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The Faculty of Economics at Hitotsubashi University launched its Global Leaders Program (GLP) in the 2013 academic year. GLP and the corresponding Shibusawa Scholar Program at the Faculty of Commerce and Management are both funded by the Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development at the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).


This academic program strives to help foster future leaders in an ever-globalizing socio-economic world, in areas such as business, public policy and academia. Our goal is to provide students with the necessary expertise in economics and related fields, cultivate a broader view of social processes and an ability to accurately assess real-world situations, promote critical thinking skills and creativity required for identifying and solving problems, and last but not least help the students acquire high communication skills in both Japanese and English.



The GLP Curriculum


  1. Students can systematically expand their knowledge of economics and develop relevant analytical skills by enrolling in introductory, intermediate and advanced level specialized courses. We regard economics as a useful prism for analyzing and finding solutions to a wide variety of social and economic problems.
  2. Courses in basic economics can be taken in both Japanese and English (taught by overseas instructors). One approach that the majority of our students may find useful is to first enroll in a particular course in Japanese, and then take an English language course dealing with similar content. In this way, students would be able to advance more effectively in both their specialized studies and in English as a foreign language.
  3. We are increasing the number of specialized courses offered within our undergraduate program in English, with different levels (basic to advanced) provided for systematic progress. A large number of our faculty who have themselves had experience studying abroad or hold Ph.D. degrees from overseas universities teach these to complement our comprehensive Japanese-language curriculum covering economic thought, theory and analysis, taught through various lecture-based courses and specialized seminars.
  4. In addition to the general courses in English Communication available to all students at Hitotsubashi, our own undergraduate students are given the chance to further improve their skills by taking small-group classes covering listening comprehension, speaking, writing and presentation.
  5. Furthermore, we offer special English Communication Skills classes called “Basic Seminars” (class size restrictions may apply if deemed necessary). These highly interactive small-group seminars present an additional and valuable opportunity for intensive honing of the above-mentioned traditional foreign language skills, with an added focus on academic presentation and debate.
  6. We also offer Basic Seminars in Economics taught in English by foreign lecturers or Japanese professors who are fluent in English. These focus on major fields of economics while helping to improve students’ skills in academic writing, presentation delivery and holding discussions in English.
  7. Our program furthermore includes international field studies for selected students. Over a period of about ten days during the summer break, participants are given an opportunity to interact with fellow students from our international partner universities, taking part in joint research presentations and discussion meetings, held in English. These field studies also include visits to international and governmental institutions in the target countries, as well as to local companies, in order to conduct relevant research and gain direct experience of overseas business practices. Before and after the actual overseas trip, students are required to enroll in our Basic Seminars, jointly conducted by Japanese and foreign instructors, where they work on their preparatory research, presentations, and subsequent reports on achieved results. The aim of this part of the program is to help students get first-hand experience of different locales of the global economy while developing a wide spectrum of research, analytical, presentational and communication skills.
  8. We also provide opportunities for longer-term (six months – one year) studies abroad at leading overseas universities to students selected via a special examination.
  9. Upon their return to Japan, participants in our study abroad program will be able to enroll in more advanced, graduate-level economics courses in English, as well as graduate-level Academic English courses.

The five-year combined B.A. and M.A. program (5-yr CBMA) provides successful applicants the opportunity to complete both bachelor’s and master’s degrees within five years. Special consideration in terms of the selection process will be given to students who have studied abroad. These students will be able to take advantage of the following application options.


Students who start studying abroad during the latter half of their 3rd year can take their oral test, i.e. the second round of the master’s program examination for undergraduate students, in July of their 4th year instead of December the year before, coinciding with the Faculty’s “Special Selection Examination.”


Students who start studying abroad during the latter half of their 4th year and have successfully passed the oral test for the master’s program examination for undergraduate students in December of their 3rd year can reserve the right to be considered for admission for one year, thus qualifying to take the “Special Selection Examination” after returning to Hitotsubashi University.


Thus, to be admitted to the 5-yr CBMA program, students must pass both the Faculty’s special selection process and the Special Selection Examination for our master’s program.



Brief Overview of GLP (Link to the web page of Hitotsubashi University’s Project for Promotion of Global Human Resource Development)



 Global Leaders Class




Advisory Committee