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  • Yekaterina Li: MBA Valedictorian Class of 2019">Yekaterina Li: MBA Valedictorian Class of 2019

    Good morning, Chairman Kim, President Endicott, respected faculty members, staff members, parents, my dear friends and the graduating class of Spring 2019! I am truly honored to stand before all of you today and represent our MBA class.To begin, I would like to congratulate all graduating students on achieving this milestone.  It has been a long journey with lots of opportunities and challenges during these two years. Even the fact that most of us came to South Korea, a country far from our home, was not an easy task. However, with so much cultural diversity, SolBridge became the second home for each of us, a home where we could learn and share our experiences and knowledge at the same time. Through different competitions and projects that the school offered us on several occasions, we were able to hone our interpersonal, team building and time management skills, while revealing our capabilities and potential that many of us had never expected from ourselves before.    The invaluable lesson that we had from SolBridge was not just written in the lecture slides and notes; it was more about cultural exchange and relationships. I’m sure that no one sitting here could ever imagine that a person from a different country and culture may become so close to you. SolBridge gave us such an excellent opportunity to meet our mentors and friends, who supported, encouraged and motivated us, and have always been there during our happy as well as difficult times.   We have learned, laughed, faced challenges, studied hard for exams till night and partied with friends, but today is the time when we need to go further and thank SolBridge for all the moments. Some of you may think that this is the close of our chapter on education, it’s a delusion because the longer you live, the more you learn, and the more you learn, the better you become.   I want to thank all the professors, staff, leadership team and Student Council on behalf of all graduating students for your inordinate efforts to help students. I want to express my gratitude to my family, friends and all those who supported me and contributed to my life and education over these two years and for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself!   It is time to take the knowledge we have gained and apply it to the pursuit of our future endeavors. I wish you all the happiness and fortune there. Never stop learning and work hard to make yourself better than you were yesterday!     


  • Hanna Lee; BBA Valedictorian Class of 2019">Hanna Lee; BBA Valedictorian Class of 2019

     Good morning, thank you, everyone, for attending today. First, I would like to congratulate the graduating class of Spring 2019. Today is a wonderful day that we can congratulate not only ourselves but also our parents, faculty, and staff who helped us get these achievements.Ladies and Gentlemen, we repeat the process of setting and achieving small and large goals in life. For example, smaller goals can be like exercising in the morning, and larger ones can be getting into a college, getting a job, and so on. The harder the goal is to achieve, the more committed we are. Once we realize the larger goals, we are excited and happy. However, after a few days, we can feel a sense of emptiness. Because, sadly, nobody indeed remembers our accomplishments. Our accomplishments are celebrated for a moment but soon forgotten. At the end of the day, we - the ones who achieved the goals - are the only ones who know our accomplishments.I am proud of being a student at SolBridge, learning with you all. We were exposed to diverse experiences from debating and learning how to play instruments, to participating in contests. Through these experiences, we created memories, learned our lessons, and most importantly found our own passion. Others cannot define our experiences at SolBridge because we know our value the most. We share the same status: we are all alumni, but we all have different stories, different experiences, and different passions. Once we are in society, during an interview, for example, people will try to evaluate our experience at SolBridge. People can evaluate us on whether we are active or passive with our experiences. If we face these moments, let’s just be ourselves. We can be just us, regardless of how society sees us; we have our memories and stories. We deserve to be ourselves. We deserve it.  In closing, I would like to say that I am honored and surprised at the same time to be given the recognition of valedictorian. I attribute this award to my parents who always encourage and support me. Thank you for listening to me, and I cannot wait to see what inspiring things we will do in the future. Congratulations. 


