SK Holdings explores Austin and South America with ExecEd program

Since July 29, 2013, Texas Executive Education has been hosting a group of 17 executives from SK Holdings of South Korea. Though not well known here in the U.S., SK Holdings is the third largest conglomerate in Korea (#62 on the Forbes Global 500), with global business in a wide range of industries including telecom, chemicals, petroleum, energy, construction, shipping, and semiconductors.

SK Holdings at Texas Executive Education, Conversation Partners

Texas Executive Education recruited the help of the Texas Cheer & Pom squad to welcome the SK participants to The University.

The 2013 SK Latin American Global Leadership Program program, twelve weeks long, encompasses instruction and a field learning project (including travel) in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, and Chile. They spend five weeks in Austin for instruction (August 12 – September 12) and an additional two weeks finalizing their projects.

The participants from South Korea are senior-level managers and group leaders at SK Holdings. Several of them have advanced degrees (Master’s level) in addition to many years of professional experience. Their goals in working with Texas Executive Education are to obtain a broader understanding of global business, improve their proficiency of the English language, and better understand the cultures of the United States and Latin America.

SK Holdings at NOV

SK Holdings visited National Oilwell Varco during the program to learn about their operations, and to see similarities and differences between their oil & gas business and NOV’s.

The SK participants in front of a monument in São Paulo, Brazil. The group traveled to Brazil, Chile and Peru to learn about each country’s culture and how they do business.

UT again ranked a top world university

IThe University of Texas at Austinn the newest Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2013-2014), The University of Texas at Austin is listed as the 27th best university in the world. UT is the highest ranked of all universities in Texas (Rice is the only other Texas school in the top 100), as well as one of the top-ranked public universities worldwide.

This annual university review, which is powered by Thomson Reuters, evaluates the following key missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Many consider the Times Higher Education rankings to be one of the most comprehensive and balanced ranking systems in use today due to its careful evaluation of 13 different performance indicators. The report is highly trusted by students, academics, university leaders, even industry professionals and governments.

Visit this site to read more about the Times Higher Education rankings and see the full list of the top 400 universities.

Texas Executive Education is proud to be a part of The University of Texas at Austin!

Upcoming discussions at the AT&T Executive Education Center

Texas Executive Education faculty member Dr. Michael Webber will join several other distinguished speakers later this month at the 2nd annual Water Technology and Policy Conference. The two-day event will be held on Tuesday, October 22 through Wednesday, October 23, 2013 on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Water supply is currently a significant issue in Texas with the ongoing drought conditions. How droughts and strained water supplies affect economic growth is a continuing topic of discussion that Texas will face for decades. What does the future for water policy in Texas look like?

This will be a great event for anyone interested in learning about the role of water in business and society, and how to make decisions related to it.

Some discussion topics to be covered:

  • Water policy and economy: Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Act, regulation, markets, human rights to water vs. water as a commodity
  • The water-energy nexus
  • Hydrology: the global water cycle
  • Water past and present: history and trends
  • Water treatment technologies and infrastructure

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Also, don’t miss a discussion panel featuring Austin-based CEO Cotter Cunningham of RetailMeNot, Inc. in the upcoming Herb Kelleher Center Speaker Series sponsored by the Campus Club and Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship. In this panel, experienced entrepreneurs who are on a second or subsequent startup will discuss and answer questions about structuring a startup, seeking funding, building a team, getting your first product out the door, and creating an exit strategy.

This next Speaker Series will take place on Tuesday, October 29 in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

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Attend the McCombs Economic Forecast 2014 Panel

McCombs Economic Forecast 2014You are invited to attend an upcoming panel discussion in which Austin-based CEOs and industry experts will discuss their projections and insights of next year’s economic outlook. The event will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 3rd, in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, located at 1900 University Ave. on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

The distinguished panelists are from software, hardware and life sciences companies in the Austin area. They include:

  • Dennis McWilliams, CEO/Founder, Apollo Endosurgery
  • Daniel Nelson, CEO/Founder, Datical
  • Tyson Tuttle, CEO Silicon Labs

The panel will be moderated by McCombs School of Business Professor Jay Hartzell, who is the Finance Department Chair and the Director of McCombs’ Real Estate Finance and Investment Center.

You will hear expert views on topics such as:

  • Will the Texas economy continue to outperform the rest of the U.S.?
  • Will the GDP move beyond the two-percent range into real recovery?
  • Can the Fed keep inflation down so businesses can access low cost capital for growth?

Admission is free to UT faculty, staff, and students. Others may attend for $35, which includes breakfast (served from 7 to 7:30 a.m. prior to the discussion). Visit this page or contact us for additional information.

Economic Forecast 2014 is sponsored by Texas Enterprise Speaker Series, Texas CEO Magazine, McCombs Alumni Network, and Campus Club.

McCombs Accounting Programs Maintain No. 1 Rank

McCombs School of Business No. 1In the 2013 Public Accounting Report (PAR) Annual Professors Survey, all three of the McCombs School of Business’ Accounting programs (undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D.) are again ranked first in the nation. This is the fourth year in a row, and the ninth time in 12 years, that McCombs has earned the No. 1 spot across all three bases of Accounting program rankings.

McCombs’ undergraduate Accounting program has now ranked first or second for 22 years straight. The graduate-level program (MPA) has been No. 1 in the nation for 19 out of the past 20 years, and the doctoral program has been top-ranked in 10 of the past 12 years.

About the Public Accounting Report

The 2013 survey includes responses from hundreds of professors across nearly 200 U.S. educational institutions.

For the undergraduate and master’s rankings, professors are asked to rank U.S. Accounting programs considering the question, “Which programs consistently turn out students capable of some day attaining partner status?”

In the doctoral survey, the professors are asked to rank the programs they hold in highest regard for turning out quality accounting professors.

Read more about the 2013 PAR survey in this article from McCombs TODAY.

Learn more about our executive education programs in Accounting & Finance, which are led by the same McCombs faculty who help the school earn its consistently high rankings.