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活動訊息

2013 企業研討專題
2013 高雄旗津淨灘活動

招生訊息

2013 報名IBMBA成就夢想

活動實況

英文簡報行不行
業師來開講 培育學生實務力


媒體報導

撿垃圾的海灘遊俠

人物專訪

當東方遇見西方—Ken的創業之路

交流分享

絲路‧思路(二):西部創業
ACT 奇幻之旅

 

Events

2013 Business Seminar Information
2013 Kaohsiung Beach Cleanup

Event Summary

English Presentation Workshop
IBMBA Seminar Course Enrich Student Practical Experience

Media Report

Picking up the trash on the beach Tour

Exclusive Interview

When the West Meets the East—the way to Success.


International Exchange and Communication

The Silk Road, The Thinking Path II: Departure for Thinking
ACT Amazing Journey

 

 
 

活動訊息

本期活動精彩可期,將提供11月至明年1月活動資訊。「企業專題研討專題」擬邀請知名業界人士蒞校演講,亦有南澳大學教授進行國際交流,更將至中央通訊社進行參訪,實地了解產業現況,融合理論與實務,創造新思維,打造新觀點。為捍衛台灣美麗海岸,IBMBA更與RE-THINK合辦「旗津淨灘活動」,進行台灣環境小革命,歡迎同學及校友結伴報名,作夥環保愛台灣。

日期

時間

活動名稱

地點

主講人

2013/11/29(五)

14:00─17:00

運動跳床在中國市場的發展

管院4036

向麗如            
龍泰興業有限公司
董事長特別助理

2013/12/06(五)

14:00─17:00

供應鏈管理

管院4036

Mark Goh                 
南澳大學教授

2013/12/08(日)

14:30─18:00

旗津淨灘活動

旗津沙灘

IBMBA
RE-THINK

2013/12/13(五)

08:00─17:00

中央通訊社
參訪活動

台北

中央社

2013/12/27(五)

14:00─17:00

捷安特全球發展史

管院4036

鄭光哲 
巨大集團總管理處
經營管理專員

2014/01/03(五)

14:00─17:00

旅遊發展史

管院4036

扶  正
嘉鴻集團副總經理

 

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IBMBA X RE-THINK旗津淨灘活動

國立中山大學國際經營管理碩士學程(IBMBA)將與重新思考(RE-THINK)共同舉辦高雄旗津淨灘活動,誠摯邀請您共同捍衛台灣美麗海岸。

 

日期:2013/12/08 (日)
時間:下午16:30─18:00
地點:高雄旗津海灘
集合:旗津海岸公園入口標誌(旗津貝殼博物館─高雄市旗津區旗津三路776號對面)
Google GPS: 22.602309,120.275133
攜帶物品:垃圾袋(環保袋、米袋、可生物分解塑膠袋為佳)、手套、淨灘用具
報名連結:請點選此

注意事項:
1.  請穿著硬底的鞋子和防曬衣物。
2.  參與朋友請自行處理交通事宜。
3.  歡迎小朋友參加此活動,同時也請家長特別照顧。
4.  請晚到者直接到海灘上找一大群人,跟我們一起行動!

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招生訊息

欲推薦的親友錯過十月份招生嗎?別擔心!第二波報名即將上線!
歡迎在校生/校友推薦優秀人才報名參加。

報名日期:2013/12/122013/12/26
報名簡章:請點選此

IBMBA 學程特色》
- 全英語授課碩士學位
- 國際化學習環境
- 國際生同班上課
- 國內學費,國外交換
- 多元取得雙學位

IBMBA 報考資訊》
- 免筆試
- 應屆畢業生即可報考

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活動實況

英文簡報行不行

【記者Helen/綜合報導】IBMBA學生在未來兩年有各種簡報機會,不論在課堂或競賽上,英文簡報都扮演著不可或缺的角色。IBMBA為新生們特別舉辦英文簡報工作坊,邀請極具豐富經驗的Simon老師來分享簡報技巧,不同於一般所認知的講授方式,Simon老師用引導方式,帶領同學依進度體會老師所講解的重點,並立刻實驗以得到最大的效益。

▲	透過小組討論,學生上台報告現學的英語簡報力。

▲ 透過小組討論,學生上台報告現學的英語簡報力。

第一階段,老師讓同學自行分組,並分享關於自己特別的地方,經過第一次分享,請組員們互相說出別人的特點,藉由本活動體會到講述自己熟悉的主題時,大多數人都能很有自信地侃侃而談,但當提到關於別人的事情時,就較為不流暢,故熟悉簡報內容是非常重要的環節。在簡報之前,充分了解報告內容,聽眾們才能了解講者要傳達的內容,這也就是簡報的真諦。


