【College of Management】Shining Internationally and Leading Academically: NSYSU’s College of Management Welcomes an Advisory Visit from the International Advisory Board
NSYSU’s College of Management welcomes an advisory visit from the International Advisory Board. International scholars from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, France, Japan, and Korea gathered together. Professor Shu-Chuan Jennifer Yeh, Dean of the College of Management, NSYSU, led faculty members of the College. A presentation was given to the International Advisory Board, and then board members gave their suggestions and advice. We are grateful for the board members for their valuable recommendations. We also hope that College will be able to achieve more in the areas of administration, teaching, internationalization, and social influence, and shine even more brightly!
The eight agreements include: bilateral cooperation in healthcare, bilateral cooperation in culture, an agreement on technical services and licenses, a joint research agreement on power devices, a joint research agreement on an EV hybrid module, and three on faculty management between Taiwan and Slovak universities.
The agreements were made possible through the Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic Cooperation, which was established to create a mechanism for future bilateral exchanges and cooperation. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said he was “heartened that the third session of the Taiwanese-Slovak Commission on Economic Cooperation has achieved concrete results.” There have been more than 26 MOUs inked since the first session in 2021, he said.
Wu mentioned that there were ongoing discussions covering areas in trade, investment, and technology. Praising the economic cooperation commission, the foreign minister said he strongly believed it is “a big step forward for our bilateral relations and we will generate new momentum for growth.”
Slovak Deputy Minister of Economy Peter Svec, who is currently leading a 26-member government delegation in Taiwan, said their visit, in addition to the negotiations at the third economic cooperation commission, “supports good relations between Slovakia and Taiwan.” It also facilitates further development in "bilateral economic cooperation, semiconductors, science, and research, supply chains (for the automotive industry), education and talent training,” he added.
Svec said Slovakia is eager to boost investment and joint projects with Taiwanese partners and is “ready to provide Taiwanese investors support and conditions for the activities and partnership.”
Speaking on the economic cooperation commission, Svec said, “It will determine the framework for further concrete cooperation and the willingness to create appropriate investment opportunities that will help both our economies.”
Taiwan-Slovakia bilateral relations have deepened in recent years. On May 5, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Slovak National Council passed a resolution supporting Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly. On May 30, Taiwan Deputy Foreign Minister Roy Chun Lee (李淳) attended the Bratislava Forum hosted by the Slovakia think tank, GLOBSEC, and delivered a speech, reaffirming cooperation between like-minded countries in establishing a resilient global democratic network.
【Honor】Congratulations! The College of Management was was awarded the Higher Education Development Project Grant Honors in the second phase of the 2023 subsidies
Industry-University Collaboration – Putting Cross-Disciplinary Plans into Practice: Building a platform for local sustainability collaboration, Institute of Public Affairs Management, led by Professor Jui-Kun Kuo, Associate Dean of the College of Management.
Center for Strategy and Human Capital Research led by Distinguished Professor Shyr-Jer Chen of the Institute of Human Resource Management.
Sustainable Intelligent Electronic Commerce Research Center, led by Distinguished Professor Chao-Min Chiu, Department of Information Management.
【Career】 Win-win: NSYSU and Deloitte Taiwan Sign an Industry-Academic Partnership Agreement to Train Outstanding Students to Become Top Management Consultants
Swish, swish! As everyone watched, two red contract folders were signed as a symbol of sincere cooperation between the two parties, who both achieved a major milestone event by exchanging signatures.
Today, National Sun Yat-sen University’s College of Management and Deloitte Taiwan Risk Advisory Consulting Co. signed a three-year strategic alliance letter of intent.
The largest management consulting company in Taiwan with a market share of 10 to 20%, Deloitte Taiwan covers sustainable development, financial risk, computer auditing, digital transformation, digital strategy, and big data analysis.
Deloitte Taiwan’s parent company, Deloitte, is the world’s largest professional services firm, with a wealth of resources, international expertise, and easy access to cross-sector strategic partners.
The consulting industry has always been a career goal for many students in the College of Management, and as an industry leader, Deloitte Taiwan is the best choice for students to learn more about the consulting industry.
