National University's Budget in Japan among OECD countries, the Japanese Government's budget (percentage of GDP) for universities is one of the worst. 89 national universities (now 86 in 2019) have been independent from the Ministry of Education since 2004. Since then, 1% of the budget for faculty personnel expense has been decreased every year. 1% looks small number but 15 years make accumulated decrease of budget became 15% in total. It has become a huge amount. When a national university would like to start a new program, we have to ask the budget for the program to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance because university budget has no allowance for a new program. IGSAP got the budget in 2015 but it has a tenure of 6 years. Tohoku University is one of the largest national universities in Japan but without a supporting fund, it can't afford to continue the project like IGSAP.
As a result of this, IGSAP will close in March, 2021 even it has a big success. IGSAP has stopped to accept students from this year. Many foreign students emailed us about the entrance of this year. This is really sad for faculty of IGSAP but we can't do anything about this.
Mission of International Business Alliance Corporation One of the authors has become a professor of National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan since August, 2018. And another author had an experience teaching in Taiwan for 5 years. We decided to start a brand new educational program in Taiwan from July, 2019. For that purpose, we will incorporate International Business Alliance Corporation (IBA) this July. Executive officers of IBA are consisted of 3 Japanese and 2 Taiwanese. The mission of IBA is as follows:
1. Transferring the newest knowledge:
We have accumulated lots of knowledge in research, education and practice. The 1st mission is to transfer our knowledge to the people who need it. We have many collaborated universities through IGSAP. The collaboration continues even after IGSAP is terminated. We have already started trial programs in Taiwan and Japan and we have recognized that people attended our class is benefitted much. These educational programs are held once a month and they are free of charge. Everyone interested in the topics in the seminar and events can attend the class. The class will be held in Chiayi (NCCU), Taipei (NCCU satellite room) and Tokyo (now being held as Community College). The expenses of the educational program will be paid by the donated money to IBA and the Association of Accounting Policy (a public non-profit organization incorporated 3 years ago in Tokyo).
2. Starting new business collaborated with Taiwanese and Japanese SMEs in an
In a globalized economy, large and listed companies have expanded their business to worldwide. On the other hand, SMEs have not been coping with globalization. Majority of companies in industry of each country are consisted of SMEs. If they collaborate with foreign SMEs, they are sure to find a new market. It is feasible for them to globalize their business but if they would like to do it, the collaboration among SMEs is needed. For that purpose, they must know to each other and they must have necessary knowledge in business. The 2nd mission of IGSAP is to stimulate SMEs to start a new business in an international setting. IBA is focusing on this mission. We can become the catalyst to stimulate SMEs to start a new business with IBA.
3. Focusing on EMBA graduates and business person:
Many national Taiwanese universities have EMBA program. CEOs and executives of local SMEs are studying at NCCU's EMBA. I know other national universities such as National Dong Hwa University (NDHU) and National Changhua University of Education (NCUE) also have EMBA program. These EMBA is 2 years Master program and graduates don't have an opportunity to continue study. They have an alumni organization and gather together several times in a year but these are entertainment event (dinner, gift exchange, karaoke). Some graduates would like to study continuously. Continuous education program (CPE) may be needed by them. IBA program will become an opportunity for them to study at CPE. This is the 3rd mission of IBA.
Yoko Suga is the President of IBA. I taught Japanese as a full-time instructor at Taiwan Shufu University (Chinese Institute of Management), Tohoku University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China, and Tohoku University in Japan, but since April 2020, I have been devoting myself to IBA work. Since Kan lives in Tokyo, he makes a round trip to and from Taiwan every month (as of April 2020, he cannot travel to and from Taiwan due to the coronavirus countermeasures of the Taiwan and Japanese governments). I am a lecturer in the Japanese culture class at the IBA seminar. I am fluent in Chinese.
Toshifumi Takada retired from Tohoku University in March 2018, and was hired by National Zhongzheng University in August of that year and currently lives in Chiayi, Taiwan. Takada has gained the acquaintance of many local business owners because he has worked extensively with the local people while working at the university. As the person in charge of implementing the IBA seminar, I serve as a liaison with the people of the university, alumni association, and Kappa. I am training Chinese.
Masatoshi Sakaki was a certified public accountant for EY Shinnihon LLC, but he retired from the audit in June 2019 and established Sakaki Accounting Office in Tokyo, where he is an officer of several companies and universities. I will. From April 2020, I became a full-time professor at the Graduate School of Accounting at Tohoku University. Sakaki has a wide range of knowledge and ideas related to IT since he was from a university department of science, so he is a lecturer of IT class at IBA seminar.