On this Byline ICS piece, Aiko Tokiyama, one of the MBA Coordinators, interviewed two current MBA students and one alumna on their experience of studying for an MBA during the first years of motherhood. Doro started the program when her daughter was around 2. Hong found out she had been accepted to the program soon after learning she was pregnant; she began her MBA studies when her daughter was three months old. Aya welcomed her son in the same week the program started in September 2019, so joined her MBA class in March this year.
On this Byline ICS edition, we sat down with Executive MBA alumnus, Katsuki Sakai (Kaz), who graduated with the first batch of our EMBA program in 2018. In this short interview, Kaz shared with us the key changes he sees in him after graduating from Hitotsubashi ICS’ EMBA program:
“A little over a decade ago, I decided to do something “new” after work. Something that at the time seem ordinary or irrelevant, but that changed the track of my life path forever".
To welcome our Class of 2019 (entrance year), alumni returned to ICS to join #foundationweek for a panel discussion, in which they shared with the incoming class their most memorable learnings from their time at #HitotsubashiICS and how they have leveraged their MBA throughout their careers. Perhaps the most valuable insight was their advice for this journey the #HitotsubashiICS2019 students have embarked on.
In this #bylineICS piece, we want to share the reflections that Miku Suzuki prepared for last week's alumni-panel discussion, as her busy agenda prevent her from joining us this time.
Last month, we sat down with Vivek Kovilakathu, one of our alumni, to talk about his experience working in Japan as a foreigner. We learned about some of the challenges but also the benefits of working as an international professional in a Japanese company. Here are the highlights of our conversation:
On Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Hitotsubashi Hall, the Hitotsubashi ICS Alumni Association and Hitotsubashi ICS hosted Alumni Day 2019, the much-anticipated event held annually since the first class graduated in 2000.
Topics: Alumni Voice
In this alumni interview edition, we had the chance to talk with Sean Valencia,Hitotsubashi ICS MBA Class of 2016, whose business history case for his final assignment of the Business History GNAM course at Oxford was just published and will be used in the class this year. He wrote about Shibusawa Eiichi, who is widely known as the father of modern Japanese industry and is also closely tied to the establishment of our founding institution, Hitotsubashi University.
Read this short interview with Sean, followed up by an excerpt from his case study: “The father of Japanese Capitalism, Shibusawa Eiichi’s vision of the Ethical Corporation.”
Last month, we had the chance to interview alumna, Anna Lemeshkina, who shared with us her MBA journey, the impact it had in both professional and personal level, and the skills that were and still are key to her successful career development in marketing.
My major during university was Business Administration and Accountancy, with my work experience centered around Accounting and Finance, which is why I was asked quite often why I was taking a masters in business administration whereas a good portion of the basics, I have already learned. But Hitotsubashi ICS is not just about the basics of business concepts. Hitotsubashi ICS teaches its students how to become global thinkers, leaders, and agents of action and change.
Starting the Master of Advanced Management (MAM) program at Yale School of Management after my MBA was among the most adventurous decisions I have made, not only because it was a costly choice, but also because it pushed me out of my comfort zone, knowing that Hitotsubashi ICS and Yale SOM are very different environments. As a graduate of Hitotsubashi ICS, class of 2017, and MAM, class of 2019, my memory is still fresh enough to share the highlights of both programs and the differences between them.