About GLOBIS

An MBA like no other, combining purpose with practicality

At GLOBIS University, over 9,500 students from 68 countries and regions* have gained the purpose, knowledge, and network to thrive in a business environment characterized by rapid, unpredictable change. 

Our goal is not for you to simply attain a degree, but to cultivate your personal mission and gain practical knowledge to become a leader in society.

To help you nurture the leader within, the GLOBIS curriculum helps you first find your unique strengths and passions with potential for meaningful impact. From there, with the support of top industry professionals, you’ll work to develop practical, relevant business skills. We designed our cutting-edge, technology-focused curriculum specifically to equip you with the mindset and expertise necessary for the digital era.

During your time at GLOBIS, you will forge an invaluable business network with diverse peers and mentors brought together by their drive to make a difference. Even after your studies are complete, this network will continue to provide lifelong fellowship and guidance for your career. 

A GLOBIS MBA is more than just a degree. Take the first step towards a life-changing experience.

*as of June 2021 

From startup to Japan’s No. 1 MBA

GLOBIS was founded in 1992 by entrepreneur Yoshito Hori as a single marketing course in a small, rented classroom in downtown Tokyo. Since then, we’ve grown into Japan’s No. 1 MBA*.

Inspired by his time at Harvard Business School, Hori sought to combine the case method’s discussion-centric classes and real-life business examples with the search for a kokorozashi, or personal mission. He saw the need for leadership education, especially in Japan, which would allow motivated, mission-driven individuals to innovate more freely within their organizations.

The result was a unique MBA experience that cultivates practical business skills and social leadership.

*By number of students

Taking a vision for leadership education to the world

Since attaining formal accreditation as a university in 2006, GLOBIS has grown from a humble intake of 78 students to Japan’s largest business school*. In 2021, we welcomed 1,230 students to our MBA programs**, accounting for over 40% of all students enrolled in business- and technology-related graduate programs in Japan. Our growing student population is testament to the impact of a curriculum that combines purpose with practicality.

In 2012, we began taking our unique education to the world. Now our English programs reach far beyond Tokyo to hub campuses in Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. And thanks to our online options, we’re helping students all over the world find their purpose and make an impact. 

In a world where visionary leadership and creative problem-solving are needed more than ever, we strive to foster business leaders everywhere with a strong sense of purpose.

A leader in practical business education

Every year, more than 1,000 students enroll in GLOBIS MBA programs and more than 250,000 company employees join corporate training by GLOBIS. They learn with us because of our ability to develop business leaders who can bring meaningful change through action. In order to foster such leaders, our classes are small and built around active student discussions facilitated by seasoned business professionals. 

GLOBIS University is fully accredited by the Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) and recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). In order to maintain our practical focus, GLOBIS does not seek to obtain international accreditation by bodies such as AACSB, EQUIS, or AMBA. Such accreditations require a minimum proportion of full-time faculty or faculty with doctorate degrees, which does not align with our objectives. We believe that students gain the most practical skills by learning from those who have achieved success in the real business world.

Our current accreditation policy ensures we meet a high standard of education, allows rapid innovation of our curriculum to meet the ever-changing needs of business, and enables us to hire faculty who can provide the best possible learning experience to our students. This impact is reflected in the career outcomes of our graduates all around the world. 

International accreditation requirementsGLOBIS model
Minimum proportion of faculty with a doctorate degree or limitedOur priority is on faculty with proven track records in real-world business. Many of our lecturers are executives and entrepreneurs who received MBA degrees from top business schools.
Minimum number of full-time faculty membersOur faculty are 100% business people, engaged full-time in running businesses. We offer no tenure, and faculty’s motivation to teach comes primarily from their passion for developing future leaders.
Curriculum must adhere to each accreditation body’s criteria of effectivenessOur curriculum quality is assured by the high standards of JUAA. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of the business world above all others.

 

President's Message

"Impactful leaders must have courage to follow their convictions. This is why finding your life’s purpose, or kokorozashi in Japanese, is the fundamental building block of our curriculum. It’s what sets GLOBIS apart from other business schools.

Whether you want to start your own company or bring renewed innovation to the biggest names in business, we will help you discover your unique purpose and develop the skills and network to make it a reality. This is how GLOBIS puts you in the driver’s seat of your career.


Finding your purpose means enjoying work that you can do better than others–all while contributing to the people around you and to society in a meaningful way. A clear purpose and direction will also motivate you to hone your skills and knowledge so that you can reach your full potential. What more could we ask for in our lives and careers?

My hope is that every GLOBIS student is inspired to make society a better place–and that they find the confidence to make it happen. With the passion and dedication of our community, we will support you every step of the way."

Yoshito Hori
President and Founder, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University

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