Nurturing tomorrow’s talent

Japan’s institutes of higher learning are cultivating the leaders of the future


OCTOBER 2021 Industry perspectives / Text by Toby Waters

Universities do not exist just to impart knowledge to their students. They are also developing the leaders of the future.

Instilling the best qualities

As well as providing a first-class education, Lakeland University Japan (LUJ) teaches the skills and attitudes necessary — both in the classroom and on campus — for their graduates to take their place as decision-makers in society.

“LUJ strives to encourage students to be inquisitive, independent, and understanding of the views of others while being able to think critically and take on leadership roles,” says Dr Alan Brender, dean. “Our multinational student body, from more than 20 different countries, is educated in these skills through specific courses, group activities, student-run businesses, internships, and volunteer activities.”

A representative of Waseda Business School (WBS) notes the importance of teaching what the modern and future workplace will demand to help students get ahead after graduation.

“The world is undergoing significant changes, and they are happening rapidly. To help our students successfully confront the challenges they will face, we ensure they acquire knowledge of the business world at a global standard,” the representative says. “We also put a priority on teaching problem-solving and leadership skills — qualities that will help them to succeed wherever they work.”

The best resources

Giving students access to experienced professionals who are working in their future industry is crucial for developing capable, proactive leaders.

“WBS aims to develop insightful and responsible global leaders who are capable of acting quickly and wisely. Our faculty includes practitioners such as senior executives with a wealth of experience and researchers doing cutting-edge research in various management fields,” says the representative. “It is our hope that, when our students graduate, they are equipped with actionable knowledge and not simply armchair theory.”

Brender stresses the importance of giving students the chance to be active in their learning.

“LUJ offers students numerous opportunities to develop leadership qualities through our interactive classes, student government, peer tutoring, student-run entrepreneurial businesses, and internship programmes,” he says. “Our courses urge students to investigate societal, corporate, and international problems, and to offer solutions through group and individual reports, presentations, and action.”

The leaders of tomorrow are in good hands.