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Wharton Global Alumni Forums: Seoul and Madrid

Wharton's Dean presents medal to two Korean business leaders who graduated in 1959

We just stumbled on this cheery blog post from the Wharton School's Dean Thomas Robertson. When school's out for the summer, Robertson sets off on a round-the-world visit to Wharton alumni with top faculty, Prime Ministers and Princes in tow.

At this year's Seoul Forum, Robertson presented the Dean's medal to the Chairmen of Amkor Technology, a US-based semi-conductor manufacturer and Danam Corporation, an electronic circuits firm. Both are US firms headed by Koreans.

At the Madrid forum the Dean's Medal was presented to Prince Felipe of Asturias.

You can read the rest of Dean Robertson's blog posts here

Connecting with Alumni Worldwide at Forums in Seoul and Madrid

For many Wharton faculty and staff summer is travel season. Shortly after bidding farewell to the class of 2010, we hit the road for our annual Global Alumni Forums.

At the end of May we were in Seoul, connecting with alumni from all over the Asia-Pacific region and exchanging ideas on the largest issues facing our global marketplace. Quite a few of our doctoral alums now make their homes in South Korea, and it was particularly nice to catch up with so many of them. Prime Minister Chung Un-Chan gave the opening keynote and our faculty moderated conversations on such topics as finance, real estate, health care and greenomics. We also presented the Wharton School Dean's Medal to two distinguished Korean business leaders, James Joo-Jin Kim, Executive Chairman of Amkor Technology, Inc., and Bong-Suh Lee, Chairman of Danam Corporation. This was a particularly special moment because Mr. Kim and Dr. Lee were not only co-chairs of the Forum but also classmates from the Wharton undergraduate class of 1959.

Then it was on to Madrid, where we just wrapped up our second Forum with alumni from across Europe, North and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Before the official festivities began, I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderfully engaged audience about the future of business education at the Fundación Rafael del Pino. At the Forum itself conversation centered on the financial future, private equity, energy, technology and tourism, among other topics. At the Forum's end we were incredibly honored to award the Dean's Medal to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón, who is a major advocate for volunteerism, intellectual values, and Spain's economic, commercial and cultural interests around the world.

Our Wharton alumni really do form a world-wide and world-class community. In their talents, enthusiasm and influence they are second to none, and it was wonderful to connect with so many of them over the course of our summer travels. We are so clearly not just a Philadelphia business school, or a San Francisco business school. We are a school of the world.


Monday 12th July 2010, 21.57 (UTC)


Wharton undergrads in 1959! shouldn't Mr Kim and Mr Lee be retired by now - instead of running big tech companies?!

Tuesday 13th July 2010, 02.20 (UTC)


asian companies like their leaders old and wise. not like US/UK firms who put a 32-year-old mba in charge and have him sack everyone, cash his stock optins and quit. probably why asia beats the crap out of the west in making virtually everything.

Tuesday 13th July 2010, 18.13 (UTC)


as proven by Vincente del bosque

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