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International Symposium 2014

On March 8, 2014 at the Tokyo Campus of University of Tsukuba, the international symposium 2014 was held focusing on “A Perspective on International Quality Assurance of Management Education in Asia”. Keynote speech was given by Dr. Zaleh Kamarudin (picture), Professor and President of International Islamic University Malaysia, on “Enhancing the Quality of Management Education in a Globalized World”. The speech emphasized that nurturing of management professionals at business schools is indispensable for future sustainable growth in the Asian economies. In the panel discussion on “Improving the Quality of Management Education and the Peer Review System” chaired by coordinator Dr. Ruslan Prijadi (Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia), improvement of the Peer Review System was discussed by the following panelists who chaired the Peer Review Teams for schools accredited in 2013: Dr. Khaliq Ahmad (International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia), Dr. Arief Daryanto (Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia), Dr. Gugus Irianto (Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia), Dr. Sang Koo Nam (Gachon University, Korea) and Dr. Hiroshi Takamori (LEC University, Japan). Noteworthy suggestions were provided.

International Symposium 2013

On March 9 2013, ABEST21 International Symposium for 2012 academic year on “Educational Quality Assurance and Accreditation System” was held at the International Conference Hall of Aoyama Gakuin University. The symposium was chaired by Dr. Popy Rufaidah (Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia), with opening remarks given by Mr. Ken-ichi Semba, President of Aoyama Gakuin University, Fumio Itoh, President of ABEST21, and Ilker Baybars, Vice President of ABEST21 (Carnegie Mellon University). Keynote speech was given by Mr. Kazunobu Asada (Director, Higher Education Policy Planning Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT) based on the material “University Education Quality Assurance and Higher Education Policy” on various measures for global development of higher education in Japan. Accepting foreign students from universities in ASEAN region was strongly requested. Special speech was given by Mr. Takeshi Hibiya (Full-time Corporate Auditor, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.) on “CSR and Fuji Xerox” based on the material “CSR Management at Fuji Xerox and Future Management (in the 21st Century)”. Another special speech was given by Dean Dato’ Mohamed Mustafa Ishak (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia) on “Situation of Higher Education in Malaysia”.
In the School Presentation session, the Deans of the two business schools introduced their respective MBA programs:

  • Dean Dr. Izani Ibrahim (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia)
  • Dean Dr. Wisnu Untoro (Faculty of Economics, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia). In panel discussion, country-specific reports on the Asian accreditation system for business administration field currently developed by ABEST21 as Project 7 were presented, followed by Q&A session with the participants.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Fumio Itoh (President, ABEST21)
  • Dean Dr. Nury Effendi (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia)
  • Dean Dr. Ali Khatibi (Faculty of Business Management & Professional Studies, Management & Science University, Malaysia)
  • Dean Dr. Sujinda Chemsripong (Faculty of Business, Economics and Communication, Naresuan University, Thailand).

