IBMBA 新聞 ： IB102 畢業生珍重再見!
<IBMBA News> Good bye IB102 Seniors!
【蔡怡庭 Amy Tsai報導】
As June approaches, graduation season begins in Taiwan. Students wearing gowns throw their caps high, and we know it is the time we give our blessings and say farewell to one another. This June 14th, IBMBA set up a graduation banquet and held the commencement ceremony for our dear IB102 graduates at the Howard Hotel in Kaohsiung. In order to give the graduates the best memories, IB staff and a group of junior students had started event preparations in May, with every detail being deliberately designed. This year for example, there was a theme for the banquet, The Oscar Awards. In addition, the IB office invited many professors and the dean of the management department to attend this event. Also in attendance was Shuping, who was a former IB office staff member, even came back and volunteered to be the activity host since she was so close with the IB 102 class. Everybody put great effort into this event to make it truly excellent. With everybody awaiting the event for months, it finally took place in the Grand Hall of the Howard Hotel, with flowery decorations and music playing. Starting from 11:30 AM, graduates came walking into the hotel lobby with their best outfits, shining just like Oscar stars.
To kick off the entire day’s events, the dean shared some motivational words with the graduates. In addition, he offered his congratulations, and wished that everybody enjoy the activities of the day. As everyone was so hungry, the buffet started soon after the dean’s motivational speech. The preparation was excellent, and it was very clear that everyone was enjoying the food and drinks provided. In the meanwhile, people were taking pictures with one another, since it would most likely be the very last chance for IB102 members to gather all together and have a meal before graduation. In fact, the juniors knew this in advance while planning for the event, so they rented a big “selfie machine”, which could even print photos right on the spot. That selfie machine was indeed very popular on that day, and people spent all day using it to capture new memories. After enjoying lunch, junior students planned a surprise for the soon-to-be graduates; before everybody came, the juniors hid some small gifts packed in red envelops under every chair, which symbolizes good luck in Chinese culture. Besides the biggest prize, which was a movie ticket, the rest of the prizes were some small things like bracelets, candies, and toys. The graduates truly enjoyed their gifts, and were highly entertained by the surprise!
Next came the highlight of the day, the commencement ceremony. Graduates all wore their caps and gowns, walking onto the stage sequentially to go through the commencement ritual; the professor would turn the tassel on the cap from right to left, symbolizing that the student had accomplished his academic efforts. After this, the dean would then award graduates with their diplomas, shake hands, and take pictures together. This was indeed a memorable moment for all of the graduates, who were extremely excited to graduate. However, after the commencement ritual, this was not the end of the celebration. In addition, IB even prepared our own special “award ceremony” for graduates. Since the theme of the day was The Oscar Awards, IB prepared “golden men” made on printed cards for graduates! Each graduate walked down stage after receiving their diplomas, and Debby, who is in charge of IB student affairs, would personally award each of them with one of these golden men cards. Interestingly enough, every graduate would receive a card with his or her name on it, and in addition to this, each card also had a nickname written on it. For example, Woody got the prize of Lab King because he was always hardworking and spent a lot of time in the lab working on his thesis. Adam for example was given the name A&F Boy, as both his classmates and the junior students thought that he was just too handsome. While the nicknames on the cards were meant to be funny, they all fit each person’s characteristics, which is why graduates really enjoyed receiving their own personalized cards. Customized IB souvenirs were also attached with the golden men cards so that each graduate could get something that they could always hold on to in order to remember their IBMBA experience. Overall, the graduates were very happy with all of the preparations and had an excellent time!
Finally, when the event was coming to an end, we prepared time for the graduates to give their graduation speeches. Several graduates went on stage and personally thanked their classmates and professors, and wished everybody the best of luck in the future. Each of them was so thankful for all of the experiences and encounters that they underwent over the past few years. For the graduates, it was a bittersweet moment because they would be parting with both their classmates and the IB program. Although bittersweet, everybody was still smiling the whole time because they all knew that the friendships that they made during these two years would last forever. Moreover, each IB member will always be there if one of their classmates needs them. With a wide array of activities, prizes, and a chance to share final memories, the entire day’s events were a truly unforgettable experience!