同學們持續重複練習,不斷分享其他人的特點給不知道的人,並且每次需增加分享人數,本練習目的在於講者不僅需熟悉報告內容,當報告內容增多時,亦即資料量龐大,必須具備清晰的分段能力,有條不紊且循序漸進地將內容傳達給聽者,才不會辜負一個好內容的簡報。最後,老師讓每位同學都有機會站到台上簡報,展現所學的簡報力。除了謹記老師分享的簡報技巧之外,更需多加練習,才能熟能生巧,讓簡報技巧更上層樓。

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業師來開講 培育學生實務力

【記者Rainbow/綜合報導】IBMBA企業研討課程特別邀請各行各業經理人,和同學分享業界動態與執業心得,本課程著重實務經驗與討論,每週五的演講都能引發熱烈參與及迴響。

第一週為本土摩托車大廠─光陽機車柯俊斌副總經理介紹台灣摩托車產業。本產業與台灣經濟發展息息相關,從摩托車的發展歷史,可以看出過去50年台灣經濟成長的縮影,而身為台灣摩托車行業的領導品牌,柯副總也分享了光陽現在的全球化和產品多樣化趨勢。

▲	每週五企業演講如入寶山,收穫滿載。

▲ 每週五企業演講如入寶山,收穫滿載。

接下來連續四週,我們難得請到中央社邵平雲副社長、呂志翔總編輯、陳正杰主任編輯和中央社新聞學院張聲肇院長,由新聞媒體角度帶領同學討論現在的社會現象、媒體亂象以及兩岸局勢。邵副社長以北美觀點分析現在國際重要的媒體及如何影響著全球環境,呂總編講述資訊革命對全球化的影響,並且點出台灣人普遍缺乏國際觀的問題,陳主編以記者視野觀察現今台灣社會面臨的財政不平衡、年齡老化、生產力低落和缺乏自信的考驗。最後,張院長將焦點轉到對岸,討論中國現所面臨的經濟議題及新領導人帶來的產業轉型,更請在座同學分享於兩岸關係的看法。

關於國際經濟局勢,中國一直是目前的關注焦點,來自中國華星光電的胡哲彰部長,講述從事LCD TV展品開發的成就與挑戰,更建議未來想到中國工作的同學,最重要的是維持工作與家庭之間的平衡。來自富士康公司的蔡宗憲講師,則是比較中國和巴西的工作風格,更分享了巴西旅遊小知識。

除上述精彩的業界分享外,國立台中教育大學華語中心賴政吉主任講解了原則式談判(Principled Negotiation),有別於以往非贏即輸的觀念,本著重在談判過程創造雙贏的可能性,對於往後投身商業職場,是一堂非常實用的課程。

企業研討課程重視的不只是講師內容,學生間互動甚為重要,在師生辯論與腦力激盪過程中,訓練學生表達與獨立思考能力,無論於知識增長或商業技能的培育,都相當有所收穫及心得。

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媒體報導

撿垃圾的海灘遊俠-以理性的組織管理 經營感性的非營利組織

1+1的力量有多大?來自夏威夷的Daniel Gruber 和台灣友人一起組成了「Re-think」非營利組織,從一開始只有兩人撿拾海灘垃圾直到兩千多人響應他們的淨灘活動。

就讀於中山大學IBMBA的Daniel Gruber日前接受TVBS李濤的專訪表示::「如果我有小孩,我不希望他們對我說:『那是你的錯。』你擁有機會,我們全部的人都擁有機會,讓這個世界變得更美好。」

▲ 從2人到2,000人的環境小革命,在台灣奏出進行曲。

▲ 從2人到2,000人的環境小革命,在台灣奏出進行曲。

故事緣起於一趟機車環島之旅,他發現台灣有許多自然環境遭受破壞,如海洋汙染、垃圾汙染等等,於是有了創立「RE-THINK」的發想,希望透過實際行動和教育,喚醒大眾對於海岸永續發展的意識。創立初衷只是單純的想做些事情,想讓被汙染的環境變好。他知道很多台灣年輕人熱愛這塊土地,也願意為台灣做些事情,個人只是拋磚引玉,讓許多年輕人能夠站出來,以實動行動表示支持,讓愛台灣不是只是句口號。

原本在上海迪士尼擔任顧問的Daniel,因一個偶然的機會來到台灣工作,而淨灘活動則是卸下工作之餘的另一項生活重心。有鑑於自身已經工作許久,他想要能更了解亞洲市場和發展,所以選擇留在國立中山大學IBMBA國際經營管理碩士學程就讀,以全英文授課,更有半數同學來自世界各國,國際化的學習環境,讓他不用回到美國,在台灣也能與國際接軌。

IBMBA將與RE-THINK於12月8日合辦「高雄旗津淨灘」活動,除IBMBA學生,更有甫來台的ACT學生一同愛惜海岸,邀請您共同參與這場環境小革命(本文擷取改編自2013/11/12中央社)。

 

延伸閱讀:
文章/A New Way of Thinking about Litter(TAIPEI TIMES)
影片/老外環島淨灘 千人熱情響應(CNA)
影片/撿垃圾的海灘遊俠(TVBS)

