The Benesse Group provides services designed to support advancement to higher education overseas, with the aim of empowering senior high school and university students to expand their own horizons beyond Japan to opportunities abroad.
In 2008, Benesse Corporation opened the Route H prep school offering small, highly personal classes for students seeking entry to top universities overseas. By offering personalized test-taking strategies and high-quality instruction, the Route H prep school helps students to gain entry to these top universities. Some of those who graduated from Route H in Spring 2020 gained entry to Harvard (2 persons), Yale (3 persons), Stanford (1 person), Colombia (3 persons), Pennsylvania (4 persons), Cornell (1 person), Brown (1 person) and Brown (1 person). Others gained entry to universities including Chicago, Northwestern, Duke, Washington University in St. Louis, Amherst, Wellesley, Middlebury, Carleton, and Pomona. Route H has produced Harvard and Yale students 11 years in a row, and Princeton students 8 years in a row.
Ochanomizu Seminar, a university exam prep school, offers English classes called Overseas University Prep Courses (English). Taught only in English by native English speakers, the classes go beyond preparing students for university entrance exams and the TOEFL iBT® Test, aiming to teach them real, practical English. Besides teaching English language skills needed to enter universities in Japan and overseas, the classes aim to impart study skills that will be effective in any overseas university students may attend in the future, as well as a broad base of general knowledge that will allow students to express their views in any field.
In our increasingly borderless modern era, effective communication skills in foreign languages and the capacity to understand foreign cultures have become vital skills for business people. Berlitz Corporation provides world-class language lessons and conducts the Global Leadership Training (GLT) program, which is designed to enhance business communication skills, proficiency in foreign cultures, diversity, social cohesion, practical business skills and leadership skills.
Benesse's overseas education business started in 1989 with correspondence courses for preschool children in Taiwan. In 2006, we extended the scope of our overseas operations to include South Korea and mainland China. Strong expansion in China has underpinned steady growth in enrollees at our East Asian bases. Benesse plans to open a preschool class in Shanghai in July 2013.
In addition to its East Asian bases, Benesse aims to launch businesses in Indonesia as rapidly as possible. We will continue to expand our operations to provide developmental and educational support for children. In the process, we will give close consideration to the characteristics of each country and region, along with the educational environment, systems and other factors.
Last updated : 2020/03/31