement for this young club, and something they have worked hard to accomplish. The benefits of being chartered include working within the Toastmasters network to participate in national and global events such as speech competitions, and enjoying reciprocal rights when visiting another country: you can join a local chapter of Toastmasters and participate in their local meeting.Congradulations to the SolBridge Toastmasters club on achieving their charter status this year. You can find them on Facebook. Here is a promotional word from Angie, President of SolBridge Toastmasters: Click Here  

    2012-02-22


  • Orientation Week at SolBridge International School of Business

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=634&code=solbridge0801">Orientation Week at SolBridge International School of Business

    With the arrival of a new semester and before the classes have commenced, SolBridge International School of Business is alive with activities. New students along with many seniors, full-time students and exchange students; all will be participating in the Team-building Orientation/Immersion week of activities, scheduled to commence during the last week of February 2012.University can be a challenging experience, and being an international student abroad for the first time can add to this challenge. The SolBridge family has designed the Team-building Orientation/Immersion program to help each student settle in quickly and effectively. Many of the activities are designed to help the student be organized with day-to-day administration such as setting up a bank account, learning about medical insurance, knowing how to use public transport, living in the dormitories and an introduction to Korean history, culture, etiquette and expressions.Other activities allow the students to explore the local area for activities and social life, as well as building teams through group exercises where multiple languages can be heard, amongst laughter and hilarity. There is also a lot of fun - check out Team Spirit Building and the Survival game in the link below. Led by the popular faculty member, Dr. Dawn Davies, many of these activities can include rap, dance, and crazy unexpected fun stuff – even a piano solo! Click HereAll of the participants of this unforgettable week remember these first days of their life in Daejeon and SolBridge with good feelings. Here is a video from some of the Indonesia students and their comments about their experience during Orientation week: Click HereExperienced students are designated as team leaders, and take a leadership role in welcoming the new students. Their testimonials are below:Chloe Lee: "Looking back on the times, it was a very tiring week filled with so many activities. Maybe I’m thinking this way because there was a pressure inside of me to be there with them every single moment. As a matter of fact, I found it to be much more burdensome than it used to be. Thanks to this Peer Group Program, however, I believe I have become more mature and gained a sense of leadership from my heart. Although I have already mentioned that it was a whole very demanding week, I have to admit that the program has been really improved and advanced. The programs were very organized and helpful that I could find most of the newcomers satisfied with their orientation and returning students enjoying the team building course. The most interesting part of the orientation was listening to many different professors for course introduction and career development. My studious group members suddenly became very active, asking so many questions. Their eyes shined with a joy of learning. I was very surprised, as well as impressed by their passion towards their study and future. I wish SolBridge could open more opportunities like this to returning students as well."Aleksandra Vukolova: "As for me that brought understanding of how it feels to lead people who actually know nothing about the place you know everything about. I believe the biggest part of this first impression about Solbridge will stay with them forever. That's why I felt huge responsibility on me to make this impression solidly good. Also, that was interesting to compare your-self being on the both sides: as recent freshman and as a new freshman's leader."Orientation week is a great experience for overcoming first time nerves, and finding new friends from diverse backgrounds, countries and nationalities. The universal message from everyone at SolBridge, to everyone coming to SolBridge or arriving for the first time is "Welcome and We Love SolBridge". Click Here

    2012-02-22


  • Orientation Week at SolBridge International School of Business

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=1014&code=solbridge0803a">Orientation Week at SolBridge International School of Business

