(November 30, 2016) – From a pool of 193 students participating in the National Institute for International Education’s (NIIED) WEST Program, the ETS TOEIC ® Program in Korea selected eight college students to sponsor based on English-language skills, leadership potential and career aspirations in global business. On November 17, students received sponsorship certificates and USD 1,000 toward their programs.
The WEST Program is designed to provide Korean university students with various internships abroad to help plan their career path and to nurture global human resources.
Half of the TOEIC sponsorship recipients will participate in a 12-month program and the other half in an 18-month program, both in the United States. The sponsored students will depart for different cities in the U.S. in January 2017, take language courses, and then begin internship programs based on their skills and interests. Throughout their time abroad, participants will be given the opportunity to improve business and English-speaking skills, as well immerse themselves in the culture and lifestyle of the locals.
“It’s a great honor for me to receive one of the first WEST Program sponsorships from the ETS TOEIC Program in Korea,” said Hyeongdon Lee from Samyook University. “Since I have been given such a great opportunity, I hope I can learn more while studying and working in the U.S.”
Another recipient, Hwajeong Lee from Chungnam National University, said, “TOEIC helped me practice choosing and practicing the expressions in a business English context. For me, TOEIC was not all about getting higher scores, but it was about improving my ability to communicate in the global business scene.”
“It’s a great pleasure for us to meet and support young global talents,” said Paul Lee, Country Manager of ETS Korea. “The ETS TOEIC Program continues to look for opportunities like the WEST Program to identify and provide assistance to Korean college students as they grow into strong English communicators in the global business world.”
For more than 30 years, the TOEIC® test has been the global standard for measuring workplace English-language communication skills. The TOEIC® Family of Assessments, including the TOEIC® Listening and Reading test, the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing test and the TOEIC Bridge™ test, is used by nearly 14,000 businesses, organizations and government agencies in 150 countries. Nearly 7 million TOEIC tests are administered annually worldwide, solidifying the TOEIC Program as the largest and most widely used English-language assessment program for the workplace. For more information on the TOEIC tests and other services provided by the TOEIC Program, visit www.ets.org/toeic.
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