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SFU MBA International Trip 2009 [April 20-25, 2009]

SFU MBA International Trip 2009


Outline


This program was implemented at the request of Segal Graduate School of Business of Simon Fraser University, with which IIST has had exchange in the past, as a study program for MBA students at that graduate school. The program gave promising students who are expected to be business leaders in the future the opportunity to learn about the present state of the Japanese economy and Japanese management through lectures, visits to Japanese companies, and discussions with corporate managers and also, through visits and exchange, to experience the culture that lies behind Japanese management. The program thereby aimed to contribute to future management and to cultivate the international sense that is essential for businesspeople. Furthermore, through the promotion of an understanding of Japan, it is hoped that the students will be active in the future as businesspeople with a good understanding of Japan.

Dates: April 20 (Monday) - 25 (Saturday), 2009
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)


Participants


Associate Dean, Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University
20 MBA students of Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University


Visited places


-Visit to Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry : Mr. Hideichi Okada, Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, METI

-Presentation on Japanese society and culture Ms. Reiko Toyoshima, Planning, Research & PR Department, IIST

-Presentation on Japanese economy Mr. Risaburo NEZU, Senior Managing Director, Fujitsu Research Institute

-Tsukiji Fish Market

-NEC Corporation Broadband Solution Center

-Zephyr Corporation

-DISCO Corporation

-Hanashyo(Edo Cut Glass Producer)

-TOYOTA Motor Corporation

-Japanese bamboo farm(Hinata-city, Kyoto )

-HORIBA, Ltd.


Overview


In order for the students to learn the latest information about management methods and the high-tech field in Japan, the week-long program in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto included lectures on the Japanese economy, discussions with senior officials at METI, and discussions with top managers in Japanese companies, mainly in the high-tech field. In addition, in order to promote their understanding of the culture that lies behind Japanese management, the students heard lectures on Japanese culture and society, inspected traditional crafts, visited a farm, and experienced cultural activities.
Participating students gave high marks to the company visits, the centerpiece of the program, commenting that the visits to enterprises, from large corporations to small and medium firms, centering on the advanced technology manufacturing industry, enabled them to learn about the wide range of Japanese industry and that, by hearing the opinions of corporate managers first hand, they were able to learn about Japan’s competitiveness into the future and the current problems faced by companies. For most of the students it was their first time to visit Japan, and they were surprised and impressed by the diversity of Japanese society. At the same time, it was said that the program had enabled students to widen their international perspective and had been extremely beneficial in terms of their future careers.


Q&A session with Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, METI

Q&A session with Director-General, Trade Policy Bureau, METI

Visit to the NEC Corporation Broadband Solution Center

Visit to the NEC Corporation Broadband Solution Center


Visit to TOYOTA Motor Corporation

Visit to TOYOTA Motor Corporation

Visit to HORIBA, Ltd.

Visit to HORIBA, Ltd.




International Exchange Dept.

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