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人物專訪

當東方遇見西方—Ken的創業之路

來自日本和歌山的少年:平畑和真

【記者Helen/採訪報導】本期人物專訪IBMBA碩二楊子逸學長(Ken),於就學期間就當起了老闆,一起來了解學長的創業心路歷程。

1. 請簡述求學及工作背景。
自高雄中學畢業,後來到美國西雅圖大學主修行銷,再回台就讀中山大學IBMBA。之前在巨匠英語擔任TOEIC及會話講師,亦在中山大學推廣教育部任TOEIC講師,目前擔任微風外語高雄本校經理與天嵐國際有限公司總經理。

2.  為什麼想念IBMBA
父親為中山大學MBA 在職班校友,在父親和推廣教育部主管的推薦下,決定申請中山大學IBMBA,不僅可重新複習商管知識,也可結交不同背景與世界各地的朋友,拓展各行各業人脈。

3.  請問何時開始有創業的念頭,契機為何?
大學畢業回國之後,一直接觸補教業,在累積一定教學經驗,有了自己創補習班的想法。再者,在不同地方教學,也見識不同機構的運作方式,對於開補習班也有所幫助,因此,在2011年6月成立微風外語補習班。

4. 請介紹微風外語,含主要服務項目及人員組成。
微風外語主攻TOEIC課程及客製化課程,亦承接企業內訓服務,很多大企業都是我們的服務對象,為其員工進行英語教育訓練。目前微風外語老師有七位,包含外籍教師與台籍教師。

5. 據我所知,學長另有機車租賃事業,請敘述創業想法和歷程。  
其實我一直對台灣機車有相當的興趣,因為機車是台灣一項很重要的交通工具,平常就會注意與機車有關的事情。大約四個月前,發生一場車禍之後,讓我思索機車是否也能跟汽車一樣有行車紀錄器功能,隨即和朋友一起開發機車專用隱藏式照相機,將照相機安裝於後照鏡,目前本產品正在申請專利的階段;另思考到人們用機車代步,是不是能把機車使用權變得更加靈活?因此展開了機車租賃事業,雖然已有人從事機車租賃,不過經營模式較為傳統,我選擇以創新模式經營,故成立天嵐國際有限公司 (Ken’s Scooter Leasing & Sales. Ltd) 。

我套用汽車租賃模式,亦即租機車租期分為長租或短租,機車可選擇二手或全新,一切依照顧客需求提供服務,有別於傳統機車租賃,業者和顧客之間是以口頭約定,天嵐採正式紙本合約,與客戶約定一切需要履行的權利和義務。特別的是,我們提供國際通用的PayPal付款方式,亦可使用便利商店繳費服務。

6.  補習班和機車租賃是兩種很不同的產業。在創業過程中,哪一個事業所遇阻力較大?為什麼?
其實各有難處,補習班產業成熟,競爭也較激烈。因此必須創造自己的特色,才能走出自己的路。

7.  請問您認為微風能夠成功的原因是什麼?
因為市場競爭大,大家的相似度也很高,必須要有較特別的課程才能吸引學生,因此微風外語提供特色課程及服務,如調酒學英文,把實境融入課程;購物學英文,與漢神巨蛋配合,讓學生在實際操作中學習;一對一客製化課程及為軍人準備的ECL英語測驗訓練課程,另有留學代辦及出國準備事項服務,試圖以特別的課程以做出市場區隔。

8. 簡述目前為止遇到的最大困難,是否有找到解決辦法?辦法為何?
對我來說,文化差異應該是較大的瓶頸,相較於歐美國家,一旦簽訂合約即不更改的作風和台灣就不大相同。對於歐美人士來說,合約即是雙方約定的重要憑證,絕不任意做更改。但在台灣,似乎有比較大的商討空間。不同地區本就存在不同的文化差異,很難用一樣的標準來看待每一件事,因此我認為心態調整是最為重要,試著了解不同人的想法,並用誠意去溝通,通常都會有好的結果。

9. 請問您認為當一個老闆和員工的差別是什麼?一個好老闆的定義是什麼?
簡單來說,差別就在於員工有固定薪資,而老闆下一餐在哪裡不知道(笑)。誠實是最為重要,誠實地對待自己以及他人。

10. 可否請學長給想創業的學弟妹一些建議?如自身心態、資金準備、人脈累積、市場認識等。
心態要全心投力,要有心理準備可能有半年到一年的黑暗期。變化總比計畫多,要有失敗的準備以及找出另一條路和面對的勇氣,創業不是為了夢想,切勿理想化。資金約為一百至兩百萬,另須準備利息支出。

