Apr 23, 2010
On Friday, April 16, 2010, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) and three other universities concluded a partnership agreement at the RIHGA Royal Hotel, Tokyo. In partnership with Akita International University, International Christian University, and Waseda University, APU will now work towards providing world-class education and the nurturing of graduates with the skills to be active members of international society.
The four participating universities are currently engaged in cutting edge initiatives and through close cooperation aim to further promote the improvement of the Japanese educational environment and quality.
The four universities will now engage in joint education programs and student exchange, in addition to joint career support and university faculty staff skills-development programs, to develop graduates that can link Japan with the outside world. The universities also aim to provide domestic students with world-class education and international learning opportunities, while also providing international students with further improved degree programs and mutual exchange programs.
APU President KORENAGA Shun shared his thoughts on the agreement, "We live in an ever increasingly globalised society. APU continues to accept a range of students including young people from developing countries hoping to gain a tertiary education and students from all over the world with a strong interest in Japan. We will continue to provide a place for education in a multicultural environment and world-class educational programs. APU aims to become a truly international university sought after by Japan and the international society".
Following the signing, a symposium was held entitled "Is Japanese University Education World-Class? Nurturing graduates for Global Society". In attendance were Deputy Director General, Higher Education Bureau, MEXT, KOMATSU Shinjiro; Senior Staff Writer City News Department, Editorial Bureau, YOKOYAMA Shinichiro; and Executive Corporate Advisor, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd, ARIMA Toshio. The symposium featured a lively exchange of thoughts and opinions on future for university education and the role it should play.