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Internship in Japan
The Japan-focused MBA:
A globally-driven, cross-cultural
If you see yourself working for a company based in Japan, or for a
company with strong ties to Japan doing business in the United States,
the partnership of the University of Hawai‘i at M¯ noa (UHM) Shidler
College of Business and Japan-America Institute of Management
Science (JAIMS) offers the perfect calling card: a 21-month program The Japan-Focused MBA
leading to a Japan-focused AACSB International accredited MBA and Advantage
a Japan-focused Management Certificate.
• Rigorous curriculum that challenges
What sets this program apart is a three-month corporate internship students to solve complex business
problems in global environments.
in Japan, preceded by 18 months of MBA coursework with a strong
emphasis on business language and culture training. Plus, Hawai‘i • Placement in competitive internships that
afford students a solid understanding of
offers the ultimate multicultural setting to network international doing business in Japan.
relationships while preparing for business success in Asia.
• Intense language courses that enable
The UHM Shidler College of Business and JAIMS are both widely students to become proficient in business
Japanese (no prior knowledge of Japanese
recognized for decades of excellence in international business with an
language or culture is required).
• A unique blend of nationalities that
The road is open. Experience the journey to success in Asia.
encourage dynamic group discussion, and
small class sizes that allow for heightened
interaction, teamwork, and support.
• Vast networking prospects which give
students a chance to meet with many local
and international business executives,
government leaders, academic mentors
and other key individuals.
• An opportunity to study in Honolulu,
Hawai‘i, one of the most vibrant, diverse,
and beautiful places in the world.
The Japan-Focused MBA Structure
The Japan-focused MBA Curriculum Includes:
• Core MBA courses in subjects such as marketing, finance, and strategy
• Advanced courses in Japanese and international business
• Japanese business language and culture courses
• Internship in Japan
Upon completion, students earn a 48-credit hour MBA from the Shidler College of
Business and a Japan-focused Management Certificate from JAIMS.
The core curriculum consists of 24 credit hours which build a solid foundation in
• Business Statistics • Business, Government and External
• Economic Foundations of Strategy Environment
• Marketing Management • Managerial Finance
• Accounting for Decision Making • Managing Information Technology for
• Leadership and Communication Strategic Advantage
• Organizational Behavior • Supply Chain Management
“The program brings together • Ethics • Business Policy and Strategy
professors from around the world with
experiences at the highest levels of business, Advanced Courses in Japanese and International Business
Students also take the equivalent of seven advanced courses (21 credit hours) to
politics, and education; classmates with
bring breadth and depth to the JEMBA experience. JAIMS provides additional
work experiences that span continents
intercultural management instruction.
and specialties; and a JAIMS/UHM • Advanced Entrepreneurial Courses:
Shidler College of Business staff that is - Entrepreneurship in Asia
dedicated to providing quality student - Negotiations and Dispute Resolution in International Business
support and services. Beyond what • Advanced Courses in Japanese Business:
can be taught in textbooks, the JEMBA - Financial Management in Japan
- Japanese Banking and Monetary System
program challenged my concept of ‘cross-
- Japanese Management and Legal Systems
cultural communication’ and gave me the
- Japanese Marketing
necessary resources to thrive in the global • Elective Course:
marketplace. If you are a proactive learner One elective course is chosen that is determined by the student’s particular
who aspires to excel in our increasingly interests. The course allows the JEMBA student to interact with Shidler College
connected global economy, there is no better of Business students from outside the JEMBA program. Possible elective courses
place than at JAIMS and the UHM Shidler include, but are not limited to:
- Asian Capital Markets
College of Business, where you will gain the
- Political and Legal Environment of Business in Asia
knowledge, acquire the skills, and be able to
- Foreign Direct Investment: Political Risk Analysis
exercise your enhanced talents through the - International Human Resource Management
internship in Japan.” - Creativity in Marketing
- Internet Marketing
Mark Fujiwara - Electronic Commerce Technology Management
Manager-APAC Revenue Management
Business Japanese Language and Culture
Federal Express Corporation
Tokyo, Japan Japanese courses provided by JAIMS are aimed at developing language proficiency
within a business context and in-country survival skills. Instruction runs concurrently
with other courses for the duration of the program. Students are tested and placed
in classes according to individual experience and aptitude. Language and culture
classes are held at the JAIMS campus.
