International University of Japan

The International University of Japan (国際大学, Kokusai Daigaku or IUJ) is a private university located in Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

International University of Japan (IUJ)
国際大学 (Kokusai Daigaku)
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MottoWhere the World Gathers
ChairmanShoei Utsuda
PresidentHiroyuki Itami
Students360 (graduate)
Alumni4,360 (from 129 countries)

IUJ is the first graduate school in Japan, and one of the few Japanese universities which offers all courses in English. It was founded in 1982, primarily to train global leaders effective in the globalized world, be it in business, government, world organizations, or the non-profit sector. IUJ offers Master's degrees in International Development, Economics, Public Management, International Peace Studies and International Relations, as well as an MBA in business administration. IUJ is fully approved and accredited by the Ministry of Education, Japan.

The IUJ Business school has obtained accreditation from AACSB International, the world’s leading authority on quality assurance of business schools. The Business school is also consistently ranked among the top schools in the world by leading business and education publications.[1][2][3][4][5] The Public Management program, too, was recently noted among the best. Some of the rankings are noted below.

The IUJ campus has an extremely diverse student body, with students from all over the world. In any given academic year there are students from about 50 countries. This diversity is accentuated by the fact that there are only 330 total students on campus. The diversity was celebrated as part of IUJ's 25th Anniversary through a Guinness World Record record breaking attempt - "The most nationalities in a sauna (50)".[6]

IUJ provides a balanced education through the discovery of Japanese and other world cultures. There are many chances to improve skills in cross-border communications, leadership, judgment and decision-making in internationally diversified groups. The spirit for volunteering too is encouraged. To celebrate its international characteristics, IUJ hosts an "International Festival" during the spring term at which students showcase their respective cultures and cuisine for the local community.

IUJ is near ski and hot spring resorts in Niigata prefecture. Its location outside of major cities such as Tokyo enhances its academic excellence and strong student friendship bonding.


The tree-lined main entrance and facade of IUJ

IUJ was founded in 1982 by bold leaders with a unique vision, and who represented business, government and world organizations. It was established with extensive support from Japan’s industrial, financial and educational communities as well as from the local community.[7] The mission of IUJ is to teach and conduct research in academic theory and application necessary to develop proactive solutions for issues facing the international society and international businesses. The goal is to foster leaders who have a high level of specialized knowledge and skills, and a deep understanding of and respect for different cultures, so can thereby contribute to the development of the international society.[8]

IUJ is Japan's first graduate-school-only university (no undergraduate campus), and the first to use English only in the classroom.

The Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) was the first school at IUJ. Leading supporters IUJ’s foundation included the Japan Association of Corporate Executives[1], Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, Industrial Bank of Japan, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry[2] and Japan Foreign Trade Council[3].

In 1988, the Graduate School of International Management (GSIM) was established in collaboration with the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, United States, as the first US-style business school in Japan, and the first MBA to teach only in English. In that same year, the Matsushita Library & Information Center (MLIC) was established with an endowment from the Matsushita International Foundation, now called the Kinoshita Matsushita Memorial Foundation (KMMF).[7]

IUJ celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017 and now boasts over 4,100 global leaders from over 120 countries/territories who are organized into a close-knit and strong network of worldwide alumni: IUJ touts over 50 Alumni Chapters in 38 countries.


The Matsushita Library and Information Center

IUJ comprises two graduate schools: the Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) and the Graduate School of International Management (GSIM). Both schools offer Master’s degree programs.

The university runs two research institutes: The IUJ Research Institute based on campus and The Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) located in Tokyo. GLOCOM was established in spring of 1991 as a social science institute specializing in the study of information society and Japan. GLOCOM's research focuses on the social, economic and cultural impacts of new communications technologies.

