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  • SolMUN: A Global Simulation for Global Students

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=1016&code=solbridge0803a">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.shtm For 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 Kazakhstanl 

    2012-01-11


  • The SolBuddy Program – Bridging Diversity and Promoting Global Awareness

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=630&code=solbridge0801">The SolBuddy Program – Bridging Diversity and Promoting Global Awareness

    Throughout the SolBridge campus, students are playing an active role promoting global awareness and bridging diversity between each other through the “SolBuddy” program.Organized as an intercultural project binding international students of SolBridge International School of Business with Woosong University students, SolBuddy encourages all participants to share experiences between the Korean culture and the many cultures represented by the international students and faculty participating.  The SolBuddy program does this by pairing students with a ‘buddy’ from another culture. This partnership encourages familiarity between cultures as information is shared such as key celebrations and festivals, languages, traditional cuisine, jokes, music and every element that someone might be curious about. These partnerships are then grouped together as a team for more activities together.Within the SolBuddy program there are many activities that keep the students active, including “SolMUN”, which is based on the Model UN process, involving debate and political skills as teams discuss and negotiate various global issues. Another activity is “Zubbies” which is part of the “SolBridge Zincubator” program and organized to support new entrepreneurs as they establish their first “Pop-Up Business” venture. Other activities have included partners exploring the different regions, festivals, monuments and national parks within Korea while using the Korean language and designing a group Hoodie then voting on the most popular design. Group activities have included a weekend camp event in a national park, cultural celebrations of key holidays leading up to the New Year, sharing traditional cuisine meals, recipes, wearing traditional costumes, exchanging personal interests in popular culture and music and even a wild celebration of Halloween, complete with crazy costumes, candy and chaos!While being engaged in different activities together SolBuddy participants learn to view the world from different perspectives. By exchanging experiences personally, everyone in the program is able to develop new communication skills while having fun interacting with each other. You only have to follow the messages left on Facebook by the SolBuddies to see the impact of this program, as exchange students return to their home countries, expressing homesickness for their new Buddy in Korea or Buddies still in Korea updating their international friends on recent events and activities.As quoted by one participants, “When the SolBuddies are not together, everyone misses their new friends and international brothers and sisters.”You can follow these activities on the Facebook pages for each group: (Click on the link)SolBuddies SolMUN SolBridge Zincubator and Zubbies    

    2012-01-06


  • The SolBuddy Program – Bridging Diversity and Promoting Global Awareness

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=1017&code=solbridge0803a">The SolBuddy Program – Bridging Diversity and Promoting Global Awareness

     Throughout the SolBridge campus, students are playing an active role promoting global awareness and bridging diversity between each other through the “SolBuddy” program.Organized as an intercultural project binding international students of SolBridge International School of Business with Woosong University students, SolBuddy encourages all participants to share experiences between the Korean culture and the many cultures represented by the international students and faculty participating.  The SolBuddy program does this by pairing students with a ‘buddy’ from another culture. This partnership encourages familiarity between cultures as information is shared such as key celebrations and festivals, languages, traditional cuisine, jokes, music and every element that someone might be curious about. These partnerships are then grouped together as a team for more activities together. Within the SolBuddy program there are many activities that keep the students active, including “SolMUN”, which is based on the Model UN process, involving debate and political skills as teams discuss and negotiate various global issues. Another activity is “Zubbies” which is part of the “SolBridge Zincubator” program and organized to support new entrepreneurs as they establish their first “Pop-Up Business” venture. Other activities have included partners exploring the different regions, festivals, monuments and national parks within Korea while using the Korean language and designing a group Hoodie then voting on the most popular design. Group activities have included a weekend camp event in a national park, cultural celebrations of key holidays leading up to the New Year, sharing traditional cuisine meals, recipes, wearing traditional costumes, exchanging personal interests in popular culture and music and even a wild celebration of Halloween, complete with crazy costumes, candy and chaos! While being engaged in different activities together SolBuddy participants learn to view the world from different perspectives. By exchanging experiences personally, everyone in the program is able to develop new communication skills while having fun interacting with each other. You only have to follow the messages left on Facebook by the SolBuddies to see the impact of this program, as exchange students return to their home countries, expressing homesickness for their new Buddy in Korea or Buddies still in Korea updating their international friends on recent events and activities.As quoted by one participants, “When the SolBuddies are not together, everyone misses their new friends and international brothers and sisters.”You can follow these activities on the Facebook pages for each group: (Click on the link)SolBuddies SolMUN SolBridge Zincubator and Zubbies