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<Special Report> Exchange Activity between NSYSU IBMBA and Waseda University International MBA
【梁瑛倫 Lena Liang報導】
今年的五月十八日由管理學院財管系鄭義教授和IBMBA專任教授宋兆賢博士一起帶領學生至日本早稻田大學參訪。學生一共17人，由國際生和IBMBA學生組成。早稻田大學為日本名校，在國際學術和實務界都享有極高的聲譽。為期五天的行程包含與早稻田大學國際MBA交流、參觀日本中央銀行(Bank of Japan)、野村證券(Nomura securities)、瑞穗證券交易室(Misuho securities)、日本政府年金投資基金法人(GPIF)以及台灣貿協東京辦事處。
Professor Zheng Yi and Professor Sung led 17 IBMBA students who enrolled in the Portfolio Management course this term to visit Waseda University on May 18th this year. Waseda University is a famous school in Japan, and it also has a high reputation when it comes to both academic and practical applications. Moreover, students visited a number of financial companies and institutions in Japan, such as Bank of Japan, Nomura Securities, Misuho Securities, GPIF, and Taitra (Tokyo Branch) during this period.
<Students and professors at Waseda University>
During the first day, Professor Hitora from Waseda University introduced the economic development of Japan and also discussed about Japanese working life. Because Japan is a highly “long-term oriented” society, Japanese generally consider long-term relationships to be one of the most important factors of business. Therefore, most people have only one or two chances to choose a job over the course of their lives. This thought processes is similar to marriage; once you make a decision to get married, you can’t take it back. It is not surprising to say that most of the IB students were very surprised by this phenomenon. After the cultural introduction, the second part consisted of IB students presenting various pension schemes from different countries to Waseda University students.
The second day, the students visited the Bank of Japan, in which the guide from the bank introduced the bank’s security system. This system was developed around 200 years ago, and was constructed in a way that was made to prevent burglaries. From 1881 until the present day, Bank of Japan has experienced dramatic changes over time. However, the bank overcomes difficulties and continues to grow and develop. Next, the student group moved on to Nomura Securities. This institution is one of the leading financial research institutions in Japan. Mr. Koji Nagai, the CEO, made a special presentation for IB students. He talked about and described portfolio management in Japan, and how the Japanese manage money. After this presentation, the group continued to Mizuho Securities. The COO, an American, brought the students to see their dealing room, which proved to be a truly invaluable experience. Since Mizuho Securities usually considers the dealing room as one of their top secrets, and don’t allow people to visit it, the students were extremely lucky to get this opportunity. The final day, IB students visited GPIF, the biggest pension fund in the world. This fund is used to supplement the Japanese National Pension Scheme. In the afternoon, the students visited Taitra in Tokyo. Taitra is a non-profit organization created by the Taiwanese government to help further Taiwanese commercial activities throughout the world. The office leader is Mr. Wu, who is also familiar with the IBMBA program. Mr. Wu and his team members introduced the trade relationship between Taiwan and Japan. Students asked questions about how to apply for jobs in Japan, gender equality issues in the country, and a number of other interesting questions. Many students expressed that through this field trip they understood Japan more and would consider finding a job in Japan in the future.
By participating in this trip, students not only got professional knowledge, but also benefited from gaining exposure to real Japanese life. For example, in order to see the local fish market, some IB students got up at three o’clock in the morning to experience it. They experienced an authentic fish auction, which can only be viewed in Japan. Others witnessed a traditional Japanese wedding in Meiji Jingu Shrine. In addition to this, students also learned how to use the most complex metro system in the world. The students unanimously agreed that Japan was a truly exciting and fantastic country. Japan is unique because it is modern and advanced, but also manages to preserve its traditional culture as well.