The following list
includes many of the
that have hosted
Practical, Real-World Experience
in JAPAN JEMBA interns:
The American Chamber of Commerce in
Capital Services Group
Coach Japan Inc.
Deutsche Securities Inc.
DFS Group Limited
Fleishman-Hillard Japan Inc.
FranklinCovey Japan Co. Ltd.
Hawaii Tourism Japan (Hawaii Tourism
Japan Market Resource Network
Kagome Co. Ltd.
KPMG AZSA & Co.
Mifune Seattle’s Best Coffee West Japan
The JEMBA capstone is a three- administrative support provided by the
month internship at a company or JAIMS Japan Office in Tokyo. Corporation
organization in Japan. As interns, Students work full-time at their Mitsui Mineral Development Engineering
participants practice Japanese business host organizations, engaged in day-to- Co. Ltd. (Mindeco)
and communication techniques and learn day operations to the extent possible, Mobile Media Japan K.K.
how to conduct business, Asian-style. and periodically consult with their NEC Corporation
The Japan-focused internship internship supervisor. In April, students Nihon Unisys Ltd.
arrangements begin during the first are required to submit a final report PacketVideo Japan Corporation
semester in Hawai‘i with an orientation and give an oral presentation about
Personnel Decisions International Japan Co.,
by the JAIMS staff to assess each their internship. The internship position
Ltd. (PDI Japan)
student’s area of interest (for example, is unpaid, and the student bears all
banking, manufacturing, trade, expenses incurred (housing,
marketing, finance). meals, transportation). Prospect Co., Ltd.
The JEMBA internship is While the JEMBA program cannot Snap-On Tools Japan K.K.
under the supervision of Dr. Ikujiro guarantee a particular type of internship State Street International Management
Nonaka, professor of the Graduate or organization, every effort is made Group, Japan Branch
School of International Corporate to match students with internships Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
Strategy, Hitotsubashi University with reflecting their preferences. Tokyo Research International Ltd.
TriWorks Corp. JAPAN
Watabe Wedding Corporation
“JEMBA is an experience that keeps on Welcoming All Student Body
growing. It does not end with the program. Backgrounds Proximity to the U.S. mainland,
I am confident that the things I learned— As diverse as the nations Asia and the Pacific has made Hawai‘i a
academic, professional, and personal—will represented in the student body, gateway between the East and West. Our
students are accepted into the MBA significant foreign and U.S. mainland
serve me well into the future.
program from a myriad of educational student population combined with our
The carefully balanced academic
backgrounds. Many students have nationally recognized resource centers
offerings, the well-chosen faculty from undergraduate degrees in business- and top-ranked international business
academe and industry, the stimulating related fields such as accounting, program make the UHM Shidler College
interaction between peers, professors, marketing, economics, finance and of Business simply the best place to
and members of the community—these management. However, students also study international business. People from
have provided me with the framework to come from non-business related fields. all over the world feel at home among
Engineering, mathematics, international the population of 1.3 million people in
understand, appreciate, and personally
studies, zoology, psychology and the Hawaiian Islands.
contribute to the challenges and
communications are just a few examples The University of Hawai‘i at
opportunities that face the region today. of the educational experiences and a
M¯ noa’s population of approximately
More important, the deep friendships expertise that our MBA students possess. 18,000 students is 24 percent Caucasian,
I developed have convinced me that people Embedded into your curriculum 20 percent Japanese, 8 percent Filipino,
from diverse backgrounds can come together are elective courses which may be 8 percent Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian,
and work as a family. I am very proud to be used to tailor your program. Students and 40 percent other ethnicities. In
are encouraged to take an elective in addition to students from the U.S.
a part of JEMBA.”
a field that will help them meet their mainland and Hawai‘i, there are
professional and personal goals, thus approximately 1,600 foreign students
PHILIPPINES creating a customized program for coming from over 100 countries to study,
Managing Director each student. making the University of Hawai‘i a truly
Gurango Software international educational institution.
Quezon City, Philippines
Career Services Alumni
Both the Shidler College of The Shidler College of Business
Business and JAIMS are committed Alumni Association offers its members
to students’ successful transition from professional development seminars,
the classroom to career. Because the social events and networking
backgrounds and objectives of students
differ considerably, the specific job
opportunities, while continuing its
support of the College’s growth and
search process is customized to the goals
of each individual.
development. There are over 25,000
Shidler College of Business Alumni
The JAIMS Family alumni network living in all 50 states and in more than work
of graduates around the world regularly 37 countries around the world.
