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New scholarship to
develop strong bonds

One of the outstanding aspects of the McGill MBA Japan program is its connection to its parent institution in Montréal — the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management. Now it is making its Canadian connection even stronger, as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) will be sponsoring a scholarship for the program.

As David Hackett, director of the McGill MBA Japan program, explained, the program and the CCCJ already share strong ties: students have access to a subsidized membership to the chamber. Hackett said that students who join the chamber usually do so in their second year: “The McGill students are usually pretty busy in the first year, so they don’t have a lot of time to do other activities. But in their second year they become used to the workload, and they have more time to get involved. The people who tend to become active in the chamber stand out in a number of ways: they’re really interested in building their networks, making connections or changing careers.”

Inclusive Award

Planning for the ¥500,000 scholarship began last spring, and Hackett said that it marks the beginning of a new endeavour for the program: partnering with outside organizations. The McGill MBA Japan program will also be offering a scholarship in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

“McGill had scholarships in the past where people would submit an application and the awardee would be determined by McGill,” Hackett said. “But for the CCCJ scholarship, the chamber will take a much more active role. The primary selection process will be by the CCCJ and that allows them to choose a suitable candidate.”

It … is another way that McGill will be associated with the CCCJ.”

In keeping with the CCCJ’s dedi­cation to being a highly inclusive chamber, the scholarship is open to applicants of all ages, genders and nationalities. However, connections to the chamber and Canada will be taken into account. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced at the Maple Leaf Gala on February 21, 2020.

Hackett believes that the scholarship marks a new step of collaboration between the CCCJ and McGill MBA Japan. “It will help to bring the two organizations together, and is another way that McGill will be associated with the CCCJ.”


McGill MBA Japan CCCJ Scholarship

Amount: ¥500,000    |    Application deadline: January 15, 2020

Availability: For those beginning the course in April 2020

To apply for the scholarship, contact CCCJ Executive Director
Matt Ketchum at

For more details about the McGill MBA Japan program,

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