Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



New Year's Greetings From the President of APU

Jan 1, 2012

1 January, 2012
President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Vice-Chancellor, The Ritsumeikan Trust

My greetings to you all as we celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

Humanity is facing difficult questions about our preparedness for natural disasters and ability to overcome the effects of nuclear disasters. The Asia Pacific region is also faced with tension surrounding national interests and resources.

This year will again see the world’s attention drawn to the history-making events unfolding in the Asia Pacific region. How can we best cope with conflict and tension? I believe that the answer can be found in the shared sense of values that we have gained through the grief of war and oppression of the past. APU’s mission of ‘Freedom, Peace and Humanity’ aptly expresses this shared sense of value. Firstly, we need to respect each other’s freedom of thought and beliefs, maintain a position that stands for the pursuit of peace, and engage in dialogue to solve our problems at a higher level. Through this process, we can build a path towards mutual coexistence and prosperity.

Japan aims to become a knowledge-based economy, and in order to take a leading role in the creation of a new future for the Asia Pacific region, the need to nurture truly globally-minded graduates is beyond doubt. Just as the 15th to 17th centuries are known as the “age of discovery”, the 21st century may well become known as the “age of negotiation”. APU was built under the flag of nurturing global leaders with the skills they need to shape the future of the Asia Pacific region, and thanks to your support, our graduates continue to be held in high regard in society. As a venue for negotiations in areas such as economics and diplomacy, APU will continue to produce the very best graduates who can engage the world with a sense of pride and confidence in themselves, and the willingness to take on new challenges.

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