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Center for Language Research


About the CLR

The Center for Language Research (CLR) was established the same year as the University of Aizu (1993) to foster research in English for Specific Purposes with special emphasis on the English needed for study and work in the fields of computer science and engineering. The University of Aizu was the very first university in Japan solely dedicated to computer science and engineering, and there are about 1000 undergraduate (BSc) students and about 200 graduate (MSc & PhD) students. Over 40% of all faculty members come from overseas, including countries such as China, Russia, India, Korea, Vietnam, Egypt, France, Tunisia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, and others.

The University of Aizu is officially bilingual and all business meetings and correspondence are interpreted and translated in both Japanese and English. English language education is also a very important aspect of the University of Aizu. Not only do students enroll in English courses throughout their undergraduate programs, but many of their computer science courses are taught in English. All undergraduate students are required to write and present a senior thesis in English, and all theses at the graduate level are also written and presented in English. The university has numerous international students at all levels who carry out their work in English.

The university is known for its open access to computers; there is at least a 1:1 ratio of computers to students, and all students have 24-hour on-site computer and wireless internet access.