APU was selected in the "Developing Japanese who can use English in the Workplace" Category of the MEXT 2004 Contemporary Education Needs Initiative Support Program (abbreviation: Good Practice), which provides grants for superior educational reform programs that address manifest social needs.
The educational project was awarded Good Practice for its unique approach to academics (meeting societal needs), from among a number of Japanese Universities striving to revitalize higher education in the nation.
After being selected, APU's President Monte Cassim said:
APU, since its establishment, has been implementing various activities in order to become a world-class University. I think it's a great result that APU was awarded Good Practice in 2003 based on its bilingual educational system and multilingual learning environment. And again in 2004, I am most pleased that our current plan has been evaluated so highly.
This result has not been achieved by my efforts alone. It has been a united effort starting from the local community, to advisory committees, to other concerned individuals. I am extremely appreciative to those who have lent support and who have contributed to us achieving this high rating.
I would like to take this occasion on our plan being adopted, to commit to further developing our Japanese higher education to meet international standards in the world. APU will continue to strengthen its activities to meet the ideas and goals of the University. We would like to ask for your further understanding and support.