Keio University, the first private university in Japan, was founded in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa, who is often called the intellectual father of modern Japan. Over the last 150 years, Keio University has become known worldwide as a premier educational institution.
Keio University established its Business School in 1962 and launched graduate-level educational programs to develop skilled and innovative business managers.
In 1978 KBS launched the first MBA program in Japan. In accordance with the key principles of self-respect and pragmatic thinking espoused by Yukichi Fukuzawa, KBS produces distinguished leaders who take initiative in reforming established business activities and starting new ventures to contribute to the advancement of society.
- Keio-Harvard Advanced Management Seminar was launched
- Keio Business School was founded to provide management seminars and prepare for the launch of graduate-level educational programs
- A one-year, non-degree professional general management education program was launched
- A two-year MBA program was started as Graduate School of Business Administration
- The MBA program started the international exchange program
- A Ph.D. Program was established
- KBS became the first institution in Japan to receive AACSB accreditation (renewed twice for five years in 2005 and 2010)
- MBA double-degree programs were launched (with ESSEC in 2009, with WHU in 2010, and with HEC in 2012)
- Renewed AACSB International accreditation
- Acquired EQUIS international accreditation for management education from EFMD
- Held KBS 50th Anniversary Conference
- Jointly held the Council on Business & Society 1st annual international forum in Paris
- Organized the Council on Business & Society 2nd annual international forum at Kyosei-kan, Collaboration Complex, Hiyoshi Campus, Keio University
- Renewed EFMD accreditation
- Launched Executive MBA program (planned)
Approximately 18,000 students have completed executive seminars
Approximately 3,500 students have graduated from the one-year program or the graduate programs (masters and Ph.D programs)