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17 Graduates, 8 Countries: GLOBIS University’s 2021 Full-Time English MBA Graduation Ceremony


Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo–GLOBIS University held its annual graduation ceremony for the 2021 Full-time English MBA Program on August 22. All 17 graduating students attended the ceremony in person, while family and guests joined remotely.

While delivering his commencement speech, GLOBIS University President and Founder Yoshito Hori said, “There is no right answer to your kokorozashi*. You may never know which mission is right for you until the end. However, the most important thing of all is to keep pursuing your personal mission. This will set the direction of your life and give you the power to confront adversity.

Izumi Monica Gutierrez Kumazawa, a graduate from Mexico, spoke about the resilience it took when deciding to study during a global pandemic in her speech;

“In the midst of the crisis, we looked for our own future, we did not allow anything or anyone to decide for us. We were brave enough to seize the opportunity. So, because of all of this, today I am proud to say that if I could add something to everyone’s strengths, it would be decisiveness and resilience. Everyone here has already proven that they have what it takes to be successful, to fulfill our own kokorozashi.”

Another graduate, Micho Oquindo Santillan, from the Philippines, noted the importance of being a leader with the future in mind;

“Through this experience, we learned the importance that an MBA education plays in becoming visionary leaders who can create and innovate societies. As leaders, we can’t afford to just stand still and wait until the world stabilizes and shifts to a new normal whenever a tragedy or disaster happens. Something must be done, not just to continue the business operations nor for profits, but for the sake of the world. More than ever, our world needs more ambitious and passionate leaders who can think critically and systematically to solve its haunting and pressing problems.”

The GLOBIS MBA in English was launched with the Part-time MBA Program in 2009, followed by the Full-time MBA Program in 2012. Since then, a total of 584 students have graduated. With more than 90% of students coming from outside of Japan, the GLOBIS Full-time MBA offers a truly global study experience. This year’s graduates come from eight countries: Indonesia, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, the Philippines, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, GLOBIS University has taken steps to ensure the safety of students and faculty members. On March 2, 2020, all classes were moved online–a relatively seamless transition, thanks to years of experience with online teaching. Classes are currently operating both online and in person, in accordance with the Japanese Government’s recommendations for academic institutions.

GLOBIS has also involved students in the decision-making process concerning COVID-19 measures, mainly through online meetings with student representatives to assess needs. One-on-one consultation sessions ensured no lost learning opportunities.

GLOBIS University strives to equip future business leaders with cutting-edge management knowledge through Technovate courses, seminars with top global leaders, and other unique student experiences.

The GLOBIS Experience:
(1) Technovate MBA Courses
GLOBIS University offers special courses to train new business leaders to face challenges, opportunities, and solutions in the Technovate Era. In addition to foundational courses such as Technovate Thinking and Technovate Strategy, the English MBA Program has greatly expanded to include offerings such as Robotics and AI Business Innovation and Innovation through Virtual Teams.
(2) Internships and Employment through the Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP)
GLOBIS maintains alliances with 125 global companies in Japan, and that number grows every year. These CMP alliances provide internships (100+ hours) and activities to learn about the work and culture of Japanese corporations.

About GLOBIS University
Founded in a small rented classroom in 1992 by renowned entrepreneur Yoshito Hori, GLOBIS University has grown to become the largest business school in Japan. With the principles of fostering skill development, a professional network, and a personal mission, the institution is committed to developing visionary leaders who create and innovate societies. GLOBIS University boasts a vast international faculty and five main campuses in Japan, with aims to become Asia’s No. 1 MBA. The Part-time MBA in English was launched in 2009, the Full-time MBA in 2012, and the Online MBA in 2017. GLOBIS University continues to expand its curriculum with course offerings in digital technology and entrepreneurship, promoting business mastery for an age of global innovation.

* A personal mission that unifies the passions and skills of a professional to create positive change in society.

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