Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


About APU

KIM Chan Hoe

KIM Chan Hoe

Year of Birth



As soon as you step foot on the APU Campus, located on top of a mountain in the city of Beppu on the island of Kyushu, you are greeted by a refreshing cross-cultural atmosphere. Here it is commonplace for a diverse array of students from more than 80 countries and regions, each with his or her own religion, ethnicity, and nationality, to live and learn side-by-side. This is international exchange in the truest sense of the word, and I believe that learning to understand others and tolerate different cultures will someday create true peace. I am happy to be alive to experience the utopian setting of APU, and I believe it is our mission to cultivate truly international citizens. Our students experience growth not only by taking classroom lectures, but also through the many activities they undertake on and off campus. I can safely say that this growth is directly linked to the phenomenal job placement rates that APU graduates have achieved. In the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Careers, I want to strengthen support from every angle, so each and every one of our students can realize a satisfying career path.

Academic Background

Ph.D. in Japanese Literature, Ritsumeikan University–Division of Letters, Japan, 1995

Career/Employment Background

Dean, Student Affairs (Concurrent post with AP House Director), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan (April 2009–March 2015)
Visiting Professor, Korea University, Seoul Korea (April 2015–March 2016)
Trustee, The Ritsumeikan Trust (July 2011–June 2014)
Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan (April 2002–Present)
Visiting Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (September 2006–February 2007)
Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan (April 2003–March 2006)
Instructor, Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Japan (April 2000–March 2003)
Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan (April 2000–March 2002)
Full-time Instructor, Ritsumeikan University, Japan (April 1998–March 2000)

External Positions

Committee Member, The Japanese Old Storytelling Society (April 2011–Present)
Director, The International Korean Language Applied Linguistics Association (April 2011–Present)
Editorial Board Member, Tamra Culture Research Institute–Tamra Culture Research (April 2011–Present)
Coterie Member, Traditional Literature Research Institute (September 2011–Present)
Vice President, The Japanese Modern Association of Korea (January 2008–Present)