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交流分享

絲路‧思路(二):西部創業

學生分享國外交流經驗,啟發新思維。

【記者Cindy、Daisy/綜合報導】此活動共有台灣八所學校參加,分別為中山大學、台灣科技大學、輔仁大學、清華大學、淡江大學、元智大學、慈濟大學、首府大學。交流會開場由蘭州大學吳建祖教授主講,幽默的吳教授在一開場就令人莞爾一笑,他說:「大家到蘭州,都覺蘭州好,蘭州不錯!其實有一個原因,WHY?因為預期不高,所以覺得好!一般人都以為西部落後,其實不落後。」Cindy相當認同這句話,在出發前往蘭州前,和多數人一樣,對十萬八千里遠的邊關古城產生不毛之地的刻板印象,當時還心中自嘲或許自己要過上近十天的苦日子;但在蘭州的時,所見、所聽、所嘗卻完全顛覆Cindy想法,民有房,幼有糧,蘭州人生活並不匱乏,而且相較沿海開發地區生活素質高,隨地吐痰的情況並不多見,或許自詡文明的文明人,到了蘭州才是劉姥姥進大觀園。

▲蘭州大學校長

▲西部創業之旅團員合照

▲ 蘭州大學校長 ▲西部創業之旅團員合照

畢業於西安交通大學吳教授一開口,就犀利地點出中國西部投資的三大問題

  1. 開門招商,關門打狗 (腐敗問題,政府公信力不足)
  2. 不受約束的政府/政府官員的(合法傷害權) 
  3. 官本位的價值導向 (公務員熱)

言談間更不時針砭中國政府與國有企業,言語之開放不難發現中國逐漸擺脫文革時期寒蟬若噤社會風氣。


交流會結束的當天晚上又有一個特別經驗,Cindy與其他夥伴搭當地無牌計程車所經歷的也是一絕。當司機問大家打哪來的?知道是台灣人後,開口拜託大家幫忙換一張新台幣一百元給他,說想留著做紀念。要下車時,還說不收錢,表達他對大家的換鈔恩情。


話說回來,Cindy後來發現其實他們不管是有掛牌或是無牌計程車都不愛錢,當晚逛街逛到十一點多要回酒店,攔車攔了快一小時,沒辦輛車想載客,好不容易有一台計程車停下來後,當大家還在討論誰先上車,司機先生直接帥氣揚長而去不載客。蘭大接待學生告訴Cindy,十一點到十二點,是交接班時間,大部份計程車都不想載人,另一方面是人數太多了,也沒法和人一起併車,或許只能說下次可別在蘭州逛街逛太晚啦!

 

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ACT奇幻之旅

【記者Brain/綜合報導】這是一趟不可思議的旅程,對我、以及所有參加ACT學程的夥伴們。我謹以這篇文章向我遠在世界各個角落的老戰友們送上最溫暖的問候。同時,透過我的經驗分享,希望有更多人能認識並擁有跟我一樣的珍貴體驗。


為了讓各位讀者對於ACT有個初步的了解,在文章的一開始先跟各位說明:ACT是一個三校聯合舉辦的國際交換學程,包括奧地利的約翰尼斯.克普勒大學,加拿大的維多利亞大學以及台灣的國立中山大學。比起一般的交換學程,ACT帶給所有成員的是一段跨越文化藩籬的深厚情誼、團隊合作以及永生難忘的世界冒險。在為期九個月的學程中,代表三個學校、分別來自三大洲的同學們必須攜手合作、共同完成這跨越三大洲的旅程。在這段旅程中他們輪流擔任外來者及地主的身分,並在組員的互相合作扶持之下,完成一個又一個的挑戰。他們得到的除了對彼此國家、文化的了解,更重要的是因此擁有了一張人脈的世界地圖。在同甘共苦九個月之後,他們都清楚地知道,未來不管去到世界各地的任何一個角落,一定可以找到可以信賴的老朋友。這也造就了ACT這麼一個獨一無二並且無價的交換學程。

▲ ACT打開世界,豐富生命,完整人生

▲ ACT打開世界,豐富生命,完整人生

如果要說交換學程帶給我最多的收穫是什麼,我會說它徹底的改變了我的生活哲學。在體驗過了各式各樣的生活型態之後,我發現了生活的更多可能性。根據我的觀察,台灣人確實是非常棒的員工。他們擁有非常好的教育水準與技術、良好的工作態度以及豐富的創意,更重要的是,他們非常願意犧牲自己的私人生活來加班以改善他們的生活品質。咦?是不是哪裡聽起來怪怪的呢?沒錯!大多數的台灣人並沒有所謂的生活可言,而且絕大多數的人並沒有發現這一點。當我們一天工作10、12個小時,甚至週末也為了公司出來加班,加拿大以及奧地利的人們則花時間與他們的家人、朋友甚至自己,享受所謂的私人生活。在工作之餘,下班後或週末的時間,他們想盡辦法讓自己的生活更豐富充實。而在同一時間,大多數的台灣勞工則因常態性的加班,早已氣力放盡、癱軟在家。

