My name is Gokce Basbug. I am from Turkey. For my education, I first studied psychology in Turkey, and then I went to the United States for my PhD degree. I received my PhD from MIT Sloan School of Management. I study work and employment issues. My main hobby is playing soccer. I’ve been playing soccer since I was five years old. Here, in Seoul, I’m a member of Seoul Sports Social. I play regularly with my friends from this group. I am very happy to be part of it. We not only play soccer but also meet regularly for drinks. It is a cliché but real. Turkey can be defined as a bridge between Europe and Asia. It is not only located between these two continents but also it possesses cultural ingredients from both continents, combines them and produces a unique culture of its own. The Seoul of Turkey is Istanbul, which is the most populous city and the heart of the country. Istanbul has a huge historical background going back to 5000 BC. As a person who has had the chance to see many cities around the world, I can say Istanbul is one of the most beautiful ones. My first feeling when I visited for the job talk was feeling like at home. People on the street, their attitudes and behaviors, the design of streets and buildings made me feel like I was at home. When I went back to Boston after the talk, the first thing I told my wife was that she would feel at home if we end up living in Korea. And now it turns out that I was true. She is really enjoying here. She attended SKKU’s Korean Language Program. Thanks to the program, now she can easily communicate in Korean and help me figure things out sometimes. I visited Jeju with my wife. It was a great experience. We like quiet places, so we decided to visit during the Winter break. We walked around, ate a lot of seafood, and did some hiking. We really enjoyed it and we are looking forward to visiting again. Sometimes Korean. I don’t have any problem communicating with people on the street, in a shop, or at a restaurant. You can easily interact with people using your body language. But, sometimes, when I have some work to do at a bank or at a hospital, it sometimes becomes difficult to understand each other. My most memorable event was when I finished my first semester of teaching and read my first students’ feedback about me and the class. As a junior professor who just completed his first teaching experience, those words of my students were big gifts to me. I still get emotional when I remember that. My priority in my career at this point is to publish papers in academic journals. This will not only help me build my identity as a scholar but also contribute to my school’s prestige and reputation. To me, education is a process of discovering and learning together. I don’t believe in the idea that the teacher is the sole giver and the student is the sole receiver. I think this approach does not fit into a graduate school. Graduate programs such as Master’s or PhD programs are places where teachers and students need to produce knowledge together. Therefore, I really expect my students to transform from being a consumer of knowledge to a producer of knowledge and to be part of the knowledge creation process. "I can advise them to invest in themselves as much as possible by gaining new knowledge and capabilities. This is the time for them to furnish themselves with new skills. After graduation, because of work or family issues, they may not have the time and strength to invest in themselves. So, take advantage of these school years as much as possible.” Lead more story in SungKyunWebzine: https://webzine.skku.edu/skkuzine/section/people02.do
SungKyunKwan University Graduate School of Business(SKK GSB) announced that Professor Eric Chuan Fong Shih will serve as a new Dean beginning July 1. Professor Raunaq Pungaliya will serve as a Vice-Dean and Faculty Chair of Analytics Program, Professor Andrew Yi will serve as an Executive MBA Faculty Chair, Professor Kyeongheui Kim will serve as a Professional MBA Faculty Chair, Professor Aleksios Gotsopoulos will serve as a Full-Time MBA & MMS Faculty Chair, Professor Youngju Nielsen will serve as AI MBA Faculty Chair. The leadership change marks the largest turnover at SKK GSB in decades. He thanked all the SKK GSB community by writing "proud to present the new leadership team." Especially, he expressed sincere gratitude to Former Dean Jae Ha Lee. As a founding member of SKK GSB, he has led the school with his glaring deanship and experience. Dean Shih said, "we would not be where we are without Dean Lee’s efforts." Dean Shih’s primary research areas are diffusion of technological innovations and marketing manager’s decision making process. He is also a faculty fellow at Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at University of California, Irvine, where he is jointly working on several research projects funded by National Science Foundation to examine the impact of information technology adoption. At SKK GSB, Dean Shih taught courses on Strategic Marketing, Marketing Research, Product Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Marketing Management for the MBA and EMBA programs. Prior to arriving in Korea, Dr. Shih was a faculty member at Wake Forest University (US) and Brock University (Canada). SKK GSB remember all the community dedicated their time and effort, and make the school growth on the top-tier in global rankings and recoginzed at the best MBA program in Korea. Also, we plan on working with government and staff to support students under crisis facing the world.
Interview with Nikki about Summer Internship Internships are very popular with students who need to gain valuable work or research experience. An intern can work part-time or full time at a company for a specified period. Today, SKK GSB PR committee was very delighted to invite Nikki to share her experience in Korea and obtain life lesson including how to find a summer internship in Korea. We will find out how the internship benefits her. Nikki: Hi, my name is Nikki from India. I have been living in Korea since 2019. Before joining SKK GSB, I was working as a Business Development Manager at a startup in India. While working, I realized that I needed a more specific set of skills like Management, Negotiation and Digital Marketing to attain a well-established and stable position in my career. Since my academic background was Physics, switching into an entirely different field like a Full-time MBA was a considerable investment for me in terms of time and money. We heard that you received a great internship through Hire diversity. What benefit will the internship bring to you and how it affect your career plan? Nikki: Yes, I found the internship job description. at Hire diversity and I discussed with Mr. Sim about job description because luckily that profile was matching with my CV. He helped me a lot in finalizing the working contract and in obtaining immigration permission. Now, I am handling the Marketing area for the Indian community in Korea. Prof. Eric’s Marketing simulation helped me a lot in understanding the working process in the Marketing department. Currently, I am handling the Marketing through Facebook, Google Ads, Instagram Ads, and YouTube Ads. I create promotional Ads on these channels. The internship helps me to gain valuable work experience, develop a network with professionals, refine my skills, and in addition, receive financial compensation. Through this internship, I got an opportunity to travel locally to different places in Korea like Suwon, Gimhae, every weekend. I strongly feel that having hands-on experience will positively affect my career after MBA graduation. What did you learn from SKK GSB? What do you want to do after graduation? Nikki: SKK GSB turns out to be a magical platform for me. I am studying with students from11 different nationalities for group projects and students who have long experience in big MNC’s. I learned time management skills, as we must finish assignments and group projects within tight deadlines. Apart from that, negotiations, communications, and active participation skills improved my personality a lot. In terms of career guidelines, the SKK GSB program is very well defined and helps you to gain confidence before entering working life in a company. Prof. Raunaq and others are always available to listen and guide us through every confusing phase. After graduating from SKK GSB, I want to work on combining the profile of Data Analytics and Digital Marketing. Together with the wonderful experience in Korea, it also helps me to develop my long-term Career plan in the U.S.A or Australia. I believe I would acquire most of the required skills of my dream job before graduating, as the SKK GSB course work is highly oriented towards the latest Job requirements. Written by Yin Lin, SKK GSB PR Committee, Class of 2021
Avril Han, PMBA'20, uploaded 'Dear Class of 2020' to celebrate her graduation and classmates as a her performance on YouTube. 'Dear Class of 2020' is a virtual graduation event for those who cannot attend to their graduation. Commencement speakers are Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, BTS, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and more. She is a recipient of Academic Excellence Award in recognition of her excellence in academic performance at SKK GSB Professional MBA Program. Check out what she says to all the SKK GSB professors, faculty and class of 2020! Go YouTube and Subscribe + Like + Bell! https://youtu.be/Qr1aqIBH2Sk