Data Analytics Skills for Business People: Video Interview with Dr. Judy Lee

Dr. Judy Lee, Chair of the new master’s degree in business analytics program, was interviewed this month at the 21st Cloud Expo in the Silicon Valley. She has spent the majority of her career in IT and software product engineering in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In this short video, she talks about GGU’s business analytics curriculum that provides foundational knowledge and also “branches out into the specific tool-sets [business people] are going to need and ties them to the business experience.”

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GGU Helped Me Get Hired by a “Big Four” Accounting Firm in San Francisco

By Noah Lee, Master of Accountancy (’18)

Golden Gate University is different than my undergrad school, UC Berkeley. Cal has definitely helped me build my fundamental foundation in learning and thinking, while the Master of Accountancy program at GGU taught real-world skills.

I was skeptical at first, because there is only so much you can mimic professional situations, right? However, as I began interviewing for internships at Big Four accounting firms (that include Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers), I could tailor my answers to show my grasp of what the job really entails. Getting the job as an Audit Intern at one of the Big Four companies was the most satisfying proof that I learned something relevant.

For example, we had to deliver a mock board presentation as part of a course called Communication and Analysis of Financial Information for Accountants. Professor Ric Jazaie (GGU’s Director of Accounting Programs), gave us a mock budget and challenged us to answer the client’s question: What should we do; and why are our numbers the way they are? Up front, we had to learn (on our own) the textbook terms that you might find in an academic class and go right to applying them.

I took inspiration from Prof. Jazaie, who knows what the skills employers are looking for in the accounting field.

Prof. Jazaie gave us barely enough instructions for the presentations, which was slightly unnerving. Aggregating all the broad ideas he gave us and having to narrow it down was our task. We had to decide what we wanted to portray to our audience—and be ready to say why. The reasoning for the assignment is that you may not get all of what you need or get something ambiguous from a client. In the same way, traditional school is different than a business setting where you must eventually succeed.

Prof. Jazaie asked us questions after the presentation that he did not give us in advance. He has a lot of experience giving presentations in court and in front of clients. He wanted to make us feel like we didn’t know what to expect and it brought out the best in us.  Because he threw us into high-pressure moments, we just got used to it.

What did we learn in the Communication and Analysis of Financial Information course?

  • Differentiating what is presentation versus what is casual conversation
  • Critical thinking, which means deciding what is important from hundreds of facts
  • When questioned, coming up with a reasonable explanation without overreaching
  • Having a story to tell rather than just a report of findings, which means linking company strategy to financial statements

I took inspiration from Prof. Jazaie, who knows what the skills employers are looking for in the accounting field. He really opened my eyes to the profession and inspired me when he said that as an accountant, “what you are doing is really impacting the company.” That was great to hear.

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Tax Reform Update: Slides and Videos to Help Tax Professionals Advise Clients

By Fred Sroka, Dean of the GGU School of Accounting & Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation

On November 16, the House of Representatives and Senate Finance Committee passed different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The proposals are sweeping in scope. Sadly, we won’t know which proposals (if any) become law until very late this year, or even early 2018. We have provided summary slides and videos to help tax professionals advise clients in this uncertain time. Our experts have tried to keep things short, high level, and focused on reasonable actions you might consider before December 31, 2017.


Individual taxpayers may benefit from the proposed reduced tax on flow-through business income. Small businesses may want to defer income and accelerate deductions in anticipation of potential 25% tax rates on 2018 business income. The Bills also encourage purchases of business property through expanded write-offs. Small businesses may choose to defer any major purchases that would be capitalized under current rules, in hopes of getting an immediate write-off in 2018.

The tax benefits of home ownership may be reduced dramatically. Homeowners may want to prepay property taxes, and perhaps prepay the January mortgage installment to assure deduction of the interest expense. Proposed limitations on property taxes and mortgage interest may adversely impact residential prices, particularly in high real estate markets such as Northern California.

Individual taxpayers may also want to prepay itemized deductions that will be repealed under the Bills. State income tax and many other itemized deductions are scheduled for limitation or repeal. Curiously, the proposed elimination of the alternative minimum tax might encourage taxpayers to defer charitable giving, in hopes to getting a higher 2018 tax benefit.