學程中台灣及奧地利的部分,我們進行了好幾次的企業參訪。在參訪的過程中我們也很輕易的觀察到台灣及奧地利對於工廠管理模式的差異。台灣的工廠管理決大多數還是承襲日本式的管理方法,員工們大多只負責生產線中某幾站的工作並不斷重複同樣的動作,而所有的工作進度則非常即時的記錄在生產線旁的白板或是電子螢幕上以確保所有的工作都按照生產排程進行。在奧地利的工廠中我們所見到的則是完全不一樣的光景。對於我們這些參訪者來說,要理解他們的工作並不容易,因為整個現場並沒有任何的圖片或文字的指示,也沒有即時管理紀錄。相對於只專注在某幾個工序上,所有的員工對於整個生產流程似乎更了然於胸,雖然沒有借助管理工具的輔助,所有的工作依然井然有序的進行著。相對於亞洲員工,他們有著更多的自主權以及身為技術人員的驕傲。

整體來說,在西方世界裡員工比較被當作「人」來看待,而在亞洲,員工通常被當作「人肉機器」,他們被要求不斷重複著單純且一致的工作並力求精準。在西方工作文化中,為求創新與進步員工往往被賦予較大的彈性空間,同時也必須承擔較大的責任。按照這樣的邏輯,我們不難推論出這兩種文化思維下企業主對待員工的心態及方式。不論在何種文化思維下,企業的最終目標是獲利,企業主當然希望員工能提供他們最大的價值。當企業主把員工視為機器,他所期待的就是最便宜的價格及最大量的產出;而當企業主把員工視為有獨立思考能力的「人」的時候,他所能夠從他們身上獲得的最大效益將會是創新的想法、執行的勇氣以及負責的態度。從以上的邏輯分析我們不難瞭解到在員工管理上的東西方差異以及原因。

這次的旅程讓我對於工作、生活及教育有了一個重新思考的機會。當我在面對同一件事情的時候,能夠從更多的面向以及不同的文化思維角度去切入、剖析。同時我也深刻的體會到,台灣的未來已經即將交付到我們這一代的手中了,我們是否已經準備好扛下這個重責大任,帶領台灣繼續向前,將璀璨的未來留給下一代?


 

 
 

Events

 2013 Business Seminar Information

Date

Time

Event & Speech Topic

Location

Speaker

2013/11/29  Fri

14:00─17:00

Trampoline Business in China

R4036

Julie Hsiang,
Executive Assistant to CEO,
Dragon Miles International Limited

2013/12/06  Fri

14:00─17:00

Global Supply Chain Management

R4036

Mark Goh
Division of Business, School of Management, University of South Australia

2013/12/13  Fri

14:00─17:00

 Institution visit-CNA

Taipei

CNA

2013/12/27  Fri

14:00─17:00

Giant Bicycles

R4036

Zack Cheng
Specialist, Giant Bicycles

2014/01/03  Fri

14:00─17:00

Horizon Group

R4036

James Fwu
Vice General Manager, Horizon Group

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2013Welcome Party for New Students

The students from the International Business MBA program at National Sun Yat-sen University have partnered with RE-THINK to host a beach cleanup event at Cijin Island. We encourage everyone to attend and help keep Taiwan's coastline beautiful!

 

Time: 2013/12/8 (Sun) 16:30-18:00
Location: Cijin Coast Park, Kaohsiung
Meeting point: Cijin Shell Museum, Cijin Coast Park entrance
Google GPS: 22.602309,120.275133
Traffic reference: http://96kuas.kcg.gov.tw/cijin/chinesecijin/allframe05.htm
Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nW5B9Z2lhpomrNiIQawyjtq_zDKDDjwbFjHU2qI7HuA/viewform

Notes:
Children are welcome to attend. Adult supervision is required.  People attending the event are responsible for their own transportation.  Please wear shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather.  Please bring garbage bags, gloves, and any other tools you may want to use during the cleanup. Upon late arrival, please go to the beach to find us. If your group or organization would like help hosting a beach cleanup event, please contact RE-THINK at rethink.tw@gmail.com.

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Event Summary

Presenting in English is not as difficult as you thought

As an IBMBA student, we have many chances to present in English in class. To help IBMBA students, the IBMBA office held a “Presentation skill workshop” for students. The instructor was Simon, an experienced teacher of presentation skills. Using a different method than lecturing, Simon led students step by step. Through practice students easily understood Simon’s message.

▲	透過小組討論,學生上台報告現學的英語簡報力。

The first activity was about sharing our own special experiences with others. Students were divided into groups, and each of us had to share some special experience of ours. Then, students had to interpret team members’ points of view to the rest of the audience. Usually, people do not have difficulty describing something they know well, but when we have to interpret others’ information, it becomes harder. Through this activity, students understood the key point that we should be very familiar with the content of a presentation before going on to the stage. If we do not know the content well, how can we present it to listeners who do not have any knowledge of the topic?

