If the prospect of moving further afield to carry out your graduate education is something that appeals to you, why not contemplate venturing to Japan?
With the world becoming increasingly more globalised, a wider variety of options are now available and Asia in general is becoming a popular destination. With its wealth of study opportunities, Japan in particular is a popular choice. Some students are lured to Japan because of its high educational standards, while for others the attraction is Japan’s rich cultural heritage. It offers the best mix for those wanting to enrich their life experiences and those who want to capitalise on educational excellence. Japan boasts the third largest economy in the world and as it is home to Sushi, Nintendo, Anime and Sumo wrestling it is a place of innovation and vibrancy offering a rich cultural history and advanced technology.
Firstly for those seeking a superior education, Japan is an established education powerhouse. It has over 700 universities, with 10 ranked in the top 200 worldwide including the University of Tokyo at 32nd and Kyoto University at 35th. Japan also has specialized vocational institutions, so the academic options for international students are nearly boundless. Japan even boasts Asia’s highest number of Nobel Prize winners thanks to its extraordinary academic tradition. Your journey abroad will extend to more than just education and will occur beyond confines of a classroom. Your will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of a unique culture, learn about the people, the history and the language. In Japan you can learn the language in conjunction with another study program so you do not have to choose between the two. If the language is something that intimidates you however, fear not, Universities are going all out to make life easier for foreign students from the application processes to the introduction of courses taught partly or entirely in English.
Japan is also a great place to study for the environment it offers. It is one of the safest countries in the world. It also has one of the world’s most advanced healthcare systems, reflected in its high life expectancy. While it's true that Japan is an expensive place to live, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a good education at a reasonable price. While living costs may be high, tuition fees are comparatively cheap. Along with this is the long and fascinating history of Japan filled with war and intrigue. You can discover peaceful temples and shrines, demon museums, and enjoy the diversity of the capital city and one the world’s mega –cities, Tokyo that has approximately the same population as Australia.
Studying in Japan gives you an unparalleled opportunity to live, work and explore in a vastly different culture. Not only is Japan desirable to budding young graduates but this is reciprocated by the demand for international students within the Japanese job market.
Why should you study business in Japan?
Studying business blends accounting, marketing, finance and organisational studies. Having the experience of studying business abroad enables a valuable cross-cultural academic experience to be had, expanding the way in which business is approached and learnt about. As the global marketplace is growing rapidly, studying abroad can provide you with inter-cultural communication skills and work experience, in a new and diverse cultural environment.
There is an increasing number of MBA courses taught in English in Japan, allowing you access taught in English in Japan, allowing you access to the cultural experience whilst furthering your education easily. Studying business in Japan allows you to learn and encompass Japanese perspectives from both professors and students, furthering your global view of business. The economic centre of gravity is shifting to Asia, which makes Japan an excellent place to further your business studies and break into the job market, where the future of business lies, with the benefit of a global business perspective you bring as an international student.
As Japan expands its outreach for international students, the rankings of its top business schools also increase. Ed-Universal Business School Rankings 2014 include Kobe University – Graduate School of Business Administration, Kyoto University – Graduate School of Economics, and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (NUCB). NUCB is the first MBA program in Japan to hold dual accreditation from both AACSB International and the Association of MBAs. The school offers a variety of programs such as General Manager Program, Global Leader Program and Business Innovation Program, ensuring that there is something to suit your academic goals and secure your future in business. NUCB aims to connect Asia and the world through their business endeavours, developing knowledgeable, innovative and ethical business leaders. At NUCB there is a focus on the global perspective of business, something which, as an international student, is highly beneficial to you, the institution and any of your future employers. NUCB also encourages the acknowledgement and appreciation of diversity to deepen mutual understanding between international companies.
Waseda Business School within Waseda University is ranked 25 in the AsiaPacific TopMBA Global Business Schools report 2013/14 by QS. The Waseda business school offers teaching in both Japanese and English, allowing international students access to their excellent academic teaching. There is a focus within the school on the training of management professionals with the latest technology in order to respond to the rapid progression of business within society. This increases the employability of graduates from Waseda, with international students broadening their global business knowledge.
The QS University Ranking by subject, Business and Management studies ranks The University of Tokyo as number 31 in the World University Rankings and number 10 in the Asian University Rankings.
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