The College of Management, NSYSU has already established a cooperative relationship with Deloitte Taiwan. Associate Dean Jiu-Kun Kuo of the College mentioned that after years of cooperation and exchange, they learned that there were fortuitous opportunities for both sides. Perhaps it is also because of these opportunities that both parties are warm and enthusiastically motivated to continue long-term cooperation.
The Value of Management Consulting: Helping Companies Solve Problems
In the past, Deloitte Taiwan has provided such programs as “Risk Consulting Management Talent Training Program,” “Business Management Professional Internship Course,” and “Digital Technology Trends and Applications” for NSYSU’s College of Management. The content covers digital transformation, information technology, big data analysis, information security risks, intelligent applications, money laundering prevention and anti-information terrorism, among others.
At the beginning of the session, Vice President of Deloitte Taiwan, Shang-Ju Yang mentioned the value of being a management consultant in today’s fast-changing business environment. Consultants must be familiar with various industries, understand the latest regulations and laws, and apply appropriate risk management strategies.
In particular, he said, “Stories without numbers, and numbers without stories are meaningless.” Vice President Yang’s memorable statement means that in the era of big data, the interpretation of information and data by consultants has a crucial impact in helping companies solve their problems and further enhance and create corporate value.
As for today’s signing, Vice President Yang said that he was very happy to establish a long-term relationship with the College of Management. Currently, there are only about ten graduates from National Sun Yat-sen University in the company, and he hopes to recruit more outstanding alumni to work in the company in the future.
Before signing the contract, Dean Shu-Chuan Jennifer Yeh of the College of Management NSYSU said in addition to industry-academic cooperation and talent exchange, between the College and Deloitte Taiwan, the cooperation has also included the creation of new courses with departments and institutes in recent years. It is hoped that after the signing of the contract, both parties can even create more win-win situations in the future.
On May 25, 2023, the Human Resource Management (HRM) class, conducted by Professor François under the International Business Bachelor program, invited Dr. Charles Tseng as a guest speaker. He shared his career journey in the healthcare industry, which spanned across various countries.
Warming up the class with a quick introduction of his background, Dr. Charles graduated from the Dartmouth College's Department of Economics, a part of the American Ivy League, and went on to get a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Southern California. He specialized in head and neck surgery and otolaryngology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Yoshida Otolaryngology Clinic, established on July 17, 2009. The clinic is located in southern Kaohsiung, well-known for providing ear, nose, and throat treatments.
Dr. Charles commenced his sharing with an anecdote recounting his stint in Asia, where he engaged in work. Despite being a native of the United States, he had the chance to venture into China. During his visit, he seized the opportunity to assume the role of a surgeon, an endeavor that broadened his horizons. One aspect that left an indelible impression on him was the striking contrast in culture. Unlike Taiwan, where he was familiar with a more indirect working culture, China's working environment was characterized by a direct approach. In this highly competitive setting, individuals were either regarded as valuable assets or overlooked entirely. In summary, Dr. Charles advises students aspiring to pursue a career in China to be mentally prepared, embrace the challenges that may arise, and, most importantly, maintain an open mind, all while steering clear of political agendas.
As a medical practitioner, Dr. Charles imparted a profound insight during his lecture, drawing attention to a prevalent but overlooked phenomenon among doctors: the tendency to focus solely on healing patients while neglecting their own well-being. In the midst of his engaging discourse, he graciously shared invaluable tips with his students, shedding light on the importance of maintaining personal health. Realizing that he bore not only the responsibility of his patients but also his own welfare, Dr. Tseng embarked on a transformative journey. He resolved to incorporate regular exercise and a nutritious diet into his daily routine, understanding that these simple factors were crucial to a vibrant and balanced life. The impact of this decision was twofold: not only did it bolster his efficiency and productivity as a medical professional, but it also imbued him with a profound sense of tranquility and inner peace. In an enlightening address to the students, Dr. Tseng delivered a poignant message that resonated beyond the boundaries of any specific profession. With captivating conviction, he emphasized the indispensable truth that each individual holds the reins to their own life's journey. Regardless of the chosen career path, Dr. Tseng ardently implored the students to embrace the realization that self-care is an indispensable facet of personal mastery.
