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GLOBIS Alumni tops 2000 Japan’s largest business school continues to expand


(Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) Ten years after its establishment, GLOBIS University achieved a new milestone, celebrating 2000 alumni at its graduation ceremonies at five campuses around Japan this month. 449 graduates became alumni this year, including 21 from the English MBA program (the remainder from the Japanese program). They come from more than ten countries, bringing the total alumni network to over forty-five countries and regions.

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Masayo Imai, who graduated from the school’s English program, seeks to be a role model as a global business woman, to “reenergize Japan by filing the gender gap.” She said her MBA gave her confidence to pitch a joint venture to global executives in the UK. Representing the Japan office, she then volunteered to lead it herself, “achieving business objectives everyone said would not be possible.”

Enrique Velez, from Canada, said his time during his MBA allowed him to “understand the importance of
slowing down. ”Do what you love and do it often,” He implored during his graduation speech. “If you still don’t know what you love, then don’t settle. Just keep trying, living and doing. You will know your calling when it comes along. But you will never find it if you settle.”

Addressing the graduates, GLOBIS President Yoshito Hori challenged them to keep taking risks. “If you do not take risks, you will get no return. Be adventurous and visionary. Be courageous enough to enjoy adversity. If you keep on doing so, you will become the role models of those who would follow you.”

Launched in 2006, the GLOBIS MBA program is larger than the next three programs in Japan combined and is consistently ranked in the top three in Japan by Nikkei.

Since its foundation in 1992, GLOBIS has articulated a vision to create and innovate societies by fostering management ecosystems of People, Capital and Knowledge. In the area of “People,” GLOBIS develops human resources and organizations through the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University, GLOBIS Executive and Management Schools, and corporate training. In the area of “Capital,” we invest in and nurture start-up firms through our venture capital company, GLOBIS Capital Partners. In the area of “Knowledge,” we provide management expertise through our publications and GLOBIS Chikenroku, an information website and mobile application. We provide MBA programs and corporate training in English and Japanese both online and at our campuses in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai and Fukuoka) and outside Japan (Shanghai, Singapore and Thailand). GLOBIS operates two non-profit organizations to promote creativity and innovation in society: the G1 Institute, which organizes conferences, and the KIBOW Foundation, which is engaged in earthquake reconstruction assistance.

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