Jack Ma takes up visiting professorship in Japan

be teaching and sharing his entrepreneurial experience with students at the college, the statement said. Jack Ma, Chinese billionaire and founder of Alibaba, has taken on a new role as visiting professor at Tokyo College under the University of Tokyo. In his role, Ma will be teaching and sharing

Jack Ma takes up visiting professorship in Japan

Jack Ma now has a job as a visiting professor in Japan.

According to a statement posted on the website of Tokyo College Monday, the Chinese billionaire is now enrolled at Tokyo College under University of Tokyo.

Ma's role will include working with researchers, serving as an advisor to the college, and participating in seminars. Ma will also work with university staff to conduct research, especially in the area of sustainable agriculture and production.

Alibaba's co-founder has an estimated wealth of $33 billion. He has kept a low public profile ever since the Chinese government started a crackdown in the tech industry more than two year ago.

The once-high-profile entrepreneur criticised China's financial regulator and banks in October 2020 for being too rigid.

Only days later, authorities canceled at the last moment a $37 billion IPO planned by Ant Group, a financial subsidiary of Alibaba, founded by Ma.

Beijing has been signaling in recent months that it may be ending its assault on the Internet industry. Since taking office, the newly appointed Premier Li Qiang adopted a more lenient tone toward private businesses. Many see this as an effort to boost China's recovery.

Ma's new job in Japan comes after more than a week since he made his rare public appearance in China.

In March, Ma visited a school in Hangzhou that was funded by the Chinese technology giant, and he met with both students and teachers. Ma's philanthropic foundation, the Jack Ma Foundation told CNN that he "travels frequently in China and abroad."

Before assuming his new position as an academic, the tycoon spent some time in Japan with his friend, Alibaba investor SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. He also spent a few days in Hong Kong.

Ma gave up control of Ant Group as part of the restructuring of Ant Group's shareholding structure in January. Alibaba has restructured since then, splitting up into six separate units.

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