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  • Mukhammad Egamkulov: BBA Valedictorian Class of 2019">Mukhammad Egamkulov: BBA Valedictorian Class of 2019

     Good morning. Mr. Chairman,President Endicott, the Dean, Professors, Faculty members, Staff, parents,friends and most of all distinguished class of 2019, welcome to thiscommencement. It is an honor and privilege for me to stand in front of you andrecall the memories and accomplishments of our great class. Let’s admit, it hasbeen a long and hard journey, and we did it.  Congratulations graduates. Now, you won’t have deadlines forassignments, morning classes, exams and annoying quizzes. Good job, fellows!Yet now, you may not be able to see your school friends every day, you may nothave birthday surprises from your schoolmates, you may not have crazy ‘sul’parties and Dunsan-dong clubs on Fridays, no Sports Day and no Culture Day.  SolBridge brought us from different parts of the world; it gaveus an amazing chance to stay together as a family, share our happiness andsadness, failures and achievements. Time has come; time has come to leave thisspecial place; time has come to show the world the skills and qualities wedeveloped here. Time has come to start a new chapter in our life. I would like to thank SolBridge for supporting me with a fullscholarship for the past years and giving me the opportunity to have anexchange semester in Europe and a part-time job at SolGeo dormitory as aResidence Assistant (RA) for one year. SolGeo RA team you were the best! I alsoworked as a Facilities Assistant for two semesters. My fellow FacilitiesAssistants, I really enjoyed working with you. Language classes at SolBridge were very helpful, now I have anextra language acquired during these years, which I believe will be beneficialin the future. I also deeply appreciate the Career Development Center’s (CDC)efforts towards creating job opportunities for SolBriders. Thanks to them, Ifound my job. And my colleagues are here today, PINE BM 분들이 와주셔서 감사합니다.Also, I would like to thank my best friend, Kamoldin Musaev, whois graduating as well. We have been together from the beginning, we overcamemany obstacles together, he is the one from whom I get inspiration and energy,he was the one who took care of me when I was sick, he was the one whosupported me when I got rejections from girls, and he was the one from whom Igot the biggest support when I lost my younger brother this year.    I would like to thank all my fellow students for making my pastthree and half years amazing. You made every day special, and your company willbe sorely missed as I move on. Yet, I am looking forward to hearing about yoursuccesses and achievements. Stay strong and keep chasing your dreams.  


  • Erin Rebecca McVay: MBA Valedictorian Class of 2019">Erin Rebecca McVay: MBA Valedictorian Class of 2019

