Sunday, September 12, 2010

Japanese Young Leaders' Program

Below is the info from loyal contributor for my blog.


The Young Leaders' Program

Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS), is one of five designated universities in Japan participating in a scholarship program sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho), called the Young Leaders' Program (YLP).

The primary objectives of the Young Leaders' Program are as follows:

To foster the development of future national leaders in Asian and other countries
To create comprehensive networks of government and business leaders in the international community
To contribute to the establishment of friendly relations among Asian and other countries, including Japan

The YLP offers promising young business and government leaders from Asian and other countries the opportunity to study in Japan at a Master's level in one of the following disciplines:

  • Business Management Course: Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS)
  • School of Government Course: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
  • Local Government Course: Kobe University
  • Medical Administration Course: Nagoya University
  • Law Course: Kyushu University

The MBA (Masters of Business Administration) program at Hitotsubashi ICS is designed to prepare students for work in the private sector. Courses focus on strategy, marketing, accounting/finance, etc. All classes are taught in English, and in contrast with other designated universities, YLP participants at Hitotsubashi ICS are completely integrated into the regular program; in other words, they must follow the same academic calendar and meet exactly the same academic requirements as all other students. As a consequence, YLP participants experience a very intensive and challenging curriculum at Hitotsubashi ICS.

In terms of eligibility for the MBA program, YLP applicants must have at least three years of work experience and be under 35 years of age as of September 1st of each academic year. They must also be undergraduate degree holders, or higher, with a good command of English-a desired minimum TOEFL score of 600, or TOEFL-CBT score of 250-and a guideline GMAT score of 600. In addition, all applicants must obtain permission for a leave of absence from their workplace.

Hitotsubashi ICS can accept a maximum number of 15 eligible YLP candidates each year from the following target countries: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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