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March 30, 2004

Shane Expands to Kyushu, Vietnam

Shane English School Japan recently announced a new business relationship with one of Japan's largest juku (cram school) chains, Meiko Gijuku Corporation. In joining forces with Shane, Meiko assumes the role of "Master Franchisee" in Japan, providing access to significant numbers of potential students. Meiko will open its first Shane English School Franchise in Yakuin, Fukuoka City, Kyushu on April 10. Expectations are that eventually Meiko will go on to help establish further Shane Franchise schools in Kyushu and beyond. An Assistant Director of Studies for Kyushu will be appointed to help train, support and co-manage the seven teachers there. Together with the opening of Nagoya District, this new development points the way for Shane English School's future expansion in Japan, beyond its main base in Tokyo.

Further afield, Shane recently received a licence from the Ho Chi Minh government to operate Shane English Centre Vietnam. Shane bought out International English Centre Vietnam – which already offered Shane courses to over 300 students – in 2002 and spent a year applying to become one of the very first 100% foreign-owned English language schools to open in the country. Two new branches will be opened in Ho Chi Minh City over the course of 2004. September will also see the school hold its first in-country teaching skills course for GAP volunteers about to begin work in Vietnam. The Vietnamese ELT market is growing rapidly in the two largest cities and the country is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for ELT professionals.

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