   
Students kept practicing how to share information with others, and each time they had to try to give more information than the last time. By doing this, the students came to understand that it is not only getting familiar with the content that is important; that summarizing the content and making it clear to the listeners is another important issue. Besides keeping all these skills in mind, remember, practice makes perfect! (By Helen)

 

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IBMBA Seminar Course Enriches Students' Practical Experience

The seminar course every Friday invites speakers from different industries to share their observations & analysis from their work places. The class emphasizes empirical sharing, and the course inspires students very much.

In the first week, we had the CFO of KYMCO - Mr. Chun Ping Ko. The development of the motorcycle & scooter industry is highly related to the Taiwanese economics. From the history of the industry, we can get a glimpse of how the Taiwanese economy has grown in the past 50 years.

▲	每週五企業演講如入寶山,收穫滿載。

In the following four weeks, we invited the CNA V.P., Editor-in-Chief, senior editor, and Academy Director to help us understand the media view point, and to engage us in a discussion about the international mass media, Taiwanese society, and the cross-strait situation. First of all, Mr. Shao introduced several important media outlets in North America, and illustrated how they affect the global environment. Then, Mr. Lu mentioned the information of the information revolution on globalization; furthermore, he pointed out the problem that Taiwanese lack a global mindset. During the following week, Mr. Chen explained his observations, and listed several challenges for Taiwan. Last but not least, the focus shifted to China. As a class, we discussed economic issues relating to China, and the impact of their new economic policies. Furthermore, Mr. Chang invited students to give their opinions about the cross-strait situation, and to think about what the role of Taiwan could be in the future.

When it comes to the current international economy, China is often the center of attention. In the weeks following the CNA representatives, we invited Mr. Hu from CSOT to share his product development experience in China, and he also gave suggestions for those students who want to work in China that the priority should be to balance your career and family life. Another speaker, Mr. Tsai from Foxconn Co., compared the working styles of Brazil and China.   

Besides speakers sharing their experiences, we have had a useful negotiation class as well. The speaker, Mr. Lai from the Chinese Language Center, National Taichung University of Education, introduced the concept of “Principled Negotiations” to the class.  Principled negotiations involve looking for win-win results instead of win over the other side, as you would see in a 0 sum situation. Then he conducted an in-class negotiation practice which was an enlightening and interesting practice for our IB students.

The importance of the seminar course comes not only from the content of the speeches, but also from the interaction between the speakers and students. After each lecture there is lively debate and discussion that enriches the business knowledge, oratory skills, and independent thinking of the students present. (By Rainbow)


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Media Report

Picking Up the Trash On the Beach Tour

What is the strength of 1+1? Daniel Gruber, from Hawaii, together with his other Taiwanese friends formed a non-profit organization called “Re-Think.”  It started with just two people picking up beach trash until over 2000 people joined their Beach Cleanup Initiative.

Daniel Gruber, currently studying in the department of IBMBA in National Sun Yat-Sen University, once said in an interview with TVBS reporter Li Tao ‘’If I have a kid, I do not want them to say to me: This is all your fault. You had all the opportunity, we all had an opportunity to make this world a better place.‘’ As such Daniel took the initiative to form an organization dedicated to beach cleanup. All this just because he believes that this is something that he should do. He is enthusiastically in love with nature and hopes that everyone can treasure the environment.

▲ 從2人到2,000人的環境小革命,在台灣奏出進行曲。

The story all began when Daniel was taking a hike. He discovered that Taiwan’s natural environment was severely damaged, with marine pollution, garbage, air pollution, etc. All of this led him to the idea of creating ‘Re-Think’ with the hope that through practical action and education, public awareness could be raised about sustainable development of coastal areas. Originally working for Disney as a consultant in Shanghai, he found himself working in Taiwan by chance and conducting beach cleanups became another focus of his life other than his work. With the view that he has already been working for a long time and desires to further understand the Asian market and its development, he chose to undertake a Master’s Degree in IBMBA department in National Sun Yat-Sen University. With the entire course being conducted in English, 50% of the students are from various parts of the world leading to an international environment. This allowed him to remain in Taiwan as he will still be able to enjoy International Standards Education in Taiwan.

Also after comparing National Sun Yat-Sen University with other universities, he discovered that not only are the tuition fees reasonable, the course is also accredited with AACSB, and as such, National Sun Yat-Sen University is a reputable university in Taiwan. Therefore he decided to study here at the National Sun Yat-Sen University. Daniel is of the opinion that learning organization management enables one to have a rational approach to the fulfillment of dreams. Not only can it be applied to business organizations, but it can also work for NPOs. Just like any other business, NPOs also need creative marketing with the only difference being that NPOs don’t have profits as their objective. Daniel wants to create a business model that is able to make a profit while at the same time be able to be of benefit to the environment, and society as a whole, in what would be a win-win situation. As such, the College of Management of National Sun Yat-Sen University, with its abundant resources and experience, is properly placed to impart both theoretical and practical guidance. In addition, NSYSU boasts a good reputation that can also add to his experience working in Asia. Also, he is very interested in learning Mandarin, and all of this led him to choose to study an IBMBA at NSYSU.

