SOAS University of London

SOAS hosts training programme for international executives operating in Japan and Korea

6 December 2013

SOAS University of London recently hosted 40 executives from the European Union for a three-week Executive Training Programme (ETP) on Japan and Korea.

The ETP is a one-year programme, funded by the European Commission, which has been running for more than 30 years.  There are now more than 1,000 ETP alumni, many of whom are now working in senior posts in the Japanese and Korean offices of European companies.

As part of the year programme, a three-week module took place at SOAS, organised by SOAS Enterprise. The module provided participants with historical, political, economic and cultural background as well as an introduction to the East Asian business environment.

The module also provided practical skills training such as developing effective business plans and an introduction to the Japanese and Korean writing systems. After the European module, participants move to Japan or Korea for nine months where they undergo intensive training in Japanese or Korean language, business and management and also attend a three-month internship in a relevant sector.

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The module is supported by academic staff from the Japan Research Centre and Centre of Korean Studies, and Dr Helen Macnaughtan from the Department of Finance and Management Studies.

Professor Richard Black, Pro Director for Research and Enterprise at SOAS, University of London said: “We are delighted to have hosted the Executive Training Programme for the fifth time, and to be working again with our partners Waseda and Yonsei universities. ETP is an exciting initiative, and a great way for SOAS to share its knowledge and expertise on Japan and Korea with the wider business community.”

SOAS is part of a consortium with Waseda University in Tokyo and Yonsei University in Seoul delivering the programme which aims to equip executives with the knowledge and skills they need to develop business in Japan or Korea.

For further information about the ETP and for information about applying for the 2014 cycle of the ETP (applications now open) please visit