Accepting applications according to the NSYSU Regulations of Exceptional Doctoral Dissertation Reward (Appendix 2), and The College of Management Recommendation of Exceptional Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines (Appendix 4).
Time: Please submit the files before 5 pm, October 30th for further processes.
Required documents: Recommendation form (Appendix 5), list of the recommended student’s publication and electronic files of published articles (in recognizing related information such as issue number, order of authors etc.), cover page of dissertation.
【Faculty】Does testing for COVID-19 lower the fatality rate? Results of NSYSU and NYMU’s research published in Scientific Reports
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has topped 20 million and the death toll has surpassed 700,000. As the number of cases and the death toll is continuously rising, Taiwan faces a risk of a second wave of infection. National Sun Yat-sen University and National Yang-Ming University formed a research team to study the risk factors influencing the mortality rate of COVID-19 by big data analysis. The results of the team’s study were published in Scientific Reports, an open access journal from the publishers of Nature, to help the world’s governments decide whether to implement widespread testing for COVID-19.
Having analyzed global big data, the research team discovered that the COVID-19 mortality rate was negatively associated with COVID-19 test number, government effectiveness score, and the number of hospital beds, and positively associated with the proportion of population aged 65 or older and transport infrastructure quality score. Furthermore, the negative association between Covid-19 mortality and test number was stronger among countries with lower government effectiveness scores, younger populations, and fewer hospital beds.
Assistant Professor Li-Lin Liang of the Department of Business Management, NSYSU, indicated that the team analyzed data for 169 countries. According to the World Development Indicators of the World Bank, Taiwan ranked top 14% for the government effectiveness score. Moreover, Taiwan ranked top 23% for the percentage of the old population and top 16% for the number of hospital beds. These figures imply that Taiwan has an effective government, a rather aging population, and a high number of hospital beds. It is yet to be studied whether public open testing can lower the fatality rate of COVID-19 in Taiwan.
Assistant Professor Liang explained that for all countries the average COVID-19 mortality rate was 3.7%. The average mortality rate in high-income countries was 4.9%, likely due to the aging population. Taiwan, however, had a mortality rate of just 1.5%, which was lower than the predictive value of the model. The prevention measures undertaken by the Taiwanese government, citizens’ health management, and the high-quality health care services are important factors contributing to the low mortality rate in Taiwan.
Professor and Dr. Chun-Ying Wu, Director of the Division of Translational Research of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Informatics, National Yang-Ming University, highlighted that most research on COVID-19 mortality rate has focused on patient levels. The results of such studies showed that the mortality rate was the highest among the elderly with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or hypertension. However, because of the small sample sizes, the results may not be representative. Thus, NYMU Research Center for Epidemic Prevention and the research team of the NSYSU College of Management analyzed big data of 7.5 billion population of 169 countries, searching for the indicators predicting the mortality rate of COVID-19.
【Program】First in Taiwan: IBMBA made it 85th place to the Financial Times 2020 Master in Management Ranking
The UK-based Financial Times (FT) published its 2020 Master in Management (MiM) Ranking on September 28, 2020. The FT’s 2020 MiM Ranking ranked the top MiM programs offered by 90 universities around the world. This year is the first year the Master of Business Administration in International Business (IBMBA) program, College of Management, National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) is analyzed and assessed by the FT’s MiM Ranking. Besides earning the 85th place on the FT’s 2020 MiM Ranking, the IBMBA program has even won the 1st place among the Taiwan’s independent MiM programs on the list, which is followed by the Master of Science in Management Information Systems, National Chengchi University (87th ). Another school in Taiwan that has also made it to the FT’s 2020 MiM Ranking is Fu Jen Catholic University, which is one of the three partner universities that jointly offer the Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) program.
The UK-based Financial Times 2020 MiM Ranking is calculated based on the information collected through two separate surveys. The first survey is completed by the business schools and the second one by alumni who finished their MiM three years ago in 2017, evaluating the three major aspects of the business schools, including alumni career progress, school diversity, as well as international exposure experience and research. The evaluation criteria include “salary increase”, “career progress”, “percentage of women among faculty, students and board members”, “international mobility”, etc.
In terms of the alumni's career performance, the "average salary" among the alumni that graduated from IBMBA three years after graduation was calculated to be US$54,787 (approximately NT$1,604,586), reflecting a 54% increase from the salary at the time of graduation, ranking the 25th in the world. In terms of the alumni’s career progress, which compares changes in the level of seniority and the size of company alumni are working for between graduation and today, IBMBA is ranked 17th in the world, which is outstanding and demonstrates that IBMBA is able to cultivate business talents that meet the demands of companies and help the companies grow.
