Charlie (EGADE in Mexico)
I am taking the course "Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship" offered by EGADE Business School in Mexico. Class meeting time is every Monday and Wednesday at 8:00 - 9:30 in Mexico Time, which is 23:00 - 24:30 in Tokyo. The time difference is large, so is the experience.
Let me introduce a bit about my experience with EGADE, rather than content of the course. One of the great things about taking a SNOC course has been that I can broaden my horizon in a way that I can develop my network and adoptability more.
My classmates at EGADE are quite diverse, same as Hitotsubashi ICS, but in a different student mix. While diversity in Hitotsubashi ICS is Asian-centered, that of EGADE is almost equally diverse among Mexican, African, European and Asian.
Soon after I joined the course, I realized that, when I study at Hitotsubashi ICS, I have always been in the context where every classmate/professor is familiar with Asia and Japan. Here, I really have to deliver my value as a student from Japan and Asia. It can be quite a challenge, but this is the reason I felt it is worth taking a SNOC opportunity.
In short, SNOC does not only offer me a new set of knowledge, but also enables me to be one step closer to becoming "Best of Two Worlds" - the vision and values of Hitotsubashi ICS.
Paul (Yale University in the United States)
The SNOC course I am taking is Natural Capital offered by Yale University. The course is being held every Tuesday and Thursday, 22:30 to 23:30 Japan Standard Time. Having classes in the midnight is an interesting experience trying to make myself stay focused while the sleepy mode invades.
For the course itself, Professor Todd Cort introduces many energy related background stories first, such as the worldwide energy consumption status trajectory, and then deep dives into the more detailed part, global energy system, for example. He also introduces many guest speakers working in the energy industry to share their knowledge and experiences.
As an MBA student with a financial background, energy is like a brand-new learning for me. However, by listening to lectures from Todd and guest speakers, and sharing from classmates who have worked in related industries, I have learned many new concepts that I have not thought of before.