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<Social Enterprise Competition> 2015 NSYSU Technology Aids X Social Enterprise Proposal Competition
【林薈薰 Helen Lin報導】
The 2015 NSYSU Assistive Device X Social Enterprise Proposal Competition was held by The Social Enterprise Development and Research Center and was sponsored by the NSYSU Office of Industrial Collaboration and Continuing Education Affairs. The competition aims at developing technological aids and social enterprise innovation. The ten finalist teams are from various universities all around Taiwan. The final contest was held on June 16th at NSYSU. Each team provided excellent briefing and information related to their products and business plans to the judges. After a fierce competition, the gold medal was taken by the team from Huwei University of Science and Technology, whose product was modular and convertible assistive devices.
<Gold medal winner from Huwei University of Science and Technology >
The Silver medal winner was Recovery Alliance from Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, whose product was a portable CPR device. The copper medal winner was also from Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and their product was a modified wheelchair. The innovation prizewinner was the team that consisted of NSYSU and NCCU students; their product was an institute integration application. After the contest, people truly realized that there are many young students working hard on developing assistive devices. In order to provide device users with a better quality of life, students will continue working and developing their products.
<Innovation award winner: the team from NSYSU&NCCU>
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在校生專訪：Brooke D. Daye 在台灣的職涯經驗分享
< Exclusive Interview with IB103 Student > Executive Interview with Brooke D. Daye The Career in Taiwan
【梁瑛倫 Lena Liang採訪】
Brooke D. Daye是103級IBMBA在學生，同時他也是一間健身公司的總經理。高大的身型和爽朗的笑聲是他的註冊標誌。擁有豐富工作經驗的他為何會想要就讀IBMBA呢?讓我們來一探究竟吧!
Brooke D. Daye is from Canada, and is a current IB103 student. He is also the general manager of a famous gym company, and used to be a professional athlete in Canada. Now, he has started up his own business in Taiwan, and I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to interview him before his graduation.
1.Why did you choose to come to Taiwan to develop your life and career?
我是在2000年的時候被「選」來台灣幫World Gym這家公司發展事業。那時候健身事業才剛剛在台灣起步,當時台灣區的總裁John Carraccio 運用國外的專業來指導指導台灣的年輕人如何在健身中心使用這套系統。我被公司派來台灣，也在公司風雨飄搖的時期成為一個領導者。那段經歷對我來說挺刺激的，而我也很享受早期在台灣的生活以及和這個公司一起度過的經歷。過了些日子，我遇到我的妻子。我們交往五年之後就結婚了，也有了一個女兒。因為我有很好的工作和家庭，綜合這兩個原因讓我決定選擇台灣成為我生活的地方。
I was chosen to come to Taiwan to start World Gym in the early 2000’s. At that time, the fitness industry was just developing here and the president of World Gym Taiwan, John Carraccio, was using foreign expertise to teach young talented Taiwanese individuals how to execute the systems of a fitness center. I was brought here to be a leader in the company at a time of great change and rapid movement. It was an exciting time, and I enjoyed my early years working with the company in Taiwan.
After living here for some time, I met my wife. We dated for five years and then got married and had our daughter. The combination of having both an excellent career and family led me to the easy decision of choosing Taiwan as my permanent place of residence. The weather didn't hurt too bad either.
2.What motivated you to apply for this IBMBA program?
After working at my previous company for almost 10 years, I learned that I was never going to reach my full potential in business, so I left that company in hopes to better myself by expanding my education and experience. I chose to study my MBA at NSYSU in International Business.
3. How do you start up a new business and what is the secret?
Starting a new business takes determination. It takes effort, and it takes a positive attitude. Starting a business the right way means that you spend a good deal of time planning and conceptualizing your systems and processes. In addition, you need a great team, because things don’t happen without an excellent team. Most of all, you need the support of your family because there will be many nights when things aren't going their best, and you will need the support from loved ones to show you what you are doing is worth it.
