MBA in Japan as a Mother - and my journey of going on Exchange during the Pandemic

Posted by Byline ICS on Apr 9, 2022 11:06:00 AM

In this edition of Byline ICS, Coco, a 2-year student in Hitotsubashi ICS's MBA Program, talks about her experience of being an "ICSer" (ICS student), busy MBA student and mother - all while living in a different continent for over a year - as well as her time in US on exchange at one of the country's most prestigious business schools, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business with her family.

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Global Network, Student Voice, MBA Program, Family

Student Interview: Job Hunting and Working in Japan | Viola

Posted by Hitotsubashi ICS on Mar 3, 2022 4:40:03 PM

In this Byline ICS piece, we interviewed Viola, a current MBA student, who shared her job hunting journey in Japan.

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Topics: Career paths, Student Voice, MBA in Japan

Faculty Interview: Satoshi Akutsu, by Charlie, MBA Class of 2020

Posted by Hitotsubashi ICS on Jan 31, 2022 8:15:00 PM

For this edition of the faculty interview, Charlie (Class of 2020) has interviewed Professor Satoshi (Toshi) Akutsu. Akutsu received his B.A. and M.A. from Hitotsubashi University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to joining Hitotsubashi University as an assistant professor, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Management, Innovation, and Organization at the Haas School. Upon returning to Hitotsubashi, his alma mater, he was one of the starting members of Hitotsubashi ICS, where he has been involved not only in teaching but also research and the school administration. During the 2007-2008 academic year, he took a sabbatical at UC Berkeley where he was affiliated with both the Haas School and the Department of Psychology. He was also a member of the Culture and Cognition Laboratory and affiliated with IPSR at UC Berkeley. We sat with Akutsu to dive deeper into his roles as an educator, researcher, and administrator.

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Topics: Faculty Impact, Student Voice

Homestay Experience in Japan | Student Voice

Posted by Punyavadee Yiengsubhanond on Jan 22, 2022 9:54:00 AM

In this Byline ICS piece, Pun MBA Class of 2020, whom we previously interviewed regarding her Japanese Language studies, shares her experience of doing a short-term homestay with a family in Tokyo. Read in this blog post why she decided to live with a host family and the rewards this experience has brought.  

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Topics: Japanese Culture, Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Student Voice, MBA Program, MBA in Japan

My MBA in Japan Journey | Alumni Voice

Posted by Sai Subramani on Nov 20, 2021 5:09:00 PM

Introduction

My first real impressions of Japan were formed when I was in middle school and encountered a TV rerun of an old Hindi-language film titled “Love in Tokyo.” A movie about falling in love while roaming the streets of Tokyo naturally implanted in my young and impressionable mind vivid images of a country steeped in history and tradition where one can find the ultimate love and, in the process, find oneself.

Fast forward 20 years (and 55 years since the making of that 1966 movie) and here I am, a Hitotsubashi ICS MBA degree-holder two months into my career in Japan. I spent the last two years in pursuit of that goal of self-discovery and, in fact, the ICS environment has brought out qualities in me that I never knew I had.

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Topics: Why Hitotsubashi ICS, Student Voice, MBA Program, MBA in Japan

From Canada to Japan for my MBA | Student Voice

Posted by Shoko Gervais on Nov 17, 2021 6:30:00 PM

In this Byline ICS edition, MBA Shoko Gervais, tells us why she decided to pursuit an MBA at Hitotsubashi ICS, after several years of working in the banking industry and the across the globe journey that her family embarked on to pursue her dream.  

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Why Hitotsubashi ICS, Student Voice, MBA in Japan, Family

Starting up while getting an Executive MBA | Alumni Voice

Posted by Byline ICS on Nov 9, 2021 5:29:17 PM

In this edition of Byline ICS, we sat down with Bruce (Hirokazu Tanaka, EMBA Class of 2020 from Sony Group Corporation). Last spring, while he was still studying, received the exciting news that he would be appointed president & representative director of the new company that he had been working on as a part of his EMBA Capstone Project at Hitotsubashi ICS.

