Earning an MBA at Hitotsubashi ICS means living and experiencing Tokyo, Japan, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Within this vast metropolis is our intentionally small but very diverse campus community where we thrive on breaking from the norm everyday. Being a student at Hitotsubashi ICS is not just simply about pure academics. Good research can take many forms and our students and faculty continue to work to be valuable citizens to their local business communities and also to the global community and to lead by example with a new take on the old. We are creating confident leaders through a fusion of ideas who can bridge the gap of diversity and create business success.
The image of an MBA has been about finance, marketing, strategy, accounting and such. What we’re seeing is more companies saying these are necessary but not enough. An MBA should hone leaders who can take the initiative and motivate people from very different backgrounds and countries. Hitotsubashi ICS provides that environment with a very diverse student body, and with our “Best of Two Worlds” philosophy. Our students learn about the Michael Porter-style of strategy but also read about Zen Buddhism in their curriculum. Japanese companies are fundamentally different from companies anywhere else in the world; they’re changing but they’re not going to be like American companies. At Hitotsubashi ICS, students get courses about Japan, taught by faculty who are leading business gurus in Japan as well as globally renowned teachers, scholars, and practitioners. By virtue of its diverse student base, and study of management philosophies both Eastern and Western, Hitotsubashi ICS not only imparts the intellectual tools needed for business management but also helps students develop the necessary skills to be global leaders in the new economy.