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.
In 2012 GLOBIS celebrated its 20th anniversary. It continued to expand its local and global influence by launching the following:
- A one-year Full-time MBA program in Tokyo
- A new campus in Sendai (Tohoku)
- GLOBIS China Co., Ltd. in Shanghai
Come and celebrate these milestones in GLOBIS’ history by joining these MBA programs and becoming one of the many ‘Visionary leaders who create and innovate societies.’
|1992||GLOBIS Corporation established.
Started the GLOBIS Management School (GMS) business.
|1993||Offered management training at a major telecommunications company.
Started the GLOBIS Organizational Learning (GOL) business.
Opened the GLOBIS Management School, Osaka Campus.
Started translating Harvard Business School case studies into Japanese.
|1994||Started a distance-learning program using case studies for the first time in Japan.|
|1995||Published the MBA Management Book (Diamond Publications) as the first volume in the MBA Series, marking the full-scale launch of the publication business.|
|1996||Launched a joint MBA program with the University of Leicester in the U.K.*
* The GMS-Leicester joint MBA program closed in 2007.
|1997||Started the Management Skill Assessment business (GMAP and others).|
|2000||Started providing e-learning content.|
|2003||Started the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) course, our original MBA program.*1
Opened the GLOBIS Management School, Nagoya Campus.
|2005||Started the GLOBIS Executive School (GES) for executives and senior management.|
|2006||Opened the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University (Postgraduate Studies of Management).*2
Started GLOBIS International School (GIS), MBA courses in English.
|2008||Changed the incorporating entity of the Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University to an educational corporation.|
|2009||Launched the part-time English MBA program.|
*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.