There are a number of organizations and countries across the globe that pay tuition and fees for their employees or citizens to attend the MA-HRIR program and obtain a theoretical yet practical graduate education. Knowing that the MA-HRIR program helps prepare their employees and citizens for successful careers in human resources and industrial relations, these sponsors view their support as a wise investment.

Each year a number of students join the program with the support of their employer or home country, and immediately begin learning about a variety of cultures as they study with some of the best faculty in the world.

Junichi Ichikawa is sponsored by his Japanese employer, Central Japan Railway Company, and is excited to learn about American culture and HR perspectives from all over the world.

“Universities in the United States are ideal because students come from all over the world,” Ichikawa says. “I want to acquire new ideas and perspectives which will enable me to promote the company further.”

Central Japan Railway Company is looking to export the bullet train system to the United States. With the possibility that U.S. and Japanese employees could someday work side-by-side on the railway, Ichikawa hopes to be fully prepared for managing employees from different cultures.

“The company will need to manage both American and Japanese workers in the same workplace,” Ichikawa says. “Therefore, I want to consider how to deal with the situation by researching differences between the U.S. and Japanese HR styles.”

Hacheong Yun is sponsored by his employer, Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency, and is grateful for the opportunity to complete a graduate education. 

“Whenever I take a class, or read an academic article, I feel responsible to do something with what I learn for my company,” Yun said. “So, I have been preparing my own notes composed of the points that can be applicable to my company.”

While some students are sponsored by their employers, others have the support of their home country. Victoria Florez Salazar is a Fulbright Scholar sponsored by her home country of Colombia. The Fulbright Scholar Program was created to foster leadership, learning and empathy between cultures. Florez Salazar plans to take full advantage of this opportunity to share her culture with other students, while also learning from other students’ cultures.

“For me, being a Fulbright Scholar means being committed to serving as an ambassador of my country during my time in the United States, as well as taking advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the United States’ history and culture in order to contribute to a better understanding between the U.S and Colombia in the future,” Florez Salazar said.

MA-HRIR Program Director Stacy Doepner-Hove understands the advantages of sponsored students participating in the program. Not only do these students bring with them the knowledge of their country or company culture, but they already know where they can apply the knowledge they learn while they are still in class.

“The students who come to our program fully sponsored by their home country or company are a true asset to the diversity and depth of our program,” Doepner-Hove says. “We are so lucky to have these great students bring their piece of the world to share with us.”