Berge y Cia S.A. and Hitotsubashi University have signed a memorandum of understanding to implement an international internship program. The signing ceremony took place on Monday, November 10 at Hitotsubashi University West Campus’s Main Building Guestroom.
Berge, the second largest privately-owned company in Spain, and Hitotsubashi University, one of the leaders in the social science studies in Japan, launched a pilot internship program in 2007. In August – September 2008, Berge accepted four Hitotsubashi students during a successful six weeks internship program. Based on satisfactory evaluations, both parties have agreed to collaborate on Talent International Program, an internship program aimed at developing young business leaders of tomorrow.
The five-week internship program not only exposes students to business experiences, but also helps their ability to work across cultural differences and gain confidence in performing in unfamiliar environments. The program’s contribution in enhancing Japan-Spain relationship is highly recognized by the Royal House of Spain. Berge and Hitotsubashi came together when Berge Chairman Jaime Gorbena and Shigeru Soda, Kawasaki Line Europe Chairman and a Hitotsubashi University alum, shared their visions of bridging cultures and developing global business leaders of the 21st century. A few years later, their ideas have become a reality in the form of international internship program.
ABOUT HITOTSUBSHI UNIVERISTY – Established in 1875, Hitotsubashi University is consistently at the forefront of social sciences studies in Japan. Through its alumni association, the university has an extensive network with leadership positions among Japanese and overseas political and business settings.
President Takehiko Sugiyama and Berge Chairman Jaime Gorbena