Best of Two Worlds
The mission of Hitotsubashi ICS is “the Best of Two Worlds”. It aims to be the bridge between East and ...

Best of Two Worlds

The mission of Hitotsubashi ICS is “the Best of Two Worlds”. It aims to be the bridge between East and West, Large and Small, Global and Local, Old and New, Practice and Theory, Cooperation and Competition, and Business and Society.

  • East and West

    We realize that effective business practices vary by location and over time. We believe that global leaders do not need to have the “right” answer - rather they must be able to acknowledge diversity, work with ambiguity, and innovate by embracing paradox, combining opposites, and constantly challenging conventional wisdom.

  • Large and Small

    We choose to be a small school in one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the world. Every year we welcome about 60 new students to our MBA program and 4 new students to our DBA program. Our small size allows our faculty to get to know students personally, and to mentor them on an individual basis. Our networks with leading corporations (both large and small) and universities around the world allow us to combine the advantages of scale with the speed and flexibility that comes from being small.

  • Global and Local

    We value our global student body and faculty, our global reach in thought leadership, and our global network of corporate and academic partners. At the same time, we are firmly positioned in Tokyo and Japan, and determined, through our research and teaching, to impart to the world a better understanding of business in the city and country in which we live and work.

  • Old and New

    We are a young graduate school in one of the oldest and most distinguished universities in Japan. We value our university' tradition, but also take seriously our role as an innovator. Our research and teaching combines lessons from the old and new - the companies and practices that drove Japan' economic development and the newest, most innovative companies and business areas that are our future.

  • Practice and Theory

    As a professional school, our focus is on practice, so essential in tackling the problems and challenges of today. This is why more than 60% of our full-time and visiting faculty members have full-time work experience in the private sector and 50% hold an MBA degree. However, practice cannot be separated from theory, which helps us to define and resolve the problems and challenges of tomorrow. Our students learn the latest theories in management and apply them to real-life, evolving situations in today' business world.

  • Cooperation and Competition

    ICS students learn the importance of cooperation during Foundation Week (the last week in September), by engaging in various team-building exercises in an outdoor environment. Once classes start, students are encouraged to form study groups and asked to participate in a number of group projects. At the same time, competition is built into the curriculum in the form of a forced grading curve: 30% of the students in a given course are awarded an A, 60% a B, and 10% a C or below. Students also compete to join the seminar of their choice, to qualify for an internship or an overseas student exchange program, and to become recipients of student competition awards.

  • Business and Society

    We acknowledge that the interests of individual businesses and industries may conflict with the interest of society as a whole. We make every attempt in our curriculum and research to raise awareness of those conflicts and encourage resolution in a way that is both socially beneficial and creates long-term value. Our Global Citizenship course enables students to experience directly this conflict, through working with people and groups who experience particular challenges in daily life, including the physically and mentally disabled.