4. Can you give some suggestions for IB students who want to start their own businesses?
I would encourage all of my classmates to start their own businesses. Whether it is through a franchise, license deal, or even coming up with an idea and starting a business, becoming a business owner is the ultimate goal in what we do. This process is not easy, but the advice below can be used to help make things simpler:
- Save your money, or at least have the ability to earn and access it.
- Meet the right people, since people hold the keys to open doors.
- Don’t believe in luck, but always believe in preparation and timing.
The last thing I would tell anyone thinking about starting their own business would be to never quit. No matter what it is that you are doing, never give up. People who can push through the greatest challenges are the ones that reach the highest peaks.
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ACT學程學生專訪 ：IB101吳雨虹 ACT經驗分享
<ACT Program Experience Sharing> IBMBA 101 Rainbow Wu ACT Program Experience Sharing
【林薈薰 Helen Lin報導】
1. Why did you choose ACT rather than another exchange program?
<吳雨虹於維也納, Rainbow Wu> Photo taken in Vienna
2. What was your expectation for the ACT program and yourself before joining?
<加拿大維多利亞大學/ University of Victoria in Canada>
3. 在加拿大/ 奧地利有哪些課程? 印象深刻的有哪些? 為什麼?
3. What are some of the courses offered in Canada and Austria? Which ones impressed you the most and why?
加拿大的課程算是比較更進階的課程，有商業行銷(Business marketing)，商業策略(Business strategy)，物流( logistic)，在北美做生意(Doing business in North America)，財務(Finance)課程等等，都是更深入的內容，也較多個案討論(Case study)，除了向教授學習外，也從同學的討論分享中學習到許多不同的經驗和觀點。
在加拿大學到的是比較全球化global的東西，例如匯率換算和稅率的部分。另外還有一堂商業中的接觸語言(language in business contact)， 內容在探討語言如何影響跨國公司的溝通和策略。母公司和子公司之間使用的語言，是否必須是同一語言？很多時候跨國的企業必須在海外廣設據點，此時總公司和海外據點之間的溝通語言應該要用什麼，就是一個需要思考的問題。公司需要權衡，用什麼樣的語言對公司整體運作來說是最有利的。
Courses in Canada are generally more in depth than they are in the IBMBA. While in Canada, we took Business Marketing, Business Strategy, Logistics, Doing Business in North America, and a Finance class. The classes often have more case studies than do classes in Taiwan; in addition to learning from professors, students also learned much from their peers. Generally speaking, the courses in Canada focus more on global issues, such as exchange rates and international taxation. In addition to these topics, there was a class called Language in Business Contact, which talked about how language could affect the strategy and communication in multinational companies. Many multinational companies have overseas branches that may speak different languages from them. This is an issue that the company should take very seriously, and can be solved by finding out the best language strategy that makes the company run as efficiently as possible.
第一次公司參訪，並與公司進行第一次訪談 >> 從公司得知計畫內容，開始擬定諮詢合約>> 交涉合約內容>>達成合作協議>>簽約>> 開始正式著手>>與公司見面兩次，溝通進度>> 最後發表
The main activity undertaken by students in Austria was a company consulting project. Since it was a group project, I will share my experiences about my team. The company we worked with was called Rosenbauer, which was a manufacturer of fire trucks. The process from first meeting Rosenbauer to the end of the project is as follows:
The initial company visit and information session>> Receiving consulting content and developing a contract with the company>> Contract content negotiation>> Reach a contractual agreement>>Sign the contract>> Project launch>> Repeatedly visiting the company for further discussion>> Final presentation and deliverables
The final presentation was held in school, and companies sent their representatives to the school in order to listen to each group’s briefing presentation. After the briefing, company representatives and professors raised a number of questions for the students.
