NUCB International College, a boarding high school in Nisshin City, Aichi Prefecture, conducted a special class on entrepreneurship education on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. This special class was named "Entrepreneurship Essentials" and invited Professor Hiroshi Uchikoga from NUCB Business School as a guest lecturer, and was conducted using the Harvard-style case method.
This class focused on two cases involving IDEO and Steve Jobs. Students gained insight by discussing successful entrepreneurs and thinking about how they would handle situations. The case method teaching approach is student-centered, with the teacher as facilitator. Progress and learning outcomes are determined by student input, making it crucial for teachers to have strong facilitation skills. During the lecture, a case involving Apple Inc. was presented in comic form. The scenario of an unfair distribution of benefits was discussed, with the question "What would you do if faced with this proposal?" Students shared their perspectives, such as "If you have great technical abilities, find more honest partners and start a new company." "Founders should be smart, honestly express your feelings, and propose a solution that both parties can agree on." Each student gave their own perspective on the topic.
A student said of the class, "The cases were demanding, but I was able to express my own opinions and hear others' thoughts, making it a valuable experience." Our school aims to develop global leaders through a diverse, English-language education and is recognized as an IB World School, one of the few all-boarding international education institutions in the country. We not only focus on business classes but also incorporate case method teaching in regular subjects to foster problem-finding and problem-solving abilities, decision-making abilities, and future leaders who can actively participate in the global community.
NUCB International College is designed to provide a world-class education with excellent facilities and a rich natural environment, on its 200-acre campus, in Nisshin city, Japan.
The case method, first developed at Harvard Business School in 1922 and now commonly used in elite academic institutions worldwide, is incorporated into the teaching approaches for leadership education at NIC. Small classes enable personalised supervision by multinational faculty members with master's or doctoral degrees and faculty from affiliated top business schools. In addition, the Summer School for prospective students (July) and a preparatory course (the Bridging Programme) for September admission are also offered.
The school provides a safe and secure co-educational boarding environment with reference to international boarding standards. 'House Supervisors', who are well versed in psychological and health management, provide daily support and regular individual counselling to ensure optimal support and guidance for each student. Through living together with peers from different cultures and experiences, students develop the qualities required of the next generation of leaders.