Travelling to Japan to pursue an MBA degree at Hitotsubashi ICS during a pandemic wasn’t easy, but the vibrant and determined Class of 2020 alongside the compassionate university faculty and staff have made the experience as wonderful as it could be in these uncertain times. In this post, I talk about life as an MBA student at Hitotsubashi ICS in 2020 and our ongoing year-long journey of studying in Japan.
Hitotsubashi ICS held its first 100% online commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 22, and it was a success by all accounts. We celebrated the achievements of the graduates of the Class of 2018 (Two-Year Program), the Class of 2019 (One-Year Program, Young Leaders Program, and Double Degree Program), the EMBA Class of 2019, and the DBA Class of 2015.
With ten elected positions, the MBA Student Board at Hitotsubashi ICS offers students the opportunity to lead, support, and shape program activities throughout the year, such as Open Campus and Auction Day. Its contribution to the Hitotsubashi ICS experience has been extremely valuable over the years, as they embody and promote our positive, familial spirit.
If you want to work in Japan, the first step is choosing the best program to prepare you for it. Hitotsubashi ICS is committed to helping our students establish themselves in Japan, a commitment reflected by the fact that 72% of our graduates work in Japan after their studies.
Since 85% of the students in the MBA course at Hitotsubashi ICS are from overseas, we haven’t had much opportunity to talk about the life of Japanese students. Today, we sat down with Haruna Yamamoto, who is currently enrolled in the 2-year MBA program to find out why she decided to pursue an MBA at Hitotsubashi ICS and what her life at the school is like.
Class of 2019 (2-year Program) 在学中
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.
The state of emergency has been lifted, but there’s no need to rush to the streets! Why not do some virtual reconnaissance on some ICS-related locations?
Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS
Last month, Class of 2019 students Chinmay, Jane, Julien and Sai were joined by their Seminar Professor Satoko Suzuki for their very first Zoom Zemi meeting, in which they discussed in length the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some key takeaways:
- Will MBA programs continue to be offered offline beyond COVID-19?
- Has COVID-19 fundamentally changed people’s behaviors?
- What should companies do to communicate and create value during and after COVID-19?
- Is the airline industry going to be affected in the longer term as a result?
- Do you see any business opportunities emerging?
- Let’s talk about the Tokyo Olympics, now scheduled to take place in Summer 2021.
We want to congratulate Professor Satoko Suzuki for having her published research paper "Emotional fortification: Indulgent consumption and emotion reappraisal and their implications for well‐being" as one of the top 10% most downloaded papers of the Journal of Consumer Behaviour; (between January 2018 and December 2019). Read here a short comment about her research paper, that Prof. Suzuki shared with us: