What are the points of choice between Japanese MBAs and overseas MBAs?

MBA is an abbreviation for Master of Business Administration, but in fact, none of the master’s degrees that can be obtained at professional graduate schools or business schools in Japan has the official name “MBA”. It’s up to you to say, “Because it’s Japan, there is an official name in Japanese,” but in reality, this symbolizes the major problem of Japanese MBAs, and by extension, the overall higher education.

So what is the official name of a business degree that can be obtained at a Japanese educational institution? Speaking of which, this varies from educational institution to educational institution. As an example, “Management Master (professional  ),” “Master of Business Administration (professional)”, “Business Administration Master’s (professional)”, “Business Master’s (professional)”, “International Management Master’s (professional)” ” Master of Engineering Management (Professional) “etc. There are many similar names, and it’s confusing. Can “Master of Business Administration (Professional)” and “Master of Business Administration (Professional)” have the same degree? Also, regarding “Master of International Management (Professional)” and “Master of Engineering Management (Professional)”, it seems that the target academic fields are different in the first place.

* All graduate school degrees (professional) are attached.

It’s still good that these degrees are treated as official names, but the problem is that all these degrees with different names (and in some cases academic areas) are treated together as an “MBA”. It is in the actual situation in Japan. In the first place, the fact that there are so many names in the same academic field is unique in the world. In fact, this is a problem that exists across disciplines other than business, so to speak, “a flood of bachelor’s names” is occurring in Japan. In the increasingly globalized international community, many experts point out that this “flooding of bachelor’s degrees” may be a disadvantage for the future of Japanese academia.

“List of professional graduate schools in Reiwa 2nd year” Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology does not regulate MBA

The reason why different names and academic degrees are treated together as an MBA is due to the fact that there are no guidelines in Japan that publicly regulate MBAs.

Although the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology approves the establishment of faculties and departments, it does not stipulate “what kind of syllabus curriculum is awarded to those who have completed the syllabus curriculum” for a degree with a specific name. Of course, it does not specify what kind of degree the MBA is. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology does not have a department that regulates it, and there is no provision that corresponds to an incorporated administrative agency that would otherwise be appropriate to assume that role.

If there is no provision, the definition of “MBA” will inevitably be blurred. It can be said that the current situation in Japan is that the expanded interpretation of the MBA is widespread due to convenient and selfish reasoning. We believe that this is a very “Galapagos” situation that is far from the global standard of MBA education and is a very serious situation.

If there is a Japanese educational institution that says, “You can get an MBA degree at our school,” you need to carefully assess the actual situation. Because it can only be a “self-proclaimed MBA” with no MBA backing.

“Third-party certification” is important for MBA

On the other hand, in the case of the UK, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education ( QAA ), which is responsible for quality evaluation and management of higher education in Japan , strictly defines the degree such as MBA and evaluates and certifies the degree. I will. This can be called “certified” by a so-called third-party organization. Of course, the MBA degree at Anglia Ruskin University, which you can earn by completing our program, also has a QAA “certification”.

In the world of international MBA, this third-party accreditation has an important meaning, and it is famously called the world’s three major accreditation bodies ( AACSB , EFMD (EQUIS) , AMBA ). There are such certification bodies, and MBA educational institutions (programs) around the world are evaluated and certified according to the multi-item examination standards set by each.

Having a third-party certification is proof that you have a certain level of quality as an MBA educational institution. On the contrary, the fact that there is no third-party certification means that there is nothing other than your own school that guarantees the quality of MBA education (= self-proclaimed MBA). As a result, major overseas MBA schools almost always obtain some kind of third-party certification to ensure the quality of their MBA education.

Although the number is still small, there are MBA educational institutions in Japan that are aware of this problem, and these institutions have obtained third-party certification. Therefore, when trying to obtain an MBA from a Japanese educational institution, the presence or absence of this third-party certification will be an important selection point.

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