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Conclusion of 'High School-University Cooperative Agreement' with Iwata Gakuen

May 30, 2007

A Signing Ceremony and Press Conference for the "High School-University Cooperative Agreement" forged between Ritsumeikan University / Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and Iwata Gakuen in Oita City was held on May 29th, 2007. Representing Ritsumeikan University and APU was Ritsumeikan Trust Vice Chancellor, Mr. HONGO Masatsugu and APU President Monte CASSIM. From Iwata Gakuen was Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Mr. TERUKAZU Naruse and Iwata Secondary School President, Mr. ANDO Masahiro.

This agreement aims to 1) Foster within Oita prefecture, the most advanced education in international, science and mathematics fields in Japan and 2) Develop effective human resources that are on a par with global standards.

In particular, plans are in the pipeline for various educational and research initiatives to foster exchange. 'The APU/Ritsumeikan University Advanced Course' which will be opened to thirty students from Iwata Secondary School will commence from April 2008.

'The Educational Program for High School-University Cooperation' will be carried out as part of 'APU and Ritsumeikan University's Higher Education Course'. At the Signing Ceremony APU President Cassim expressed his hopes that the agreement would deepen exchange and lead to the further development of the respective educational institutions.

Iwata Secondary School has been considered as a designated school to recommend its students to study at both Ritsumeikan University and APU. Since the 2006 academic year, Ritsumeikan University and APU have entered into a new cooperative relationship with Iwata Secondary School, which includes this agreement.



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