May 27, 2011
On Friday, May 20, 2011, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Japan H.E. Katerina FIALKOVA visited APU and met with President KORENAGA Shun and Pro-Vice President Edgar PORTER. Ambassador FIALKOVA was accompanied by representatives of the Oita-Czech Friendship Association, namely, TACHIBANA Asako (Chairwoman) and GOTO Hidetoshi (Secretariat).
During their discussion, the group discussed a range of issues including the visit to APU of the former President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus in 2007. After a brief introduction of APU by President KORENAGA, Ambassador FIALKOVA then spoke about her experiences of studying abroad and the importance of international exchange, “My generation was the first generation to have the freedom to study abroad since the overthrow of the communist government in 1989 so I can appreciate the importance of the exchange between young people that is going on at APU”.
The group then talked about the high levels of investment underway in the Czech Republic and Czech investment in Japan. Pro-Vice President Edgar PORTER added that “APU students have proven to be very popular with employers in the field international business thanks to their high levels of language skills and business knowledge. I hope that in the future more Czech students come to APU and go on to contribute to Czech-Japan economic and cultural development”.
Following their discussion, the group enjoyed lunch at the APU cafeteria before a tour of the campus by international students.
APU and the Czech Republic have enjoyed a strong relationship over the years culminating in the presentation of an honorary doctorate to the former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, in 2007. In February 2011, Ambassador FIALKOVA became a member of the APU Advisory Committee.
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