Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



The GBLP Partner Industry Meeting Held


Jan 20, 2011

On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, a meeting with GBLP Partner Industries was held by APU. The event welcomed representatives from thirteen partner industries who continue to provide human resource development and employment support to the APU-backed Global Business Leaders Development Program (GBLP)*. This event was an opportunity for participants to report on recent developments in employment trends, overall business performance and more. Begun in 2007, the GBLP is a Japanese government initiative for international students and aims to nurture graduates with the skills to take up active roles in the Japanese business sector.

Offering the opening remarks, APU President KORENAGA Shun reaffirmed his commitment to the further development of the program: "Truly global human resources require more than just excellent language skills; they also need to have a global outlook and the ability to understand others. I will continue to work to improve our university environment that supports the program's curriculum and the mission on which it is based".

GBLP Promotion Committee Chairman and APU Vice-President, HIRATA Junichi, expressed his gratitude: "Recently we have seen an increasing number of Japanese companies adopting English as their official company language and companies holding employment exams overseas. These trends serve to validate the efforts of APU over the last decade to promote university internationalisation and produce international human resources for Japanese businesses. This is a testament to the support of our partner industries to whom I offer my sincere gratitude".

Business representatives then reported on the last three years of the program, the employment situation of 3rd intake participants, and future issues. This was followed by an exchange party attended by business representatives, eighteen 5th and 6th intake students on the GBLP and seven 3rd intake students on the Kyushu-Asia Specialized International Student Development Program**. The participating students made the most of the opportunity and enjoyed conversing with the business representatives making full use of their fluent Japanese language skills developed through their business Japanese language classes.

In addition to representatives from GBLP partner industries, the event was also attended by Mr. MIURA Kotatsu, Director of the Oita Office of the Development Bank of Japan Inc, and Mr. UEKI Kenichiro, Manager of the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, International Investment and Exchange Promotion Division. Mr. MIURA attended as a member of the program assessment committee.

The GBLP aims to develop future business leaders who can contribute to Japan's economic development while leading the way in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to standard APU curriculum subjects, 3rd and 4th year students on the GBLP also take special GBLP courses (including internships) and work towards gaining an in-depth understanding in the fields of international strategy and marketing, finance, human resource management, and more. APU continues to work towards further improvement of the program and support GBLP participants on their path towards employment at a Japanese business.

*The Global Business Leaders Development Project (GBLP)
Begun in 2007, the GBLP was proposed to and adopted by the "Advanced Education Program for Career Development of Foreign Students from Asia" – a section of the "Career Development Program for Foreign Students from Asia" run by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT). Designed to strengthen the international competitiveness of Japanese businesses, this program accepts exceptional students with a strong desire to seek employment in Japanese businesses from throughout Asia and equip them with specialist business knowledge and business Japanese language skills. The program seeks to nurture global human resources with the ability to bridge Japanese business with the rest of the world.

* The Kyushu-Asia Specialized International Student Development Program:
Managed by the Aso Juku Academy, this program was adopted into the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) backed "Career Development Program for Foreign Students from Asia". The program is designed for international students in the Kyushu area and provides internships and Japanese language learning support with a view towards supporting the employment of international students in Japanese businesses and industries.

Please click here for more details on the GBLP program.

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