University of Tokyo plans 'elite' linguistic education
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Jul 13
The University of Tokyo will establish a new course for the 2013 academic year to cultivate students with advanced linguistic skills, with the aim of nurturing future Asian leaders.
After selecting students through gauges including Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which measures the English skills needed for study abroad, the university will provide an "elite" linguistic education, including lectures in English and dispatching students to summer schools at universities overseas.
The new course, "Global Leadership Program," will select about 300 students from the annual intake of 3,000. During freshmen and sophomore years, when students are required to take liberal arts courses, the 300 selected students will take intensive courses in a foreign language in addition to English class. About 50 of them will be dispatched to summer schools in the United States, China and other countries.
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