Dr. Charles' captivating sharing evoked a wave of curiosity among the engaged students, who eagerly posed thought-provoking questions. One query delved into the intriguing choice he made to pursue an MBA before embarking on a medical career. Delving into the cultural backdrop often encountered in Asian societies, where filial piety and parental guidance hold significant sway, Dr. Charles acknowledged that he, too, initially trod the path his parents had paved for him. However, drawing from his personal journey, Dr. Charles offered a profound reflection. Regardless of the chosen path, he emphasized the inherent unpredictability of life's trajectory. Peering into the future, he encouraged the students to envision themselves a decade hence, realizing that they may find themselves in uncharted territory, far from their initial expectations. Ultimately, he stressed that genuine happiness should be the lodestar guiding their decisions, for it is within the embrace of contentment that true fulfillment resides.
Another question explored Dr. Charles' decision to return to Taiwan for work. At the age of 35, his mother's illness prompted a pivotal choice: to come back home and provide care for his ailing parents. Unwavering in his resolve, Dr. Charles expressed no regrets about his decision. Echoing his earlier sentiment, he reiterated the unpredictable nature of life's path, urging the students to maintain an open mind and seize the opportunities that present themselves along the way.
In the wake of Dr. Charles' responses and sharing, Dr. Charles's engaging sharing session left an indelible impact on the attentive students, provoking introspection and igniting a spark of inspiration within their hearts. Through his personal anecdotes and profound insights, he underscored the significance of self-care, the pursuit of genuine happiness, and the acceptance of life's unpredictable nature. His wisdom resonated deeply, reminding the students that they are the masters of their own lives. The key takeaways from his inspiring discourse were the importance of balancing personal well-being with professional ambitions, embracing uncertainty, and pursuing happiness."
【IBBA-SPEECH】Navigating the Evolving Landscape of ESG and Organizational Reporting
On May 12th, Dr. An-An Chiu, an Associate Professor from Feng Chia University, delivered a thought-provoking lecture to IBBA's Accounting II class students. Dr. Chiu's research interests in Finance, Accounting, Corporate Governance, and Business Sustainability, Dr. Chiu presented a comprehensive overview of the trend of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) and its importance in organizational reporting. Her insightful speech gave the students valuable advice to expand their knowledge and prepare for their careers.
Throughout her lecture, Dr. Chiu emphasized the severe consequences of climate change, the indispensability of ESG principles in business operations, and the pivotal role of reporting ESG performance in business reports. To enhance the learning experience, Dr. Chiu skillfully integrated video content into her lectures, enabling students to understand the environmental, social, and corporate governance dimensions of ESG.
Dr. Chiu introduced stimulating questions that companies should consider when conducting business activities. Questions such as "How will our business adapt to climate change?" and "How prepared are we?" were posed on the environmental aspect. Regarding social considerations, questions like "Do we and our suppliers protect workers' human rights?" and "Do we ensure fair compensation?" were explored. For corporate governance, the question of "Are we effectively managing our business?" was discussed. By addressing these questions, companies demonstrate their commitment to upholding ESG principles.
To illustrate the practical application of ESG, Dr. Chiu shared an example involving prominent companies like Apple, which require their suppliers to incorporate ESG considerations into their operations. This exemplifies how leading organizations are adopting ESG.
In addition to introducing the concept of ESG, Dr. Chiu underscored its significant role in modern-day businesses. Currently, firms' performance in terms of ESG is assessed by various stakeholders, including investors, regulators, customers, employees, partners, and suppliers. Dr. Chiu highlighted that ESG presents new challenges in generating profits. For instance, ESG factors influence a company's access to finance as banks actively reduce their portfolio of high-carbon assets, favoring firms with a thorough understanding of ESG and its associated risks. Shareholders and investors also seek to understand how companies address ESG risks to avoid stranded investments. Dr. Chiu presented relevant research to give students a deeper understanding of ESG in modern businesses. For example, a global investor study revealed that 78% of investors believed sustainable investing was more important than five years ago, with 64% increasing their sustainable investments over the past five years.
From Dr. Chiu's speech, IBBA students at NSYSU gained valuable insights into the practical application of ESG principles from a global standpoint, equipping them for their future careers after graduation. Dr. An-An Chiu's inspiring and informative speaking style left a lasting impact, and we eagerly anticipate future opportunities to learn from her expertise.