Presentation from the 2013 York conference, given by Dr Masako Egawa, Executive Vice President at The University of Tokyo.

The plenary was entitled ‘Steering Institutional Strategy to Compete Internationally’ and provided first-hand insight from Dr Egwa on his experience at the institution.  Specifically, he looked at the Japenese higher education environment and the challenges surrounding it, as well as the university’s international strategy to enhance diversity and mobility.

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York 2013 Conference Presentation: Steering Institutional Strategy to Compete Internationally - Dr Egawa

In 2013 The University of Tokyo was implementing strategies to promote mobility and diversity of students and faculty members, including change in the academic calendar to “four-term” system in 2015, which is a step toward realization of autumn enrollment.

Dr. Egawa joined the University of Tokyo in April 2009. From 2001 through 2009, she served as the Executive Director of the Japan Research Center of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School). Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Egawa worked in the investment banking industry for 15 years in New York and Tokyo, advising corporations and governments on M&A and capital raising transactions for Salomon Brothers and S.G. Warburg (now UBS).

She received a B.A. in international relations from the University of Tokyo, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School), and a Ph.D. in management from Hitotsubashi University. Dr. Egawa has served on the Tax Council (advisory body for the Prime Minister), the Financial System Council (advisory body for the Ministry of Finance), Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (expert member) and Self-Regulatory Board of the Japan Securities Dealers Association.

In 2013, she was appointed the chair of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute. Her recent publications include “Management with Weak Shareholder Orientation” (Nikkei, 2008) and “Case Studies of Japanese Companies” (Diamond, 2010). In her current role, Dr Egawa is responsible for overseeing public relations, alumni relations, development and international affairs.

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