Consulting Project Contents:
Rosenbauer Company plans to expand their overseas sales, especially on large-scaled plants such as chemical and nuclear power plants. My task was to evaluate the overseas sales potential, and to provide the potential sales numbers for the company to reference. The company assigned four countries for us to investigate: France, Britain, America and China. Each of the group members was specifically in charge of covering one of these countries. Since we had no idea how to research these types of plants, we conducted research in the following way: First, we searched for nuclear power plants and chemical plants on the Internet. Second, we sent these plants emails asking how many fire trucks they currently had in their fleet. Third, we estimated the future demand based on the figures we acquired.
Since the Chinese government is very strict on fire regulations, every factory must have at least two fire trucks. In this case, it was not a problem to calculate the total fire truck quantity in China for chemical and nuclear power plants. Based on the existing volume and the elimination rate, I was then able to calculate the figure of future potential demand.
<奧地利的生活, Life in Austria>
4. How was life in Canada?
Life in Victoria is very simple, and while there is not much entertainment, everyday life is very convenient. In addition, there are many Chinese residents, so Asian food is readily available. The climate is also pleasant, but the main problem is that there are no special cuisines, so we usually visited Chinese restaurants or cooked by ourselves. In addition, parks and natural resource conservation in Canada are managed very well, and the country promotes conservation efforts.
5. How was life in Austria?
We arrived Austria in late January, when is the coldest period. We encountered many inconveniences due to not knowing German. There are few big scale malls in Austria, instead, middle and small size markets take the most parts. So we had to run throw many stores to get what we wanted. Besides, we kept ordering the same food in the restaurants because of not knowing German. There was one time that I was fined because of not understanding clearly of the rule local tram ticket using. In Austria, all of the foreigners should register as residences; Austrian classmates did help us a lot. Talking about the travelling part, I went travelling on almost every weekend, thus, I visited Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Britain, Portugal and Germany.
There was once when I took the night train from Austria to France, my wallet was stolen without noticing. Because of the experience, I always warn my friends be sure to put up their guard when travelling in Europe. There are too many frauds in popular cities like Prague, Paris and Barcelona.
<中山大學參與ACT學員合影, NSYSU students in the ACT program>
6. How do you feel about working with students from other countries?
While working with people from various cultural backgrounds, it is common to hear new and different points of views that differ from our own. When we discuss doing business in Asia, we always start from Taiwanese’ point of view; while foreign students always give different opinions, which makes the discussion more interesting and intriguing. In Entrepreneurship class for example, we discussed about the chances to set up a new business in Taiwan. I found that many things that seem to be common for us are considered new possibilities for foreign students.
When it comes to interactivity, Taiwanese are very different from western students. Taiwanese students are taught to be humble and the idea of peace is the most important thing deeply rooted in our minds. Due to this, Taiwanese students are prone to speak little in discussions instead of speaking out and sharing ideas. After joining the ACT program, I realized that even though being humble and pursuing a peaceful strategy are both important, standing up for my thoughts and opinions is something I could not ignore. If I kept quiet and tolerated unfairness, no one would help me: I am the only one who can help myself.
<台灣小組發表, Presentation in Taiwan>
7. Generally speaking, what is your biggest achievement and how do you think the program could be improved?
<帶外國朋友拜訪旗津, Showing foreign friends around in Chi-Jing>
Stepping out of my comfort zone indeed gave me more courage and confidence to face future challenges. In addition, I would say that I am not afraid of staying in a totally unknown country after participating in the ACT program. I would love to apply for jobs in different countries and will not give myself too many constraints regarding location when job searching. Furthermore, I became more open-minded and I am now more willing to open my arms to people from different backgrounds and embrace their differences. Also, thanks to the ACT program, I developed many close friendships with my classmates that would have not been otherwise possible.
As for the suggestions on how to improve the program, I would suggest that schools provide more help on the residence process in Canada, since this was a bit difficult. Since we only stay in Canada for three months, it is hard to find a short-term lease when we are looking for apartments from Taiwan. Another issue was that the class schedule in Canada was a bit too intensive, and students could hardly survive. I am very thankful that I had the chance to join the IBMBA ACT program, since it truly provided me with a lot of excellent experiences, and I believe all of these experiences will forever be in my memory.
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