Today we are joined by Robert from Scotland/Indonesia, who joined the Global BBA program in Fall 2019 from the British School Jakarta. Rob, who studied the IBDP at an international school in Jakart...
We are joined by Ryu, a Japanese national who joined NUCB in Fall 2019. Having studied at international schools in Singapore and Tokyo, let’s find out more about his reasons to choose the Global BBA Program and his internship experiences so far.
Why did you want to study in Japan?
As I spent most of my life in Singapore in an international environment so I didn't have much experience living in Japan. I wanted to put myself into Japanese society and rediscover my roots. My brother was going to stay in Tokyo for his university and I also wanted the opportunity to live alone to gain independence and grow as a person.
I first heard about NUCB when a representative came to our school for a presentation. I was impressed knowing that they had AACSB accreditation and my father knew of the NUCB Graduate School of Management as being one of the best business schools in Asia with double accreditation (AASCB, AMBA) and being the only school in Japan to be ranked by the Financial Times. My father also knew of the case method as he studied his MBA at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a partner school of NUCB.
We visited NUCB before making our decision and was just in awe of the beauty and size of the Nisshin campus. Another thing that attracted me to the school was the closeness to students and faculty. I had studied in a family-oriented school in Tokyo and having the opportunity to speak to professors before and after classes makes university life more comfortable.
What do you think of the case method?
I think there are different kinds of cases that can help you understand real life-situations. Some cases cover new theories, whilst others you can learn from the success or failure of a business, and vice versa. I also want to go towards marketing and sales for my future and the case method helps to deepen my knowledge and improve my leadership skills.
You have worked on two internships, can you tell us more?
I previously worked as a paid intern for 2 months for The Westin Tokyo in customer service. It was a great experience as I learnt that I can’t be shy and it really helped me develop my confidence and my social skills for interactions with foreign customers. I also completed the NUCB requirements so I can gain credits for graduation.
I am now working for a German accelerator company that works with start-ups with the potential to succeed and I am conducting market research and analysis for their products.