Voices from participants

Participants from year of 2014

University of Tokyo / Master course student / Graduate School of Public Policy / Mr. A.N. (M&ACourse)

What was the reason why you have applied to the M&A course?

Main reason why I have applied is because I was thinking financial industry as one of my future path. Although it is possible to study finance individually, I applied because I thought that the experience of a project-based assignment with group members could be a valuable and rare experience. Also, the fact that we get feedback from the real bankers on the last day became a very high incentive during the course.

How was the course after you have actually participated in?

The content was very in depth than I have expected. I was able to learn about finance not only through lectures, but also from discussion among the intelligent fellow teammates. Since participants came from various universities, there were different excitement compared to the environment in my own university, which happened to be a valuable time.

Please give some advice to the students who are thinking of applying to this course.

Although it could take up your time, by participating every sessions and doing the tasks thoroughly, by the end you will feel a growth within a short period. The support from the staffs and the bankers from companies are very sophisticated. Hence, I propose to actively speak to them, and learn to the best of yourself. In addition, the course is very short, so I advise you to not to be afraid of your mistakes: be aggressive and make the course meaningful for you.

University of Tokyo / Master course student / Graduate School of Economics / Mr. Y.M.(GF Course)

What was the reason why you have applied to the M&A course?

I had an interest in Abenomics, and I wanted to hear about it from the specialists who work at a financial institution. The financial market these days is in a condition that can’t be explained by just a theory, which we learn in schools. Therefore, I thought I need to know opinions from people facing the market everyday.

How was the course after you have actually participated in

The experts’ interpretation was very easy to understand. Some people hadn’t even learned economics in schools, but that was not much of a problem. Their lecture was simple enough for those people. They didn’t just talk about the trends then, but also the movements of the financial assets in the past, and some guesses in the future. I was worried about that the discussion and the presentation in the group work was in English, but thanks to some of the members who were good at English, I didn’t have any hard time.

Please give some advice to the students who are thinking of applying to this course.

For people who have some interest in economics, please apply to this program. The specialists’ explanation is very easy to understand for even those of you who haven’t studied economics in schools. Therefore, don’ t be anxious about it too much, and just try it. This lecture will definitely ensures you to be interested in finance!