      Good morning and welcome fellowgraduates, faculty, and guests.When I was asked to speak today, I wasboth honored and excited. I really wanted to write a speech that would bethought-provoking and profound. Maybe it would have a few jokes or wittycomments for comedic effect, possibly ending with an inspiring statementleading to a standing ovation—just an idea to keep in mind for later! It wasnot long before I realized that a speech like that wasn't going to be easy. SoI started by thinking back to my undergraduate ceremony, hoping for someinsight. I quickly realized that over the past ten years since that day, I hadforgotten not only who spoke at my graduation but also what, if any, inspirationthey may have instilled in me. All I could remember feeling that day was howunsure I was about the next steps in my life. I had no idea where I was goingor how I was going to get there. That made me realize, it was less important toinspire you today and more important to offer a piece of useful advice that mayhelp calm your nerves regarding the future. Advice that I have found to behelpful in both my career thus far and in life.That advice is always to take the leap.Even if you have made a five-year plan and think you have it all figured out,if a new job opportunity is in front of you, or the chance to move to a newcountry or to start a new business, or even to go back to school...take theleap. When life offers you something new and exciting...take the leap. I liketo use the word leap instead of jump or some other synonym because it has adeeper, connotative meaning. Taking a leap requires a level of confidence andoptimism that your landing—though scary and unknown—will be worth it.I have found, and am telling you today,that it is always worth it. New things and change are scary and inevitable, asyou're well aware, looking towards the next step in your life. But I'm surethat same feeling presented itself when you decided to attend SolBridge. Formany of us it not only was a big step for our education, but it was a move awayfrom friends and family and perhaps even on the other side of the world. Andlook where we are now. That leap of faith has provided us with so many amazinglearning experiences and opportunities. Regardless of what grades we havereceived or the networking connections we've made, we have the experience ofliving in a different culture, studying and working with people from all overthe world. In a globalizing workplace, that skill is something to be proud offar more than an A+ on your transcript.The leap may be hard, but nothing greatin life is easy. Failure is not the worst thing in life. I repeat, failure isnot the worst thing in life; as they say, sunshine all the time makes a desert.Failure is simply a guiding step telling you to go another way. It is alearning experience, and you shouldn't be afraid to fail now and again. If youlive your life as planned, then what happens when you get to the end of theplan? Let life happen. Enjoy it, and another opportunity will come along, trustme.So enjoy this accomplishment.Appreciate all that you have achieved throughout your time at SolBridge. Beenthusiastic about what comes next and don't be afraid to try new things thatinterest you. Enjoy the roller coaster of life. This is my advice.But what's a graduation speech withouta famous quote, so I'll end with one by T.S. Elliot that I am very fond of."To make an end is to make a beginning." I wish you nothing butendings with new beginnings and lots of happiness in your lives. And if you'refeeling that standing ovation I mentioned earlier, no one's stopping you!Congratulationsto you all. Thank you. 


  • SolBridge signs Cooperation with Daejeon Technopark">SolBridge signs Cooperation with Daejeon Technopark

     To tap into thedynamic innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Daejeon, on December 12,2019, SolBridge entered into a strategic partnership with one of South Korea’sleading technological institutions, Daejeon Technopark.DaejeonTechnopark is a prominent innovation hub that focuses on supporting local andregional projects as well as start-up technology-intensive enterprises. ManySMEs and start-up businesses receive help support in their technologicalacceleration by taking advantage of working with multiple entities, likeindustries, academic and research institutes, through Daejeon Technopark’sextensive networks.The agreementwith this prestigious organization will benefit SolBridge in two essentialways. First, SolBridge students will have the opportunity to collaborate withdifferent founding teams supported by Daejeon Technopark. Secondly, thecollaboration will particularly help in fostering the entrepreneurial spiritwithin SolBridge and Woosong University by providing support to students whowant to start a business in the future through joint events and competitions.The agreementsigned by Dr. Hamid Bouchiki, Dean of SolBridge International School ofBusiness and Dr. Sooman Choi, President of Daejeon Technopark witnessed by theleadership team of both parties. 


  • 2019 SolBridge Chinese Proficiency Competition">2019 SolBridge Chinese Proficiency Competition

     On December 11th 2019, SolBridge hosted thisyear’s Chinese Proficiency Competition in collaboration with the ConfuciusInstitute of Woosong University.Under the theme ‘Singing Chinese songs andtelling Chinese stories,’ the competition attracted 36 teams. Conducted in tworounds, participants were required to submit a video clip after which 12 groupsprogressed to the final round. After presentations and live performance ofChinese songs in different forms, seven teams emerged as winners.In order to provide a competitive edge,SolBridge students are required to take a foreign language as part of theirstudies. This competition provided students with a platform to show theirChinese Proficiency while learning to develop a Global perspective andCross-Cultural Competence.The Award ceremony was graced by PresidentEndicott, who highlighted the advantages of learning a second language andencouraged the winners to continue horning their skill. Congratulations to all the winners! 


