IMA Advances Management Accounting Thought Leadership in Japan through Partnership with Graduate School of Accountancy, Waseda University

Nina Michels-Kim, CMA
IMA Europe Office
+41 44 500 35 16

Tokyo, Japan, March 15, 2017 IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the prestigious Graduate School of Accountancy (GSA) at Waseda University to promote further best practices in management accounting education and IMA’s Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) credential in the country.

Waseda University, founded in 1882, is recognized as one of the top private universities in Japan. The purpose of the MOU is to hold joint events for Waseda’s students, alumni and IMA members and promote the intersection of practical insights and rigorous scientific knowledge in business education.

Nina Michels-Kim, CMA, IMA Director of Europe, who is of Japanese descent, has been in discussions with Professor Takashi Shimizu, Tokyo Chapter President and Dean of GSA, and a member of the chapter; Dr. Ryohei Yanagi, CMA, CFO of Eizai Pharmaceuticals and an adjunct lecturer of GSA, to explore collaboration opportunities between IMA and Waseda University. The discussions started when Nina Michels-Kim visited the Waseda campus to present the Tokyo chapter with the ICMA Board of Regents Third place award among small chapters on behalf of IMA in the summer of 2015. The award was determined using the following criteria: active CMAs in the chapter, exam parts taken, exam parts passed, new CMAs, and new candidates.

“It has been a dream of mine to further IMA in the country that I was born and raised. The MOU with Waseda University gives our members the possibility to expand their network at joint events and deepen their knowledge in business education,” said Michels-Kim.

"Signing the MOU with IMA is the first step to strengthen our partnership and add value to our students by providing them with the opportunity to earn the prestigious CMA credential,” said Professor Shimizu.

The MOU will be the impetus for increased collaboration between IMA and Waseda, including a Continued Professional Education event jointly hosted by the IMA Tokyo chapter and GSA on April 22. Please click here for more information about the event.  

About IMA (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 85,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/Africa. For more information about IMA, please visit

About GSA (Graduate School of Accountancy) at Waseda University
GSA, is the professional graduate school that was founded in 2005 as a part of the Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University. GSA provides advanced professional education in financial accounting, management accounting, audit, finance, corporate and tax law, management, economics, etc. Graduates of GSA work in many prestigious organizations--in audit corporations as CPAs, consulting firms, business corporations, and government agencies. For more information about GSA, please visit