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Moved by their Personal Missions, GLOBIS graduates largest international class ever 44 new graduates expands the alumni class to 299 people from 53 countries


(Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) 44 new graduates joined the alumni of the GLOBIS University English MBA programs, bringing the total to 299 graduates from over 50 countries. This year’s class, the seventh of the Part-time MBA program, comes from 15 nations on six continents. With the additional 649 new graduates in the Japanese MBA program, the overall count reaches 2835 GLOBIS alumni.

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Three of the graduates gave speeches, each touching on the theme of kokorozashi, or personal mission, a cornerstone of the GLOBIS curriculum. Toshiaki Suzuki, of Japan, said, “The Entrepreneurial Leadership class gave me a precious opportunity to consider myself and my personal mission. I discovered that my kokorozashi is contributing to developing countries’ growth from the point of ICT and business. Luckily, I could find a new job as an international development consultant…. Happiness to me is to contribute to others or society. I can feel my own value of why I am alive.”

Jake Pratley, from Australia, also touched on the same theme. “We have finished our studies but we are never off the hook. We are accountable for the personal missions we set ourselves from today.”

Kazuyo Yasuda, of Japan, reiterated the lessons about implementing personal missions, paraphrasing Mahatma Gandhi: “Live today as if it were your last, and keep learning as if you will live forever…. Devour this very moment and let it propel the positive changes we will each be creating in society from today onwards.”

350 toss 1.jpgGLOBIS President Yoshito Hori reminded the graduates, “Enjoy your adventures…. We want you to be courageous to enjoy adversity and hardship. If you keep on doing so, you will become the role models of those who follow.”

Some graduates from the Japanese MBA program are the first from its Online Program, which started in 2015. In October 2017, the English MBA program will also officially open an Online MBA program, where students will have the freedom to attend classes both online and on-campus.

About GLOBIS University (
GLOBIS University, previously GLOBIS’ original MBA program (GDBA) beginning in 2003, was established in 2006 as a corporation and converted to 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 773 April 2016, the largest business school in Japan. GLOBIS University aims to become the No. 1 business school in Asia.

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