The College of Management, NSYSU is characterized by its internationalized learning environment and abundant resources on exchange programs. In the IBMBA class, the ratio of foreign students to local students is as high as 1:1. In terms of "international study experience", IBMBA is ranked 44th in the world as the IBMBA students had undertook a significant amount of overseas exchanges, company internship as well as study trips abroad. In addition, in terms of “international mobility", which compares changes in the country of employment of alumni between graduation and today, IBMBA is ranked 52nd in the world and 6th in Asia, indicating that the IBMBA alumni’s capabilities are widely recognized by companies around the world.
In terms of “diversity”, the “percentage of female students” of the College of Management is 64%, ranking 5th in the world. The “percentage of international students” is 49% and the “percentage of international board” is 44%, ranking 31st and 29th in the world respectively. Furthermore, the survey items have also included the number of students enrolled, the alumni’s overall satisfaction, and the percentage of internships completed during the program, but they were not included in the score for ranking.
University of St Gallen in Switzerland, HEC Paris, and Essec Business School in France have remained the top three schools in the FT’s 2020 MiM Ranking. A total of 15 MiM programs in Asia made it to the list. The 1st MiM program in Asia is the Global 3 Master in Management program jointly offered by Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University (China), ESADE business school (Spain), and the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia (USA) . The 2nd MiM program in Asia is the Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) program, which is jointly offered by Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan), the University of San Francisco (USA), and Ramon Llull University (Spain).
We have a chance to connect with Mr. David Toppin, our alumni from the IBMBA, National Sun Yat-sen University. Even though he has a hectic working schedule, he would still like to share his incredible story about his student life in NSYSU.
Hello, David. It is our pleasure to interview with you. Could you briefly introduce yourself? My name is David Toppin, and I am from the United Kingdom. I have archived several academic degrees in my life: *BA Music Degree in Classical Music and Performance on Violin and Piano. *Law Degree and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from Strathclyde University. *Master of Business and Management from Strathclyde University with a semester spent in Toulouse Business School to study Management in Europe. *Master of Business Administration in International Business from NSYSU. *Graduate Degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. *University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).
Before I came to NSYSU, I was a medical sales representative for a pharmaceutical company. I also worked as an English Language teacher in Kaohsiung.
Now, I have my own international medical professional recruitment company where I provide care homes and hospitals with medical professionals such as nurses and doctors from outside the European Economic Arena.
How did you find out about NSYSU, what influenced your decision, why the IBMBA Program?
I had friends who were successful graduates from the IBMBA program from NSYSU. They recommended this program, so I decided to join it. From different sources, I discovered that NSYSU is a high-ranking university which offers students an excellent academic experience within a beautiful world class campus. I also heard there were many interesting field trips to famous Taiwanese companies such as Horizon Yachting Company and NXP Semiconductors.
Did you face difficulties when you started your studies? And how did you overcome these difficulties?
It was challenging to adapt to a different culture. Moving to a new country brings various stresses and strains but also leads to growth and happiness. Building new relationships in a foreign country can be challenging and often requires more effort than we experience in our home country. However, My classmates and lecturers were more than helpful. They assisted me in any way they could to make my studies enjoyable. We spent a lot of time relaxing on NSYSU’s beach and going to parties after class which provided me with wonderful memories.
How did you feel about your career opportunities after obtaining the NSYSU Diploma?
The IBMBA from NSYSU helped me get a place at the prestigious University of Cambridge to study a further graduate degree. Furthermore, taking the IBMBA helped me integrate into the global community where I utilised contacts made during the IBMBA to assist in the growth of my international recruitment company. During my time at NSYSU, I learned everything from ethics, effective communication, problem-solving, professionalism and the core principles of business such as marketing, finance, strategy, global supply chain etc.
What was the best thing you liked about your studies at NSYSU?
The entire faculty and members of the university provided excellent support, teaching and research advice. The university invited renowned international scholars to provide students with an advantage in their learning. NSYSU IBMBA encourages students to collaborate with classmates and participate in business competitions, while guidance is provided. These opportunities offer students the chance to apply theories learned in school to real-life business situations.
The IBMBA is composed of international students from several countries around the world. All courses are taught in English so students can study in a real global learning environment. International students can also have the opportunity to participate in exchange programs or double degree programs with partner institutions to see the world from a globalized perspective.
Interviewee: David Toppin Interviewer: Dang Phuong Thao (Alex) – Vice President of The Student Association.