The House Bill drops 2018 corporate tax rates from 35% to 20%. The Senate delays this reduction to 2019. Dramatic changes are also proposed to encourage investment in depreciable property, to discourage excessive debt, and to eliminate a variety of deductions, fringe benefits, and credits. Businesses should consider deferring income, accelerating deductions, and deferring purchases of depreciable property if current rules would require capitalization.

Domestic flow-through businesses (partnerships, LLCs, and S corporations) may want to consider converting to C corporation status to take advantage of the dramatic reduction in tax rates. These entities will have until March 15, 2018 to make a retroactive “check the box” election or revocation of an S election.

For financial accounting, ASC 740 requires the tax provision to reflect all changes in laws enacted by December 31. The potential impact on deferred tax assets and liabilities (and in particular on international operations) may have a dramatic impact on 2017 financials.



Partnerships and S corporations must address the potential 25% tax rate on business income. This may impact compensation structures and future activities of owner-employees. S corporations need to consider a number of other special rules at year end, and partnerships should address the impending change to IRS audits under the Bipartisan Budget Act. Starting with 2018 tax returns, IRS can audit a partnership much like a corporation, and can simply collect any deficiency from the partnership itself unless substantial planning is undertaken.



The tax proposals will have their greatest impact on international tax. The reduction of U.S. corporate rates to 20% will be accompanied by a territorial tax system, under which the earnings of foreign subsidiaries can be distributed to the U.S. parent without any incremental U.S. tax. Other provisions seek to punish offshore income and encourage the repatriation of intellectual property.
Multinationals may decide to convert foreign branches into subsidiaries. If this election is made by March 15, 2018, it can be retroactive to January 1. Foreign subsidiaries may wish to engage in substantive tax planning to defer net income. U.S. parents may need to report the dramatic impact of the changes in the tax provision of their 2017 financial statements. Ultimately, the proposed changes may cause a profound change in how multinational corporations are structured, financed and operated.



Learn about Data Analytics and Fraud Detection in a Free GGU Seminar

Sia Zadeh

GGU Prof. Sia Zadeh, PhD, and Navin Sinha, CEO of Double Check Consulting, are conducting a seminar that will examine the analytical tools and methods that the industry can use to discern fraudulent insurance claims from legitimate claims. Analytics for Fraud Detection: Car Injury Fraud and AML Predictive Analytics takes place on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 6:40 PM at GGU. You must register to attend in-person (Room 5224) or online.

Standard medical diagnostic processes and insurance codes can be used to file fraudulent claims in the property and casualty insurance industry. False claims cause significant distortion of the system and process, leading to revenue loss, increased cost of legitimate claims, and undue delay in the process. Normal claim processing systems often do not have the capability to tell a false claim from a legitimate claim. This requires human intervention and adds significant cost to the process.

Analysis of Big Data can often lead to the detection of unusual trends, raising flags and alerting claim administrators to potential fraud. Data analytics skills – namely application of statistical analysis to large data sets using tools and languages such as Python and R – are required for analyzing data and identifying these trends. For example, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), successfully uses data analytics to identify and prevent billions of dollars in fraudulent claims every year – as do all insurance companies.

Analytics for Fraud Detection: Car Injury Fraud and AML Predictive Analytics

Monday, December 11, 2017
5:00 PM to 6:40 PM
Room 5224 and online*

*In-person and online attendance for students: If you are registered for on-campus courses, you should participate in an on-campus seminar unless the venue is sold out. Ageno graduate students have priority for in-person registrations, but space is limited.

GGU’s Women in Leadership Series and Why It Matters

By Marianne Koch, PhD
Associate Dean, Ageno School of Business

We believe that GGU’s annual Women in Leadership event is valuable for women in the San Francisco Bay area at the start of careers in business, law, or entrepreneurship. Open both to the GGU community and the public, this event gives attendees the chance to learn directly from real-world experiences of highly successful and entrepreneurial women.

Marianne Koch

Held in the evening, the Women in Leadership event includes Q&A with panelists, networking with old friends and new acquaintances, and food and drink.  Since its launch five years ago, panelists and moderators – most of whom are GGU alumnae – have included executive-level women from Franklin Templeton Investments, Sequoia Capital, Salesforce, and Yahoo!; entrepreneurs from Lamano Law and Strategy Squad Insurance Services; and public servants from the SF Employees’ Retirement System, SF Child Support Services, and the State Board of Equalization.