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Exclusive Interview

When the West Meets the East—the Way to Success

來自日本和歌山的少年:平畑和真

It is our pleasure to have a chance to interview Ken Yang of the IBMBA101 class for the IB E-paper. Ken has already started his own business during the school year.  Let’s find out how, and why he does it!

1. Would you please tell us about your education and working experience?
Kaohsiung Senior High School
Seattle University (Marketing major)
NSYSU IBMBA
Currently work as:
Manager for BREEZINGSEA Language School.
Manager for Ken’s Scooter Leasing & Selling.

After graduation from Seattle University, I came back to Taiwan and started teaching English as a part time job before go to the military service. The very first place I taught English is at Gjun English; I taught TOEIC and English conversation. I also taught TOEIC at NSYSU Continuing Education Affairs.

2. Why IBMBA?
My father a graduate from In-service NSYSU MBA program and the colleague at NSYSU Continuing Education Affairs both recommend IBMBA to me. I think it is a good chance to review some business knowledge and meet people from different backgrounds.

3. When and how did you get the idea of starting your own business?
After teaching English for a while, I felt like having my own English teaching business. I got many different experiences from the schools I taught and learned some basic knowledge of how to run a school. Thus, I started BREEZINGSEA Language School in June, 2011.

4. Would you please introduce BREEZINGSEA Language school?
We mainly focus on TOEIC teaching and customized courses. Besides, we have many partners who are big companies. BREEZINGSEA offers them English training programs for their employees. We currently have seven teachers, including of foreign and Taiwanese teachers.

5. We know you have another business about scooter leasing, can you talk about it? How did you start the business?
Actually I have interest in Taiwan’s scooter for a long time because scooters are very important transportation to Taiwanese. About four months ago, I had a car accident; because of the accident, I started to think about the possibility of installing event data recorder (EDR) on the scooter; then I develop EDR for scooter with a friend. It is a camera which can be installed on the scooter side mirror. The product is under patent application.
I got an idea of making scooter using more flexible to people by then and decided to do the scooter leasing business. Even though scooter leasing has existed in the market for quite a while, I used another way to do it. I put car leasing system into scooter leasing, which means that there will be paper contract that explains rules and obligations that have to be followed by both of the company and the customer. Furthermore, we offer PayPal and convenient stores paying service for customers.

6. English teaching and scooter leasing are two totally different fields, which one do you think more difficult to do and why?
Both of them have their own difficulties to face actually. English teaching is a mature market so the competitors are relatively more than scooter leasing.

7. What is the reason that BREEZINGSEA English become successful ?
To be different from others, we offer special courses to meet different students’ need. For example:
One on one tutoring.
ECL English training for soldiers in Taiwan.
Put real life situation into English learning; learning related English words by making cock-tail and shopping in the department in English activities.

8. Would you please tell us about the biggest obstacles you have so far?
I think the cultural difference is the biggest problem for me. To Western people, once the contracted are signed, the deal is the deal, no one will change it. On the other hand, Eastern people seem to be more flexible about it. Although it varies in different places, it is always right to be honest and treat people sincerely.

9. What do you think the difference between being an employee and a boss?
In a word, an employee has regular wage but a boss does not know where his next meal is!

10. Would you please give some advices to people who want to own their business in the future? Ex: capital raising and mindset.
Mindset:
Be fully concentrate on the business, there would be dark time around half to a year, be prepared!
Be sure to have the courage to face the failure and change.
Having a business is not because of your dream, do not idealize it.

Capital:
1~2 million is the basic, be prepared for the interest expand.
Single investment is better for the beginning. (By Helen)

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International Exchange and Communication

The Silk Road - the Thinking Path II

There are eight schools in the exchange meeting this time, including: NSYSU, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Fu Jen Catholic University, National Tsing Hua University, Tamkang University, Yuan Ze University, Tzu Chi University, and Taiwan Shouru University. Professor Jien-zu Wu spoke during the opening; he said: “Everyone who comes to Lanzhou thinks Lanzhou is good! Why is that? Because their expectation is not that high! People always think that the west of China is very backward, but actually it is not that backward as people think.”  I totally agree with professor Wu's words.

Before I went to Lanzhou, I carried the same idea that most people have; I had a strong stereotype in my mind of Lanzhou is a backward place. I teased myself that I was going to experience a hard time there. After arriving in Lanzhou, I totally changed my mind. Lanzhou people actually have a good life, although they are not as prosperous as the coast area, and, from my experience, the people are quite nice.

