CAMPUS Asia Program

The CAMPUS Asia Program is one of MEXT's Inter-University Exchange Projects inspired by the concept of promoting student, faculty and staff exchanges among universities in Japan, China, and South Korea, with the goal of developing the next generation of Asia's globally-competent leaders through close cooperation.

Hitotsubashi ICS was selected for the CAMPUS Asia Program in 2011, the year the program was first launched. Based on the BEST Alliance (Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo) partnership agreement, Hitotsubashi ICS promotes education and research cooperation with its partner institutions, Guanghua School of Management at Peking University (PKU) and the Graduate School of Business at Seoul National University (SNU), with the aim of developing business leaders capable of succeeding in the future global business worlds of Japan, China, and South Korea. Under this program, the three universities offer degree and non-degree education programs in conjunction with each other as well as joint research opportunities on the latest topics of business management.

Hitotsubashi ICS is the only Japanese university selected for the CAMPUS Asia Program in the field of business management.

Program Outline

Campus Asia Program
【Asia Business Leaders Program Ⅱ Advanced】(Year adopted: FY2016, (Type A – 1))

Support for Education and Research

  • BEST Symposium: Hosted annually by each school in turn.
  • Joint Research: Faculty from the three universities collaborate in joint research projects; the research results are disseminated through the Best Symposium.
  • Career Support: Offer student support for obtaining internship opportunities, etc.
  • Lectures by Business Leaders: Invite business leaders to interactive sessions with students.


  • Steering Committee: Holds the deans' meeting twice a year with the three universities' deans, faculty and staff members participating.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Hearing from business leaders or government officials.
  • ABLP Academic Directors: One faculty member from each school is assigned.
  • ABLP Professional Staff: Professional, English-speaking staff members are assigned.
・Double Degree Program (Student dispatch/acceptance)
Students in our two-year MBA program can study at PKU or SNU in their second year and earn degrees from each institution by fulfilling the enrollment and credit requirements. Hitotsubashi ICS also accepts double degree candidates from the BEST Alliance partner universities.
Note: Double degree candidates are selected through a screening process.
・Term-Length Exchange Program (Student dispatch/acceptance)
Students in our two-year MBA program can study for a single term at PKU or SNU in their second year, while students from our partner institutions can study for a term at Hitotsubashi ICS.
・Short-Term Intensive Program [DBiA (Doing Business in Asia)]
DBiA 【Doing Business in Asia】2019
DBiA 【Doing Business in Asia】2019
Every year, ten students selected from each university (total of 30 students) visit and attend classes at the three universities in Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo over a period of three weeks. Students learn how the Japanese, Chinese and Korean business worlds operate and examine the business models and cultures of the three countries; they also deepen their mutual understanding through quality lectures by university professors and guest speakers, visits to cutting-edge companies, and cultural experience activities.
・BEST Symposium
BEST Symposium 2019 at Seoul
BEST Symposium 2019 at Seoul
BEST Symposium is held annually with China, South Korea, and Japan taking turns as host. The conference invites faculty members of the three universities and business leaders of the three countries to share the joint research findings or achievements of the collaborative education programs. It also provides a forum for the participants to discuss plans and prospects for further developing the BEST Alliance Program. BEST Symposium FY2019 was held in Seuol; Tokyo will host the event in FY2020.
・SNU Study Tour
SNU Study Tour 2018
SNU Study Tour 2018
Hitotsubashi ICS has hosted the SNU Study Tour since FY2016, with our university welcoming 23 SNU Global MBA students under this program in FY2018. Featuring ICS faculty lectures, company visits, and other activities, the study tour offers opportunities to gain a deeper understanding about Japanese business.

[Skills and Attributes Developed by the BEST Alliance Program]

The BEST Alliance Program aims to develop the ability to think logically, judge accurately, and formulate solutions to problems based on complex specialized knowledge and the skills to clearly communicate one's own thoughts and ideas. The program participants also develop the flexibility to build mutual understanding and work respectfully with people from diverse countries and regions around the world.

Hitotsubashi ICS believes that people who will succeed globally in the future are genuine global leaders who can spearhead a new national growth model balancing corporate growth with social benefits and sustainability and play a key role in global development, with their abilities nurtured through the study of new business management theories that integrate the strengths of the East and the West.