The IBMBA and GHRM MBA program not only prioritize the academic excellence of the program but also strengthen the alumni network. This year, IBMBA and GHRM MBA Alumni Gathering event was organized on the 1st of August at General Sun Li Jen Residence restaurant in Taipei. The event celebrated the close and friendly community of alumni, faculty and staff in the program. There were more than 50 alumni working around Taiwan gathered together to enjoy lunch with the professors of the College of Management. The professors who represented our programs were Program Director Prof. Sharon Wang, Deputy Director Prof. Thijs Velema, and Prof. Frank Wong. The success of the event would not be achievable without the arrangement of Cindy Lin, Jenny Lee and the international student association team.
The event not only flashed back all those beautiful old memories of the alumni when they were at NSYSU but also recreated new wonderful memories and strengthened the relationship and friendship between alumni. Smiles, hugs, funny conversations and lots of positive emotions were the order of the whole event—not forgetting the delicious Taiwanese foods! It’s incredible to feel the warm connection between all our alumni and how easy they can reconnect with the faculty and staff.
The event started with the opening speech of Prof. Sharon Wang. Prof. Wang touched upon the recent extraordinary achievements of NSYSU and College of Management and the event continued with the passionate welcome to all alumni from Prof. Velema. Subsequently, the quiz section was conducted and winners bagged prizes home. Later on, the delicious lunch was served together with the amazing singing performance of first year GHRM MBA student, Anna Tretiakova. While the songs Егор Сесарев, Все в твоих руках, and No Roots were sung beautifully by Anna, our Alumni joined with the cheering and a little dance move, the room was full of excitement and good vibes.
This event also had surprising challenges, two surprise cards were stuck under two chairs. The two lucky alumni who happened to sit on those chairs were awarded with the surprise gifts, and also had to complete the challenges. One alumnus was asked to take a selfie with professor Frank Wong, Cindy and Jenny, another alumnus was asked to invite Program Director Wang to the stage and dance together. Besides that, we also had social media contest, alumni were very excited to take pictures with former friends and faculty and posted the pictures on facebook with the hashtag #GhrmIbmbaNsysuAlumniGathering2020, three lucky participants were chosen to win the red envelope.
With great food and great people, it was truly a day with lots of fun, positive vibes, entertainment, and beautiful memories.With no doubt, the alumni party is one of the best events that everyone is looking forward to. It’s bringing joy and creating unforgettable moments to us. (Reported by GHRM Sam Le)
【Student】2020 NSYSU GHRM+IBMBA Orientation: Start Of A New Chapter
The annual International program (GHRM MBA and IBMBA) orientation took place on the 5th of September 2020. For the first time, the orientation was held at Lasertek International Conference Hall, which is mostly reserved for important international conferences. After the registration, sharing of the new student handbook, and a little bit of mingling, the event went underway.
Ryan Fernandez, GHRM MBA alumnus, introduced a series of team-building events. The team-building event wasn't just fun and games but contained hidden life lessons that Ryan disclosed after the games concluded. He advised the new students to be nice to the professors, staff, and to each other. Ryan also shared about the priceless values of good communication, leadership, listening, support, trust, adaptivity, and ownership/accountability.
After the exciting team building event, the Deputy Director, Thijs Velema, welcomed the new students on behalf of the department. Dean of NSYSU, Dr. San-Yih Hwang, started the faculty introduction and briefed the new students on the avenues and opportunities provided by the university and encouraged them to travel around and immerse in Taiwanese culture.
Professors Jeeyeon Kim, Frank Wong, and Kim Choy Chung also introduced themselves and discussed the courses they teach and their research interests. Unfortunately, Professor Ryan Brading and Director Of International Programs, Dr. Sharon Wang, couldn't join the event, but they both sent a short video introducing themselves and greeting the new students. After that, Deputy Director Thijs Velema expressed his hopes of engaging and teaching the new students as well as learning from each other for the next two years.
After group photo secessions, members of different student organizations introduced their group such as John from NSYSU student’s fraternity AV Takao Montania as well as Elon, Remco, Jetsin, and Sam from the university’s zealous Dragon Boat team. Lima from 2nd year GHRM MBA program touched on the topic of cultural differences and cross-cultural working tips and advised the new students to find strength in diversity and finally, the President of Student Association Joy, and vice-presidents Jonathan and Sam introduced themselves and presented about the responsibilities they are in charge of and the assistance offered by them.
James Tseng from Taipei, one of the new students for the GHRM MBA Program, commented that he enjoyed the event, particularly the team building games organized by Ryan. He says that he is looking forward to learning about business as it will be his first time as well as meeting different people.
Kudos to Student Association for planning, coordinating, and executing such a meticulously planned orientation and especially for ensuring that even the students that couldn’t make it to the event due to various hurdles could attend virtually. To the new students, The International Program Office will take every measure possible to ensure that you have all that is needed to succeed in whatever fields you want to foray into.
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