    2012-01-06


  • Graduation Ceremonies Held

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=629&code=solbridge0801">Graduation Ceremonies Held

    On December 12, 2011, SolBridge held its sixth commencement ceremony conferring MBA and BBA degrees on twenty-five students.In his opening address, Dr. John Endicott, President of Woosong University, reminded graduates and others in attendance of the significance of studying at SolBridge and all the hard work that goes into the degrees they receive.“You have had excellent training from a very solid faculty. You have been placed in competitive situations, practiced team work and come out leaders,” Dr. Endicott said. “Remember, leaders also know when to accept guidance of the group. That has also been part of your Solbridge experience.”He also wished graduates well and reminded them of their moral obligation as graduates of SolBridge.“Let us make a reputation for Solbridge that will serve as a beacon for the world. Yes, we will be competitive alright and we will be thought leaders Asia,” he said. “But we will hold high moral values that our chairman and his father espoused since the creation of Woosong Foundation in 1954.”During the ceremony Dean Yong Wook Jun gave a short presentation on some of the achievements made by SolBridge the past semester including institution, faculty, and student recognition. One of the school’s major accomplishments this past semester was completing the first round of getting AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. Additionally, the school has received international recognition and domestic recognition, including an article the Korea Economic Daily Newspaper.The Dean also singled out accomplishments made by faculty members and students including Dr. Aye Mengistu’s recent honors at an international conference in India as well as the continued success of SolBridge’s premier debate team, DeBridge.In one of two valedictory addresses, Sandy Nguyen Thanh Tra talked about all the hard work that went into reaching this milestone today and what it has meant to her studying at SolBridge.“SolBridge has brought to me such an amazing learning environment,” she said. “We are the winners of innovation and creation.”In her inspiring valedictory address, Thanh reminded all the graduates that they should be proud of the history they have created at SolBridge the same way students who attend such universities as Harvard.“The spirit of Solbridge will be with us forever,” she said in closing.Congratulations to all our BBA and MBA Graduates.

    2012-01-06


  • Graduation Ceremonies Held

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=931&code=solbridge0803b">Graduation Ceremonies Held

    On December 12, 2011, SolBridge held its sixth commencement ceremony conferring MBA and BBA degrees on twenty-five students.In his opening address, Dr. John Endicott, President of Woosong University, reminded graduates and others in attendance of the significance of studying at SolBridge and all the hard work that goes into the degrees they receive.“You have had excellent training from a very solid faculty. You have been placed in competitive situations, practiced team work and come out leaders,” Dr. Endicott said. “Remember, leaders also know when to accept guidance of the group. That has also been part of your Solbridge experience.”He also wished graduates well and reminded them of their moral obligation as graduates of SolBridge.“Let us make a reputation for Solbridge that will serve as a beacon for the world. Yes, we will be competitive alright and we will be thought leaders Asia,” he said. “But we will hold high moral values that our chairman and his father espoused since the creation of Woosong Foundation in 1954.”During the ceremony Dean Yong Wook Jun gave a short presentation on some of the achievements made by SolBridge the past semester including institution, faculty, and student recognition. One of the school’s major accomplishments this past semester was completing the first round of getting AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. Additionally, the school has received international recognition and domestic recognition, including an article the Korea Economic Daily Newspaper. The Dean also singled out accomplishments made by faculty members and students including Dr. Aye Mengistu’s recent honors at an international conference in India as well as the continued success of SolBridge’s premier debate team, DeBridge.In one of two valedictory addresses, Sandy Nguyen Thanh Tra talked about all the hard work that went into reaching this milestone today and what it has meant to her studying at SolBridge.“SolBridge has brought to me such an amazing learning environment,” she said. “We are the winners of innovation and creation.”In her inspiring valedictory address, Thanh reminded all the graduates that they should be proud of the history they have created at SolBridge the same way students who attend such universities as Harvard.“The spirit of Solbridge will be with us forever,” she said in closing.Congratulations to all our BBA and MBA Graduates.   

