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APU and Yufu City Conclude a Friendship and Exchange Agreement


Jan 16, 2009

On Thursday, January 15, 2009, a signing ceremony was held at the Oita Prefectural Office to conclude the Friendship and Exchange Agreement between APU and Yufu City. Yufu City, surrounded in a natural environment and blessed with hot springs that both sooth the locals and please the tourists, and APU, aiming to nurture global human resources as an international educational research institution, plan to further strengthen their relationship through multi-faceted exchange projects.

Yufu City Mayor SHUTO Hobun and APU President Monte CASSIM were present and signed the agreement along with Governor of Oita Prefecture HIROSE Katsusada who acted as official witness.

Mayor SHUTO spoke of his expectations, "Yufu City aims to be a city which is both a bright and lively city to live in for the local residents as well as being Yufu City the major tourist area. For this purpose, we want to further develop the city with the aid of APU. I hope that we can deepen our relationships through international exchange, for example, inviting APU students to our city schools and encouraging them to participate in our regional events. I will endeavor so that we can both develop strongly."

In response, President CASSIM said, "APU is a university which has developed thanks to the cooperation of the region. Therefore I believe that our role as a university is to return the results of our academic research to the community and act as a bridge linking local knowledge with the international stage. I hope to deepen our relationship with Yufu City even more through, for example, student exchange and research."

Yufu City is situated almost in the centre of Oita Prefecture and has a population of approximately 36,000. Yufu City was formed after the October 2005 merging of village, town and city municipalities. Yufu City is blessed with abundant nature and hot springs and as a tourist destination its Yufuin and Yunohira Hot Springs are loved both nationally and internationally.

Currently APU has concluded 11 Friendship and Exchange Agreements with autonomies and organizations both in and outside of Oita Prefecture including this agreement with Yufu City. Every year over 1000 students participate in exchange programs both in and outside the Prefecture.

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