▲蘭州大學校長

▲西部創業之旅團員合照

Professor Wu is a graduate of Xi’an JiaoTong University, he points out three main investment problems for China at the beginning of his speech:

  1. Open the door for business, but punch them after they come in. (The corruption of the government and the credibility of the government are not enough).
  2. The Chinese government is difficult to manage. Government employees seem to have the right to legally hurt others.
  3. Be an official is good thinking sticks deeply in people’s heart.

Professor Wu mentioned many problems about the Chinese government and state-owned businesses. I could feel that China has gradually gotten rid of the atmosphere of the Cultural Revolution period.    
I had a special experience after the meeting with my partners. We met a taxi driver who asked us to change 100 New Taiwan dollars with him because he thought it was very special to have it as a souvenir. Furthermore, he did not take our money for the taxi fare because he wanted to return our kindness after we exchanged money with him.
I also found that regardless of if the taxi was legal or not, they do not like money very much. One night, we waited for a taxi for almost an hour. Hardly had we flagged a taxi when the taxi driver just drove away and did not want to take us; we were so shocked. A student from Lanzhou University told us that 11pm~12pm is the shift time for taxis, so most of them do not want to take passengers. The other reason is that there were too many of us, it would have been difficult to put all of us in one car! Maybe we should go back to the hotel earlier; otherwise we will have the same situation happen again. (This article is revised from Cindy’s article.)


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An Amazing ACT Journey of the Brain

This was an absolutely amazing journey for me, and, I believe, for all my ACT fellows as well. I am writing this article to show how much I miss all you guys, and to encourage people to join this precious program.

To give the readers a quick idea of ACT, it involves a three-school (Austria-JKU, Canada-UVic, Taiwan-NSYSU) exchange program, but it is definitely not just an exchange program. It is an experience of a life-time of cross cultural friendship, teamwork and adventure. In a period of nine months, students from these three schools team up, travel through 3 continents together, taking turns being guests and hosts, and together they will accomplish a whole bunch of challenging tasks. During this amazing journey they get the chance to learn from each other as a nation, as a culture, and as a person. After nine months, they know clearly that they will never be alone, no matter where they are in the world. ACT is simply the most unique and valuable exchange program you could ever get.

To summarize what I have learned from this program, I would say it changed my philosophy towards life. From experiencing multiple life styles, I realized there are more possibilities and choices for living. According to my observation, Taiwanese are great workers who have great knowledge and attitude, they are very creative and willing to work overtime to earn a better life. However, most of us don’t really have a life, and we don’t even notice it. When we work 10, 12 hours a day and even on the weekends; people in Canada and Austria spend more time with their families, friends, and themselves. They do all kinds of activities after work or in the weekends with their families and friends, while Taiwanese workers are exhausted from constantly working overtime.

Kids in Taiwan go to cram schools when kids in Canada and Austria go for outdoor activities, and learn from real experiences and from Mother Nature. Most important of all, the parents are usually highly involved as well. The whole family will be planning, preparing, and having fun together. During this process, each member in the family will take care of certain tasks. For the parents, it is a great way to spend time with their kids, and get to understand them better; for the kids, they will be able to learn problem solving skills, and how to take responsibility, while having a lot of fun at the same time. Kids are also encouraged to try new things in Canada, although it sometimes could be a little risky, while in Taiwan, they are always told not to do this, and not to do that, which somehow blocks the creativity and courage of trying new things.


▲ ACT打開世界,豐富生命,完整人生

During our visit in Taiwan and Austria, we had a few factory field trips. We saw two totally different management styles. In Taiwan, which follows the Japanese management style, workers are responsible for only a few steps of work, and repeat it over and over again. All what he/she does is recorded, either on a white board, or a screen right beside the production line to make sure everything is on schedule. In Austria, it is more difficult to understand what the workers are actually doing because there are no illustration, no instructions, and no real time record keeping. Every mechanic knows exactly what they are doing, and instead of a few steps in the process, they have better understanding about what they are doing on a bigger scale. They have better problem solving capabilities, and at the same time, they take more responsibility toward their job.

Overall, people are treated more like human beings in western countries, while people in Asia are treated like machines. We are usually confined to a certain work, and we need to be precise in what we do, and nothing more, while western cultures are more encouraging, and have more tolerance toward new ideas, expecting individuals to take more responsibility. Following this logic, it is not difficult to tell how employers treat their employees differently with different perspectives. Employers always want the most value out of their employees. Seeing the employees as machines, the value comes from the largest output. On the other hand, when you want the biggest value out of a human being, you want the creativity, courage and responsibility. Now, you can easily tell why employers treat their employees so differently in Taiwan from western countries.

This journey definitely had a huge influence on my understanding of life, work, and parenting. I got inspired by different cultures and different perspectives on the same issues. At the same time, I felt more responsibility since we are the generation who are going to be responsible for society in the future. It is our responsibility to make Taiwan a better place and provide a brighter future for our children. (By Brain)


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