A unique internship program offered to students in the European Union and Japan has bolstered ties between scientists, engineers and architects for more than a decade, with the number of participants growing steadily as the EU membership expands.

The one-year Vulcanus program internships have drawn about 460 students to companies in Japan and EU countries since 1996, providing them with a chance to engage in business and research with a command of Japanese or European languages.

The program, which takes its name from the Roman god of fire and metallurgy, is intended to train promising students who will be responsible for future Japan-EU economic relations.