     With the arrival of a new semester and before the classes have commenced, SolBridge International School of Business is alive with activities. New students along with many seniors, full-time students and exchange students; all will be participating in the Team-building Orientation/Immersion week of activities, scheduled to commence during the last week of February 2012.University can be a challenging experience, and being an international student abroad for the first time can add to this challenge. The SolBridge family has designed the Team-building Orientation/Immersion program to help each student settle in quickly and effectively. Many of the activities are designed to help the student be organized with day-to-day administration such as setting up a bank account, learning about medical insurance, knowing how to use public transport, living in the dormitories and an introduction to Korean history, culture, etiquette and expressions.Other activities allow the students to explore the local area for activities and social life, as well as building teams through group exercises where multiple languages can be heard, amongst laughter and hilarity. There is also a lot of fun - check out Team Spirit Building and the Survival game in the link below. Led by the popular faculty member, Dr. Dawn Davies, many of these activities can include rap, dance, and crazy unexpected fun stuff – even a piano solo! Click HereAll of the participants of this unforgettable week remember these first days of their life in Daejeon and SolBridge with good feelings. Here is a video from some of the Indonesia students and their comments about their experience during Orientation week: Click HereExperienced students are designated as team leaders, and take a leadership role in welcoming the new students. Their testimonials are below:Chloe Lee: "Looking back on the times, it was a very tiring week filled with so many activities. Maybe I’m thinking this way because there was a pressure inside of me to be there with them every single moment. As a matter of fact, I found it to be much more burdensome than it used to be. Thanks to this Peer Group Program, however, I believe I have become more mature and gained a sense of leadership from my heart. Although I have already mentioned that it was a whole very demanding week, I have to admit that the program has been really improved and advanced. The programs were very organized and helpful that I could find most of the newcomers satisfied with their orientation and returning students enjoying the team building course. The most interesting part of the orientation was listening to many different professors for course introduction and career development. My studious group members suddenly became very active, asking so many questions. Their eyes shined with a joy of learning. I was very surprised, as well as impressed by their passion towards their study and future. I wish SolBridge could open more opportunities like this to returning students as well."Aleksandra Vukolova: "As for me that brought understanding of how it feels to lead people who actually know nothing about the place you know everything about. I believe the biggest part of this first impression about Solbridge will stay with them forever. That's why I felt huge responsibility on me to make this impression solidly good. Also, that was interesting to compare your-self being on the both sides: as recent freshman and as a new freshman's leader."Orientation week is a great experience for overcoming first time nerves, and finding new friends from diverse backgrounds, countries and nationalities. The universal message from everyone at SolBridge, to everyone coming to SolBridge or arriving for the first time is "Welcome and We Love SolBridge". Click  

    2012-02-22


  • SolBridge Entrepreneurs Making Big Differences With Small Actions Working With Kiva.org

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=633&code=solbridge0801">SolBridge Entrepreneurs Making Big Differences With Small Actions Working With Kiva.org

