We are joined today by Thi Han (Greege), who joined the Global BBA Program in Spring 2023 after transferring to the second year from the SIM Global Education, Singapore.
Studying in NUCB's multicultural environment has presented him many opportunities, including global connections and business insights. The case method teaching approach has enhanced his critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, while fostering collaboration and communication.
What attracted you to Japan and NUCB?
The Triple Crown accreditation and case method learning were the primary factors that initially attracted me to NUCB. As a student who seeks to apply lessons to real-life situations, the case method learning perfectly suited my needs. The availability of exchange programs and extracurricular opportunities on campus also played a role in my decision to choose NUCB. Furthermore, the campus facilities, the opportunity to study in a diverse and multicultural environment, and the university's reputation for academic excellence truly impressed me.
Having recently joined the Global BBA Program, have you found the adjustment easy?
I quickly adapted to the program because it aligned precisely with my expectations and desires. For example, the GBBA program corresponds with my interests and career goals, making it easier for me to engage in coursework and participate in extracurricular activities. Moreover, a supportive learning environment, featuring helpful faculty and staff, academic resources, and peer support, has also facilitated my smooth transition to NUCB.
What has been one of your favorite classes so far and why?
I've been actively participating and enjoying all my classes, but Business Model Design stands out as the one that truly aligns with my personality.Professor, Hoe Chin Goi, is an expert in entrepreneurship, and becoming an entrepreneur is one of my dreams. As I aim to create a startup company after graduation, this class provides practical skills and knowledge for designing and implementing successful business models, allowing me to apply these lessons to my future endeavors rather than just studying for grades.
I thoroughly enjoy topics such as market research, value proposition development, revenue models, and customer acquisition strategies. Additionally, the class involves hands-on projects, such as creating your own business model or company, which provide opportunities to apply theoretical concepts to real-world scenarios. Professor Goi's skills in motivating students, assisting us in developing our own business ideas, and fostering a passion for entrepreneurship create an engaging and enjoyable learning environment.
What are some of the challenges and opportunities of studying in a multicultural environment at NUCB?
The language barrier is one of the challenges I face daily, as I am unable to communicate in Japanese. However, aside from that, I don't find it particularly difficult to study in a diverse environment.
At NUCB, I have made friends from all over the world, which presents a great opportunity to establish connections for our future endeavors. Friends from various nationalities can grant access to new business opportunities and markets. They can introduce me to contacts in their home countries and offer valuable insights into local businesses. Moreover, they help expand my network by providing access to a wider range of job opportunities and potential business partners. While communication with my Japanese friends can be challenging, they offer local insights that help me avoid costly mistakes and save money on transportation and food. They have also been incredibly helpful with administrative tasks, such as visits to the city hall or banks.
What are your career goals after graduating from NUCB?
Upon graduation, my goal is to establish my own business, focusing on import and export between Southeast Asian countries and Japan. Additionally, I plan to expand my family's pharmaceutical business by venturing into international markets and broadening our reach.