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  • Studying Finance and Accounting: Why Bother? – Special Lecture by Philippe Moschetta">Studying Finance and Accounting: Why Bother? – Special Lecture by Philippe Moschetta

     OnNovember 29, 2019, Dr. Philippe Moschetta delivered an interesting lectureentitled ‘Studying Finance and Accounting: - Why Bother?’, where he sharedinsights on retaining knowledge learned in class and applying it to growpersonal wealth and the lessons learned from Ultra-High Net-Worth Individuals(UHWI) in managing personal wealth.Usingfinance and accounting techniques, he provided participants with tips toconsider when receiving advice on wealth management, including checkingexperience versus expertise for their financial advisers.Sharingstatistics and the concept of the Billionaire map, he highlighted the growingwealth creation in different regions with a strong emphasis on Korea."There are more billionaires today than 20 years ago and will continue togrow and double in the coming years," he said. He later shared some of theaccounting and finance principles relevant for wealth creation and management,including providing relevant and reliable information for decision-makingpurposes. He emphasized the importance of projecting the financial value andvice versa bringing the future to the present. Helater shared some of the obstacles encountered in wealth creation, growth andmanagement, including behavioral challenges, personal biases (hoarding, loyaltyand fear of missing out) and the time needed in creating wealth.  He also stressed that we are our own biggestobstacle in wealth creation.  Usingprominent examples of wealthy people like Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet, heshared the importance of building the right partnerships. He concluded thelecture by sharing some key elements in investing money.  These included never losing money and ensuringthat you don't go into debt. Mr. Philippe is a Professor of Practice in Finance, Accounting and Riskat the AACSB Bridge program. He has teaching experience in over 10 differentcountries and is currently the financial advisor to one of the largestbusinesses in Saudi Arabia. He has wide experience as an Advisory Board memberfrom start-ups to large holding companies. 


  • 2019 SolBridge Startup Business Plan Competition">2019 SolBridge Startup Business Plan Competition

      To cultivatethe entrepreneurial spirit at SolBridge, SolBridge Startup Club (UniSol) incollaboration with Professor Jinseob Oh organised this year's Startup BusinessPlan Competition.  The competitiongathered a total of 15 teams; 10 from ‘Understanding Startups Business Class’and five teams from UniSol. Participants presented their ideas to a panel ofjudges comprising of SolBridge professors and industry representativesincluding; Mr. Yungjae Lee, Solaire Investment Inc., Mr. Hyojung Song, CKDInvestment Inc. and Mr. Kyunguk No, Sulim Investment Inc. Afterdeliberation from the judges, six teams emerged as winners for their startupideas. “Tanigo” a platform dedicated to facilitating Indonesian farmers’ andinvestors’ need through investing and profit-sharing received the first prizeand seed money of KRW 900,000. Two teams came in second and received KRW500,000 each; ‘Travel with Locals’ a platform that connects travelers withlocal guides to explore hidden places and experience traditional cultures and‘Feel Secure’ a solution that acts as your bodyguard by providing informationon safe streets and sourcing support from the neighbors. In third place with KRW 200, 000 were threeteams: ‘Plan It Yourself’ a solution that provides LED planting platform foryoung students to grow their plants as a means to sustainable planting. ‘WakeYou Up’ and YPPO Down Syndrome Care an AI-based bear to speed up the learningprocess. Congratulationsto the winners!  


  • Building a Personal Brand by Mr. Bernard Shim">Building a Personal Brand by Mr. Bernard Shim

