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GLOBIS University Holds First Graduation for Online English MBA Program


Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo — GLOBIS University celebrated its first graduation ceremony for its Online English MBA program at the Tokyo campus on November 10. In October 2017, the majority of this year’s 58 graduates from 16 countries and regions joined the English On-campus and Online MBA Programs. Since the English MBA program started in April 2009, there are now 489 graduates in Japan, throughout Asia, and the world.

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Left: GLOBIS President Yoshito Hori. Right: Graduation Ceremony Venue

President Yoshito Hori said in his speech, “If you have five perspectives (global, historical, philosophical, integrity, and a sense of mission), together with the skills needed for creation and innovation, I am fully convinced that you will be starting your new journey as visionary leaders who create and innovate societies.”

Three graduates also gave speeches, expressing their admiration for their classmates and determination to pursue their aspirations. Jonas Hult, from Sweden, said, “We have learned together, grown together and are finally about to graduate together. Here at GLOBIS I have made friends whom I know will last me a lifetime, and not since high school have I felt such as sense of community. I came to GLOBIS thinking about my personal benefit. I leave with a desire to develop others and help shape the increasing diversity in Japanese society and workplaces to something good.”

This year’s graduates come from the following 16 countries and regions (number of graduates in parentheses): Japan (34), France (3), India (3), South Korea (3), China (2), South Africa (2), the United States (2), Australia (1), Côte d’Ivoire (1), Egypt (1), Germany (1), Hong Kong (1), The Philippines (1), Singapore (1), Sweden (1), and Vietnam (1).

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From left: Jonas Hult of Sweden, Chieko Shirai of Japan, Kazuki Takada of Japan

Student Activities

(1) Expansion of Technovate MBA Courses
GLOBIS University is expanding its selection of Technovate courses, which train a new era of business leaders who understand state-of-the-art technology and innovation. In addition to existing courses such as Technovate Thinking and Technovate Strategy, the English MBA program now includes Robotics Business Innovation and Innovation through Virtual Teams, bringing the total to 14 courses in 2019, up from 8 courses the previous year. Students learned about new business challenges, opportunities, and solutions for the Technovate Era.

(2) Continuation of Activities through the Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP)
GLOBIS continues its CMP efforts through alliances with 125 global companies in Japan, a number that grows every year. These alliances provide internships (100+ hours) and activities to learn about the work and corporate culture of Japanese companies. On Nov. 29, 2019, GLOBIS will host its annual CMP Conference, welcoming Mr. Takanori Azuma, Gen. Manager of the Human Resources Division of Toyota Motor Corporation, to discuss how to engage local (non-Japanese) staff at overseas subsidiaries. (Speech in Japanese. More information here.)

(3) Exchange Programs with other Top MBA Schools in Asia
In May 2019, GLOBIS students participated in study exchanges with Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and CEIBS (China Europe International Business School), two of the leading MBA schools in Asia. While on the exchange, they visited local companies, including organic farms to learn about business and SDGs. In turn, students from these schools visited Japan, visiting Japanese companies and attending special lectures given by GLOBIS University faculty members on nurturing their kokorozashi, or personal mission.

■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.

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