“Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there's no such thing as coincidence" - Murakami Haruki from “Kafka on the Shore”
I am so pleased to welcome you here today, as you officially join the GMBA program at NCTU. As we begin this semester I am reminded of the slogan which informs our role within the university and within Taiwan: GMBA Connected! Since our inception in 2008, the GMBA program has been a leading agent of globalization, not only for our campus, but also for Taiwan as a whole. We have worked hard to position ourselves as an open platform of knowledge and culture over the past 8 years, and now you are about to play an integral role in our next exciting transformation. We are embarking on a new journey together in which we will leverage our location, as an R&D-centered campus adjacent to the Hsinchu Science Park, the hub of Taiwan's Information and Communication Technology industry, to act as a connector between the worlds of science and business. At the same time we will continue to function as a bridge between Taiwan and the rest of the world, especially through our global alumni network which now stretches to over 30 countries from all corners of the globe.
Jin-Su Kang, PhD.
Associate Professor and Director