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Topics: EMBA Program, Student Voice, Alumni Voice

How do MBAs study Japanese? | Pun's story

Posted by Punyavadee Yiengsubhanond on Jul 19, 2021 11:47:43 AM

Although our MBA program is fully conducted in English, many international students have significantly improved their Japanese by graduation. How do they do it? In this Byline ICS, we had a chance to hear from Pun, who studies Japanese at Hitotsubashi ICS and also at a Japanese language school outside of the campus. 

Pun(Punyavadee Yiengsubhanond)
Pun is a second-year student at Hitotsubashi ICS from Thailand under the MEXT scholarship
program. Before joining Hitotsubashi ICS, she worked in the auditing and accounting field at PwC and Agoda. She is in the middle of exploring many challenges to expand her experience and learn more about herself.

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How do ICS MBAs study Japanese? | Kin, Viola, and Yiwei's stories

Posted by Hitotsubashi ICS on Jul 19, 2021 11:47:09 AM

Almost 80% of the students come from outside of Japan and a majority of the students are willing to pursue a career in Japan after graduation. Although our MBA program is fully conducted in English, many international students have significantly improved their Japanese by graduation. How do they do it?

In this article, we asked three MBA students (Class of 2020), Kin, Viola, and Yiwei, about their experiences of learning Japanese.

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Topics: Student Voice

Yale Africa Startup Review | Six-week Program

Posted by Shinya Mizuno on May 21, 2021 8:00:00 PM

Charlie, Nabe, Shige, and I joined the Yale Africa Startup Review this year, where our team, the "Otaku Four," collaborated with Developers In Vogue (DIV). DIV is a Ghanaian NGO that provides African women with IT education, such as programming to boost the social advancement of African women.

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Student Voice, MBA Program

Internships in Japan and post MBA career path | Alumni Voice

Posted by Kula on Apr 22, 2021 8:00:00 PM

Kula, from the Class of 2019 shared her 2nd-year activity experiences during the COVID-19 and her decision to change her activity from the Exchange program to the Internship program.

Kulasara Mahanama Siriwardena (Kula)

She majored in Information System Engineering with a Bachelor of Engineering. Before entering ICS, she was a project coordinator and a software engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the industrial automation industry at Yokogawa Electric Corporation. She currently works at AI Ethics Promotion Office at Sony Group Corporation. Fluent in both Japanese and English.

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Career paths, Student Voice, MBA Program

Auction Item: Chinese language course | MBA Student Voice

Posted by tangtang on Apr 21, 2021 8:00:00 PM

Hello everyone, I’m Tangtang from ICS MBA 2020 class. Before I came to ICS, I had heard there was an exciting and special event, Auction Day Event, from Senpai. The Auction items are freely prepared by all the students, staff, and faculties. Everyone can bid on that item and the overall auction income will be used for further class activities.

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Student Voice, MBA Program

Double Degree Program to PKU | Student Voice

Posted by Hitotsubashi ICS on Apr 7, 2021 8:00:00 PM

One of the most attractive features of Hitotsubashi ICS is the double-degree program, which is an option for students in the two-year program.

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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Global Network, Student Voice, MBA Program

Typical MBA Student Schedule at Hitotsubashi ICS | Student Voice

Posted by Hitotsubashi ICS on Mar 25, 2021 8:30:30 PM
It is said that the daily life of MBA students at Hitotsubashi ICS is so busy that it is rumored that the "ICS" comes from " I Can't Sleep", but what is the actual schedule like? This time, we actually asked our student, Rita from the Class of 2020, about her typical daily schedule during the term!
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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Student Voice, MBA Program

Small Network Online Courses: SNOC | Student Voices

Posted by Hitotsubashi ICS on Mar 17, 2021 8:00:00 PM
Are you wondering if now is the right time to get an MBA because of the impact of COVID-19 and the lack of certainty of exchange opportunities? Hitotsubashi ICS is the only school in Japan that participates in GNAM, a network of the world's top business schools, which allows students to participate in online classes for credit called Small Network Online Courses, SNOC, offered by other business schools. Today we asked some of our students who participated in SNOC at EGADE, Yale, and IE what it was really like to participate!
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Topics: Life at Hitotsubashi ICS, Global Network, Student Voice, MBA Program

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