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Keio Business School


Keio University was the first private university in Japan, founded in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa, who is often called the intellectual father of modern Japan. Over the last 150 years, Keio University has become known worldwide as a premier educational institution. In accordance with the key principles of self-respect and pragmatic thinking espoused by Yukichi Fukuzawa,

Keio Business School is the oldest established specialist centre for management education and research in Japan. It was founded in 1962 as a department within the university and has been known ever since as KBS (Keio Business School, its official name being Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University). In 1978 KBS launched the first MBA program in Japan and today offers Executive MBA, PhD and short-term open-enrolment seminar programs.

The Executive MBA (EMBA) Program was established in 2015. This program is designed for those who seek to hone their management skills while continuing to work in their current professions.

KBS reputation is built on the triple pillars of education, research, and networking. The goal is to produce distinguished and visionary leaders dedicated to reforming established business activities and starting new ventures to contribute to the advancement of society.

At KBS, students and faculty members engage in friendly competition, learning from each other and growing together in an environment that emphasizes Keio’s philosophy of “learning while teaching, and teaching while learning.” This is the type of environment which fosters true world-class leadership.

Keio Business School Mission

KBS develops leaders who can envision and materialize original business concepts.

Here, scholars and students of diverse backgrounds find enjoyment in learning together, delivering world-class research, and integrating academic theory with business experience