Student Volunteer Activitiy with Konishiki, May 2004
Most people have the impression that MBA programs are all about results, with professors constantly demanding "take-aways" from a relentless stream of case studies. But there is one course at Hitotsubashi ICS where the point is, surprisingly, not to "learn" anything: Global Citizenship.
The emphasis in Global Citizenship is on the experience, not the "take-away." This course is intended to address the societal responsibility of corporations and to give students experience in working with the human capital issues confronting modern society.
Global Citizenship has enabled ICS students to gain first-hand knowledge of these human capital issues by working directly with the homeless, abused children, disabled people, and other "have-nots" of society. This "hands-on" approach encourages students to stretch their minds and formulate ideas for making this world a better place for all humankind.
In recent years, Global Citizenship has provided ICS students with a variety of opportunities to achieve these goals, including a two-day excursion with autistic children to a picturesque horseback riding ranch at the foot of Mt. Fuji, helping to feed homeless people in a park in Shinjuku, and working with Konishiki Kids Foundation in entertaining disadvantaged and abused children with an International Culture Show.