Council for HRD

Establishment of “Management Human Resources Development Council”

Based on results of accreditation on business schools in 2008, ABEST21 regards it an urgent issue to set opportunities for joint discussion between academia and industry on system design to enhance education at business schools in Japan. As a neutral body among academia and industry, ABEST21 has appealed the necessity for establishment of “Management Human Resources Development Council” to Deans of the top business schools in our country and executive officers in charge of human resources at business corporations. With the support of the following business schools and companies, “Management Human Resources Development Council” was founded on October 28 at the special conference room of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Attendants included Tadashi Okamura, Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Atsuyuki Asano, Director, Office for Professional Graduate School, Technical Education Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT, and Susumu Yamauchi, Executive Vice President of Hitotsubashi University. Members of the Council are the following business schools, companies, accreditation institution/economic organization, etc.

  • Business schools: Aoyama Gakuin University, Hitotsubashi University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Keio University, Kyoto University, Kobe University, Nanzan University, University of Tsukuba, Waseda University
  • Companies: Fuji Zerox Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., NTT Data Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Recruit Management Solutions Co., Ltd., Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd., Sony Corporation, Toshiba General Human Resources Development Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Accreditation institution/ economic organization, etc.:
    The Office of “Management Human Resources Development Council” is based in ABEST21. Meetings will be held on regular basis to discuss various issues on development of management human resources and present recommendations widely to the public. The second meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at ABEST21 Conference Room, where business schools will report their education programs and companies will make comments.

The Council for Human Resources Development

The 26th meeting

The 26th meeting of Council for Human Resources Development was held on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Minami-Aoyama Kaikan. In preparation for the Third-phase Proal, the Council is receiving reports by professional graduate schools on ideal industry-academia relationship between business schools and companies to nurture management professionals. At this meeting, report was given by Professor Hiroshi Kanno, Dean of Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University, on actual industry-academia relationship at Hitotsubashi University. It was reported that at Hitotsubashi, the relationship was framed along two dimensions – “who” will educate (train) “who” – before developing a program and putting into practice. The case was an example of a very systematic implementation.

The 25th meeting

The Meeting was held on November 29 at Minami Aoyama Kaikan. The first agenda was partial amendment of the Council Rules, which was ratified. Then Professor Toshihiko Shiraki, Dean of Graduate School of Business Administration, Nanzan University, provided an intriguing report on Case Project 4, which deals with the new product development project based on industry-academia cooperation among Nanzan Business School, Pokka Corporation, and Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Co., Ltd.

The 24th Meeting

The Council meeting was held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Minami Aoyama Kaikan. First, the President explained based on materials the change of board members and draft of Council Rules amendment. New board members were ratified (see below). Amendment of Rules will be discussed in the following meeting in November.
Secondly, Dean Ken Kaminishi of Graduate School of Innovation and Technology Management (MOT), Yamaguchi University reported on the School’s project – the third case research in the Third Phase Report “Industry-academia relationship in management education”. MOT of Yamaguchi University was established in 2005 as a professional graduate school of technology management, with the educational philosophy to “nurture personnel with systematic knowledge and practical skills to continually create innovation”. Classes are given mainly on Saturdays for working students at three campuses in the cities of Ube, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. The report presented practical solutions developed to enhance the industry-academia relationship.
Then Mr. Akihiro Sato, Deputy Director, Technical Education Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT reported on “Graduate school for adult relearning” based on materials. The Council will next meet on Friday, November 29, 2013, from 14:00 to 16:00 at Minami Aoyama Kaikan. Report on the fourth case research on “Industry-academia relationship in management education” is scheduled.
Board members of the Council for Human Resources Development for Term 3 (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015)

President: Fumio Itoh (ABEST21)

Vice President: Toshihiko Shiraki (Nanzan University)

Vice President: Youichi Furuno (Recruit Management Solutions Co., Ltd.)

Director: Yoshihiro Tokuga (Kyoto University)

Director: R. Taggart Murphy (University of Tsukuba)

Director: Narihiko Uemura (Sony Corporation)

Director: Kazutaka Yoshimura (Toyota Motor Corporation)

Auditor: Takeshi Hibiya (Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd)

Auditor: Tatsuyuki Negoro (Waseda University)

The 23rd meeting

The meeting was held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Minami Aoyama Kaikan. The meeting started with election of the President due to the expiration of the term, and President Itoh was re-elected. Then Dean Yoshihiro Tokuga of the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, provided a report on industry-academia partnership at Kyoto University Business School, as a second case report for “Industry-academia relationship in business school education”, followed by an active Q&A session. Finally, Mr. Kotaro Takahashi, Promotion Unit Chief, Office for Professional Graduate School, Technical Education Division, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT, provided explanation on “The Concept of Future University Education – draft of Third Phase Proposal Outline by the Education Rebuilding Council” based on the materials.