Academic programsEdit

Degree programsEdit

IUJ offers only Master’s degree programs. To apply, applicants must have finished a 4-year bachelor's program or equivalent, and be able to study in the English Language. Those applying to the MBA must also submit a GMAT form. Details can be found on the IUJ Admissions page of

The Graduate School of International Management (GSIM) offers three graduate programs: a full-time 2-year MBA program, a 1-year MBA program targeted at company sponsored students with over 5 years of experience, and a Japan-Global Development Program. The Business School's working Motto is "Leveraging Emerging Asia for Global Advantage."[9]

The Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) offers three graduate programs and 5 master's degrees: International Relations Program (IRP) offering an MA in International Relations, the International Development Program (IDP) with 2 tracks: (MA, International Development or MA, Economics), Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP) offering an MA in Public Management, and Japan-Global Development Program (JGDP) offering an MA in International Development.[10]

In 2018, IUJ and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly operates a new master's program "Japan-Global Development Program", in which future leaders learn the universal logic of national development and corporate growth, using Japanese experiences from the past century as case materials. Studetns get education in international development or general business management, and can receive an MA in international development or an MBA, depending on whether they choose the GSIR or GSIM.[4]

Since cross-registration is encouraged, students may select 'elective' courses from othr programs to customize their graduate degree program for their individual professional goals.

All the courses are two-year programs (21 months), except 1-year MBA which run for one year (12 months). All courses require a thesis as part of the degree requirements.

Language programsEdit

IUJ offers two optional language programs, one in English and the other in Japanese.

The English language courses are designed for non-native English speakers who wish to develop their proficiency to the level required to participate fully in the English-medium environment of IUJ. It includes an Intensive English Program (IEP) held in the summer and academic English courses held throughout the academic year.

The Japanese Language Program (JLP) offers non-native Japanese speakers the opportunity to learn the Japanese language at four different proficiency levels, from Basic to Advanced.[11]

Flowchart of the IUJ Research & Education PLATFORM

Ties to Corporate JapanEdit

IUJ enjoys a close working network with corporate Japan. Its Global Partnership program puts IUJ in formal relationships with over 50 leading companies in Japan spanning banking, consulting, trade and logistics firms. These companies, and more, take advantage of IUJ's Non-degree programs, such as the Executive Degree program, the Global Leaders program, and the 8-week Intensive English Program. IUJ students serve as facilitators in these programs creating a dynamic, English-only win-win experience. Corporate staffs enjoy interacting with international future leaders, and current students enjoy meeting corporate Japan. As part of the Global Partnership program, IUJ coordinates a CHO Forum: Chief Human Resource Officers gather once or twice a year to explore challenges and issues surrounding Japan's need to globalize its work force.

Exchange programsEdit

IUJ has established student exchange programs with more than 50 respected institutions across Asia, Europe, and North America. The purpose is to give students various opportunities to learn in different educational environments and to broaden their horizons. Up to ten credits earned at the host institution could be transferred to IUJ with no extra tuition paid to the host institution.

Updated lists of the GSIR partner schools and GSIM partner schools can be found at the respective school websites.

The following are examples of GSIR's students exchange partners:

  1.   Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University (Canada)
  2.   Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (USA/Italy)
  3.   Seoul National University
  4.   The University of Adelaide Australia
  5.   School of International Trade and Economics, Beijing University of International Business and Economics (China)

The following are examples of GSIM's students exchange partners:

  1.   Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College (USA)
  2.   Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University (USA)
  3.   Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (UK)
  4.   EMLYON Business School (France)
  5.   WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany)
  6.   Norwegian School of Economics (Norway)
  7.   ESADE Business School (Spain)
  8.   School of Economics, Fudan University (China)
  9.   HKUST Business School, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
  10.   Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University (Korea)
  11.   NUS Business School, The National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  12.   Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, The Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
  13.   Kulliyyah of Economic and Management Science, International Islamic University Malaysia
  14.   Master of Management Program, The Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)
  15.   Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (India)

Academic RankingsEdit

Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR)Edit

  • The Public Management and Policy Analysis Program is ranked #6th (Top200) by the Eduniversal's Best Masters Ranking 2017[3]
  • International Relations Program is ranked #19th (Top50) by the Eduniversal's Best Masters Ranking 2017[3]
  • M. A. in Economics is ranked #20th (Top200) by the Eduniversal's Best Masters Ranking 2017[3]

