Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


About APU

APU Selected as a Good Practice University in 2003

In 2003, APU's unique dual-language, cross-cultural educational system was selected as a "Good Practice" program by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

The Good Practice institutions are selected for their unique approach to academics, from among a number of Japanese universities striving to revitalize higher education in the nation. The program seeks to encourage renewed vigor in the world of Japanese higher education by singling out and drawing attention to exemplary universities.

Eighty Good Practice institutions were chosen from among 664 applicants (one application per university). APU is the only private four-year university in Kyushu to receive this honor. APU's bilingual educational system and multilingual learning environment is characterized by the development of the following skills:
1. Language competency
2. Communication skills that embrace cultural diversity
3. Specialization in taking a policy-minded approach to issues (while helping realize APU's basic ideals).

APU's President SAKAMOTO Kazuichi said the following about the university's selection: "Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) was created in response to current issues faced by Japan and the Asia Pacific region. We have worked to create a world-class educational system that incorporates instruction in two languages, Japanese and English. Currently, 1,670 students from sixty-six countries and regions and 2,170 students from within Japan study at APU, forming a truly multilingual and multicultural campus environment.

"I am extremely pleased that our efforts and accomplishments over the past four years have been recognized by the Good Practice program. I would like to sincerely thank everyone in the Advisory Committee and other concerned individuals for their tireless support of APU. All of us here will continue striving to realize the ideals and goals of the university in the future. I humbly ask for your continued encouragement and support."