AFLAC International Inc., JAPAN
provides employment leads via e-mail The alumni chapters registered with
AIC Corp., JAPAN
to graduating students and alumni. JAIMS are organized by countries and
Apax-Globis Partners & Co., JAPAN
Additionally, while employment at are known as JAIMS BOND. Social
Bank of Hawaii, USA
the student’s internship company after gatherings as well as employment
BlackRock Japan, JAPAN
graduation is not the objective of the networking keeps the BOND connected.
internship, in many cases, graduates
BMW (Thailand) Co. Ltd., THAILAND
have been offered employment with Asia-Pacific Resources
BNP Paribas, HONG KONG
their internship companies or with other The University of Hawai‘i is an
The Boston Consulting Group,
companies through business contacts Asia-Pacific knowledge center, housing
established during the internship portion. the largest concentration of Asia-Pacific
Chiyoda Corp., JAPAN
Students are also encouraged to expertise of any university in the
Cisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd.,
use the resources of the Shidler College Western world. It is home to more than
of Business Internships and Career 40 Asia-Pacific centers and departments,
CitiFinancial Japan K.K., JAPAN
Development Office, which offers offering over 1,000 related courses,
Degussa Japan Co. Ltd., JAPAN
personalized résumé assistance and plus 80 foreign languages, and a library
Federal Express Corp. Japan, JAPAN
career advice, on-campus interviews, internationally recognized for its
GE Capital Global Consumer Finance, USA
job skills workshops and other Asia collection.
Goldman Sachs (Japan) Ltd., JAPAN
Hewlett-Packard Co., USA
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, USA
Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp. Ltd.,
Hyundai Motors India Ltd., INDIA
IMR Global Corp. Ltd., JAPAN
Infinium Corp., JAPAN
Infosys Technologies, JAPAN
Johnson & Johnson, PHILIPPINES
Manulife Life Insurance Co., JAPAN
PricewaterhouseCoopers, JAPAN and
PT Ericsson Indonesia, INDONESIA
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology
(SAIT), SOUTH KOREA
Shinsei Bank, JAPAN
Sinar Mas, INDONESIA
State Street Global Markets (Japan), JAPAN
Shidler College of Business
University of Hawai‘i at M¯
A Recognized Leader in a challenging view of today’s global
Asia-Pacific Management business environment with a balance of
A leader among U.S. business theory and practice. Their international
schools in its focus on the Asia-Pacific experience and business research in
region, the Shidler College of Business the Asia-Pacific region provide an
provides students with an in-depth exceptional learning experience for
understanding of the best business students.
practices, an awareness of languages and All degrees offered by the Shidler
cultures, and a solid comprehension of College of Business are accredited
emerging technologies within today’s by the AACSB International – The
complex global economic environment. Association to Advance Collegiate
Founded in 1949, the College offers Schools of Business, the premier
students a wide selection of degree, national accrediting agency for schools
certificate and high-impact executive of business and accounting. TheAACSB
programs in a unique multicultural International accreditation is the highest
learning environment enhanced by standard of achievement for business
collaborate learning, research projects, schools worldwide, and is a hallmark of
international speakers, internships, study excellence in management education.
abroad, and career opportunities. In the past several years, U.S. News &
World Report has ranked the College
among the top 25 U.S. graduate business
Internationally schools for international business.
The Shidler College of
Business faculty is a diverse group
of internationally accomplished Our Vision
College researchers, consultants and teachers.
They play an active role in local,
The business school of choice with an
Highlights national and international business
communities, serving as board Our Mission
members, editors, speakers and
• U.S. News & World Report ranked the Create a premier learning and research
administrators to top educational and
Shidler College of Business among the community that prepares students to be
business organizations. Many hold
nation’s top 25 graduate programs for leaders in a global business environment
doctoral degrees from Columbia,
that is multicultural, entrepreneurial,
international business for 2006. Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, Stanford,
and technologically advanced.
Purdue, Harvard, and other major
• First College nationwide to offer a universities. The overriding strength of
the faculty is in their ability to present
Japan- and China-focused MBA and an
Executive MBA in Vietnam.
