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Message from the Dean

LI Yan(李 燕/リ エン)

Gain the skills necessary to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society.

The College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) endeavors to give students the breadth of knowledge and new perspectives fundamental to global citizenship. On a multicultural campus with individuals from nearly 90 countries and regions, students gain observational and analytical skills as well as the knowledge necessary to succeed anywhere in the world after graduation. APS consists of four clusters: Environment and Development, Hospitality and Tourism, International Relations and Peace Studies, and Culture, Society and Media. APS students are able to take an interdisciplinary approach to their studies, gaining the adaptability and flexibility needed to meet whatever challenge they face. With our newly established 2017 Curriculum, students are able to choose the field they most identify with and specialize in that area by the time they graduate.


APS emphasizes field study, offering students a number of one to two programs to visit and immerse themselves in a variety of areas both in Japan and overseas. Students can join a program lead by an APU faculty member that investigates a particular theme, starting with preparatory classes that lead to visiting the area of study with that faculty member. Program themes include regional development initiatives, different approaches used by countries and regions at different levels of development, and peacebuilding efforts. In the 2016 academic year, students visited Thailand and India to study the differences in development strategies between two economically different countries. They also investigated outside efforts to combat climate change and the effects on poverty reduction and economic development, and the need to adapt strategies to these two different countries. Hour by hour, our society changes at a dramatic and unprecedented rate. By going out into the world as a student, those enrolled in our programs are able to gain the skills necessary to succeed in an era of rapid change.


Yan Li
Dean and Professor, College of Asia Pacific Studies

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