【College of Management Honors】2022 Financial Times MiM Ranking: NSYSU IBMBA Ranked 73rd, Staying the Top-ranked Fully Taiwanese Master’s Program
The Financial Times (UK) released its Masters in Management Ranking (MiM) on September 12, listing a total of 100 universities in the ranking. The Master Program of Business Administration in International Business (IBMBA) of National Sun Yat-sen University’s College of Management made the list for the third time, moving up ten places from last year, up to number 73. Not only is it the top-ranked independent Taiwanese master’s program for the second year in a row, it is the only one to make the list at all. IBMBA also made significant progress in global rankings this year, and it is one of two Taiwanese schools, along with Fu Jen Catholic University’s trilateral Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management, to make the list.
The College of Management has repeatedly won prestigious international professional business management honors and accreditations. Eduniversal has ranked it as one of the top 1000 business schools for many years; since 2019, it has been ranked third in Taiwan with the ranking of 4 Palmes of Excellence. In 2020, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) reaccredited it for the 4th time, demonstrating that the College is highly recognized for its internationalization and quality of teaching and research.
Dr. Shu-Chuan Jennifer Yeh, Dean of NSYSU’s College of Management, said that all-English programs are a major feature of the College. The Master Program of Business Administration in International Business (IBMBA) and the Global Human Resource Management English MBA Program (GHRM MBA) are all-English programs currently offered at the College of Management. Most recently, in response to the Bilingual Nation 2030 Plan, we also established the International Business Bachelor Program (IBBA) in fall 2022. The College of Management is actively working to connect with the international community, with the mission to elevate the College into a leading global business school.
The College of Management’s all-English International Business Management MBA (IBMBA) program was launched in 2005. The Director of International Programs, Dr. Chien-Yuan Sher, mentioned that this program was the first all-English master’s program in the southern region of Taiwan and has collected more than 400 international alumni and business elites. “We are not just Taiwanese who speak English behind closed doors, but many our faculty and students are from all over the world, so our working language is English.” For example, the IBMBA’s 2021 class of students comes from 13 different countries, making the campus borderless as students from all over the world are in the same class.
The Financial Times Global MBA Rankings surveyed the participating business schools and their alumni who graduated three years ago (Class of 2019), comparing alumni career progress, school diversity and international experience and research. The survey included questions about salary growth rate, career progress ranking, female/international faculty-student committee ratio, international work mobility, etc.
In the career performance of alumni, the weighted salary of NSYSU’s IBMBA three years after graduation was USD 61,717, an increase of about 36% compared to the salary at the time of graduation. In the “Career Progress” ranking, which evaluates the growth of jobs and companies three years after graduation, NSYSU’s IBMBA was ranked 66th in the world, which is a very impressive result and shows that IBMBA is able to produce business management talents that meet the needs of companies and help them grow.
NSYSU’s College of Management has an international learning environment and abundant exchange resources. In the IBMBA class, the ratio of international students to domestic students is as high as 1:1. In the “International Learning Experience” ranking, our IBMBA students were ranked 35th in the world because of their high levels of experience in overseas exchange, internship or study abroad. In addition, in the “International Work Mobility” ranking, which measures the degree to which alumni change countries within three years of graduation, NSYSU’s IBMBA ranked 46th globally and 5th in Asia, indicating that IBMBA alumni are highly sought after by global companies.
The program also ranked highly in terms of diversity of faculty and student body. The proportion of female students is 49%. The proportion of international students is 55%, ranking it 5th among all Asian schools on the list. The proportion of international board members is 68%, ranking it 2nd among all Asian schools on the list. The survey also includes the number of students enrolled, the overall satisfaction of alumni, and the percentage of internships completed within the program, but these factors are not included in the evaluation score.
2022 IBBA Local Students Orientation: the Journey Begins
On August 30th, IBBA held an orientation for the local students. After having a delicious lunch, the event's emcee, Andy Teo (張詠峰；GHRM MBA 2nd year student), kick-start the event by welcoming the freshmen to the international program family.