Graduate School of International Management (GSIM) Business schoolEdit

The IUJ Business school is consistently ranked among the top schools in the world. and worldwide by leading business and education publications.[12][13]

IUJ Business school is ranked:

  • #90 in the world by the Economist's MBA rankings 2015,[1][14] and for the ninth time the Graduate School of International Management (GSIM) at the International University of Japan (IUJ) is listed as one of the world’s top 100 business schools. The GSIM at IUJ was the only school from Japan to again be included and ranked 6th among all schools in Asia.
  • #1 in Japan by the "QS Top MBA 2012-2013" in QS World University Rankings, and ranked 30th in Asia.[2][15]
  • #15 (Top200) by the Eduniversal's Best Masters Rankings worldwide 2017.[3]
  • #66 in the world by "The Best Global MBAs for Mexicans 2017" in CNN Expansión. The GSIM at IUJ was the only school from Japan and ranked 2nd among all schools in Asia.[16]
  • #9 in the world by the announced on December 17 its 2012 Rising Stars rankings;[5][17] The only Business School in Japan to make the top 35, and ranked 2nd in Asia.

Campus and student lifeEdit

IUJ campus in winter, with the Echigo-Sanzan mountains in the background


IUJ is located in Minami-Uonuma, a small city on the southeastern end of Niigata prefecture, Japan. It is approximately 100 km south of Niigata city, the prefectural capital, and 230 km northwest of Tokyo. The IUJ campus is in scenic, rural surroundings, in a region of Japan known as “Snow Country” because of the heavy snowfall in winter (on average about 2–3 meters). Apart from paddy fields and mountains, the area has a concentration of onsen (hot springs) and ski resorts, making it a popular destination during the winter season. Thanks to the delicious water from the snow fall, the area is well known for its award-winning rice "KoshiHikari," award-winning sake, watermellon, Shiitake mushrooms, and more.

The nearest railway station and town is Urasa, approximately 4 km away. The Joetsu Shinkansen has a stop at Urasa station. From here, Niigata city is 40 minutes away and Tokyo is 100 minutes away by shinkansen (bullet train). IUJ runs a regular shuttle bus service between campus and Urasa station. Larger towns within a 30-minute drive from IUJ include Muika-machi and Koide. There are also local buses and trains in operation.

Dormitory facilitiesEdit

Student dormitories at IUJ

There are three single-student dormitories each housing about 100 students, and one married-student apartments (MSA) with just 18 units for married couples. Each dormitory has inexpensive coin laundry/dryer facilities. All the single dormitory rooms are well-equipped and offer LAN connectivity. MSA is unfurnished. As there is a waiting list for the units, a lottery system is used to allocate them. For those needing to bring families with school aged children, off-campus housing options are supported by an English speaking land.[18]

There is an on-campus convenience shop, Yamazaki. There are recreational and sporting facilities available to the students.

Tennis courts in scenic surroundings

Student Activities and Elected OfficesEdit

Every full-time student enrolled in IUJ is automatically a member of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the students' union of IUJ. The GSO Executive Committee is a body of elected student representatives in-charge of general student welfare and campus life activities, plus outside events.

IUJ students are encouraged to form their own clubs and societies and the campus is alive with various academic/career building clubs, like the Finance Club, sports groups ranging from Soccer to Aikido, and religious groups including the Catholic Fellowship, and Muslim Student Association.

There is a number of annual on-campus and off-campus events organized by GSO with support from IUJ office and other clubs, such as IUJ Olympics, Ski Day, holiday parties, music nights, game nights, etc.

Two other elected student groups are the IM Council and the IR Council. These groups take care of the academic welfare of the students in their respective schools (GSIM and GSIR), and in close cooperation and communications with the Deans offices.

Corporate sponsorshipEdit

IUJ has retained strong connections with the Japanese business community since its inception, and this is reflected by the number of corporations that have sent sponsored students to IUJ over the years. Sponsored students hail from industries like finance, electronics, manufacturing, telecoms, construction and retail. This wide variety of sponsor companies enables IUJ students to build strong networks across the Japanese business community.

