in Taiwan, the first phrase one usually
learns is ni hao 1. The second one,
laoban 2. The reason is clear: Taiwanese
people are known to be among the world's
most enthusiast entrepreneurs. Determination,
hard work and an untamable desire
for success have made of this small
country an aggressive little dragon
- setting an example for countries
struggling for economical development.
"The business of Taiwan is business"
3 - and this makes studying an international
MBA degree here an unforgettable adventure.
arrived in Taiwan almost six months
ago, thanks to a scholarship granted
to me by the International Cooperation
and Development Fund of the Republic
of China. My country, Guatemala, keeps
close diplomatic ties with the R.O.C.
Government - which intensively cooperates
with Central America offering technical
and financial assistance, as well
as actively promoting investment in
to a country where the lifestyle,
language and food are different from
one's own is certainly a challenge.
It can be seen as a test for one's
tolerance and adaptability towards
people practicing different cultures
- and these constitute essential factors
for professionals working in a globalized
world. At the International MBA Program
in National Chengchi University, I've
had the experience of working with
fellow students from 10 different
countries! It has been fruitful training
for the enhancement of our ability
to deal with people having different
backgrounds and perspectives. Things
cannot get more international than
this. At any given moment, inside
or outside the classroom, a constant
interchange of ideas is taking place:
creativity and discipline combine
perfectly to result in a highly competitive
past six months have been a great
preamble to what will surely be an
exciting two- year experience in the
Land of Entrepreneurship!
Rodolfo Perez Penabad
1 Ni hao: phonetic translation from
Mandarin, meaning "how are you?".
2 Laoban: phonetic translation from
Mandarin, meaning "boss",
"chief" or "store-
3 From Robert Storey's "Lonely