The Alibaba Founder will share his experience and knowledge on entrepreneurship and innovation with his students
The Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, who has been keeping a low profile for some time, has returned, albeit in a different form. Well, the Alibaba Group founder will be teaching management and sustainable agriculture at the University of Tokyo, as per the announcement by the university.
Ma received an invitation from the University of Tokyo's brand-new college, Tokyo College. His contract may be renewed yearly, and his term will run from May 1 through October 31.
A statement from the college said, “He will share his rich experience and pioneering knowledge on entrepreneurship, corporate management and innovation”, with students and faculty.
Ma established Alibaba Group in 1999, and from that year until September 2019 he served as its executive chairman. From 1999 to May 2013, he was the chief executive officer of Alibaba Group.
"He founded the Jack Ma Foundation in 2014, and its efforts are focused on supporting education, entrepreneurship and environmental protection, among other areas. Ma is a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Emeritus Advocate, serves as a global board member of The Nature Conservancy, and is co-chair of the Paradise Foundation," according to Tokyo College.
The businessman had come under fire for his criticism of China's regulatory system. Ma, who hasn't been seen much in public for the past three years, turned up again in March at a school in Hangzhou, China.
Since 2020, when the 58-year-old began to criticise China's financial regulators, he has maintained a quiet profile. Ma was the most well-known Chinese millionaire to disappear during a campaign against tech entrepreneurs. Ma reportedly has been visiting various nations to study agricultural technologies.