Opening the event, the College of Management’s Deputy Director of International Programs, Prof. Kim, congratulated the freshmen for being successfully enrolled into the program. As Deputy Director Kim mentioned, the International Programs and the College of Management provide multiple resources for students to explore and broaden their horizons. She encouraged the students to embrace the following years in college with an open mind and be willing to push themselves off their comfort zone and seize any opportunities that would make them the best version of themselves.
Next up, Alice Chen (陳君涵；Department of Business Administration 113) shared more about the IBBA’s curriculum. She shared with the freshmen the Rules and Regulations for the IBBA which they would need to complete a minimum of 128 credits which includes 30 credits of Compulsory Courses, 61 credits of Elective Courses, and other courses. To help the freshmen better understand the process, she also kindly shared her personal experiences and gave some tips on course selection such as reminding them of the important schedules to note.
Apart from the academic-related affairs, she also emphasized the importance of maintaining harmonious relationships with their classmates as that would make or break a team during a group project. Furthermore, she recommended the freshmen take a humble approach and listen to their seniors as they sometimes may prevent you from making futile efforts.
Following Alice’s sharing, Andy hosted a series of activities to foster a closer bond amongst the freshmen. For example, some of the activities include a game called Two truths and one Lie. Teams were given 5 minutes to discuss and come up with two truths and a lie regarding their team members. After, each team will take turns presenting what they have discussed, and the remaining teams would have to identify which of the 3 facts was a lie. Within this activity, the freshmen had a better understanding of each other.
Another activity was the Scavenger Hunt. The teams were given 15 minutes to answer all 10 questions. The first 3 teams to answer every question correctly would win the challenge. During this game, the freshmen worked together as a team to achieve the common goal and competed with other teams in a friendly and beneficial way. The questions were also crafted in a way for students to learn more about the student life at NSYSU, better assimilating them into this new phase of life.
The final game of the day was Andy Says. As soon as Andy finishes giving his instruction, the fastest group to accomplish the task would be crowned the winner of the challenge. This exciting activity undoubtedly spiced up the event. From waving lipsticks frantically to taking off shoes at an astonishing speed, waves of laughter could be heard throughout the entire game.
Before the end of the event, Andy thanked the freshmen for their enthusiasm throughout the event and encouraged the freshmen to not be afraid of making mistakes as that is how one can learn.
As the saying goes, time flies when we are having a good time. The local students’ orientation flew by with cheers and smiles on the face of the freshmen. Truly an unforgettable experience for the IBBA freshmen.
Hult Prize NSYSU Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Proposal Competition On Board!
The College of Management at National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) aims to be the model of Business Education in Asia. We are fully committed to the education of ethics, social responsibility, sustainable development, and cultivating relevant talents. Since 2018, we have published The Corporate Sustainability Report for four consecutive years and set up the Office of Responsibility and Sustainability Actions (ORSA). In order to implement the social responsibility of the college of management, the Office of Career Development assisted the students in the College of Management and Hult Prize to organize the briefing session for IBMBA class, which was held on 14th September 2022.
The briefing session was co-organized with Professor Lu’s and Professor Li’s IBMBA course “Business Ethics and Social Responsibility". The briefing was conducted by the campus director, I-Ting Wu from the Department of Finance. The Hult Prize and the OnCampus Program at NSYSU were introduced to the IBMBA students. IBMBA student Thuy Nguyen, who won third place in the Hult Prize Campus Competition last year, also shared her experience during the competition.
The Hult Prize was created with the objective of allowing new generations to reimagine the future of business. Some may even deem the Hult Prize to be the equivalent of a Nobel Prize. The event was also dedicated to creating high-impact social enterprises that can achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the United Nations.
The Hult Prize competition is split into four different stages. First, the competing teams would have to compete against each other through the OnCampus Program at NSYSU. After which, the winning team will proceed to the Regional Summits. If they pass the third stage, they will then move on to the Global Accelerator. The final stage of the competition would be the Global Final.
