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GLOBIS University holds 3rd FT (Full-time) MBA graduation ceremony A total of 28 MBA graduates from 14 countries set to become “visionary leaders who create and innovate societies”


The Full-time MBA Program in English at the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Yoshito Hori) held a graduation ceremony at its Tokyo campus on Sunday, August 23 for the class that entered the 2014 Academic Year. The 28 graduates come from 14 countries (enrollment numbers in parentheses): China (2), Croatia (1), Denmark (1), Germany (1), Indonesia (1), Iran (1), Japan (2), Malaysia (2), the Philippines (4), Switzerland (1), Thailand (7), Turkmenistan (1), the United States (3), and Vietnam (1).

During the ceremony, President Yoshito Hori addressed the new graduates and conferred certificates of completion before the students took to the podium to express their personal missions and gratitude.

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President Hori (left photograph) told the gathering, “You have knowledge of the methods of management and leadership, which you have acquired at GLOBIS, as well as a global perspective, a historical perspective, philosophical understanding, integrity, and personal mission, and you are now about to depart on your journey as visionary leaders who create and innovate societies. I encourage you to take risks and boldly embrace challenges”. Nichaghang Nanthakwang (from Thailand, middle photograph) and Mico Geronimo (from the Philippines, right photograph) then delivered speeches on behalf of the graduating students.

20150825_04_en.jpgThe 28 students from the third class of the MBA Program (Full-time) enrolled on September 3, 2014have studied together and supported each other. Taking into account the fact that students from overseas would be studying in Tokyo, the Japanese capital, the curriculum featured new courses relating to the management of diversity, that is different cultures and nationalities, and courses that looked into the practical realities of management in Japan and in Asia. These included “Cross Cultural Management,” “Globalization of Japanese and Asian Companies,” and “Global Perspectives.”

Extracurricular activities began with a “Global Sharing Program,” a pre-enrollment orientation that was conducted jointly with employees of the Tokyu Group. Other extracurricular activities included Top seminars throughout the year, company visits and plant tours throughout Japan from January onwards, Japanese culture experience tours to places like Shoin Shrine, exchanges with overseas MBA students from countries such as the U.S., China, and Mexico, a tour to see the recovery in Tohoku, and participation in the “G1 Global Conference,” where global leaders from different countries engage in debates. These diverse activities deepened the students’ learning in a concentrated fashion.

Beginning in May, students participated in the “Corporate Mentorship Program” (CMP), a partnership between global companies in Japan and the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University. In the CMP, students did internships (for 100 hours) at companies, worked with selected personnel at companies to develop proposals for addressing management issues facing the companies, provided lessons in conversational English to employees of the partner companies, and so on. Through these activities, the students learned about jobs and corporate culture at Japanese companies and took action to strengthen ties. In the third term, 25 students who had requested to do an internship as a course subject were accepted as interns by 15 companies, and some students have actually been offered jobs with the companies they did their internships with.

A total of 35 Japanese companies have participated in the CMP, including Aeon, CyberAgent, Hoshino Resorts, Industrial Growth Platform, Nissan Motor, Rakuten, and Yokogawa Electric, while 31 overseas companies have done so, including A.T. Kearney, GE Japan, IBM Japan, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft. A total of 10 start-up firms have also participated, including Oisix, Terra Motors, and Uzabase. As a result, a total of 76 companies had participated as of August 24, 2015, with an additional 23 companies participating in the year from August 2014 (list below).

The Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University offers the MBA program in English in Tokyo as one solution to the challenge of developing global leaders, which is a key task for Japan. The program has three key characteristics that set it apart: (1) partnership with CMP companies to provide students with practical business skills and participating companies with the opportunity to hire global talent; (2) a growing global network of people who understand Japanese values and culture by having students assemble here from countries around the world, forge strong friendships with each other, and then spread out again on the global stage; and (3) a new channel for Japanese companies to hire global talent because most students have a strong desire to find jobs in Japan.

The Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University provides support for developing visionary leaders who create and innovate societies. It aims at becoming the number one business school in Asia.

Reference: Companies participating in the Corporate Mentorship Program (CMP)

■Japanese Capital Corporate Mentors (35 companies)
AEON Co., Ltd.
ASICS Corporation
CyberAgent, Inc.
Eisai Co., Ltd.
GREE, Inc.
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
Hitachi Consulting Co., Ltd.
Hitachi Systems, Ltd.
Hoshino Resorts
Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.
Intelligence, Ltd.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.
Lawson, Inc.
LIXIL Corporation
NH Foods Ltd.
Omron Corporation
ORIX Corporation
Rakuten, Inc.
Ricoh Company, Ltd.
Seino Holdings Co., Ltd.
Sony Corporation
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Suntory Holdings Limited
Takashimaya Company, Limited
Terilogy Co., Ltd.
Toshiba Corporation
Japan Pallet Rental Corporation
Yokogawa Electric Corporation

■Foreign Affiliated Corporate Mentors (31 companies)
Aon Benfield Japan Ltd.
A.T. Kearney K.K.
Bayer Holding Ltd.
BMW Group Japan
Boehringer Ingelheim
Bosch Corporation
Daimler Financial Services Japan
Edelman Japan KK
Eli Lilly Japan K.K.
Emerson Japan, Ltd.
Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC
GE Japan Corporation
Haier Asia Co., Ltd.
Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd.
HP Japan Inc.
Hilti Corporation
IBM Japan, Ltd.
Johnson & Johnson K.K.
Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi FUSO Truck & Bus Corporation
Neovia Logistics Services, LLC.
PwC Japan Tax (Zeirishi-Hojin PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Richemont Japan Limited Co., Ltd.
SAP Japan Co., Ltd.
Siemens Japan K.K.
Unilever Japan Holdings K.K.

■Venture Corporate Mentors (10 companies)
IID, Inc.
Intralink KK
Kenja Corporation
Oisix Inc.
S.O.W. Holdings, Inc.
Terra Motors Corporation
V-cube, Inc.

◆Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University (
The predecessor of the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University, the “GDBA” GLOBIS original MBA program, began in 2003. The Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University opened in 2006 (it was initially established as a stock corporation, and converted to an educational corporation in 2008). Since its opening, its declared educational philosophy has been “skill development,” “build a personal network,” and “develop “kokorozashi”,” and it has focused on producing highly ambitious visionary leaders who create and innovate societies. In addition to the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya campuses, it opened its Sendai Campus in 2012 and its Fukuoka Campus in 2013. It launched a Part-time MBA Program in English in 2009 and a Full-time MBA Program in English in September 2012, and its students comprise not only those from within Japan, but also a large and diverse body of international students. When it began in 2006, it had 78 students; in April 2015, there were 702 enrolled (this figure does not include students on a Full-time MBA Program in English, who enrolled in September), making it one of the largest business schools in Japan. Going forward, the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University will continue to support the development of visionary leaders who create and innovate societies, with the aim of becoming Asia’s number one business school.

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, which is an educational corporation, GLOBIS Executive School and GLOBIS Management School, which are stock corporations, 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/application. We also provide English programs both online and at our campuses in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai, and Fukuoka) and overseas (Shanghai and Singapore). GLOBIS also operates two non-profit organizations to promote creativity and innovate in society: the G1 Summit Institute, which organizes conferences, and the KIBOW Foundation, which is engaged in earthquake reconstruction assistance.

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