Internship and Job PlacementsEdit

IUJ’s career service, the Career Counseling and Services (CC&S), organizes career workshops, mock interviews and coaches and guides students in their job and internship hunt. It publishes the IUJ Resume Book and distributes it to companies. It supports students with international organization application forms and related essays/cover letters. The career service initiates and co-ordinates the on-campus selection and recruitment of candidates with an emphasis on Winter Term activities.

Close ties with Japanese industry and businesses (see above) give IUJ an added advantage. The career service leverages these strong connections to increase the number of opportunities available to IUJ students. According to the 2012 IUJ Placement Report,[19] 87% of employment candidates in the MBA program who went through career services secured jobs before graduation or within a few months. Updated statistics and a chance to interact with the IUJ Career Counselor is available on the IUJ Career Site.



List of Chairman of the Board of TrusteesEdit

  Name Period Title
1st Sohei Nakayama 1982-1987 Former chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, former president of the Industrial Bank of Japan
2nd Jiro Ushio 1987-1989 Former chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, CEO of USHIO INC.
3rd Toshihiro Tomabechi 1989-1990 Former CEO of the Mitsubishi Corporation
4th Yushin Yamamuro 1991-1995 Former CEO of the Mitsubishi Bank, Ltd
5th Yasuma Sugihara 1995-1999 Former CEO of the ExxonMobil Corporation
6th Sogo Okamura 1999-2004 Professor emeritus, the university of Tokyo
7th Yotaro Kobayashi 2004-2015 Co-chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives
8th Shoei Utsuda 2015- Former CEO of the Mitsui & Co. Ltd

List of presidentsEdit

  Name Period Title
1st Saburo Okita 1982-1987 108th minister of foreign affairs
2nd Shuntaro Shishido 1987-1994 Economist
3rd George R. Packard 3rd 1994-1998 Former Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
4th Satoyuki Otsuki 1998-1999 Economist
5th Takumi Shimano 1999-2002 Economist
6th Yasuma Sugihara 2002-2003 Former CEO of the ExxonMobil Corporation
7th Ippei Yamazawa 2003-2008 Economist
8th Yasuma Sugihara 2007-2009 Former CEO of the ExxonMobil Corporation
9th Masakatsu Mori 2009-2012 Former CEO of the Accenture public limited company
10th Shinichi Kitaoka 2012-2015 Political scientist, former Japanese ambassador to the United Nations [20]
11th Kimio Kase 2015-2017 Economist
12th Hiroyuki Itami 2017- Economist, Emeritus Professor of Hitotsubashi University

Faculty in Leadership RolesEdit

  • Wenkai Li, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management
  • Toshihiro Wakayama, Strategic management
  • Noboru Yamaguchi, International Politics, Japan-US alliance
  • Tomohito Shinoda[8], Political scientist (Japan-U.S. Relations)
  • Maung Aung Myoe [9], Foreign Policy Analysis (Also IUJ Alum) [21][22]


The strong network of worldwide alumni boasts 4,360 global leaders from 129 countries/territories.(as of July 2018)

-Distribution of Countries/Regions-


Bangladesh / Bhutan / Brunei / Cambodia / China / Japan / India /Indonesia / Korea (ROK) / Laos / Malaysia / Mongolia / Myanmar / Nepal / Pakistan / Philippines / Singapore / Sri Lanka / Taiwan / Thailand / Timor-Leste / Vietnam


Australia / Fiji / New Zealand / Papua N.G. / Samoa / Solomon Islands

Middle East

Afghanistan / Iran / Iraq / Jordan / Kuwait / Lebanon / Palestine / Saudi Arabia / Turkey / United Arab Emirates / Yemen

Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia

Azerbaijan / Belarus / Bosnia & Herzegovina / Bulgaria / Czech Republic / Estonia / Georgia / Hungary / Kazakhstan / Kyrgyz / Latvia / Lithuania / Moldova / Poland / Romania / Russia / Serbia / Tajikistan / Turkmenistan / Ukraine / Uzbekistan


