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 introductory 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 digital 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 includes the Business and Economics Clusters. Students take courses from the clusters according to their interests, formulate their research theme in the capstone seminar, and, as a final output, submit a research paper (graduation thesis).
The Business Cluster covers accounting, finance, marketing, and management. Courses in this cluster, including the basic courses, explain specialized concepts, include active discussions on problem- solving, and thoroughly train students in critical thinking and communication.
The Economics Cluster comprises courses that aim to cultivate human resources that transcend the framework of humanities vs. sciences. In these courses, from the basic stage and onward, students study microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics, as well as analysis of real data and policy assessment case studies to practice the practical application of specialized knowledge. In specialized courses such as international, environmental, and development economics, which are considered courses in the advanced stage, students merge these skills with findings from current research to elevate their personal interest to the height of an academic research topic.
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 Cultural Assets by the Hedonic Method
- Determinants of Various Crime Indicators by Prefecture and Region
- Determinants of Declining Birthrate and Population
- The relationship between term spread and economic fluctuations