Learning new approaches to management with the Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma in Management enabled Hiroshi Kawaguchi to gain career-relevant skills and a prestigious UK qualification
Hiroshi Kawaguchi at the London graduation ceremony
"Since I was young, I have dreamed of studying at a UK university": Hiroshi Kawaguchi
Through utilizing the knowledge I earned through the course, I believe the company’s performance will be better than ever

When Hiroshi Kawaguchi decided to enrol for our Graduate Diploma in Management, he had been working in management roles for much of his career.

Hiroshi explains: “I already had 10 years' practical experience through my work, but I was lacking the academic background.”

He had also always longed to study at a prestigious UK university. The Graduate Diploma in Management was exactly what he was looking for.

“Since I was young, I have dreamed of studying at a UK university,” Hiroshi said. “Luckily, I found out that the University of London offered distance learning at an affordable price.”

Learning new management skills

Hiroshi, originally from Japan, is the managing director of a Thai subsidiary of a Japanese chemical company.

He said the Graduate Diploma in Management, which is academically directed by LSE, provided him with in-depth management knowledge.

“The module on management science methods was very impressive.”

He was fascinated to learn about Western management methods, which are often much more scientific than Japanese management styles.

“The module on management science methods was very impressive,” Hiroshi said. “It really helped me enhance my competency to make decisions rationally.”

He is confident that the skills he learnt during the degree would enable him to improve efficiency at his company.

“Through utilizing the knowledge I earned through the course, I believe the company’s performance will be better than ever.”

Flexible study

Hiroshi said balancing his studies with his job was challenging, but this made graduating even more rewarding.

“Sometimes it was very hard as I had so many duties in my work. But after passing all the exams, it is also very exciting,” Hiroshi said.

His top recommendation for new students is to create a study timetable and try to stick to it as much as possible.

“I think that before commencing study, making a concrete plan and a detailed timetable is the key to success. By doing this, you can learn a subject deeper day by day, little by little, and at the end you will succeed.”