The first stage of the competition, OnCampus Program, will be held by NSYSU at the end of the year. The team who wins will receive a reward of 5000 NTD and represent NSYSU in the second stage, Regional Summits. Regional Summits will be made up of teams from around the world. Each team will present their plans to the judges, and the final winners will earn a spot at Global Accelerator, which is an intensive 6-week program that invites experts to guide the teams and enhance their proposals in preparation for the final stage. The top six teams of the third stage will be selected to compete in the Final World Series, Global Final, where they pit against each other to become the winner of USD 1 million.
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【College of Management】Core Competency Training Camp for Freshmen: Achieve the Best Version of Yourself!
In order to help freshmen understand more about themselves and the College, the College of Management of National Sun Yat-sen University held the Freshman Core Competency Training Camp on September 1 to help freshmen explore their career options, develop an international perspective and plan their career development.
“College is the best stage of life. Unlike high school, it is the beginning of freedom and independence. From the first day you enter the College of Management, you should try all kinds of things, find your interests, plan your life properly, and actively develop the ability to think, innovate and take responsibility so that you can be the best you can be in the future.” These are the words of encouragement to the freshmen from the College of Management Dean Shu-Chuan Jennifer Yeh and International Relations and Accreditation Office Director Po-Wen She.
About College Life and Future Blueprint
What is the best way to live a full college life? Speaking on the topic of “Exploring College Life,” Department of Finance Class of 2017 alumni, I-Chung Chen and Chien-Hung Chen shared how they explored, tried, learned, gathered, made breakthroughs, and finally found the direction of their interests and deepened their professional careers. I-Chung Chen shared that during the semester, you should be brave to try and test the limits of what is possible. Through participating in various competitions, you can discover your interests and build your network. Resumes can’t be built overnight. The only way to get your ideal job is to keep accumulating experiences and improving yourself so that you are ready to jump when the opportunity comes.
Chien-Hung Chen, another Department of Finance alumnus, took a very different path, too. He pointed out that the cross-college electives, the liberal arts program, the domestic diplomacy exchange program, and the minor/dual major program are all excellent channels for important career and interest exploration offered by National Sun Yat-sen University. He encourages students to “learn to make the best use of the resources provided by the College of Management and seize every opportunity so that four years from now, you won’t think back and hate the you of today.”
Do you have to do an internship during college? The College of Management’s Office of Career Development (OCD) provides career preparation courses, one-on-one résumé workshops, one-on-one career counseling, and recruiting sessions for students. OCD Director Hsin-Yu Lin emphasizes that these opportunities will help students understand industry trends and their future career development, and enhance their employability and workplace competitiveness before entering the workplace. Yu-Chiao Fu, Department of Business Management Class of 2022 Alumnus, shared that the networking and nurturing future prospects must be planned in advance. “Try everything, grasp every opportunity, don't be afraid to raise your hand, communicate with professors and seminar speakers, ask questions and don't compare yourself with others. Work in your time zone." is the pertinent advice Yu-Chiao Fu gave to the freshmen.
Should you go on an exchange in college? The College of Management International Relations and Accreditation Office Deputy Director Cong-Min Peng shared with the freshmen the types of international resources available at the College of Management. She encouraged them to go out of their comfort zone to experience different cultures and expand their international perspective. Department of Business Management Class of 2022 Alumnus I-Chen Wei shared her exchange experience at EMlyon Business School. She said: “Is it worthwhile to study abroad? This is something everyone often wonders. My exchange in France gave me the opportunity to rethink my life. The experience of being an exchange student is priceless. Don't make choices within what you already know, because you can actually be better.”
During the three-hour Freshman Core Competency Training Camp, freshmen not only gained a deeper understanding of how to plan their college career, but also learned how to use the resources of career development, internationalization and career development from the College to build their own blueprint for their college and future life.
