A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Cape Breton University (CBU) and Kokugkuin University, Tokyo, Japan, will see close to 30 Japanese students studying at CBU as early as August 2018. The students will participate in a four-week language course at CBU delivered through its language training partner, the International Centre for English Academic Preparation (ICEAP). “Building relationships with academic partners has been key to the success of CBU’s international recruitment strategy. This MOU signals growth in the Japanese marketplace and provides a good foundation for long-term development with Kokugkuin University,” says CBU President and Vice-Chancellor, David C. Dingwall. Under the MOU, both institutions will benefit through international exchanges that will enrich the campus environment at CBU and provide students from Kokugkuin University with international learning experiences. As part of the agreement, faculty exchanges, research collaborations and other opportunities of mutual interest including the creation of joint conferences also have potential for development. Kokugakin University is one of the first private institutions in Japan. The University has five faculties (Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Shinto Studies, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Human Development) with 13 departments and three graduate schools, as well as two research and development organizations. Nearly 11,000 students study at Kokugakin University. The MOU is effective for five years.