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Online MBA Program Embarks on Global Practicum to Japan

The 2nd cohort class of Hofstra University's online MBA program traveled to Japan, visiting global companies, touring production facilities, and meeting senior executives as part of a global practicum designed to immerse students in foreign cultures and business practices.

The group of 18 students and two faculty members visited four cities – Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto. A number of companies were visited including Morgan Stanley MUFC Securities, TKS Group (hosted by a Zarb MBA alum), Japan Post and Toshiba. Additional visits were made to specific healthcare organizations like Kindai University, Okubo Hospital and Maruho Pharmaceuticals.

"It was an enlightening experience to see Japan first hand – a lot has been written regarding Japan's struggling economy but it was interesting to see how the people and companies of Japan lead their day-day lives and operations in what is still one of the leading developed nations in the world," said Dr. Kaushik Sengupta, director of the Online MBA Program and associate professor of management, entrepreneurship and general business. "We met with a number of significant companies and their executives. Students got a chance to see first-hand the way the infrastructure is maintained as well as the cultural differences, which provided them with a new perspective on what it takes to do business there."

As part of the itinerary, the group toured famous cultural centers, such as the Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, the old Tokyo town of Asakusa, Tokyo's ultramodern Ginza district, Osaka castle and the old capital of Kyoto with its iconic Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu temple. The trip lasted 10 days with an intercity transport from Tokyo to Osaka using the famous high-speed Shinkansen network.