Nov 19, 2008
On Friday November 7, 2008, the Korean Office 10th Anniversary celebration "Ritsumeikan University & APU Thanksgiving Gathering" was held in Seoul, Korea.
Approximately 120 people made up of members of the Korean Advisory Committee businesses, Academic Advisors, High School and University officials, parents, friends and people who have always watched over and supported APU and the Korean Office attended the event held at the InterContinental Hotel. Chancellor KAWAGUCHI Kiyofumi and President Monte CASSIM gave a few words of greeting and a progress report. There were also congratulatory addresses from guests such as LEE Un Woo Director General International Cooperation Bureau Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Chancellor KAWAGUCHI and President CASSIM expressed their gratitude for all the support they have received, spoke about the state of APU and of their aspirations for the future "We want APU to make its contribution to the world as a bridge between Japan and Korea."
The 5th President of Korean Alumni Association, WON YeongGwan started the celebration with a toast and the cake was cut by Chancellor KAWAGUCHI, President CASSIM, Former President SAKAMOTO Kazuichi, Korean Alumni Association Inaugural President KIM SeongYeol and the 5th President WON YeongGwan. Members of APU's Samulnori group 'Shinmyon' gave a powerful performance and College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) 4th year student YOU Min Sang APS4 introduced student activities.
There were also speeches from Former President SAKAMOTO, the first Director of Korea Office KIM JeongHyeon and President of the Korean Alumni Association, Jae CHOI. Those who attended deepened their friendships through conversations mixed with nostalgia and past difficulties.