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February 06, 2004

TOEFL Required to Graduate New University

The new Tokyo metropolitan university will require all students to achieve a minimum TOEFL score in order to graduate, the first time such a condition has been applied in Japan. Students will have to sit the test immediately after they enter the university and again at the end of each term. A high score will allow students to be exempt from English classes, while failure to achieve the required score will mean students having to take English classes outside their department. Students will also have to complete an internship in order to acquire practical skills appropriate to their field of study. The new university, set to open in spring of next year, is an amalgamation of four existing institutions. There have been protests from faculty members at the universities about the nature of the decision making process (see below).
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