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What are the differences between Rikkyo's College of Business and other business schools in Japan?

Updated on: April 07, 2010|  PrintPrint
side_01.gifThere are indeed many universities that have colleges of business and/or commerce in Japan. What make Rikkyo's College of Business uniquely different from them are: (1) the small class size, (2) the top-class programs that focus upon global perspectives and leadership, and (3) the excellent tradition of the Rikkyo University.

Business colleges in other private universities are often criticized for "mass production" education. For example, for first and second-year students in most schools, only foreign languages are taught in small classes, and other courses of general education and even specialized courses are taught in lecture halls with more than a hundred students. Students often lose their passion for studying before specialized seminars begin in their junior year. Rikkyo's College of Business is set up with small classes, and offers the following programs:

  • Basic seminars (10 students per class) are offered in the first semester of the first year.
  • Students join the BLP or the BBL program, required programs consisting of small classes (30-40 students / class), from the second semester of the first year to the first semester of the third year. Rikkyo is the pioneer of this kind of program in Japan, and both programs are the cores of each department.
  • Specialized seminars start in the second semester of the second year.

Secondly, we have a strong focus on leadership and global perspectives. Leadership is a critical element of today's business. Importantly, today's business leaders need global perspectives more than ever as business becomes so internationalized. COB's programs and courses are designed to help students develop leadership and global perspectives. Finally, inheriting Rikkyo's tradition of liberal arts, our curriculum allows students to learn about companies and international business administration from a broad vantage point. At the same time, we maintain a cumulative curriculum structure so that students do not find a broad but shallow group of elective courses, as they do at some universities. For example, all the first-year students of the Department of Business are required to take Economics. And English courses in the Department of International Business proceed step-by-step, from English for General Purposes, to English for Academic Purposes, to English for Specific Purposes.