     Mr. Bernard Shim, President of Caterpillar Precision Seals Korea,delivered an inspiring lecture at SolBridge on Thursday, 29th November 2019 inone of our Platinum Lecture series.  Mr. Shim shared with attendees the importance and need forbuilding a personal brand in preparation for the job market or to succeed inthe job market. Personal branding is the practice of marketing people and theircareers as brands. It is an ongoing process of developing and maintaining areputation and impression of an individual, group or organization. He sharedexamples of strong personal brands including Kim Kardashian and President Donald Trump.“Personal branding is the feeling people have when with you or when they thinkof you,” he emphasized.   Using personal experiences, he gave tips on how to build apersonal brand, including focusing on interests and not disinterests, finding amentor, and having close friends whose opinions you trust. Additionally, he encouragedstudents to focus on developing their strengths rather than weaknesses. “Theworld doesn’t need generalists but specialists – enhance your skills and becomean expert in a particular field," he said while sharing his brand. Mr. Shim also discussed the hurdles in building a personal brandincluding not knowing yourself, excessive humility and the fear of failure. Heencouraged students to invest in developing themselves, especially theircommunication skills. He concluded his lecture with an interactive session withstudents answering questions and giving advice in relation to overcomingstress, motivation and becoming an expert.   Mr. Shim is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years ofexperience in finance and accounting and an expert in mergers and acquisitions.He has been working with Caterpillar Inc. for over ten years in variouscapacities. 


  • 2019 Global Business English Competition at SolBridge">2019 Global Business English Competition at SolBridge

     Last week, 28th November 2019 marked the end of the three-roundGlobal Business English Competition hosted by SolBridge General Educationprogram. The competition was a great opportunity for SolBridge BBA students totest their English abilities. In round one, studentsmust pass a business English and global general knowledge test designed to testthem on a variety of topics related to SolBridge's GACCS (Global Perspective,Asian Expertise, Cross-cultural Competence, Creative Management Foundation andSocial Responsibility) mission statement. In round two, students presented afolk tale from their culture to a panel of judges, making their story engagingand highlighting its relevance for a modern audience. Students that made it tothe third and final round interviewed a special guest, introducing them, askingwell-researched questions, and wrapping it up - just like an interviewer on areal TV show or podcast would.  We would like to congratulate the students below for winningthis year’s competition. Gold Prize Winner:Dan Chau Minh Thu Silver PrizeWinners: Valeriya Galandina Pawel Japa  Bronze Prize Winners:Aleksandra Chen Joshua Chua Kah Hian Boburmirzo Sirojiddinov Ismail Ouifaqui Michaela Maria Dizon Nghiem Thi Tuyet Anh  


  • Platinum Lecture by Dr. Salvador Carmona: Business Schools – The Changing Business Model">Platinum Lecture by Dr. Salvador Carmona: Business Schools – The Changing Business Model

     On Wednesday, 27 November 2019, SolBridge was pleased tohost Dr. Salvador Carmona, Dean of Faculty Affairs and Rector of IE University,Spain, for a Platinum Lecture on the changing business model of BusinessSchools. With the growing and dynamic nature of business schools,Dr. Carmona shared the historical context and characteristics of businessschools in comparison to the current model of business schools includinglocation – in the past most of the business schools were predominantly located inthe USA; MBA focused with a stakeholder approach to teaching hard skillslike finance and consultancy. The current model of business schools is changingto incorporate broad competencies with a focus on critical thinking, softskills, ethics and entrepreneurship. “These are the necessary skills needed tobe a global leader,” he said. Using statistics, he shared thecurrent trends of business schools in regards to student mobility –highlighting the shift and increase in student mobility to Europe as opposed tothe USA; the decrease in MBA student applications in the USA due to the risingnumber of specialized master degrees, affordable online courses and schoolsaround the world attracting students from their own regions. With the change inbusiness school models, Dr. Carmona stressed the importance of havingresearch-based faculty that generates knowledge to anticipate the mode ofthinking for the next generation. New opportunities available for business schools includethe growing offering of STEM-based programs, job placements and the need toboost strategic actions such as blended learning, and the diversification ofprogram portfolios taking into account the technology and sustainabilityaspects of higher education.  During the Q and A session concluding the lecture,students shared their curiosity concerning potential career paths for businessgraduates, asked questions about the future of online education businessschools as well as the challenge to start a business versus permanentemployment.  Well versed in management and accounting control,management structures and the implementation of ERPs, Dr. Carmona isparticularly interested in giving students a very holistic view of topics suchas performance indicators and what drives changes in management accountingsystems. 


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