BCCJ supports development of future leaders, with Rikkyo University’s College of Business

Written by BCCJ
December 17, 2021


Written by BCCJ
December 17, 2021

Since September, the BCCJ has been proud to collaborate with Rikkyo University’s College of Business (COB) and their Advanced Business Project (ABP) course.

With the goal of supporting the development of future leaders, the Advanced Business Project course of the College of Business invites companies and organisations to collaborate with Rikkyo students on a ‘real world’ project that can inform their future business activities and help cultivate future global business professionals.

Associate Professor Gene Thompson, the course instructor, says the class was designed to equip students with strategic communication skills to carry out business activities in English. It’s an elective course for 3rd and 4thyear students and the capstone class of the bilingual business leader development programme of the COB. The course sees a group of local and exchange students apply their business and intercultural communication knowledge to solve real-world business problems provided by the client company.



The BCCJ’s project goals were set in consultation with Associate Professor Thompson in September 2021.

The project for this year’s ABP students is to “Engage with Regional Japan”. As the BCCJ looks to expand its membership reach across Japan, students in the ABP course have been set the task of creating a campaign to help the BCCJ engage with potential members, partners and collaborators in the regions of Hokkaido, Chubu, Chugoku and Shikoku.


Young Leaders

Past ABP projects have ranged from proposing new strategies for market development, to providing ideas for company branding, to solutions for digital education. The ABP requires students to carry out research and develop solutions, then design written and oral proposals that are presented, in English, to the client during the final sessions of the class.

The class is generally scheduled in the autumn semester (September – January).

The BCCJ is very pleased to be working with Rikkyo University on this meaningful initiative and looks forward to the ABP x BCCJ final presentations on January 14, 2022.


Further Resources

About Rikkyo University HERE

Contact the College of Business about collaboration opportunities HERE


Rikkyo Advanced Business Project – past examples:

Collaboration with Ingenta
Collaboration with Mitsubishi Fuso