This Year’s Event: Sharing Life and Career Experience

Last month, I moderated the fifth iteration of this event, which featured (pictured, left to right) Helen Fanucci, Global Windows Sales Leader, Microsoft Corporation; Nicole Middleton (MS, Financial Planning ’17), CEO of Strategy Squad Insurance Services, and Hazel Blackhart (JD ’08), Group Product Manager, Hematology at Genentech.

To get us started, I asked the panelists to tell us about some decisions they had made – both good and bad in terms of results – and what they learned from them. Their candid responses addressed the fallout from poorly timed decisions, finding the courage to take on assignments that they believed they weren’t quite ready for, and finding a trustworthy mentor who lit the path for them. From my place at the podium, I observed smiles, heads nodding in approval, and outbursts of applause of support from all.

Audience members took turns asking questions and sharing their perspectives on a host of topics related to women at work. Many questions were personal (“I’ve just been promoted to management and I have no role models; what do I do?”), or bold (“How do you deal with men coming on to you inappropriately at work?”). Audience comments were tremendously helpful and resources were shared as well. As in earlier years, the support and interest made for a useful and warm experience.

Women in Leadership organizers (left to right): Amina Kasumov (Enrollment Manager, GGU), Kendra Calvert (Director, Admissions, and Recruitment, GGU) and Marianne Koch.

Although growth in the number of women in leadership positions in the U.S. is extremely slow, events like these serve as a catalyst for that to change – and we are proud to be part of it.

Photo Credit: Jenny LeMaster

About Dr. Marianne Koch

Dr. Marianne Koch is an educator, human resources manager and consultant with experience in designing and delivering educational programs, and managing and consulting in the fields of human resource management and labor relations. She has worked in a variety of venues to help managers improve how they manage people at work, help organizations understand, clarify and improve practices for the management of people at work, and research and write about such issues as collaboration, work / family practices, and the relationship of human resource management practices to productivity. Dr. Koch is the Associate Dean of the Ageno School of Business, HR Program Director and also a Professor of Management.

GGU, JP Morgan, Wells Capital, and Other Experts Participate in GGU Macroeconomic Seminar

A Perspective on Global Macroeconomic Trends: Catalysts and Implications [RSVP] is a free seminar that takes place at GGU on Thursday, December 14, from 4:00 pm to 6:40 pm (Room 5221) and is open to the GGU community and the public. GGU faculty members will co-moderate an accomplished panel that will discuss the complexities of the worldwide macroeconomic environment and their possible impact on the duration of the financial recovery in the U.S.

Moderators from GGU

Mohsin Hafeez, MBA was born in Pakistan and completed both his undergraduate (BBA) and graduate work at GGU (MBA, Finance and Marketing). He is currently a Financial Planning and Investment Management professional at a large international financial services firm. With over 25 years of experience in the diversified financial services arena, a part of which is internationally based, he has an in-depth understanding of the holistic dynamics of the overall global discipline. He is also a founder of a corporate executive education venture, Global Minerva Alliance. While working abroad for premier U.S. financial firms, his assignments brought him to both developed and emerging countries to study their business models for possible replication in Pakistan, an emerging economy.

Mohsin moved back to the U.S. in the late 90s, and has continued to be in finance. He was a guest speaker on the global macroeconomic trends at Ashridge Executive Education Center, UK, earlier this year, and at UC Berkeley with their International Diploma Program (IDP) students in attendance in Summer 2017, in addition to being the keynote speaker at the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony of IDP. Even though Mohsin, by way of training, is not an economist, Mohsin’s experience in the opening up of the traditionally closed economies of the developing world of South Asia in the 90s — and the vast exposure to pieces of global macroeconomic relevance — places him in a rare position to moderate this event. He is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP).

Dave Kaczorowski, MBA, CFA® is Academic Program Manager at GGU and has worked in finance for more than 13 years. An experienced investment manager of private and family office portfolios, he has investment expertise in all the five major asset classes and experience in the holistic management of a family office. His most recent position was as the primary investment manager for a highly diversified family office portfolio. Prior to that position, he spent five years in the investment banking industry as an equity research associate, covering technology companies. His resume in the industry includes Signal Hill Capital, Wedbush Securities and Stifel Financial. He also spent seven years as a financial analyst in the actuarial department of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. He is a CFA charter holder.

