Last year, all our live were drastically changed by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
Given the increasing shift toward remote communication and the more efficient use of time, we are now faced with the major challenge of building and maintaining new relationships. These trying times help us realize the fleeting nature of life and how we often take things for granted. They have also allowed us to seek out new opportunities that we may have previously overlooked.
In addition, the behavior restrictions brought about by the pandemic have led us to better distinguish between the things that can be put on hold and set aside for a while, and those that cannot. Education is one of the essential things that must not be deferred. At QBS, thanks to the efforts of stakeholders inside and outside the organization, we were able to quickly transition to online teaching for the latest semester, and we were able to offer most of our planned courses. Furthermore, when local transmissions were relatively controlled, we continued to offer lectures through a hybrid format that allowed students who were unable to attend classes due to various reasons to take the lectures remotely, while maintaining face-to-face lectures.
Therefore, viewing things in a positive light, while the pandemic has made us realize our limits, at the same time, it presents us with an opportunity to create value beyond the reservations and limitations that we previously had.
QBS aims to create “international business professionals who lead transformation and create new business value based on their knowledge of management and industrial technology.” Today, there is a need for human resources who can demonstrate leadership to boldly challenge the old way of doing things, facilitate change, and work toward creating new value. QBS not only offers a curriculum with cutting-edge theories and knowledge on business management, but also various programs that aim to establish knowledge through practice. Some examples include “ICABE,” an international exchange program that touches on the latest trends in Asian countries, the “QBS Business Plan Contest” wherein teams test the hypotheses of their respective business ideas and present them to potential investors, and the “MBA Growth Strategy Forum” in which the results of students’ two-year project exercises are presented. A number of these projects are sustained through the students’ independent efforts. Although face-to-face interactions were not possible last year due to COVID-19, the students' ingenuity enabled the continuation of these activities online.
QBS will continue to take on the challenge of leading change and creating new value even in the face of the pandemic.