The Graduate School of Business Administration, also known as the Keio Business School, was established in 1978. The same year, we replaced our one-year graduate program with a two-year MBA degree program, the first in Japan. Since then, we have nurtured contemporary business leaders through our practice-oriented education using the case study method, in line with Keio’s founding philosophy of practical learning. In 1991, we added a doctoral program to train professional researchers in business administration.
Keio Business School has awarded approximately 2400 Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees over the last 30 years. The number of KBS graduates exceeds 3000 when the doctoral program and the one-year program that was offered for nine years prior to the MBA program are included. Our current students come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging in age from mid-twenties to the late thirties, and devote two years to full-time study in a highly competitive but friendly and collaborative environment.
Japanese businesses are seeking new business models and management styles for further growth in the current economic climate. At the same time, people’s values and the regulatory environment are changing dramatically, creating a growing need for professional management skills to cope with such changes. In these circumstances, Keio Business School has adopted a new educational objective: “the development of business leaders capable of pioneering innovation in the new age.”
In the coming age, innovative leaders must have a deep understanding of the mechanisms of the economy and know how to navigate a company to success even in less-than-ideal economic conditions. They must also possess the confidence to stay the course despite short-term trends and market vicissitudes, and the judgment to know what will change and what will not change. They need to be able to boldly chart a new course when needed. We believe that leaders with such insight and abilities will enable constant innovation in today’s rapidly changing business environment.
In order to develop innovative leaders, Keio Business School revises its curriculum every year to expand core courses, update specialized courses, and reconsider topics from an international perspective. The current curriculum has three main components: core courses, specialized courses, and seminars.
In April 2000, KBS became the first institution in Japan to receive certification from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
KBS is very proud to have received this official accreditation from the AACSB, the global standard setter for business schools, as we enter an era of global competition and see a growing need for business education in Japan as well.