Global Macroeconomic Trends: Catalysts and Implications
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 4:00 pm to 6:40 pm
Location: GGU Campus, Room 5221
Free and open to GGU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.
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Joachim Fels, Global Economic Advisor, Managing Director, PIMCO

Joachim Fels is a member of the PIMCO Investment Committee and leads the company’s quarterly Cyclical Forum process. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2015, he was global chief economist at Morgan Stanley in London. Previously, he was an international economist at Goldman Sachs and a research associate at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Fels was also a founding member of the ECB shadow council, a member of the economic and monetary committee of the Association of German Banks, and served on the Asset Allocation Advisory Board of Volkswagen Foundation. He has 30 years of macroeconomic research experience.

Joshua Feuerman, CFA®, Managing Director, JP Morgan Asset Management

Joshua Feuerman joined the firm in 2012, after serving as Chief Risk Officer at Foundation Capital Partners. Previously, he ran his own investment firm, Btn Partners, where he managed a quantitative market neutral hedge fund. Prior to founding Btn Partners, he was Vice Chairman of the Investment Committee and Head of Global Quantitative Equities at Deutsche Asset Management. Josh was also Head of Active International Equities at State Street Global Advisors in Boston and an adjunct lecturer in the Finance Department at Pace University.

Gary Schlossberg, Vice President & Senior Economist, Wells Capital Management Inc.

Gary Schlossberg analyzes the economic, financial, and investment environment for Wells Capital Management — a fee-based, institutional money manager with over $340 billion in assets — and for other investment and banking groups within Wells Fargo & Co. He participates regularly in meetings with the organization’s customers and internal professionals, and is a member of Wells Capital’s Investment Policy and Liquidity Management strategy committees. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 1974, Mr. Schlossberg worked as a researcher at the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Board covering international economic conditions.

Axel Merk, President and CIO, Merk Investments

Founder of the firm bearing his name, Axel Merk is an expert on macroeconomic trends. He is a sought-after speaker, contributor, and author. He holds a B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University. Merk has grown Merk Investments into an investment advisory firm offering investment funds and advisory services on liquid global markets including domestic and international equities, fixed income, commodities, and currencies.

Upcoming Seminars Cover Leadership, Analytics, Cybersecurity, Cannabis Policy, Ethics, and More

The Ageno School of Business is offering a series of seminars community at large covering timely, interdisciplinary, and applied topics.

  • Leadership models and personal development
  • Macroeconomics and the expansion of the economy
  • Business ethics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Analytics applied to fraud detection and sports
  • Cannabis law and policy in California

All currently registered Ageno Schoool of Business graduate students are required to register for and participate in one of these seminars. These graduate students have priority for registrations, but space is limited for each seminar. The sessions are open to GGU undergraduates and alumni as well.

Know Your Brain, Boost Your Effectiveness

Marcia Ruben, PhD

Monday, December 11, 2017

4:00 PM – 6:40 PM
(In-person only)

6:50 PM – 9:30 PM
(In-person only)

Analytics for Fraud Detection: Car Injury Fraud and AML Predictive Analytics

Prof. Sia Zadeh

Monday, December 11, 2017
5:00 PM to 6:40 PM
Room 5224 and online*

The Mindful Executive – Becoming the COO of Your Mind

Lori Granger, LMFT

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
In-person sold out, online registration open*

The “Gig Economy” – What Is It? And What Does It Mean for You?

