HOSEI University’s Global MBA program is structured upon two fundamental pillars: immersive classroom instruction and hands-on practical training.
This provides a balance between academic learning of business administration in the classroom, and practical training through experience with Japanese companies and organizations. Central to this practical training is our Internship Project Program.
In the first year of the Internship Project Program, students engage in problem-solving internship projects with regional governmental bodies or non-governmental/non-profit organizations, functioning as members of small project teams.
In the second year, students undertake analogous in problem-solving internship projects with business enterprises. Supported by their classroom learning, students gain practical experience while developing the cross-cultural skills needed to function in Japanese society.
Through this process, the GMBA Program is able to achieve the Mission of Business
School of Innovation Management:
To foster innovation practitioners in companies, organizations and society at large, grounded in management theory & practice, critical thinking, and effective communication.
1st Year Internship Project: Regional Government or Non-government/Non-profit Organizations
Gain public sector experience and cross-cultural training while developing skills related to communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management.
2nd Year Internship Project: Business Enterprises
Gain private sector experience and cross-cultural training, while continuing to develop communication and problem-solving skills, and refining professional skills.
These are provided prior to the internship projects in order for students to gain exposure to and understanding of key Japanese business practice topics, including business professionalism, regional government structure, and business manners
Students periodically send internship project status reports to the faculty and receive feedback, which reinforces the learning experience
Following the internship projects, students make presentations on their experiences at the Project Presentation Conference in Tokyo, introducing both the internship project host organization and the student’s own individual project (for example, promotion of inbound tourism, business competitiveness assessment, etc.)
Cross-cultural business experience
Students are exposed to Japanese language and cultural learning opportunities in the context of Japanese workplace conditions
Firsthand community interaction
Students interact with people in the regional communities, creating unforgettable experience and developing invaluable skills
Practical business experience
Students acquire working knowledge and develop critical assessment abilities that form solid foundations for careers as management professionals