Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Appreciation Ceremony Held for Cultural Advisors to Tsurumi and Kamae

Mar 29, 2006

On March 27, 2006, a ceremony was held in the APU Convention Hall to honor the students who served as cultural advisors to Tsurumi and Kamae in Saiki City last year.
APU signed a friendship exchange agreement with Saiki City Tsurumi (formerly known as Tsurumi Town) in July of 2003. As part of this agreement, international students from APU are appointed "educational and cultural support advisors"-cultural ambassadors who help foster cross-cultural awareness. Their duties include conducting classes on language, culture and history at Tsurumi's elementary and junior high schools. The advisors also participated in an Information Education Presentation and Nature Experience Class.

APU also signed a friendship agreement with Saiki City Kamae (formerly known as Kamae Town) in April 2004. International students from APU are appointed "International Cultural Support Advisors" and aim to deepen international understanding in Kamae through participation in peace oriented lessons and summer school.

During the ceremony, the Head of the Education Board Mr. BUNDO Takashi presented certificates of appreciation to the students who served as advisors during the last academic year. Certificates of appreciation were also presented to the APU circle, Education Network and APU volunteer group, Ai no Nami for their support and cooperation to events throughout the school calendar.

As cultural advisors, the students had the opportunity to meet many locals including children and establish friendships. A close relationship has been established between the advisors and the people of Kamae and Tsurumi.

Mr. IKEZAWA Hiroshi from the Education Board of the Saiki City Tsurumi Office gave the closing address and the party ended with all of the participants smiling for a group photo.

Saiki City Tsurumis' new educational and cultural support advisors for the 2005 academic year are as follows:
Reky Suarima Martha (APS 3, Indonesia)
DHARMAKEERTHI, Maggonage M. Y. (APM 4, Sri Lanka)
WANG Jun (APM 4, China)
CHALINRAT Patchamone (APS 4, Thailand)

Saiki City Kamaes' new international cultural support advisors for 2005 academic year are as follows:
YANG Jun (APM 3, China)
BAJRACHARYA Ashok (APS 2, Nepal)
BAEK Soo Jeong (APS 3, Korea)

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