Apr 30, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, a ceremony was held at the APU Multipurpose Hall to mark the start of the Iwata Academy - APU/Ritsumeikan Course. The ceremony was attended by 23 first-year Iwata Academy students, their parents, and representatives from Iwata Academy and APU. Also attending were the APU student Teaching Assistants (TA) that will be involved in this course.
During the opening ceremony, YOSHIMATSU Hidetaka, Dean of APU Academic Affairs, offered a few words of encouragement before presenting each participating Iwata Academy student an APU library card. Iwata student, NAKATSUKA Miku spoke on behalf of the new course students, “By interacting with international students and learning Asia Pacific languages, I would like to develop the ability to make presentations to people all over the world."
NARUSE Terukazu, Chairman of the Iwata Academy, offered a few words, "I hope you will learn to view things from a global perspective and turn your attention to international issues. Please make the most of the APU environment and study hard."
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and the Iwata Academy (Oita City) signed a university-high school liaison agreement in May 2007, as a way of promoting the development of globally-minded graduates in Oita Prefecture. This agreement led to the establishment of the Iwata Academy - APU/Ritsumeikan Course in April, 2008. Including this year’s intake, the program has so far welcomed 139 Iwata Academy students. Students on this program study under a course curriculum developed by APU and the Iwata Academy.
Related link:Iwata Academy HP "APU/Ritsumeikan Course"(Japanese)