KYOTO, Japan -- Japan's Kyoto University will offer a new graduate program aimed at training management specialists for the service industry, including hotels and restaurants, in partnership with Cornell University in the U.S.
The two universities are also considering exchanges of students and faculty, as well as credit transfers, as part of the program, to be launched in the spring of next year.
The program comes as Japan's government aims to boost the number of tourists to Japan to 40 million by 2020. Developing professionals in the tourism field will help improve Japan's hospitality skills.
While the full program will not start until next year, Kyoto University aims to get a head start by beginning new classes this fall in cooperation with Cornell's Hotel School, among other institutions, as part of a two-year Service Value Creation Program at its Graduate School of Management.
The plan to arrange credit transfers is an attempt to attract more overseas students to Japan. The new program will include classes on traditional Japanese culture, such as the tea ceremony and flower arrangement.