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April 25, 2003

Hitachi Introduces e-Learning

The Nikkei reports that Hitachi Ltd. has started offering e-learning programs to 50,000 of its workers, with plans to expand the coverage to 320,000 employees of 1,200 Hitachi group companies in fiscal 2004. By 2005, e-learning is expected to double the amount of company education and training to an average of around 60 hours per person annually. At first, the e-learning program offers only 50 subjects companywide, including business negotiations, presentations, English-language study, safety control at factories and evaluation of subordinates, as well as job-specific menus such as systems engineering. But the number is expected to rise over 500 by 2005 as the company introduces study materials from educational establishments, in addition to developing its own study menus.

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