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GLOBIS Welcomes Largest Incoming English Class Ever 93 Students in Full-time and Part-time & Online Programs


(Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) In a joint Entrance Ceremony last Sunday, GLOBIS welcomed its largest English MBA student class ever. 93 new students joined, with 26 in the Full-Time MBA program and 67 in the new Part-Time On-Campus and Online MBA program. They come from 23 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and North America.


Three students represented their incoming classes with speeches. Willem Moore, of South Africa, mainly takes courses at 2 am in his home country. Visiting Tokyo for the ceremony, he challenged his classmates to “be the leaders that leave a legacy of diversity, memories, and stories of how we are making the world a better place, that we can share in our network, that will be deeply engraved in our minds & hearts.”

Yukiko Tokiwa, of Japan, also takes classes online as well as on-campus, taking advantage of the unique new program that allows unlimited, seamless integration among both course methods She built on the network theme that Mr. Moore began with, emphasizing the encouragement her classmates gave her and the resulting confidence, pushing her to strive for her MBA: “We are all part of the GLOBIS MBA community.

Representing the Full-Time batch, Kenji Chiong Inukai, of the Philippines, owns “a social enterprise called The Paper Project that provides access to livelihood for survivors of human or sexual trafficking.” One of them is now graduating college, and he shared how it affects him: “Now, after seeing how much a proper education means to our young soon-to-be graduate, I feel I owe it to her and the rest of my colleagues to pursue this MBA degree to better myself and my company.”

GLOBIS University President Yoshito Hori welcomed the new students. Based on the GLOBIS Educational Principles of building skills, fostering a network, and cultivating a personal mission, he implored the students to take risks, in order to aim to become visionary leaders who create and innovate societies throughout Japan, Asia, and the world.

350.jpgUntil last year, the Part-time MBA program (English) started in April. With the start of the new Part-Time On-Campus and Online MBA program in October, all English students can join GLOBIS together at the same time. This also provides more flexibility for all of the students to take courses online, interacting live with their classmates. The Entrance Ceremony, which was also attended by students online from their computer terminals, provided an opportunity for everyone in the community to meet each other face-to-face.

About the 2017 GLOBIS English MBA Programs

1. Expansion of the “Technovate MBA”
GLOBIS University is continuing to develop “Technovate MBA” courses to train a new era of business leaders who understand state-of-the-art technology and can bring forth innovation. This year’s curriculum includes new courses such as “Leading Big Data Strategy” and “Technovate Thinking” as well as the existing “Industry 4.0” course.

2. New “JMEx” course about Japanese culture, management, and innovation
As an introduction 3-day course just before entering GLOBIS, “Japan MBA Experience (JMEx)” was offered for the first time at the end of August. A combination of Japanese culture, management, and innovation, the course included visits to a Zen temple and a Japanese company, guest lecturers, fieldwork in Shibuya, and dinner on a yakatabune boat, deepening interactions among the first-year students.

3. Exposure to over 100 companies in the Corporate Mentorship Program (CMP)
New students have access to 113 CMP global companies in Japan through internships, on-site visits, collaborations on corporate research projects, and potential job opportunities. Along the way, they will learn about Japanese corporate culture and leadership development.

About GLOBIS University
GLOBIS University, previously GLOBIS’ original MBA program (GDBA) beginning in 2003, was established in 2006 as a corporation and converted to an educational corporation in 2008. It celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2016. Built upon its educational principles of fostering skill development, a human network, and personal resolve, it is committed to developing visionary leaders who create and innovate societies. There are campuses in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai, and Fukuoka. The Part-time MBA (English) program was launched in 2009, and a Full-time MBA (English) program in September 2012, with students attending from around 15 countries each year. Total annual MBA enrollment–initially 78 students in 2006–reached 875 in 2017, the largest business school in Japan. GLOBIS University aims to become the No. 1 business school in Asia.

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