About IIBC, About ETS

About IIBC

We continue our dedication to “globalization of people and businesses.”

With the increasingly borderless economy and more advanced IT services, themes such as “internationalization” and “globalization” have penetrated our society as subjects more familiar to us than ever. Today, these themes aren't just the issues of business corporations but of individuals as well. English plays an essential role as the world's most global language amid the increasingly frequent international exchanges taking place in the economic and cultural sectors.

In times like these, what exactly is the globalization we should strive for? One of the keys to finding the answer to this question is for us to take a stance in which we develop true communication skills, discuss various issues with people around the world, work in cooperation with them for mutual prosperity and create a peaceful world.

The Institute for International Business Communication (IIBC), is engaged in activities from a global perspective with the philosophy of “promoting globalization of people and businesses.” At the center of our activities is TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)Program, which was launched in Japan in 1979. Today, this test--the world’s universal measure of skills in English as a second language is accepted by nearly 160 countries worldwide, and it plays a key role in promoting communication in English.

It will be so wonderful if we Japanese can acquire a more global perspective, develop true communication skills, and therefore set a good example on the global stage and contribute to human happiness, prosperity and peace. In the hope of helping to improve English communication skills, and to train and develop globally competent people, IIBC will continue to engage in a great diversity of activities by capitalizing on the know-how and experience we’ve gained since the founding of our organization, thus contributing to the globalization of people and businesses.

The Institute for International Business Communication

Mission Statement The mission of the Institute for International Business Communication is to promote smooth communication in the global community.


This logotype uses the letter “I” to represent a “person who aspires to make his or her mark on the global stage in business and cultural exchanges.”

The figure of a person looking toward the sky with hope is depicted as a design motif. IIBC’s brand colors are orange, which represent energy, and navy blue, which conveys a sense of intelligence.

Location and Contact Information:

The Institute for International Business Communication
Sanno Grand Building, 2-14-2, Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014
Phone: (03) 3581-5663; Fax: (03) 3581-5892

About ETS

ETS :The Educational Testing Service

The TOEIC L&R was developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world's largest nonprofit test development organization established in 1947. ETS is based in Princeton, New Jersey in the U.S., and currently has about 2,800 employees. ETS undertakes the development of a range of tests under its mission of “advancing quality and equity in education.” In terms of equity, very strict guidelines for fairness are in place at ETS to define methods of developing and implementing tests, and even regarding how scores should be reported after tests. In terms of quality, ETS ensures that consistency in assessment is maintained at all times by carefully checking for any inconsistency at every phase of test development and implementation. ETS also continuously improves the accuracy and quality of each test by analyzing and verifying whether tests are accurately measuring a particular ability and meeting the set purpose, thereby maintaining the credibility and validity of each test.

ETS mission To advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services.

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