Philipp Voulgaris, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2009-2010

Senior Manager - Head of Sales Planning, Order Management, Governance & Processes, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation/Daimler Trucks Asia

After graduating from the MSc Modern Japanese Studies Programme at the Nissan Institute in October 2010, I decided to work in Japan for a few years to utilize my Japanese as well as my business skills. In 2011, I joined a German/Japanese automotive company located in the Tokyo/Kanagawa area. Being able to converse fluently in Japanese and having an in-depth understanding of Japanese culture and practices has definitely supported my everyday work performance here in Japan. The language training as well as the "Oxford thinking" one adopts while studying at the Nissan Institute have become invaluable assets for me personally and in my career development; and both, I feel, are also highly appreciated by my co-workers.

As a next step, after a few years in Japan, I may opt for new opportunities/locations within the company and/or will aim towards an additional degree (PhD or MBA) in parallel to my employment. No matter what path I choose to take, Japanese and Japanese business relations will certainly continue to play a major role in my future, and I believe the skill-set & network acquired by having studied at the Nissan Institute in Oxford will help me along the way.

I can highly recommend the programme to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the field of Asia/Japan, whether in academia or elsewhere. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to join the programme and the university; it was a great experience.

Anna Schrade, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2009-2010

Seeing my dream come true, I’m back in Japan, working as Assistant Professor at the University of Kobe, Japan. While I devote most of my time to my own research, I also teach undergraduate classes.

After completing my MSc in Modern Japanese Studies I stayed on for a DPhil in History under the supervision of Dr Sho Konishi from the Nissan Institute, with financial support from Pembroke College. Between 2011 and 2013, I was Monbukagakusho scholar at the University of Tokyo, and did extensive field research on Japan’s anti-pollution movements in the 1950s and 1960s. Back in Oxford, I worked as a tutor in History, teaching Modern Japanese History to Oxford undergraduate students in HT 2013. As I love teaching, I also started my own company, LEOX summer school OXFORD.

Adrian Haight, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2011-2012

I went from the MSc in Modern Japanese Studies to the Said Business School MBA as one of the first 1+1 students.  After working for Johnson & Johnson as a Product Manager Intern, Adrian is now an International Associate at a large Canadian financial institution.  "I found my time at the Nissan Institute hugely enjoyable.  The Professors were engaging, the course material was diverse and challenging, and the MSc Program was valuable to my personal and career development".

Nissan Seminar: Revival of the Japanese Film Industry through Media Mix Promotion Alliances: The Power of Film Production Consortiums

Friday, 25 October, 2013 -
10:00 to 11:00
Nissan Institute Seminar Room

Special Seminar by Professor Naoki Wakabayashi, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University

Revival of the Japanese Film Industry through Media Mix Promotion Alliances: The Power of Film Production Consortiums


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