Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Visit by President of St. Edward's University marks beginning of collaborative exchange


Dec 15, 2011

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, President Dr. George E. Martin and two guests from St. Edward’s University (SEU) visited APU and met with APU President KORENAGA Shun and other executive faculty. St. Edward’s University, located in Austin, Texas (USA), is an APU partner institution (*1). This visit by President Martin marks the start of the APU-SEU Global Collaborative University Education (GLUE) Program – recently adopted into the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's (MEXT) “FY2011 Re-Inventing Japan Project” (*2).

APU President KORENAGA opened the discussions. “We are very pleased to be working together with St. Edward’s University and we hope that strengthening this partnership will further cement our position as Japan’s premier international university”.

In response, President of St. Edward’s University, Dr. George E. Martin, shared his hopes for this program, “Our vision for 2015 is to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century world. To achieve this goal, we need our students to gain experience overseas and deepen their understanding of different people and cultures. St. Edward’s University and APU share much in terms of mission and character and we are very excited to join this innovative program”.

From spring 2012, APU and SEU will be launching the first step of GLUE’s multi-stage collaborative partnership starting with the American Cultural and Academic Experience at St. Edward’s (ACCESS) Program - a two week English language and intercultural exchange program to St. Edward’s for Japanese-basis students prior to enrollment. At the same time, SEU School of Management and Business students will travel to APU to learn about international business through visits to Japanese industries and study under APU instructors as part of the “Business in Japan” program.

As part of the GLUE Program, SEU and APU students will be offered the opportunity to experience distinctive cultural education and professional training at both universities and other 3rd party institutes. It is hoped that this program will ultimately lead to the development of Dual-Degree Programs allowing students to graduate with two degrees - one from each university.

Please look forward to further developments.

*1: Two New Universities Added as Student Exchange Partners

*2: APU program adopted into the MEXT “2011 Re-Inventing Japan Project”

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