Message from the Director
A Well-Balanced Global Business Education for the Future
What makes the AIU Global Business (GB) Program different from business courses at other universities? As a liberal arts education, the curriculum goes far beyond developing the technical skills required for business disciplines. We place a strong emphasis on developing students' communication skills, critical and creative thinking, multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving and understanding of the cultural and historical contexts of business decisions. We do so because these skills are essential for students' future business careers over the long term.
The GB Program offers foundation and advanced courses in the fundamental disciplines of business. These include accounting, business culture, economics, finance, law, management, marketing, quantitative analysis and sustainability. Faculty deliver courses in an interactive learning format with international and multidisciplinary perspectives. Faculty expect enthusiastic and active participation by students. Students learn together and from each other to harness the strengths of diversity in thinking and experience. Our faculty are highly accomplished instructors, active researchers in their fields and several have substantial professional business experience.
How will the GB Program influence the future of our students? We produce graduates with a well rounded and internationally competitive business education. This positions graduates with a firm foundation for their career and the ability to deal innovatively with future big challenges, such as advances in technology, the trend toward globalisation and concerns over environmental sustainability. As business influences almost every aspect of modern human society and well-being, a broad understanding of the implications of business decisions gained in the GB Program is essential not only for graduates' futures but also the good of society. Our graduates proceed to successful careers in industry and commerce in both Japan and overseas, as well as to pursue postgraduate education in highly ranked foreign universities.
Dr. Clinton WATKINS,
Feature 1: Cultivate Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Global Perspectives
The spread of globalization is making corporate activities increasingly complicated and complex. In modern times, the speed of change is accelerating, and uncertainty is growing. For companies to provide valuable goods and services to society sustainably, they must accurately grasp needs on both regional and global scale and formulate appropriate strategies. In response, the GB program provides a broad education centered on economics and business, seeking to cultivate human resources with creativity, critical thinking, and global perspectives.
Feature 2: Business and Economics Clusters
The GB program is composed of two clusters: Business and Economics. Students will take courses from each cluster based on their areas of interest as the basis of their theme for the capstone seminar.
In this cluster, students will learn academic disciplines essential in the business world: accounting, finance as the study of procuring and utilizing funds, marketing for accurately assessing customer needs, and management as the study of strategy and organizational issues. Also, issues related to people cannot be avoided in the field of business. Accordingly, this cluster focuses on developing communication ability and leadership for flexibly adapting to a modern, ever-changing, economic environment.
Based on economics, a study of logical analysis of human behavior, the cluster aims to develop practical abilities to understand the dynamics of our society and to find solutions. The issues discussed are not limited to financial problems. Students will consider numerous other social factors, including family, population, employment, health, public hygiene, education, organizations, institutional design, law, income distribution, politics and economy, and design and evaluation of public policies.
Feature 3: Capstone Seminar
Students will apply their knowledge of economics and business to various real-world issues and policies based on statistical analysis and multiple data to complete a thesis.
Example of Themes
- Determinants of the Number of Tourists by Prefecture
- Employment and Marriage Behavior of Women
- An analysis of foreign retailers’ entry into the Japanese market
- Evaluating the Value of Cultural Assets in Akita Prefecture
- Determinants of Various Crime Indicators by Prefecture and Region
- Determinants of Declining Birthrate and Population
- The relationship between term spread and economic fluctuations