National Chengchi University IMBA Program Celebrates the Achievements of the Graduating Class of 2023

  • 2023-06-12
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The National Chengchi University International Masters in Business Administration (IMBA) program proudly commemorates the achievements of the graduating class of 2023. With its rich history and commitment to cultivating multi-dimensional leaders in business and management, the IMBA program has played a vital role in shaping the careers of these talented individuals.

Established in 2001 as the first all English-taught MBA program in Taiwan, the IMBA program at National Chengchi University has been a beacon of excellence in business education.  The IMBA program's commitment to creating an internationalized learning environment has resulted in a diverse student body, with over half of the students hailing from 20 different countries across 5 continents. This diversity has enriched the classroom experience, fostering cross-cultural understanding and collaboration. Through hands-on experiences and exposure to real-world challenges, graduates have developed the ability to integrate resources, think critically, and cultivate an internationalized perspective beyond their majors and the basic curriculum.

The Ceremony commenced with a welcome address from Associate Dean of the College of Commerce, Professor Shari Shang, applauded the resilience and adaptability demonstrated by the graduating class in the face of changing circumstances, particularly during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Shang acknowledged the graduates' ability to strike a balance between learning, work, socializing, coordinating, and living. She commended them for successfully completing critical projects, including their thesis, which have further enhanced their knowledge and skills. As the graduates embark on different paths, pursuing jobs, starting new businesses, or transitioning careers, Professor Shang assured them of the support they will receive from the IMBA alumni, IMBA office, and IMBA student support system.
Professor Jason Tsai, Director of the IMBA Program, expressed his pride in the achievements of the graduates. He commended them for their dedication, hard work, and high grades throughout their studies. Professor Tsai acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead, such as economic uncertainties and inflation, but also emphasized the opportunities brought by AI and technological advancements. He encouraged the graduates to explore the vast possibilities available to them and assured them of continued support from the IMBA program.

Alumni, including Professor Alicia Say, who graduated from the IMBA program in 2003, shared her personal experiences and offered words of wisdom to the graduating class. Professor Say highlighted the transformative impact of the IMBA program, not only in terms of knowledge and critical thinking skills but also in fostering self-awareness and personal growth. She encouraged the graduates to embrace life's decision-making process and emphasized the value of every experience.

Freddie Gutierrez, another esteemed alumnus, shared his personal journey from a Mechanical Engineer to a Marketing Development professional. He emphasized the importance of perseverance, adaptability, and cultural understanding in navigating the job market. He urged the graduates to focus on companies that align with their passions and to approach challenges with patience and empathy. Freddie stressed the importance of perseverance, reminding the graduates that success often requires hard work and resilience. He urged them to focus on intrinsic motivation and personal growth rather than external validation. Freddie concluded by affirming the graduates' potential for greatness and encouraged them to approach their journeys with enthusiasm, resilience, and a commitment to making a positive impact.

Francine Holder, VP of Events for the IMBA Students Council and a representative of the graduating class, reflected on the importance of effective leadership, communication, and embracing diversity. She emphasized the need for leading with compassion in the context of effective leadership. She acknowledged that the world we live in today is increasingly interconnected and diverse. In such an environment, it is crucial to recognize the value of compassion and empathy. She noted that exceptional leaders aim inspire and uplift others by making them feel valued, understood, and supported. She quoted Maya Angelou, the renowned American author and poet, who once said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." She urged her fellow graduates to always remember the impact they can have on others through their actions and words. By leading with compassion, they can foster a sense of belonging, understanding, and unity within their organizations and communities.  In closing, Francine expressed heartfelt gratitude to the professors, faculty, staff, alumni, and organizers who played instrumental roles in the IMBA journey, with a deep appreciation for their guidance and support.  She extended congratulations to the Class of 2023, encouraging each graduate to pursue continued success and fulfillment in their future endeavors.

Kritsana Wongchinda, VP of Marketing and social media for the IMBA Students Council and a representative of the graduating class, expressed appreciation to fellow classmates, friends, and business partners for their support throughout the IMBA journey. He recognized that their accomplishments were not solely the result of their individual dedication, but also a testament to the power of collaboration. He expressed his gratitude for the collaborative spirit that had permeated the program, where students came together to learn, grow, and support one another. It was through these experiences that they forged lasting connections, broadened their perspectives, and gained a deeper understanding of the world around them. In a heartfelt tribute to the graduating class, Kritsana performed a special song, "I Was Here," a reminder of the profound presence they had in each other's lives. As he concluded his speech, he expressed his unwavering belief in the potential of each and every graduate. He encouraged them to carry the spirit of servant leadership, lead with humility, empathy and a genuine desire to serve which will bring about meaningful transformations in their workplaces, communities and the world at large.

The IMBA 2023 Graduation ceremony was a truly memorable event, marked by the recognition and celebration of graduating students within the IMBA community. Awards were presented to Student Council Members, Dragon Boat Captains and Co-Captains, and Oath Club Members, acknowledging their outstanding contributions and commitment.

Following the ceremony, a delightful dinner and Gala night awaited the graduates and their guests. The atmosphere was filled with joy and camaraderie as everyone came together to cherish the accomplishments of the graduating class. The Gala night reached its climax with the presentation of fun awards and prizes, generously sponsored by the Alumni.

Thank you to all who joined in celebrating the achievements of the graduating class of 2023, and may their futures be filled with success and fulfillment.

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Associate Dean of the College of Commerce, Professor Shari Shang delivering Welcome Address.

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2008 Alumni Freddie Gutierrez sharing his IMBA and offering encouragement to Graduates

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IMBA Director Professor Jason Tsai proudly turning the tassel of Graduate Kritsana Wongchinda

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Professor Shari Shang proudly presenting Graduate Carlo Martinez with his Diploma

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Francine Deana Holder during her address to Graduates reminding them that exceptional leaders aim inspire and uplift others by making them feel valued, understood, and supported

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IMBA Graduating Class of 2023 alongside Alumni and Professors of National Chengchi University