• A diverse faculty with extensive expertise
in the Asia-Pacific region.
• An average of two companies per week
providing on-campus recruitment.
• Listed in the Princeton Review of Best
Business Schools for 2006.
• More than $1.5 million in scholarships
and awards are available for
For 35 years, JAIMS has been connecting the cultures and business practices of
the United States and the Asia-Pacific region by educating both current and future
managers to be effective leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.
Managing Business across developing in-country survival skills and
“Naturally, the JEMBA program
Cultures language proficiency within a business
provided me with a comprehensive
JAIMS has been a pioneer in the context. Business etiquette, protocol,
and cultural study are all integrated into understanding of international business
movement to bring managers together
from across the globe and educate them the business communication classes. and Japanese management. But more
in the cultural values and business Language and culture classes are held at importantly, the true knowledge learning
complexities of other countries. From the JAIMS campus. in the JEMBA program came from my
business protocol to managerial styles, classmates. Each student—unique in his and
from social etiquette to language Hawai‘i—Paradise for her own right yet united through the JEMBA
proficiency, programs at JAIMS examine Intercultural Education
program—offered me a tour of each of the
key issues for those working in the JAIMS participants agree that
10 countries represented in our class.
international arena. Hawai‘i’s multicultural environment
JAIMS addresses the critical issues and its people provide a unique setting I couldn’t have received such an
of managing business across cultures for enhancing Asia-Pacific cultural education from any other place. Together
through its comprehensive academic sensitivity. Likewise, the international we were able to intertwine our knowledge
programs–the JEMBA, offered with composition of and interaction among to produce a realistic understanding of the
the Shidler College of Business, and students provides a wide spectrum global market around us.”
the Intercultural Management Program of global perspectives to the study of
(ICMP), offered solely by JAIMS. The cross-cultural management. JAIMS was Christine Mai‘i Sakuda
ICMP is a four-month graduate diploma established in 1972 by Fujitsu Limited, USA
program that teaches U.S. management an international leader in Information Officer
styles and includes an optional internship information technology. Hawai‘i Primary Care Association
in a U.S. company. JAIMS is a nonprofit postgraduate Honolulu, Hawai‘i
institute that has trained more than
Intensive Business 20,000 academic program and seminar
Communication participants from over 60 countries.
All academic programs at JAIMS The campus is located in Hawai‘i Kai, a
have intensive business communication peaceful suburb of Honolulu, and there
courses on language and culture. is a support office in Tokyo.
The language component is aimed at www.shidler.hawaii.edu
Program Admissions Work Experience
The ideal student entering the At least two years of post-
Japan-focused MBA program has a baccalaureate, full-time work experience
record of strong academic performance, is required.
high test scores, outstanding motivation,
and solid career goals. International Applicants
For up-to-date information on An international applicant is anyone
applying to the Japan-focused MBA who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent
program, please visit our website: resident at the time of application.
www.shidler.hawaii.edu. International applicants must submit the
Confidential Financial Statement Form
for International Applicants. The Test of
GMAT Scores English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Admission All Japan-focused MBA
or International English Language
applicants must complete the Graduate
Checklist Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
Testing System (IELTS) is required for
all international and permanent resident
prior to the application deadline. For
applicants whose native language is not
registration information and testing
Completed Application English. TOEFL or IELTS scores cannot
locations, visit: www.mba.com.
be more than two years old. International
Application Fee of $50 applicants who have earned a bachelor’s
degree (or an acceptable equivalent)
Transcripts Applicants should have a grade
within the last five years at a regionally
point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 = A
GMAT Score accredited or recognized institution in
scale) or the equivalent in the last four
the United States, Australia, Canada,
semesters or 60 semester credits (or
TOEFL or IELTS Score New Zealand, Singapore, or the
(international applicants) the equivalent in quarter credits) of the
United Kingdom are exempt from
undergraduate record and in all post-
the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. For
Resume baccalaureate work. If the academic
TOEFL registration information and
records are not in English, a certified
Statement of Objectives testing locations, visit www.toefl.org.
English translation must accompany the
For IELTS registration information, visit
2 Letters of Recommendation original document.
Statement Form Application Deadline
(international applicants) March 1st
-Early Action and International
Residency Declaration Form Applicant
(Hawai‘i residents only) May 1st
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