Algeria / Botswana / Burkina Faso / Burundi / Cameroon / Chad / Congo DRC / Côte d'Ivoire / Egypt / Equatorial Guinea / Eritrea / Ethiopia / Gabon / Gambia / Ghana / Guinea / Kenya / Liberia / Madagascar / Malawi / Mauritania / Morocco / Mozambique / Niger / Nigeria / Senegal / Seychelles / Sierra Leone / South Africa / South Sudan / Sudan / Tanzania / Tunisia / Uganda / Zambia / Zimbabwe

Western and Northern Europe

Denmark / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Ireland / Italy / Netherlands / Norway / Slovakia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / UK

North America

USA / Canada

Middle and South America

Argentina / Barbados / Bolivia / Brazil / Chile / Colombia / Costa Rica / Dominican Republic / Ecuador / El Salvador / Guatemala / Honduras / Jamaica / Mexico / Peru / Venezuela

  • Business[23]
    • Takashi Saeki (Japan), CEO of the TOHO GAS Company
    • Toshiya Ishibashi (Japan), CEO of the SSP Co., Ltd.
    • Cenk Naci Gurol (Turkey), CEO of Aeon Global SCM
    • Masataka Jo (China), CEO of the Fuji Xerox China Limited
    • Charles Yin (China), chairman and CEO Worldwide City Group, founder of The China-Japan CEO Forum (CJCF)
    • Mike Takano (Japan), Industrial Tycoon
    • Ganzorig Vanchig(Mongolia), senior vice president of business portfolio firm Shunkhlai Group (2014 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum)
    • Asanbaeva Bermet, (Kyrgyz), The Autocom Japan, Managing Director, Representative Director,
  • Public Sector[24][25]
    • Motohiro Ono (Japan), the Governor of Saitama Prefecture, former member of the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature)
    • Naonobu Minato (Japan), director of the ODA Evaluation Division at MOFA (Ministry of foreign affairs)
    • Ratanak Keo (Cambodia), president of Electricity du Cambodge (EdC)
    • Hiroyuki Abe (Japan), journalist (Fuji Television)
    • Yohei Mori (Japan), journalist (Mainichi Shimbun)
    • Thongsay Sayavongkhamdy (Lao PDR), the Governor of the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone Authority
    • Sompasong Phommasane (Lao PDR), the Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department, Bank of the Lao PDR
    • Siphachanh Chounlamany (Lao PDR), the Supply Officer, UNICEF, Vientienne, LAO PDR
    • Esengul, Chinara (Kyrgyz), PeaceNexus Foundation Central Asia Programme Manager and Head of Kyrgyz Republic Operation, former Associate Professor of Kyrgyz National University,former Deputy Director the National Institute of Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic
    • Kurmanova, Aidai(Kyrgyz), The Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan, the former State Secretary.
    • Jayaraj, Anushalakshmi (India), The World Bank, Financial Officer (Quantitative Credit Risk)
    • La Rosa, Jolly (Philippines), The Asian Development Bank, Senior Macroeconomist
  • Academic[26]
    • Tomohito Shinoda (Japan)[10], A faculty member of IUJ
    • Maung Aung Myoe (Myanmar), A faculty member of IUJ
    • Satoshi Tsuji (Japan), Visiting Professor,Nippon Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Management of Technology


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    in Asia #7 #5 #7 #7 #5 #8 #8 #10 - #5 #6 #7 #5
    in the world #82 #84 #88 #85 #77 #82 #85 #83 - #79 #87 #96 #90
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    in Asia #2 #2 #2 #3
    in the world #66 #63 #67 #62
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  23. ^ Business Leaders Archived 2012-10-19 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Government officials Archived 2013-01-16 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Int'l Org. Leaders Archived 2013-04-24 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Academic Archived 2012-10-19 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 37°08′53.72″N 138°56′50.61″E / 37.1482556°N 138.9473917°E / 37.1482556; 138.9473917