In the year 2020, APU will celebrate the first 20 years since its foundation
Message from the President
President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Trustee, Vice-Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust Deguchi Haruaki
With its mission to cultivate global leaders who can contribute to creating the future of the Asia Pacific region, APU was founded in April 2000 with extensive support from Oita Prefecture, Beppu City, and stakeholders from around the globe.
In 2020, APU will celebrate its 20th anniversary. As we approach this landmark year, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported APU over the years.
In 2015, APU formulated the APU2030 Vision, which boldly proclaims that "APU graduates possess the power to change our world." This means that students who head to every corner of the globe to find places where they can pursue their aspirations and interests have “the power to change the world” by thinking things through and taking action, all while using what they have learned at APU. The core tenet of the APU2030 Vision is to produce change agents. With 10 years to go until 2030, 2020 is an important year. As we strive to achieve the APU2030 Vision, we want this year to be a milestone in enhancing APU’s profile in the world, and this will require us to cooperate closely and align ourselves with all of our stakeholders, including current students, alumni, and people from the local community. A project team is already taking action toward new endeavors centered on the establishment of a tourism college.
I would like to celebrate APU’s 20th anniversary together with our globally active alumni, the students currently studying at APU, our faculty and staff, the local residents of Oita Prefecture and Beppu City, the families of our students and alumni throughout the world, future APU students, and those who support APU in so many ways. I look forward to working with you to make APU an even more fun and exciting place to learn and a place that everyone holds dear in their hearts.
Our original mission of cultivating global leaders who can contribute to creating the future of the Asia Pacific region remains unchanged and will remain unchanged as we go forward. We will continue rising to the challenge, and I ask for your continued support for APU as we go into the future.
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- The concept of the 20th Anniversary Logo
This logo utilizes an arrow motif. It symbolizes the individuals that come to APU and graduate as people that can succeed across the world.
- The concept of the 20th Anniversary Catchphrase
This catchphrase expresses how APU, building on the last 20 years, will continue to evolve and build a long history.