Our first on-site course of the Fall semester has finally taken place on Monday (September 14th), approximately after 7 months since the last time students were in a physical classroom!
In order to ensure that we can gradually and safely resume activities on campus, we are starting with few courses in our Nisshin/Nagakute Campus during this Term 3: Intercultural Management on Monday for the Global BBA program and Wednesday's courses (mostly seminars) for our Japanese programs.
It goes without saying that in order to be able to hold such courses on campus while keeping it a safe environment, vigilant and meticulous adherence to infection countermeasures and health care guidelines is necessary. Students, faculty and administrative staff have to measure and record their body temperature being commuting to campus, and masks must be worn at all times by everyone. Prior to entering the classroom, instructors and students have to disinfect hands with automatic dispenser of hand-sanitizer and double check their body temperature with facial recognition thermometers installed in every building and instructors also carry infrared thermometers. Once inside the classroom, social distancing with at least 2 meters in between the students, even during group discussions is implemented. Classrooms are also carefully ventilated with doors and windows kept open, with air circulators installed strategically to boost the circulation even further.
Prof. Kelly, Principal of the NUCB International College (opening in 2022), takes on his vast experience from Australia and Japan, basing on his background in intercultural communication and working with international students, to teach Intercultural Management in the Year 2 of the Global BBA program.
Being in a globalized society, our students are already in a very diverse environment at the NUCB Undergraduate School and they will go onto join the work force that would have at least a certain degree of heterogeneity (not just in terms of cultural background). As such, it is important for them to have a good understanding of their own individual values, cultural values and behaviors, as well as how values and cultural influences individual and organizational behaviors.
This course will lead the students to become inter-culturally competent in management practices via the development of cultural intelligence and they will also design an organizational action plan to put everything into practices at the end of the course.
On Week 1’s class, Prof. Kelly started the session with a brief introduction and got to know the students more on an individual level by getting them to share about themselves, why they decided to come to Japan and NUCB Undergraduate School, as well as their projected career paths.
This session was based on Schwartz’s 10(+1) universal values, with students spending time answering a questionnaire to find out their own Schwartz portrait values and its significance; while the case they had prepared was about Zappos (an online shoe and clothing retailer which was acquired by Amazon in 2009). As part of the group discussion, they tried to identify which of Schwartz’s values are reflected by Zappos corporate culture.