The story of APU

The story of APU
1995
1995

Landscape of Jumonjibaru

Sep.

Oita Prefecture, Beppu City, and Ritsumeikan announce their intent to establish APU

Oct.

APU Preparatory Committee established

1996
1996
May

Advisory Committee officially established

Advisory Committee officially established

Jul.

The Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies (RCAPS) established

Oct.

The name "Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University" finalized

1997
1997
Apr.

Oita Prefecture, Beppu City, and Ritsumeikan sign a basic agreement for establishing APU

Oct.

Construction preparation begins

Dec.

Beppu/Oita APU Office established

Beppu/Oita APU Office established

Oita Prefecture, Beppu City, and Ritsumeikan sign a basic agreement for establishing APU

Construction preparation begins

1998
1998
Aug.

Campus ground breaking ceremony

Campus ground breaking ceremony

Sep.

Approval process with the Ministry of Education (currently known as MEXT – Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) for the establishment of APU begins

1999
1999

APU official logo finalized

University opening countdown board unveiled

Apr.

APU official logo finalized

Apr.

University opening countdown board unveiled

Jul.

Ridge-pole raising ceremony commemorates completion of major construction work

Dec.

Establishment of APU receives Ministry of Education approval

Ridge-pole raising ceremony commemorates completion of major construction work

2000
2000 University Opens
Jan.

Kazuichi Sakamoto becomes Inaugural President of APU

Kazuichi Sakamoto

Jan.

University dedication ceremony

Apr.

APU officially opens

Apr.

The first Entrance Ceremony held

May

Opening Ceremony

May

APU Opening Festival

APU Opening Festival

Nov.

First school festival, APU Festival, held

APU FESTIVAL

Kazuichi Sakamoto


APU Opening Festival

APU FESTIVAL


First Entrance Ceremony program


2001
2001
Sep.

AP House 2 completed

AP House 2 completed

2002
2002
Jun.

The Winds of Multiculturalism published

The Winds of Multiculturalism published

JR Kamegawa station

2003
2003
Mar.

First Graduation Ceremony conducted

Mar.

APU Alumni Association founded

Apr.

Graduate schools established

Graduate schools established

Apr.

Semester quarter system introduced

Nov.

First Tenku Festival held

2004
2004
Mar.

Graduation Ceremony for President Sakamoto and Vice-President Jido

Graduation Ceremony for President Sakamoto and Vice-President Jido

Apr.

Monte Cassim inaugurated as the second President of APU

Monte Cassim

2006
2006
Apr.

The APU New-Challenge begins with goals to increase student intake and establish new institutes

2007
2007

Buildings completed according to the APU New Challenge Plan

Mar.

Dedication ceremonies for buildings completed according to the APU New Challenge Plan

New shared rooms constructed in AP House

Apr.

APU Confucius Institute established

2008
2008
Jul.

APU tagline officially created

Tagline

2009
2009
Apr.

APU Story: The Birth of Japan’s ”Global Cooperative” University published

Apr.

College of Asia Pacific Management name changed to College of International Management

Oct.

The APU 10th Anniversary celebration begins

2010
2010
Jan.

Shun Korenaga inaugurated as the third President of APU

Shun Korenaga

Nov.

Establishment of the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies

Shun Korenaga

The Journal of the International Association for Asia Pacific Studies

2011
2011
Mar.

The APU 2020 Vision created

Apr.

Launch of the APU Learning Commons

Sep.

Language Lounge reopened as Self Access Learning Center

Language Lounge

SALC

2014
2014
Sep.

MEXT selects APU as a member of the Top Global University Project

2015
2015
Mar.

The APU 2030 Vision created

Sep.

The APU Cafeteria receives halal certification from the Nippon Asia Halal Association

The APU Cafeteria receives halal certification from the Nippon Asia Halal Association

2016
2016
May

Mazeru Kyouiku: The Multicultural Mystery of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University published

Mazeru Kyouiku: The Multicultural Mystery of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University published

Aug

Business programs receive accreditation from AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Business programs receive accreditation from AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

2017
2017
May

Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society chapter established at APU

Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society chapter established at APU

2018
2018
Jan.

Haruaki Deguchi inaugurated as fourth President of APU

Haruaki Deguchi

Mar.

Hospitality and Tourism Program receives UNWTO.TedQual Certification

May

Mazeru Kyouiku Korean edition published

2019
2019
Apr.

APU 20th anniversary celebrations begin

Sakura Sky Garden

Current 1st Floor A-building

2020
2020
APU 20th anniversary

APU 20th anniversary

2030
2030
The APU2030 Vision

The APU2030 Vision

APU has brought together students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff to work together and create the APU2030 Vision. Based on the Declaration on the Occasion of the Opening of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, APU2030 expresses the direction APU aims to take towards 2030.

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  • The Spring 2000 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2000 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2001 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2001 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2002 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2002 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2003 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2003 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2003 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2003 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2004 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2004 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2004 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2004 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2005 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2005 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2005 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2005 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2006 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2006 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2006 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2006 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2007 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2007 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2007 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2007 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2008 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2008 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2008 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2008 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2009 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2009 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2009 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2009 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2010 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2010 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2010 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2010 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2011 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2011 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2011 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2011 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2012 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2012 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2012 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2012 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2013 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2013 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2013 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2013 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2014 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2014 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2014 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2014 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2015 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2015 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2015 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2015 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2016 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2016 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2016 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2016 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2017 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2017 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2017 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2017 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2018 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2018 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Fall 2018 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Fall 2018 Entrance Ceremony

  • The Spring 2019 Graduation Ceremony

  • The Spring 2019 Entrance Ceremony

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