    2012-01-06


  • Astonishing Experience from NSU Asian BP 2011 held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=628&code=solbridge0801">Astonishing Experience from NSU Asian BP 2011 held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    “Yes, it is not a world trophy, but it means life for us.We present to you the trophy of NSU Asian BP 2011”Quote by convening committee during the opening ceremony at the Asian British Parliamentary debate tournament held at the North South University (NSU) in Dhaka Bhagladesh, December, 2011 During December 2011, the DeBridge debate team from the SolBridge International School of Business attended the Asian British Parliamentary 2011 debate tournament (known as Asian BP). The event was held in Dhaka Bangladesh, and is part of an established circuit of events that allow competitive teams to sharpen their preparation prior to competing at the annual Worlds University Debating Championship (WUDC), one of the largest international student events in the world.Although founded in 2009, the Asian BP tournament has quickly attracted a great number of leading Asian institutions, not only for the purpose of preparing teams for upcoming WUDC tournaments, but also to distinguish and create Asian Champions. The DeBridge team is a relative newcomer having entered the international debate scene in 2010. In their short history, the DeBridge team has established their reputation for effective and competitive debate skills, placing well at the Korean Nationals in 2011, and also at the ongoing North East Asian Open tournaments in the region. The Asian BP showcased the DeBridge skills and expertise and showcased their presence as the team to watch, an observation confirmed when DeBridge ranked the highest amongst all North East Asian participants in Dhaka.At these events, networking is also an extremely important activity. The Asian BP provided opportunities for DeBridge members to meet with representatives and administrators from many leading universities in Asia as well as fellow debaters and panels of adjudicators. Through this event, DeBridge has been able to form close relationships with Christ University in Bangalore India, the North South University in Bangladesh, Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia, the National University of Singapore, the International Christian University from Japan, the Binus International University, Indonesia and more.Overall, the Asian BP 2011 has provided numerous benefits to the DeBridge team in their representative role for the SolBridge International School of Business. DeBridge has signaled to the debate world that it is a serious contender with talent, poise and preparation, ready to challenge the champions. Through these opportunities, DeBridge would like to express great gratitude to the SolBridge International School of Business for their continuing and generous support.

    2012-01-05


  • Astonishing experience from NSU Asian BP 2011 held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=932&code=solbridge0803b">Astonishing experience from NSU Asian BP 2011 held in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    “Yes, it is not a world trophy, but it means life for us.We present to you the trophy of NSU Asian BP 2011”Quote by convening committee during the opening ceremony at the Asian British Parliamentary debate tournament held at the North South University (NSU) in Dhaka Bhagladesh, December, 2011 During December 2011, the DeBridge debate team from the SolBridge International School of Business attended the Asian British Parliamentary 2011 debate tournament (known as Asian BP). The event was held in Dhaka Bangladesh, and is part of an established circuit of events that allow competitive teams to sharpen their preparation prior to competing at the annual Worlds University Debating Championship (WUDC), one of the largest international student events in the world.  Although founded in 2009, the Asian BP tournament has quickly attracted a great number of leading Asian institutions, not only for the purpose of preparing teams for upcoming WUDC tournaments, but also to distinguish and create Asian Champions. The DeBridge team is a relative newcomer having entered the international debate scene in 2010. In their short history, the DeBridge team has established their reputation for effective and competitive debate skills, placing well at the Korean Nationals in 2011, and also at the ongoing North East Asian Open tournaments in the region. The Asian BP showcased the DeBridge skills and expertise and showcased their presence as the team to watch, an observation confirmed when DeBridge ranked the highest amongst all North East Asian participants in Dhaka. At these events, networking is also an extremely important activity. The Asian BP provided opportunities for DeBridge members to meet with representatives and administrators from many leading universities in Asia as well as fellow debaters and panels of adjudicators. Through this event, DeBridge has been able to form close relationships with Christ University in Bangalore India, the North South University in Bangladesh, Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia, the National University of Singapore, the International Christian University from Japan, the Binus International University, Indonesia and more.Overall, the Asian BP 2011 has provided numerous benefits to the DeBridge team in their representative role for the SolBridge International School of Business. DeBridge has signaled to the debate world that it is a serious contender with talent, poise and preparation, ready to challenge the champions. Through these opportunities, DeBridge would like to express great gratitude to the SolBridge International School of Business for their continuing and generous support.  

