GLOBIS History

GLOBIS History

A start-up venture that became a world-class educational institution.

The Birth of a Business School

In 1992, at the age of 30, entrepreneur Yoshito Hori created ‘GLOBIS’ from scratch (combining the words ‘global’ and ‘business’), largely inspired by Harvard Business School’s MBA program—from which he had graduated a year earlier. The school found life in President Hori’s central Tokyo apartment, with President Hori as the sole employee. After sending letters to HBS alumni in Japan—and inviting them to teach at the newly formed GLOBIS School of Management—President Hori managed to assemble a team from his personal network and began to instruct the first pioneering class of 20 students, using the famous ‘case method.’ Today, GLOBIS is an expanding educational institution and has instructed thousands of international business professionals.

The Highest Standards of Management Education

The first GLOBIS students were knowledge-hungry individuals who funded their studies with their own money and therefore demanded the best: topquality education from world-class instructors. GLOBIS demands the highest standards from all faculty members, requiring instructors to have MBAs or other masters degrees, real-world business experience and the ability to teach using the case method—rather than the traditional lecture style. This unique approach to business education created a surge in applications, prompting GLOBIS to build two more campuses in the cities of Osaka and Nagoya.

The Largest Business School in Japan

GLOBIS’ success and rapid growth was driven by President Hori’s intense energy and by word of mouth following his revolutionary approach to education. The exponential growth GLOBIS experienced secured its place as the largest management school in Japan, bringing it one step closer to its ultimate goal of becoming Asia’s top business school.

After reaching its 20th anniversary in 2012, GLOBIS has continued to expand and seek further challenges, launching new campuses in Sendai and Fukuoka, and subsidiaries in Shanghai and Singapore.

With five campuses nationwide and two offices abroad, GLOBIS is fast becoming recognized as one of Asia’s fastest growing business schools.


1992GLOBIS Corporation established and GLOBIS Management School (GMS) launched.
1993Offered first management training program for a major telecommunications company.
Opened the GLOBIS Management School Osaka Campus.
Began translating Harvard Business School case studies into Japanese.
1994Launched a distance-learning program using case studies for the first time in Japan.
1995Published an MBA Management Book (Diamond Publications) as the first volume in the MBA Series, marking the full-scale launch of the publication business.
1996Launched a joint MBA program with the University of Leicester in the U.K.,
which ran until 2007.
1997Established the Management Skill Assessment business (GMAP and others).
2000Started providing e-learning content.
2003Launched the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) program,
the predecessor to the school’s MBA program.*1
Opened the GLOBIS Management School Nagoya Campus.
2005Started the GLOBIS Executive School (GES) for executives and senior management.
2006Opened the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University.*2
Started GLOBIS International School (GIS), MBA courses in English.
2008Changed the incorporating entity of the Graduate School of Management,
GLOBIS University to an educational corporation.
2009Launched the part-time English MBA program.
2012Established GLOBIS China Co., Ltd. in Shanghai.
Established GLOBIS SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. in Singapore.
Opened the GLOBIS Management School Sendai Campus.
Launched the full-time English MBA program.
2013Opened the GLOBIS Management School, Fukuoka Campus.
2014Started offering selected MBA courses online.

*1 GDBA program is the precursor of MBA program of GLOBIS University.
*2 Establishment of GLOBIS University was approved by MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) after GDBA program's achievement of 87 enrollments in total up to 2005.

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