April 28, 2010
 
  New Club in Town
 
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A group of Japanese MBA students, including 5 Global MBAs, have joined forces to create the Ross Japan Business Association (JBA). The club officially began in September, 2009 with the goal of sharing Japanese business culture with the Ross community. The club will be the primary link between the Ross School and the Ross Alumni Club of Japan with the mission of maintaining and developing networking and professional opportunities for club members, both domestically and internationally. The club also aims to build and further the awareness of the Ross MBA in Japan, and to assist both prospective and admitted students in their transition to Ross.

Recent club activities included a sushi night on April 13. More than 50 students joined the event at Sushi.com, filling the restaurant to capacity. Participants enjoyed a Japanese dinner and authentic sake tasting, pictured above left. Two days later, the club hosted an information meeting for a 7-day, group trip to Japan being planned for August, 2010.

Global MBAs holding officer positions in the JBA are Yasuhiro Miyaoka of Nomura Securities, Yoshiko Nisawa of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Hiroshi Tachibana of Nomura Securities, Koichiro Uemura of Norinchukin Bank, and Yukinobu Yamamoto of Information Services International-Dentsu. The group posed for the photo above with other club members on April 13 outside of Sushi.com.

To become a JBA member or to get more information, check-out the club’s website at https://ross-rjba.campusgroups.com/.
 
  Global MBAs Expanding their Network
 
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Each year in the fall, a Global MBA cohort joins the Ross community in Ann Arbor as second-year MBAs. Having completed the core over the previous six months, including 3 months of instruction in Asia, the fall term offers the first opportunity for Global MBAs to immerse themselves into the Ross community. New relationships are formed and networks are expanded to include students from Ross’ other MBA programs.

Global MBAs Hataikarn Junpitak of Krung Thai Bank and Jo-Wei Huang of Genia & Co. connected with Carlos Carranza from Ross’ full-time MBA after meeting in their finance class. Carlos graciously took time to introduce Hataikarn and Jo-Wei to several must-do Ross MBA events and their friendship grew from there. Carlos invited Hataikarn and Jo-Wei to visit his hometown of Lima, Peru. Carlos and his family hosted Hataikarn and Jo-Wei during their October visit. The Carranza’s welcomed them into their home and treated them like family. Pictured left in the Carranza’s home, Jo-Wei, Carlos, and Haitakarn standing behind Mr. and Mrs. Carranza. Pictured right, Jo-Wei and Haitakarn, during their visit with a view of Machu Picchu behind them.

After graduation, Hataikarn and Jo-wei hope to reverse roles and welcome Carlos and his family to their hometowns. They agree that the friendships and connections made throughout the course of their MBA will be cherished for a lifetime.
 
  20th Annual Asian Business Conference
 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Each year, the Ross School of Business hosts the Asian Business Conference which brings some of the most influential leaders of the Asian business world to the Ross School of Business campus. Ross is committed to fostering the knowledge and practice of global strategic corporate leadership through cutting-edge research, quality education, constructive public outreach, and networking activities. The Asia Business Conference brings this commitment to life by connecting business leaders from Asia and multinational companies with Ross students while fostering dialogue around issues relating to Asian markets.

This year’s Asia Business Conference was held in Ann Arbor on February 5th and 6th. The conference featured general panel sessions relating to the theme Asia: Leading Global Recovery? This year's conference featured more than 20 speakers from Asia and the United States and attracted nearly 600 business leaders, students, faculty, and others interested in learning more about Asia. The program included regional panels on China, Japan, Korea, and ASEAN, as well as functional panels on Finance, Energy & Environment, Technology, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Healthcare.

The Asia Business Conference provides members of the Ross community with a unique opportunity to learn about Asia from people who are directly involved in shaping the economic future of the region. Several Global MBA students worked as organizers to ensure the conference went off without a hitch. Supporting the smooth operation of the conference, Global MBA students, Prin Mana-aporn of CAT Telecom, Yasuhiro Miyaoka of Nomura Securities, and Yukinobu Yamamoto of Information Services International-Dentsu assisted the efforts. Pictured above left are student members of the Asian Business Conference. Pictured left, Yasuhiro and Yukinobu pose with others involved with the Japan panel whose discussions related to the theme "How to Regain Prominence as Global Markets Stabilize”.

The Ross School’s Asia Business Conference is one of the largest business conferences in the country. In its 20th year, it is also the longest running student conference on Asia in any business school in the country.
 
  Global MBA 2009 Class Gift
 
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In keeping with tradition, the Global MBA Class of 2009 presented the school with a donation to the art fund at their farewell dinner on June 26, 2009. The funds facilitated the purchase of the print titled Black Cart by Martin Puryear. The print is now prominently displayed on the first floor of the Executive Residence just outside the Ross Marketplace. The piece is a wonderful addition to the schools' modern art collection. Since 2004, the graduating Global MBA class has presented the school with a gift of art and the Class of 2009 was pleased to continue the tradition.

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