The 13 members of YSB’s Global Advisory Board — three from the U.S., three from Europe, and seven from Asia—met virtually on October 14 to discuss the school’s recent accomplishments, its present status, and to outline directions for its future, especially in entrepreneurship and operations in the COVID-19 era.
Representing YSB at the virtual meeting were Dean Kil-Soo Suh and Associate Dean of Planning Sun Ju Park. Major recent achievements discussed were the school’s second consecutive EQUIS certification, selection of the school for Phase 4 Brain Korea 21, and the creation of the new startup IGLOO space. Other reports covered preventive measures taken against the epidemic and steps taken to continue instruction in the face of the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 virus.
[Advisory Board Meeting Online]
Addressing tasks at hand, the advisors discussed how to revitalize the startup space created on the second floor of the business building, how to foster students' entrepreneurship, and how COVID-19 will affect higher education and globalization in the future. Instead of minimizing the role of the school, the advisors said, YSB should empower prospective entrepreneurs. Moreover, they noted, developing a startup business is not the only way to cultivate entrepreneurship, so it is necessary to nourish students' creativity through various types of industry-academia cooperative programs. The school should move away from the traditional framework of university operations in its efforts to cope with the difficulties posed by the virus, they said. The advisors represented global corporations and nonprofit organizations in diverse fields as well as institutions of higher education.
[Associate dean Sun Ju Park, Dean Kil-Soo-Suh at the Advisory Board meeting (from left)]
The 13 members are: Jay Junghoon Chang, former head of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Group, Asia Pacific; Professor Mahendra Gupta, former dean of the Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis; Zoe Hibbert, head of corporate communications, Visa Asia Pacific; Jikyeong Kang, president and dean, Asian Institute of Management; Jooyoun Kim, vice president, Asia Shave Care, Procter & Gamble; Hirokazu Kono, former dean, Keio University Business School; Yvonne (Youngsook) Park, president, FleishmanHillard Korea Inc.; Ruth Shapiro, founder and chief executive, Center for Asian Philanthropy and Society; Risto Siilasmaa, former chairman of the board of directors, Nokia Corporation; Vincenzo Vinzi, dean and president, ESSEC Business School; Olli Vuola, visiting scholar, University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology; Kate Walsh, dean, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Bing Xiang, founding dean, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.