TOKYO: Chinese billionaire Jack Ma took on a visiting professorship at a Japanese university on Monday, another new academic role for the tech giant’s founder. Ali Baba.
Tokyo College, part of the prestigious University of TokyoMa said he will “share his rich experience and leading knowledge in entrepreneurship, corporate management and innovation” in seminars for students and staff. The 58-year-old has been keeping a low profile since falling off his stature over a period Chinese government campaign In the technology industry for more than 2 years.
But he recently accepted an honorary professor’s degree from the University of Hong Kong Business School, for a three-year term ending in March 2026.
Ma will “conduct joint research and projects” with faculty members, “particularly in the field of sustainable agriculture and food production,” Tokyo College said on its website.
As a visiting professor, Qutb is also expected to provide “advice and support” on research topics. Before launching Alibaba — whose operations include e-commerce, cloud computing, media and artificial intelligence — Ma taught English for eight years at Hangzhou Dianzi University in eastern China. It has been one of the most high-profile targets of a crackdown on alleged anti-competitive practices by some of China’s biggest names in tech since late 2020.


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