    Small change can make big differences and through the simple gesture of donating the small change in their pockets, SolBridge students have engaged in active social entrepreneurship: supporting needy entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world.The “Support Needy Entrepreneurs” project began through a Skype conference call between students at SolBridge, two sister classes studying the same topic of social entrepreneurship at Binus University in Jakarta, Indonesia and a representative of Kiva.org, Mr. JD Bergeron from San Francisco, California, USA. With an audience exceeding more than a 100 students representing 20 nationalities, Mr. Bergeron presented the story of how KIVA was founded by two college students, and how the concepts of microfinance and microcredit that are the foundations of the business mode, are now active in more than 60 countries.During the Fall capstone week when a variety of entrepreneurial events are held around the SolBridge campus, a small team of students initiated a fund drive to collect contributions that were destined as loans through the KIVA network. A Facebook page has been set up as a contact point, (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Support-for-Needy-Entrepreneurs/259905167392136) and members of the team gave in-class presentations and conducted online media marketing to bring awareness and generate support for their project.With an early financial goal being exceeded quickly, the team identified recipients based on their stories and assessments of need, then divided the final contribution amount as 4 loans of $100 each. The recipients of these loans come from economically challenged regions the Philippines, Mongolia, Georgia and Pakistan. Inspiration for selecting these particular entrepreneurs came from within the SolBridge class and classmates who also come from the same countries and regions.You might think that this it the end of the story right?.........It is really only the beginning…………Through frequent updates to the Facebook page, all entrepreneurs from SolBridge can follow the developing stories of these new friends and entrepreneurs. Anyone can create similar relationships through a very simple process outlined on the KIVA website: you make a loan to an entrepreneur, the loan is repaid and the money becomes available again to be allocated as another loan or part of a loan when bundled with other supporters of KIVA for the same entrepreneur. In many cases, these financing relationships and repayment schedules can extend over a year. What this relationship with KIVA has done is create a new awareness of how learning can continue outside of the classroom, in a very personal context.As one team member from SolBridge explained: “What I have learned from this experience is we can spend less time dreaming, more time doing!  In Korea, even though people are just learning about making donations and creating a social impact, there is evidence that more people are becoming more involved in these social based situations. There are social funding programs that people donate small amounts of money to that can make a specific project successful. The KIVA activity is one of the projects which we make action real and these small steps will create big changes. And I am thrilled to see the social entrepreneurship movement now, especially at SolBridge.”For more information about KIVA, check out their website at www.kiva.orgClick here to watch the video about KIVAIf you are inspired and want to get involved with the SolBridge team, then they would enjoy receiving a message from you on their Facebook page. As many classmates have expressed privately about this type of project, they are motivated to act on their beliefs and that that there is true feeling and genuine understanding when a real person is involved at the end of contributing this money: giving small change really can make a big difference to others around you.It is the poster for the KIVA program below It is the record of SolBridge's loans below

    2012-01-20


  • SolBridge Entrepreneurs Making Big Differences With Small Actions Working With Kiva.org

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=930&code=solbridge0803b">SolBridge Entrepreneurs Making Big Differences With Small Actions Working With Kiva.org

     Small change can make big differences and through the simple gesture of donating the small change in their pockets, SolBridge students have engaged in active social entrepreneurship: supporting needy entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world.The “Support Needy Entrepreneurs” project began through a Skype conference call between students at SolBridge, two sister classes studying the same topic of social entrepreneurship at Binus University in Jakarta, Indonesia and a representative of Kiva.org, Mr. JD Bergeron from San Francisco, California, USA. With an audience exceeding more than a 100 students representing 20 nationalities, Mr. Bergeron presented the story of how KIVA was founded by two college students, and how the concepts of microfinance and microcredit that are the foundations of the business mode, are now active in more than 60 countries.During the Fall capstone week when a variety of entrepreneurial events are held around the SolBridge campus, a small team of students initiated a fund drive to collect contributions that were destined as loans through the KIVA network. A Facebook page has been set up as a contact point, (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Support-for-Needy-Entrepreneurs/259905167392136) and members of the team gave in-class presentations and conducted online media marketing to bring awareness and generate support for their project. With an early financial goal being exceeded quickly, the team identified recipients based on their stories and assessments of need, then divided the final contribution amount as 4 loans of $100 each. The recipients of these loans come from economically challenged regions the Philippines, Mongolia, Georgia and Pakistan. Inspiration for selecting these particular entrepreneurs came from within the SolBridge class and classmates who also come from the same countries and regions.You might think that this it the end of the story right?.........It is really only the beginning…………Through frequent updates to the Facebook page, all entrepreneurs from SolBridge can follow the developing stories of these new friends and entrepreneurs. Anyone can create similar relationships through a very simple process outlined on the KIVA website: you make a loan to an entrepreneur, the loan is repaid and the money becomes available again to be allocated as another loan or part of a loan when bundled with other supporters of KIVA for the same entrepreneur. In many cases, these financing relationships and repayment schedules can extend over a year. What this relationship with KIVA has done is create a new awareness of how learning can continue outside of the classroom, in a very personal context.As one team member from SolBridge explained: “What I have learned from this experience is we can spend less time dreaming, more time doing!  In Korea, even though people are just learning about making donations and creating a social impact, there is evidence that more people are becoming more involved in these social based situations. There are social funding programs that people donate small amounts of money to that can make a specific project successful. The KIVA activity is one of the projects which we make action real and these small steps will create big changes. And I am thrilled to see the social entrepreneurship movement now, especially at SolBridge.”For more information about KIVA, check out their website at www.kiva.orgClick here to watch the video about KIVAIf you are inspired and want to get involved with the SolBridge team, then they would enjoy receiving a message from you on their Facebook page. As many classmates have expressed privately about this type of project, they are motivated to act on their beliefs and that that there is true feeling and genuine understanding when a real person is involved at the end of contributing this money: giving small change really can make a big difference to others around you.It is the poster for the KIVA program below  It is the record of SolBridge's loans below   

