GenkiJACS expands Fukuoka school

30 March, 2015

Genki Japanese and Culture School (Genki JACS) has announced its Fukuoka centre will move to a new location in May, doubling the capacity of the school.

The six-floor building purchased by GenkiJACS will double capacity for the Fukuoka school

The new Fukuoka centre will be a modern six-floor building located a four-minute walk from Hakata Station, the largest train station in Southern Japan and the main transport hub of Fukuoka City, and a five-minute subway journey from Fukuoka Airport.

When renovations are complete, the school will feature 14 classrooms, while the entire first floor of the building will be used as a student lounge. The company’s administrative offices will also be based at the school.

The purchase of the new building will allow the school to apply for national accreditation, which would enable it to receive student visa students on programmes longer than six months, said Marketing Director, Evan Kirby.

“The move is a huge step for GenkiJACS that will allow us to greatly improve the services that we provide. We have lots of new plans for the future, and this new building will help us accomplish them,” Kirby commented.

He added the Hakata Station area had some of the top attractions in the city, including the Canal City entertainment complex and a host of beautiful temples and shrines.

Academic Director, Rie Kirby, said, “We’ve always loved seeing short-term students improve their Japanese skills with us, and now we look forward to seeing long-term students do even better.”

According to figures recently released by the Japan Student Services Organisation (JASSO), the number of student visa-holding international students on long-term language programmes increased by 37.8 per cent in 2014.

Adding to its original school in Fukuoka, GenkiJACS opened a second centre in Tokyo in 2013, and offers a range of programmes including general Japanese, plus programmes, summer courses and JLPT exam preparation.

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