Tom Cushing, JD, MBA

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
6:50 PM to 9:30 PM
Room 3208 and online*

Applying Analytics to Win in Sports and Business

Dr. Gordon Swartz, Dean of GGU’s Edward S. Ageno School of Business

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:50 PM to 9:30 PM
Room 3214
(In-person only)

Cyber-Security Update – Interdisciplinary IT and Accounting

Ric Jazaie, CPA, Director of MS in Accounting (pictured) and Ross Millerick, Director of MS in IT Management

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
5:00 PM to 6:40 PM
Room 6208 and online*

Commercial and Social Justice Opportunities in California’s Cannabis Marketplace

Dominic Ripoli (JD ’15) and expert panel

(Interdisciplinary: Law and Business)
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
6:50 PM – 9:30 PM
Room 3208 and online*

Global Macroeconomics Trends: Catalysts and Implications

Mohsin Hafeez, MBA, CFP® (pictured) & David Kaczorowski, MBA, CFA®, Moderators

Thursday, December 14, 2017
4:00 PM  – 6:40 PM
Room 5221 and online*




Selling Your Company: Making the Most of a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Todd Ganos, JD, LLM, DBA

Thursday, December 14, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Room 3214 and Online*


*In-person and online attendance for students
: If you are registered for on-campus courses, you should participate in an on-campus seminar unless the venue is sold out. Ageno graduate students have priority for in-person registrations, but space is limited. If all of your classes are online through GGU’s eLearning campus, you may participate in a seminar via Zoom conference.

Our Examination of HP’s 3D-Printing Business — Part of an Award-Winning Financial Analysis Presentation

By Gannon Kim (BS,  Accounting Concentration ’17)

Earlier this year, I was a part of a student team representing the GGU Investment Research Club (IRC) that won the regional CFA Institute Research Challenge  (prevailing over graduate schools across Northern California). The competition required teams to research a publically traded company, create a written report, and deliver a group presentation to a panel of financial services professionals. During this year’s competition, we were tasked with analyzing HP Inc. and presenting a buy, hold, or sell recommendation of its stock.

Part of our presentation included an analysis of HP’s 3D printing business, which we felt was a promising endeavor for the company and the key to its future revenue growth.

The portion of the 3D-printing market that prints in plastic material – rather than metal – is of interest to HP. The lucrative nature of these types of products (along with soon-to-be expiring patents of the technology) has attracted a huge upswing of new entrants to the market. This threatens the positioning of current market stakeholders: Stratasys (addressing high-end, commercial-grade needs) and 3D Systems.

HP’s First 3D Printer

HP released their first 3D printer in 2016, the HP Multi-Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution. The product is bridging the gap between high-end (Stratasys) and entry-level product offerings (those made by 3D Systems and start-ups) — by creating one of the world’s fastest, production-ready machines.

Our team determined that  HP’s ability to leverage their supply chain & production scalability, partnerships, and brand reputation will help them — in the words of HP’s 3-D Printing President — “disrupt the $12 trillion manufacturing industry and […] democratize manufacturing.”

In terms of the research process, one take-away from this experience was recognizing the power of conducting a ‘channel check’ — i.e. going into retail stores & interacting with sales staff or asking experts (such as Professor Jain) about their insight about a company.

Consulting with an Industry Expert

As most of the team members had limited familiarity with the 3D printer products & its market, we turned to the insight of Pravin Jain, a mechanical engineering professor at Santa Clara University. His in-the-field expertise provided us with a better understanding of HP’s strategy for 3D products. HP aims to build an ecosystem for its 3D printers and has become very involved in the product development process (which includes the development into the software, material inputs & supplies, and 3D-scanning process) and has since reached out to its academic partners to take part as well.

Drivers of HP’s promising future include the strategic and synergistic alliances that it makes with software companies (e.g. Autodesk, Siemens in order to create a more streamlined product), materials suppliers, and users (for direct input on how the device is being used, performance & improvement benchmarks, etc.). From our channel check, we found that HP is approaching manufacturing businesses (i.e. Nike, BMW, Johnson&Johnson) and research institutions to test its technology.

Overall Analysis of HP

There are three key points that are worth highlighting about HP overall.

1. It is financially “healthy,” having a high cash balance and is looking to return it to investors (making significant stock repurchases in the future).

2. It has a strong management team, with the leadership of CEO Dion Wiesler who adds a wealth of industry experience through his roles in Acer and Lenovo consumer electronics divisions.

3. It maintains dominant positioning in the core business (printers and PCs) – and has the potential for the 3D printer business unit to help the firm grow organically.

However, we are concerned about the state of its core business,  as the market has matured and HP faces increased global competition. Revenue has also been declining (since 2015). In addition, the company derives more than half its revenue abroad and has justifiably invested to create a global supply chain – sourcing materials, labor, and clients from other countries. By consequence, any significant changes to U.S. foreign policy can present some amount of geopolitical risk (but was not predictable at the time, particularly with a transition of a new U.S. executive administration).

