Global Networks

Hitotsubashi ICS melds global learning with regional savvy.

“The Global Network is an indispensable element of education at Hitotsubashi. Our students can get lessons about managing diverse teams, collaboration across cultures, and learning from differences. They can develop great skills for leading in a global organization.”

- Dean Kaz Ichijo, Hitotsubashi ICS; Vice Chair, Global Network Steering Committee

An MBA with a global mindset

Hitotsubashi ICS is a founding member, and the only member in Japan, of the Global Network for Advanced Management, an alliance of 30 (and counting) leading business schools that connects you to exceptional global opportunities. Hitotsubashi ICS is an energetic member of the Network, with our Dean serving as a Vice Chair in its Steering Committee. We’ve hosted a number of Global Network events, and our students are among the most active in reaping the benefits of Network membership.

Global Network Weeks

These are 1-week intensive courses held in locations all over the world,offering Global Network school students selections from among 15 modules on 5 continents. As of 2018, almost 5,000 students worldwide had participatedin GNW. Hitotsubashi ICS students are avid travelers for GNWs, with more than 90% taking advantage of this exciting option each year in destination cities such as Bangalore, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Madrid, and New Haven.
And, our own “GNW Tokyo” has been voted one of the top three mostover-subscribed programs since we joined the Network back in 2014 - and number two, only after Yale SOM, for the last 3 years.

Global Network Courses

Similar to small network online courses, or SNOCs, are virtual courses offered by Global Network member schools, via an online platform and video conferencing for lectures and discussions. You’ll improve virtual teamwork skills through substantive projects, developing working relationships and cross-cultural perspectives. In 2017-18, for example, students could choose from among some High Tech Entrepreneurship (IE Business School);
Political Strategies of Multinational Companies (FGV-EAESP); Urban Resilience, offered in a collaboration among five Network partner schools; and others.

The Global Network Investment Competition

Hosted by the Yale School of Management, is a one-of-a-kind contest dedicated to equity investments. Student teams from Global Network schools submit five investment ideas from the country where they attend school, for a chance to win cash prizes.

MBAs Joining Forces: The Global Network Project

This highly popular – and, many students say, transformational - project-based program is run jointly by Hitotsubashi ICS and Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. Major companies challenge students to develop solutions to societal problems in fieldwork for corporate clients in India, Japan, or Chile.
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  • GNP 2018 Santiago
  • GNP 2018 Tokyo
  • GNW 2018 Tokyo
  • GNW 2018 Tokyo

And deep regional awareness

Along with a global mindset, future business leaders need to develop regional savvy in vast and dynamic East Asia. The BeST Alliance (Beijing Seoul Tokyo) – uniting Hitotsubashi ICS with esteemed regional partners Guanghua School of Management at Peking University and Graduate School of Business at Seoul National University – helps you do precisely that. The three schools engage in student exchange, joint offering of a signature course in comparative study (Doing Business in Asia), research collaboration at the doctoral level, and annual symposia.

Get a double degree

Students in the Two-Year MBA program may earn MBAs from two schools after fulfilling residence and earned credit requirements at both, over two years. Hitotsubashi ICS offers these programs with the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University; the Graduate School of Business, Seoul National University; Renmin University; Yale School of Management; and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Do an exchange

Hitotsubashi ICS has bilateral MBA exchange agreements with excellent schools outside Japan. We host 3-4 month stays from students from, and send our own students (in the Two-Year MBA program) for stays at, these schools:

The Americas

  • Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA, USA)
  • Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA, USA)
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA)
  • Shidler College of Business, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (Honolulu, HI, USA)
  • Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College (Wellesley, MA, USA)
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  • Yale School of Management, Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA)
  • INCAE Business School (Alajuela, Costa Rica)


  • CEU Business School, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
  • London Business School, University of London (London, UK)
  • ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University (Barcelona, Spain)
  • HEC Paris (Paris, France)


  • Guanghua School of Management, Peking University (Beijing, China)
  • School of Business, Renmin University of China (Beijing, China)
  • CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
  • Graduate School of Business, Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea)

Go intensive

Intensive study programs feature company visits and group projects as well as classroom time. They range from one to several weeks, sometimes involving a partner school and include Global Network Week, GNW Tokyo, and Doing Business in Asia, a 16-day intensive course, offered through the BeST Alliance, for comparative study of business practices in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo.

Global Network Member Schools

Launched in 2012, the Global Network for Advanced Management includes 32 business schools from diverse regions, countries, cultures, and economies in different phases of development. Schools serve a three-year term that can be renewed without limit.