Mr. John Hudson Go Shares his Insights on the BA Program
Enderun is known for its international hospitality training in Culinary Arts (CA) and Hotel Administration (HA) which produces leaders in the hospitality industry who are equipped with the right skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the field. Through the years, Enderun has been expanding and offering more programs for students. Most people don’t know that Enderun also has a good Business Administration (BA) Program. Having partnerships with Thunderbird Global School of Management and Yeungnam University, BA students are given the chance to study in an international standard. In the first installment of the mini-series, INK featured Ms. Divine Barcelona, the Student Life Manager, to share about what makes Enderun a community. In this second article, Mr. John Hudson Go, an educator in Enderun for more than 10 years, will share his insights on Enderun’s Business Administration Program.
Enderun takes pride in the faculty practitioners and the internships that they offer. The faculties with diverse backgrounds and experiences allow the students to be exposed to the field as early as in their freshmen year. Students are lucky to have the opportunity to be mentored by different faculty members who are willing to share their knowledge and skills to help the students better their crafts. As soon as the student steps foot in the classroom for the first time and inside the virtual classroom under the current situation, they are already young professionals in training. “We hope to equip them with the right tools, skills, and values so that they may continue and better their family businesses. As future leaders, Enderun also hopes to impart to them the necessary skills to do well in their business and the right values and ethics to make the right decisions not just for themselves but also for others,” says Mr. Hudson. He also said that internships are the perfect chance for students to prove themselves to the company that they are deserving of being in their team. It is best to look for a multinational company where they could really develop their skills and have a chance to be absorbed. With several international partner companies that Enderun have, the students should take advantage of these opportunities.
Over time, Enderun has been generous in providing scholarships and financial aid to help students with their financial needs. They have also been giving students in the Business Administration (BA) Track the same attention and support needed to succeed in their own respective fields. More and more students have been given the opportunity to have an international education through Enderun. Quoting Mr. Hudson, “I enjoyed the influx of scholars through the years. As a BA faculty, I really appreciate the emphasis that has been placed on having scholars in the BA Track. I’ve had the privilege to teach and mentor exceptional BA students and I am very happy to witness these students get into multinational corporations. I am speaking from the BA side because CA and HA are already a foregone conclusion.” Being part of the faculty for more than a decade, Mr. Hudson has mentored several students who have become a leader in their own respective fields. It makes him proud to witness the growth and see his former students either land high position jobs in multinational corporations or expand their family businesses.
He shared that it’s not the current students who represent the school — it’s the alumni. Alumni success stories assure parents and potential students to take a chance on such a “small” school. Alumni industry leaders who speak highly of Enderun and how it helped them in their careers define the quality of education the school is giving. It’s how the school is being talked about outside of the campus. Legacies continue through the people’s stories.
Enderun is not just a small school or a small community, there is still so much potential that they can tap into. As Mr. Hudson says, “Enderun has a niche market in the sense that for a school that has been here for less than two decades, I believe that we are doing well in the realm that we are competing in. CA and HA definitely, hands down, but I also believe that BA is becoming more and more competitive. I hope that it continues.” Enderun’s BA Program has the potential to be as reputable as its International Hospitality Management Program. The Institution has to continue and enhance the efforts and support to bring out and make Enderun students stand out from the crowd. Industry practitioners like Mr. Hudson are valuable assets to the institution because they touch the students’ lives through their guidance and mentorship.
So, how are we talking about Enderun? Is it through hushed whispers or we say it loud and proud? What stories are we telling other people?