International Symposium 2012

On March 3, 2012, at the International Conference Hall, Aoyama Gakuin University, the international symposium on “A Perspective on International Quality Assurance of Management Education in Asia” was held as part of the Collaboration Program “Sharing Quality of Management Education and Development of Peer Review System”, under the “Programs for the Support of Strategic University Collaboration towards University Education Enhancement 2009” by MEXT. Introductory remarks were made by Professor Norio Hirasawa, Vice President of Aoyama Gakuin University, and Professor Ilker Baybars, Deputy Dean Emeritus of the Tepper School of Business, Dean of the Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar, and ABEST21 Vice President. They mentioned that the society expects much from business school education in terms of nurturing global management professionals. The program started with panel discussion on "Nurturing Management Professionals and Intellectual Property Education in Business School". The reality and necessity of intellectual property education at business schools were noted. In particular, questions were asked by the audience on utilization of intellectual property and ethics education which inspired active discussions.
In the afternoon session, special addresses were delivered on the common theme of “Nurturing Management Professionals in a Globalizing World”. The case of Fuji Xerox was presented by Takeshi Hibiya, Senior Vice President, Human Resources Group, Corporate Social Responsibility, General Affairs, Legal, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. The case of Toyota Motor was presented by Kazutaka Yoshimura, General Manager, Toyota Institute, Toyota Motor Corporation. Mr. Hibiya discussed how the new employees’ learning through activities to support the areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake became a valuable experience in nurturing human resources, which made a great impression on the audience. Mr. Yoshimura shared Toyota case of the educational program called “OT-club” (Overseas Trainee-culture, language, business) targeted for younger employees with 4 to 5 years work experience at Toyota, which attracted much interest from the Symposium participants.
Keynote Address "Developing International Accreditation System and Enhancing the Quality of Higher Education in Asia" was given by Hiroshi Yoshimoto, Director of Higher Education Policy Planning Division, Higher Education Bureau, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. In the speech the world trend of higher education and the trend of globalization at Japanese universities were analyzed. He mentioned that promoting student exchange in Asia is the urgent issue, and that it is necessary for Japanese universities to promote globalization and mutual student exchange through cooperation with universities in Asia, to nurture world-class management professionals in particular. It was stressed that it is essential to establish the system to guarantee the quality of education based on international exchange and cooperation. An opinion was raised from the floor that wide support for universities in Asia is also needed.
Panel Discussion on "Developing Quality Assurance System of Management Education in Business Schools in Asia" was chaired by Dr. Fumio Itoh (President, ABEST21) with panelists Dr. Adil Basuki Ahza (BAN-PT, Indonesia), Assistant Dean Pichayalak Pichayakul (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), Professor John Benson (University of South Australia, Australia), Professor Emeritus Sang-Koo Nam (Korea University) and Professor Ming-Yu Cheng (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia). The discussion focused on the relationship between diversified Asian cultures and global standards to guarantee quality of education. In particular, the issue of balance between local standards based on the education systems in respective countries and global standards was discussed actively. It was mentioned that meeting western de facto standard is not the only means of educational globalization. There was not enough time to complete the heated discussion.

International Symposium 2011

On March 5, 2011, at the International Conference Hall, Aoyama Gakuin University, the International Symposium on “Nurturing Management Professionals and Developing MBA Programs in a Globalizing World” was held, attended by the business school experts from Japan and abroad. The aim of the symposium was to share the results of the research project on developing management professionals through business education, which was conducted with the purpose of enhancing the quality of ABEST21 accreditation for the applicant business schools.
The symposium is a part of the Collaboration Program “Sharing Quality of Management Education and Development of Peer Review System”, under the “Program for the Support of Strategic University Collaboration towards University Education Enhancement 2009” by MEXT. Addresses were given by Tadashi Okamura (Chairman of The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Shinjiro Komatsu (Deputy Director-General, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT) on “Policies for Nurturing High-Level Management Professionals in Higher Education of MEXT”; Kazuo Tanigawa (Director and Corporate Executive Vice President, Toshiba Corporation) on “Nurturing Management Professionals in a Globalizing World: The Case of Toshiba Corporation”; Osamu Kishimoto (Senior General Manager, Global Human Resources Development Division of Sony Corporation) on “Nurturing and engaging Management Professionals in Sony Corporation”; Hitoshi Amano (Director for IP Exploitation Policy Planning, Policy Planning and Research Division, General Affairs Department, Japan Patent Office) on “Government Policy for IP Education in Japan”; Hiroe Tsubaki (Vice General Director, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics) on “The Research Projects of Company Needs and Competencies of Management Professionals (international survey report)”; Oleg Vikhanskiy (Dean, Graduate School of Business Administration, Moscow State University, Russia) on “Developing MBA programs in a Globalizing World”, and by Ming-Yu Cheng (Professor, Tunku Abdul Rahman University, Malaysia) on “Developing MBA programs in a Globalizing World (international survey report)”. The final part of the symposium was a panel discussion on “Nurturing Management Professionals and Developing MBA Programs in a Globalizing World” chaired by ABEST21 President Fumio Itoh. Valuable comments were made by the panelist Professors Siriwut Buranapin (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), Hong Joo Jung (Sungkyunkwan University, Korea), Amir Mahmood (University of Newcastle), and Ruslan Prijadi (University of Indonesia, Indonesia). The contents of the symposium were featured in the Zenshigaku (All Japan Private Schools) Newspaper (March 13, 2011 issue).

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