Degree Programs

Graduate Program

Message from the President

Norihiko SUZUKINorihiko SUZUKI, DBA
Chair of the Board/President, Akita International University

The Professional Graduate School of Akita International University, named the “Graduate School of Global Communication and Language,” is truly unique and an appropriate professional graduate school for this globalized society.

Our graduate school consists of three programs: English Language Teaching Practices, Japanese Language Teaching Practices, and Global Communication Practices. These three programs are intended to provide specialized courses to support the acquisition of knowledge and practice, in order to train highly specialized professionals who can play an active role in the international community.

In the AIU graduate school, all courses are taught in English, except for some subjects in the Japanese Language Teaching Practices program. Furthermore, in order to accept excellent students from all over the world, as graduate schools in western societies do, the screening of applicants is strictly conducted on the basis of documents submitted. Through such new and unconventional features, we aim to establish a graduate school of global standards. We eagerly anticipate applications from ambitious individuals.

President’s Profile

1945 Born in Kuroiso Machi, Nasu Gun (Currently Nasu Shiobara City), Tochigi Prefecture
1968 B.A., Economics, Hitotsubashi University
1972 M.A., Economics, Hitotsubashi University
1978 D.B.A., Indiana University
1978 - 1982 Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, Washington State University
1982 - 1986 Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1986 - 1990 Associate Professor, International Christian University
1990 - 2012 Professor, International Christian University
1991 - 1992 Visiting Professor, University of Washington
2000 - 2004 Vice-President for Academic Affairs, International Christian University
2004 - 2012 President, International Christian University
2010 - 2012 President, The Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia
2012 - 2013 Senior Managing Director, Japan University Accreditation Association
2013 - present President (Chair of the Board), Akita International University
- present Member, Council for the Implementation of Education Rebuilding
Member,Central Council for Education, University Education Section
President, Japan Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Publications include, Takokuseki Kigyou Keieiron (Management of Multinational Enterprises, Dobunkan, 1988), Winner of the 1988 Management Science Literature Award, Kokusai Marketing (International Marketing, Dobunkan, 1989), Kigyousenryaku to Kokusaikankeiron (Corporate Strategy and International Relations, Yuhikaku, 1995), Takokuseki Kigyou to Kokusai Kankei no Tougou Riron (The Multinational Business and International Relations -Toward the Integrated Theory Building-, Kokusai Shoin, 1997), Kokusai Keiei Seijigaku (The Global Corporate Politics, Bunshindo, 2000), Global Kyoikuzai Ido Riron (Global Transfer Theory of Education Products, Bunshindo, 2014), Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Journal, International Management Review, Asia-Pacific Journal of Management, The Columbia Journal of World Business, and many more.

Outline of Graduate Program