    2012-01-05


  • Visit to the Yunus Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh by two SolBridge students

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=627&code=solbridge0801">Visit to the Yunus Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh by two SolBridge students

    On December 13, 2011, two students of Entrepreneurship at SolBridge International School of Business, JuSeung Yi (Daniel) and MinJae Kim (MJ), visited the world renowned Yunus Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh.The Yunus Centre, (http://www.muhammadyunus.org/ and also on Facebook: http://www.muhammadyunus.org/) is an organization that is dedicated to promoting and spreading the philosophy of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Professor Yunus is a Bangladesh economist and founder of the Grameen Bank that provides micro-credit and invented the concept of micro-credit and social business. One of the unique aspects of the business model for the Grameen Bank is it is owned by the poor people of Bangladesh, with the majority of the ownership being held by women.The Centre arranged meetings and interviews with managers from social business companies under the Grameen family name: Grameen Shakti, Grameen Danone Foods Ltd., Grammen Kalayan, Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. and Grameen Fisheries & Livestock Foundation. These businesses were created to address social problems in a specific field with their own unique business model. For example, Grameen Danone Foods Ltd. provides a yogurt fortified with micro-nutrients to lessen malnutrition for the children, while Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. provides clean and safe water that is accessible to villagers in the poorest parts of Bangladesh. In each meeting, the students learned about the company’s history, business model and development strategies. After the presentations, Daniel and MJ met with the managers informally and discussed social business and poverty related issues introduced in the Laureate Muhammad Yunus’s books. One book in particular, “Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs”, was read by the students prior to their visit at the Yunus Center.After numerous highlights during the visit, the two aspiring social entrepreneurs commented “they were able to learn how business skills can be utilized to solve social problems and how crucial the role of entrepreneurship is in making the world a better one.” The visit was an inspiring experience which has created a valuable stepping stone as these SolBridge students pursue their careers in entrepreneurship.

    2012-01-05


  • Visit to the Yunus Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh by two SolBridge students

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=933&code=solbridge0803b">Visit to the Yunus Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh by two SolBridge students

     On December 13, 2011, two students of Entrepreneurship at SolBridge International School of Business, JuSeung Yi (Daniel) and MinJae Kim (MJ), visited the world renowned Yunus Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh.The Yunus Centre, (http://www.muhammadyunus.org/ and also on Facebook: http://www.muhammadyunus.org/) is an organization that is dedicated to promoting and spreading the philosophy of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Professor Yunus is a Bangladesh economist and founder of the Grameen Bank that provides micro-credit and invented the concept of micro-credit and social business. One of the unique aspects of the business model for the Grameen Bank is it is owned by the poor people of Bangladesh, with the majority of the ownership being held by women.The Centre arranged meetings and interviews with managers from social business companies under the Grameen family name: Grameen Shakti, Grameen Danone Foods Ltd., Grammen Kalayan, Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. and Grameen Fisheries & Livestock Foundation. These businesses were created to address social problems in a specific field with their own unique business model. For example, Grameen Danone Foods Ltd. provides a yogurt fortified with micro-nutrients to lessen malnutrition for the children, while Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. provides clean and safe water that is accessible to villagers in the poorest parts of Bangladesh. In each meeting, the students learned about the company’s history, business model and development strategies. After the presentations, Daniel and MJ met with the managers informally and discussed social business and poverty related issues introduced in the Laureate Muhammad Yunus’s books. One book in particular, “Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs”, was read by the students prior to their visit at the Yunus Center.After numerous highlights during the visit, the two aspiring social entrepreneurs commented “they were able to learn how business skills can be utilized to solve social problems and how crucial the role of entrepreneurship is in making the world a better one.” The visit was an inspiring experience which has created a valuable stepping stone as these SolBridge students pursue their careers in entrepreneurship. 

    2012-01-05


  • Winter Donation for Daejeon Homeless Center

    http://www.solbridge.ac.kr/story/board/read.jsp?id=619&code=solbridge0801">Winter Donation for Daejeon Homeless Center

     SolBridge students give away some of the clothes that they no longer use to become the warmth as the SUN to many who are shivering in the darkness of winter! "THE SUN" Winter Donation for Daejeon Homeless Center SolBridge - 2nd Floor, During Lunch time SolGeo - All sites, beside/at Storage rooms 8th - 13th December '2011 (Thursday - Tuesday)

    2012-01-04


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