The Hitotsubashi University Faculty of Commerce and Management and Graduate School of Business Administration have inherited the traditions of Japan’s oldest business school, the Commercial Training School (Shoho-Koshujo), which was established in 1875. The Commercial Training School underwent several name changes, from the Tokyo Commercial School in 1884, to the Higher Commercial School in 1887, to the Tokyo Higher Commercial School in 1902, and again to the Tokyo University of Commerce in 1920. During that time, it expanded its purview from commerce and management to encompass a wide range of academic disciplines including economics, law, and social sciences.
In 1949, the Tokyo University of Commerce changed its name to Hitotsubashi University, and by 1951, the university had grown to comprise four schools: the Faculty of Commerce and Management, the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
In 2018, we created Hitotsubashi University Business School (HUB) with our all-out endeavor by restructuring and consolidating our former graduate school programs. The new business school comprises two schools, SBA (School of Business Administration) providing Japanese programs and ICS (School of International Corporate Strategy) with English programs. Among them, our new MBA program offers a variety of curricula and a broad range of learning opportunities including both of daytime and evening classes.
Today, Hitotsubashi University is one of Japan’s leading universities in the social sciences, comprising four undergraduate schools, six graduate schools, one stand-alone school, and one research institute. Together, the Faculty of Commerce and Management and Graduate School of Commerce and Management constitute a single Business Academic Unit (BAU) responsible for undergraduate and graduate education respectively.
Hironori Fukukawa, Dean
Department of Business Administration,
We defined the mission statement aiming at providing high-quality education programs. Our students as well as academic staff understand what the statement means as a shared value to pursue.
“Captains of Industry” represent leaders in the business world. Hitotsubashi University, since its founding, has produced numerous distinguished professionals. It remains committed to the mission. For further details of the mission statement, please see below.