Our presentation for the competition was more “cautionary” in nature, and we felt that prospective investors probably should not “buy-in” while current holders of HP stock should not head for the exits.

Research Process 

In terms of the “research process,” one takeaway from this experience was recognizing the power of conducting a channel check – i.e. going into retail stores & interacting with sales staff or asking experts (such as Professor Jain) about their insight about a company. Of course, reading online reports can give a good picture, but there is more to gain when it is supplemented by direct interactions.

Hold Recommendation

Our investment rating for HP was “Hold” (neither bull nor bear) because there was quite a lot of positive/negative trade-offs taking place. Our presentation for the competition was more “cautionary” in nature, and we felt that prospective investors probably should not “buy-in” while current holders of HP stock should not head for the exits.

San Francisco CFA Investment CompetitionInvestment Research Club members with Finance Professor Dave Kaczorowski, CFA (competition mentor) at far left. Continuing left to right: Zhe-Yuan Zhang, William Xu, Gannon Kim (author of this blog post), and Hemal Patel.

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International Graduate Students at GGU in San Francisco

In honor of International Education Week, we’d like to share the stories of students from overseas who are in graduate school at GGU’s San Francisco campus. Among the international students from over 46 countries are:

Tsovinar Yenokyan (MS, Marketing ’18), Armenia


Tsovinar has been driven to succeed from an early age. She started to work at age 16, which was not common in her native country of Armenia, and began what she calls her, “long-lasting relationship with marketing.” Two years later, she took a Brand Manager position at Starcom Mediavest in Armenia.

Each student has an advisor and mine has been helpful in answering questions about student Visas and my curriculum.

Tsovinar’s story >>

Jatin Jaiswal (MBA, Marketing Concentration ’17), India

Jatin made his way from India to Golden Gate University in part to take advantage of San Francisco’s innovative technology environment. He landed an internship at a local start-up called FinTech School where he applies skills he picked up at GGU such as SEO, email marketing, and social media. But he says a big part of his education has been learning how to collaborate with people with different backgrounds and personalities.

Steve Jobs said that people are there to help you and all you have to do is ask. In San Francisco, I had coffee with people from Salesforce just by writing them through LinkedIn.  You may not get a job, but it leads to the next thing.

Jatin’s story >>

Zhaoqian (Anna) Zeng (MBA, Supply Chain ’17), China

Zhaoqian (Anna) Zeng is from China where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Law from Shanghai’s Customs College. After working in import and export operations, she wanted to expand her career. Golden Gate University provided a very comprehensive program in Supply Chain that covered the aspects of operations she found the most interesting: strategy and tactical operations.

San Francisco is a very welcoming place and people from different cultures feel comfortable here. There are young, energetic people here who are absorbing new information every day. These are the reasons I want to stay here after I complete my degree.

Anna’s story >>

Hussain Aziz Sham (MS, Marketing ’19), India / Dubai

Hussain a member of the Student IT Advisory Board, a Graduate Student Assistant in the GGU eLearning Department, and Vice President of the GGU Marketing Club. The members of the club participated in the Marketing Edge competition this year, which challenges student teams to produce a marketing plan to solve a real marketing problem posed by a real company.


At GGU, you will have the chance to meet, collaborate and make friendship with students who come from all over the world – India, the Middle East, China, and others — and bring their unique experience into classroom discussions and projects.

Hussain’s story >>

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What Does A Tax Accountant Really Do? Alumni Debunk Stereotypes

In this short video, alumni of GGUs Master’s Degree in Taxation program go beyond the “number crunching” stereotype to discuss what a tax accounting career is really like. The interviewees are now working at Apercen Partners, Cisco Systems, and two “Big Four” Firms: PricewaterhouseCoopers (now PwC) and Ernst & Young (now EY).

Most mention communication with clients and coworkers as rewarding and essential to the job. As Wylan Lau, Tax Senior at EY, says: “[Job interview skills] such as how to present yourself, how to do public speaking, and how to talk to people..are relevant now in talking to clients [and] colleagues…Those are things I learned when I was at GGU.”

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