    2012-01-20


  • Sol-Buddy Entrepreneurs Are Launching Their Pop-Up Businesses

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=632&code=solbridge0801">Sol-Buddy Entrepreneurs Are Launching Their Pop-Up Businesses

    Students at SolBridge International School of Business have been developing their business skills through an informal incubator program known as “ Zincubator”. This program offers real-time experiential learning through structured mentoring and business guidance as students develop their business models and navigate many early stages of becoming a Student CEO of a small business.The concept behind the Pop-Up Business is simple: The students (known as a Zubbies) identify a business opportunity, qualify for a small amount of Seed Money to cover initial start up costs, then operate and develop their business until it surpasses the break-even point and becomes profitable.What makes this program so unusual is the combination of business owners from different countries separated by multiple time zones. With English as the language of business, these partnerships can be combinations of nationalities from countries such as Korea, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Russia and many other locations. Throughout the Pop-Up Business experience, the focus is on developing these inter-cultural relationships alongside the development of equally unusual business models.Scheduled conference calls held on Skype support the teams and other members of the program as they share information and learn from each others experiences. Facebook (find us at SolBridge Zincubator) and iPhones create virtual office spaces for these businesses. Failure and success often go hand-in-hand as the students learn the value of the phrase “anyone can make money – only a few can make a business”. Being part of this community and becoming expert at these technologies gives the participants current skill sets and creates bonds that continue long after graduation.The technology skills of the Zubbies have become ‘best practices’ for these borderless projects. Their adaptations will be presented at the upcoming conference (Roundtable) on Entrepreneurship Education (REE), sponsored by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. Attendees are educators known for reinventing the way entrepreneurship is being taught in higher education and creating leading edge programs. The real story is in how Zubbies students are defining what the leading edge is for experiential learning in entrepreneurship.These intercultural partnerships will be sharing the memories of making a business “pop-up” through hands-on experience, creating stories to tell for many years to come.As the Indonesian team members from BBQ-Q said:"Doing the Pop-Up business made me realize that business/entrepreneurship is way more than what text book said" - Arzy"Fantastic – real business experience! The sweet-suffers and glorious-successes all worth it. Don't only learn from ur holy-book to run the business, but get the real experience through Zubbies!" - IndiClick here to watch the promotion video.

    2012-01-12


  • Sol-Buddy Entrepreneurs Are Launching Their Pop-Up Businesses

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=1015&code=solbridge0803a">Sol-Buddy Entrepreneurs Are Launching Their Pop-Up Businesses