Contributed by Yan-Chu Lai, PhD student in Human Resource Management / Edited by the College of Management
【Career】Office of Career Development and Fubon Securities collaborate to hold an information session on the “Campus Asset Management Talent Training Program”
National Sun Yat-sen University’s Office of Career Development and Fubon Securities collaborated to hold an information session on the “Campus Asset Management Talent Training Program”.
The program content will include theory, practice and career development sharing, and an intercampus exchange with National Chung Cheng University in the the last week.
On September 21, 2022, the Office of Career Development of National Sun Yat-sen University’s College of Management collaborated with Fubon Securities to hold an information session for the second “NSYSU College of Management x Fubon Securities: Campus Asset Management Talent Training Program”, attracting nearly 70 students interested in the asset management industry.
The objective of the Campus Asset Management Talent Training Program is to help students understand the career landscape of asset management professionals. Through basic theory, practical sharing, career development, group projects, and simulations, students will learn about ETFs, stocks, bonds, product development, and sustainable investment issues. The course will also include career talks from senior asset management professionals (researchers, fund managers and product managers). In their final presentations, students will use the knowledge and skills they learn in the course to simulate how managers operate and review and improve their investment portfolios. This year, there will be an intercampus exchange with students from National Chung Cheng University to learn from each other in the last week of the program.
Fubon Securities is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fubon Financial Holding Co., with assets under management of NT$424.7 billion as of August 2022. It has received numerous awards from professional organizations and is also actively involved in the Sustainability Vision Project. Through the sharing by Fubon Securities, students can learn professional knowledge of asset management industry and understand how asset management strategies implement ESG.
At the beginning of the event, NSYSU College of Management Associate Dean Jui-Kun Kuo delivered a speech, encouraging students who are interested in the capital management industry to use this program as an opportunity to learn the required competencies before entering the workforce, and to learn about the integration of investment trust in ESG in order to prepare for their future careers in advance. Shu-Mei Chen, Vice President of Fubon Securities, explained that Fubon Securities would share its practices and experiences in the asset management industry with the students during the program.
Next up was a presentation by Assistant Manager Wan-Ting Huang from Fubon Securities’ Business Planning Department, introducing Fubon Financial Holding and Fubon Securities’ committed to sustainable management in recent years. Under the four ESG strategies of “Low Carbon, Digital, Motivation, and Impact,” they help their investee companies transform sustainably, provide the best financial services, provide a friendly, healthy, and happy workplace, and connect with positive social forces. She introduced the division of labor, organizational structure and job content of the asset management industry. She also explained how asset managers can learn professional skills by acquiring licenses, ranging from investment advisor, securities investment analyst, to overseas asset management licenses, among others. Fubon Securities also actively encourages employees to pursue on-the-job training and provides incentives to encourage them to enhance their professional skills. She shared her career experience, including interesting stories of researching various industries as a researcher and what it is like to work in the asset management industry. Finally, she explained the key points of the program and what students need to do to learn and grow from the program.
At the end of the event, I-Ta Hsu, Investment Strategist at Fubon Securities, introduced the application of ESG in investment and its issues. He mentioned that the public’s understanding of CSR has changed from “increasing profits and pursuing the best interests of shareholders” to “environmental protection, social responsibility and corporate governance”. Nowadays, ESG has been integrated into the investment strategy of the securities industry, and carbon neutral, green energy, and environmental protection are all taken into consideration by investors. He also introduced the ESG cases of Apple, Nike and Tesla. At the end of the event, he shared his work experience, what fund managers do, how they think, and how they face risks and find opportunities.
“NSYSU College of Management x Fubon Securities: Campus Asset Management Talent Training Program” will send notice of admission on Thursday, September 29. The program will officially start on October 5, and the last class will be on December 14, the intercampus exchange final presentation of learning outcomes. We hope that participants will benefit from the program and have more ideas about the asset management industry and plans for their future careers.