  • Budapest Business School visits SolBridge">Budapest Business School visits SolBridge

     On June 4-5, SolBridge International School of Business had the great pleasure to welcome a delegation from Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences, Hungary. As part of the two-day visit, the five-people delegation led by Rector Balazs Heidrich and Chancellor Ferenc Dietz held meetings with the Woosong University leadership, including President John E. Endicott. SolBridge and Budapest Business School have successfully been collaborating since 2016 on the student mobility side and we are hopeful that this visit will further enhance our bilateral cooperation.Founded in 1957, Budapest Business School is one of Hungary's oldest universities and the largest university of applied sciences with 16,000 students. With the foundation of the Oriental Business Innovation Centre in 2016 in cooperation with the Hungarian Central Bank, Budapest Business School has established itself as a major academic and research player in Central European - Asian relationships. During their visit to Daejeon, the Hungarian delegation had the opportunity to take part in a Taekwondo show and get introduced to an important part of Korean sports culture. 


  • Dr Howard Thomas Donates Books to SolBridge Library">Dr Howard Thomas Donates Books to SolBridge Library

      Dr Howard Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer Woosong University, donated copies of one of  his latest books entitled “Inclusive Growth: The Global Challenges of Social Inequality and Financial Inclusion.” The book demonstrates the logic of inclusive growth, highlighting its principles and the enabling models that define it. It emerged out of the research partnership between the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Singapore Management University (SMU).Professor Howard Thomas is a highly cited scholar, with fellowship awards from the U.S. Academy of Management, the British Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Institute of Directors. He was also awarded the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Academy of Management in 2013, and the Strategic Leadership Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2014. He also has had Deanships / Senior Administrative positions at SMU, London Business School, AGSM, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Warwick Business School.The book donation was part of his one-week visit to Woosong University and SolBridge, where he had various engagements with SolBridge top management, faculty, staff, and students. Copies of his book can be found in SolBridge Library.   


  • 2019 SolBridge Corporate Advisory Council Meeting">2019 SolBridge Corporate Advisory Council Meeting

     On 31st May 2019, SolBridge held this year’s corporate advisory meeting in Seoul with some of the members of SolBridge Corporate Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC consists of a group of senior executives in various industries based in China, India, Korea, and the USA with in-depth experience in operations throughout Asia. Their collective experience covers a broad range of well-established large corporations as well as small entrepreneurial organizations in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. In attendance were senior representatives from M.K International Inc, Global Foods and Beverage Technology Associates, L3 Technologies, Bank of New York Mellon, SolBridge top management, faculty, and MBA student representatives who were also the winners of the 2019 Woosong Website and Fintech competition.  The meeting highlighted new developments at SolBridge including the introduction of the MSc in Marketing Analytics Program in Spring 2019 as a result of the increasing demand of Marketing Analysts, a presentation by the students for their Fintech idea and the discussion of the future of SolBridge. The role of CAC includes reviewing SolBridge curriculum to ensure it is relevant addressing the current and future needs, helping SolBridge students to focus their careers on the rapidly growing economies in Asia, one-on-one mentoring to high potential SolBridge students and providing meaningful internship and job opportunities to SolBridge students and graduates. 


  • SolBridge hosts its first Website and Fintech Competition">SolBridge hosts its first Website and Fintech Competition

    Last week, 29th May 2019 SolBridge held its first Website Design and Fintech competition, that attracted both graduate and undergraduate students. Participates were required to develop a website prototype based on their unique Fintech related business idea using Codepen an online code editor and open source platform for testing and showing user-created  HTML, CSS, and javascript.All competitors had time to present their ideas in front of a live audience, including a panel of judges, three teams emerging as winners. “FundPot” a product derived from Chit Funds operational model won the first prize of KRW 500,000. The platform provides easier and faster access to credit in the targeted country Vietnam where a specified number of subscribers contribute payments over a given period. “iSolution” a one-stop platform to manage personal finances including financial assets, credit and debit cards, and insurance came in second and received a KRW 300,000 reward. In third place with KRW 200,000 was “INConnecticut” a platform providing social media network users with access to financial services within their social platforms. Winners were selected based on a given criterion including their website design, uniqueness, and demand for the product, sustainability of their business model. With the rise of financial technology innovation, the competition aimed to provide students with a platform for students to come up with creative business solutions. Congratulations to all the winners!  


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