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March 11, 2005

ELS, JTB Tie Up to Promote International Exchange

English education company ELS Japan have tied up with Japan Travel Bureau (JTB), the country's largest travel agency, to promote international exchanges between universities and colleges in Japan and abroad. The two companies have launched the "New International Exchange Activation Program," a comprehensive service that includes support for Japanese institutions wishing to form international ties, and internships at universities in the US, Canada and the UK. Though there are many existing ties between academics in Japan and abroad, they are often between individuals and it is difficult to expand such relationships to the entire faculty. Other barriers to a successful exchange include lack of cultural understanding and concerns for student safety. With the recent privatisation of Japan's national universities and a growing need to be competitive, new international programs are seen as one way to continue to attract students. ELS Japan, based in Tokyo, provides English education and study abroad programs at its Language Centers. It launched ELS Premier, a new full-time, intensive, 5-week course, on March 7.
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