Which is the best university management course for graduates?
The University of Tokyo has released its most recent university management curriculum, the first in the new millennium.
The course, which was launched last month, covers the basics of university management, including the importance of collaboration, a strong work ethic and an understanding of business.
But its most notable feature is its emphasis on teamwork and teamwork’s importance to the organisation.
“What is teamwork?
What are the elements of teamwork that contribute to the success of an organisation?
To me, teamwork is about making decisions and working together to achieve a shared goal,” says Shigehiro Takagi, the head of the university’s management faculty.
The university says its management courses aim to help graduates build the skills needed for successful careers in business.
A course on organisational psychology is also available, alongside the basics on leadership, teamwork and governance.
It is a mix of courses in business, accounting, engineering and law, as well as a number of courses on leadership and ethics.
What about the cost?
For the new edition, the university has added a number a new courses, and a range of courses covering topics like entrepreneurship, management and ethics, which are all free for students.
For instance, the new course on management says students will learn how to design and implement a company’s internal and external governance systems, and the role of human capital and leadership in the organisation’s success.
The courses have also been redesigned to make them easier to learn.
The online version of the courses costs about ¥100 (£65), but a course in the traditional Japanese language will cost about ¥500 (£55).
In the future, the online versions will be more like traditional Japanese courses, with additional courses in a few languages.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a large change,” says Toshio Ishikawa, the director of the Centre for Business and Technology Research.
“But the students will definitely enjoy learning more and more.”
He says that he has a number more courses on the way.
He adds that, as the new university’s president, he will try to ensure that the courses are designed with a Japanese-specific theme.
“I’m hoping to improve the teaching quality and provide the students with the right kind of courses to enhance their learning,” he says.
This article appeared in New Scientist magazine, on 28 March 2018.