Global Communication Center
JAIST offers one of the most internationalized campus environments in Japan, as almost 50% of its students and over 15% of its faculty members on its main campus come from overseas. The mission of JAIST essentially consists in educating and training scientists, engineers and technology specialists who will play active roles on the global stage as “intellectually tough” leaders with excellent specialization abilities as well as broad knowledge and worldview. To take advantage of this global environment as much as possible and achieve “intellectual toughness”, it is essential that every student possesses sufficient communication abilities.
The Global Communication Center (GCC) located in the headquarters of the International Collaboration Division at JAIST was established to provide an education that reflects a global vision by offering English and Japanese language programs to efficiently and effectively respond to the students' needs. In addition to the usual language courses designed to address the students' diverse levels of language ability (from the beginner to the advanced level), the GCC empowers them to improve their overall communication skills by offering a variety of courses in which they develop skills in cultural understanding, global negotiations, critical thinking and Japanese research writing.
Moreover, in order to implement daily global communication on campus and to improve socially recognized language proficiency based on test scores, the GCC offers a variety of training programs such as the Practical English Intensive Program, the Practical Japanese Intensive Program, the Global Leadership Training Program, the TOEIC Workshop, the JLPT Workshop, the GCC Seminar Series for the Improvement of English Communication Skills, etc. . The GCC also operates a writing lab to offer one-to-one assistance to students seeking to publish their research results.
Every student takes the TOEIC test at least twice while at JAIST, a first time when entering the school and the other time 18 months later. The objective data of the score improvement are used to further improve the GCC programs.
In addition to their education and research in their major field, all the students are highly encouraged to take advantage of what the GCC offers them to be prepared for their future global activities.
For further information concerning the GCC, please visit our homepage by clicking on the URL link below.