     Students at SolBridge International School of Business have been developing their business skills through an informal incubator program known as “ Zincubator”. This program offers real-time experiential learning through structured mentoring and business guidance as students develop their business models and navigate many early stages of becoming a Student CEO of a small business.The concept behind the Pop-Up Business is simple: The students (known as a Zubbies) identify a business opportunity, qualify for a small amount of Seed Money to cover initial start up costs, then operate and develop their business until it surpasses the break-even point and becomes profitable. What makes this program so unusual is the combination of business owners from different countries separated by multiple time zones. With English as the language of business, these partnerships can be combinations of nationalities from countries such as Korea, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Russia and many other locations. Throughout the Pop-Up Business experience, the focus is on developing these inter-cultural relationships alongside the development of equally unusual business models.Scheduled conference calls held on Skype support the teams and other members of the program as they share information and learn from each others experiences. Facebook (find us at SolBridge Zincubator) and iPhones create virtual office spaces for these businesses. Failure and success often go hand-in-hand as the students learn the value of the phrase “anyone can make money – only a few can make a business”. Being part of this community and becoming expert at these technologies gives the participants current skill sets and creates bonds that continue long after graduation. The technology skills of the Zubbies have become ‘best practices’ for these borderless projects. Their adaptations will be presented at the upcoming conference (Roundtable) on Entrepreneurship Education (REE), sponsored by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. Attendees are educators known for reinventing the way entrepreneurship is being taught in higher education and creating leading edge programs. The real story is in how Zubbies students are defining what the leading edge is for experiential learning in entrepreneurship.These intercultural partnerships will be sharing the memories of making a business “pop-up” through hands-on experience, creating stories to tell for many years to come. As the Indonesian team members from BBQ-Q said:"Doing the Pop-Up business made me realize that business/entrepreneurship is way more than what text book said" - Arzy"Fantastic – real business experience! The sweet-suffers and glorious-successes all worth it. Don't only learn from ur holy-book to run the business, but get the real experience through Zubbies!" - IndiClick here to watch the promotion video.   

    2012-01-12


  • SolMUN: A Global Simulation for Global Students

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=631&code=solbridge0801">SolMUN: A Global Simulation for Global Students

    It is implicit in the Sol-Buddies School Family program that its participants hale from countries all over the world. Being in contact with students from so many countries, Solbuddies have already begun to develop a global consciousness. The goal of SolMUN (Sol-Buddies Model United Nations) is to develop that global consciousness to the ‘next level’ through a simulation of the international multilateral diplomacy of the United Nations.Students in SolMUN adopt the role of Delegates to the United Nations, and represent the chosen countries just as a Diplomat from the United Nations (UN) would. Delegates research their country (never their country of origin) and learn how it behaves so that they can play the role with integrity and authenticity. Cooperation is the primary goal of the delegate meetings and sessions, but not always the norm, nor the most fun way of doing things. Belligerence, arrogance, irrationality, and even open hostility are openly encouraged during debate sessions, as long as these emotions and behaviors are within character for the country that the Delegate represents. Without discord, there is no challenge, and not so much fun either… and fun is a crucial element of SolMUN.The 2011 SolMUN team ran a simulation of the most powerful branch of the UN, the UN Security Council. The UN Security Council is frequently in mainstream media, fulfilling peace keeping and security roles in countries experiencing government revolts or post-conflict reconstruction efforts. You can read more about current activities of the UN Security Council here: http://www.un.org/Docs/sc/unsc_news.shtmlFor a month and a half, the delegates of SolMUN researched and prepared their arguments, eventually composing their resolutions, which are standard UN documents. These resolutions outline recommended solutions to be taken for a particular problem which then becomes the centerpiece of debate. On December 17th, 2011, the SolMUN delegates participated in the very first Woosong University Model United Nations conference, running a four hour Security Council session to debate and vote on solutions to problems as diverse as nuclear power, transparent democratic elections, and Iranian nuclear weapons.As a capstone event for the SolBuddy program, the SolMUN delegates will be giving a presentation of their experience at the SolBuddies retreat on January 14th, 2012. The SolMUN delegates have demonstrated new levels of knowledge about the status, politics, economy and culture of their chosen nations of interest, and in the process, have learned new elements of debate and diplomacy, while exploring the working system of the United Nations. For more information on SolMUN program, find them on Facebook here: SolMUN 2011See here for a video testimonial from one of the SolMUN participants from Kazakhstan

    2012-01-11


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