Go Forward

Prof. NODA Minoru, Dean of Meiji Business School

In a world and society facing with rapid and dramatic changes, predictability and manageability are severely diminished. In the times of changes, every businessperson is forced to make decisions on a daily basis with no certainties, and this is precisely the need for relearning and reskilling in response to the change. Reskilling doesn’t mean acquiring IT skills, but acquiring advanced management skills that integrate the ability to identify and solve problems based on cutting-edge expertise, precise communication skills, and leadership skills that are in tune with the times.

Meiji Business School (MBS) fosters general managers who can make and implement appropriate decisions in this turbulent world. We believe that general managers are professionals who can do it in accordance with the situation based on a high sense of ERS, extensive knowledge, and advanced information gathering and analysis skills, and who are equipped with the management skills to communicate these skills to various stakeholders and to implement them together.

In addition to this, two clusters have been established for targeted human resource development. The first is the development of family business managers. This refers to managers who will be the successors of SMEs in Japan, especially family-run enterprises. What is required of such managers is to go beyond the scope of conventional management theory, which has been developed mainly for large companies, and to acquire the ability to deal with management issues specific to family businesses. We believe that the healthy development of SMEs and family business enterprises, which support the foundations of Japan's economy, is extremely important for our country.

The second is the development of start-up business managers. With existing businesses becoming obsolete, the creation of new businesses is an urgent task for many Japanese companies. We believe that new business development within companies is particularly important. Of course, we also have an eye on the development of entrepreneurs: a high percentage of MBS graduates have started and run their own businesses.

MBS fosters general managers, family business managers and start-up business managers through cross-cutting studies in five areas (described later). Our students study five compulsory core courses and can also specialise in a wide range of courses from a variety of over 170 courses, according to their own interest.

In addition, to develop a global perspective and leadership skills, MBS offers a full range of English language courses so that they can complete the programme only in English, as well as programmes in collaboration with overseas business schools. Another feature is that many students take overseas field trips. These efforts have been recognised internationally, leading to the acquisition of international accreditation (EFMD Accredited MBA) for the business school, and MBS's educational standards have been recognised as being up to global standards.

Finally, I would like to mention after-graduation from MBS. MBS graduates are not only expected to lead their organisations correctly in response to change, rather to take the initiative and lead society in a better direction, as social change leaders. However, this role cannot be played alone. I believe that you will be able to experience the strong connections and network of alumni and friends that Meiji University and MBS boast from the time you are still a student. Also, you can study together with different friends, including your seminar mates, the club activities described below, and those who attend lectures with you. Of course, it goes without saying that the teaching staff are also your friends.

Why not join the MBS family and build the future together? This process will make you discover “a brand-new you”. We sincerely hope that as many people as possible will join us.

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