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Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka visits APU


Mar 3, 2010

On Friday, February 26, 2010, the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka, Mr. Ibnu Hadi visited APU and enjoyed a discussion with Dean of The College of International Management, Professor YOKOYAMA Kenji and two Indonesian APU students.

Dr. YOKOYAMA first gave Mr. Ibnu Hadi a brief introduction to the unique features of APU including the 50/50 domestic/international student body and the absence of any Japanese language entry requirements. Dr. YOKOYAMA then introduced the Consul General to APU Graduate School student LASMIN (GSM, Indonesia) and undergraduate student GUNAWAN Eliani (APM4, Indonesia). The group discussed a number of topics including educational trends amongst the Indonesian student population and career paths of Indonesian graduates.

The Consul General Mr. Ibnu Hadi showed a great deal of interest the number of Indonesian students who secure job offers in Japanese companies, "You seem to have a good system which, although Japanese is not an entry requirement, enables students to speak Japanese fluently by the time they graduate". Ms. GUNAWAN then described her study of Japanese over the last four years, "by our 4th year we have taken advanced Japanese business language classes and mastered the skills needed to work in a Japanese business".

At the end of the discussion, Dr. YOKOYAMA extended an invitation to Mr. Ibnu Hadi to attend future Indonesian "Multicultural Weeks".

There are currently 193 students from the Republic of Indonesia studying at APU (as of May 1, 2009) including 42 at the graduate level – the highest number for any overseas country or region represented on-campus. APU Indonesian students continue to make a large contribution to academic programs including the recent RCAPS "Seminar of Indonesia" jointly planned by the APU Indonesian Society (APU Ina) in collaboration with the Indonesian Student Association in Japan (PPIJ). Furthermore, two Indonesian APU students placed 2nd in the Harvard University hosted HPAIR 2009 Business Competition. In addition to academic endeavors, the Indonesian student body also put on colourful performances during Multicultural Weeks – an annual event that introduces the different nations' language and culture. Please look forward to further developments.

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