Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



548 New Students Welcomed at APU's Fall Entrance Ceremony

Sep 26, 2006

APU welcomed 548 new Fall semester students at the 2006 Fall Entrance Ceremony held in the APU Millennium Hall on Thursday, September 21. The 471 undergraduate (38 domestic and 433 international students) and 77 graduate students (2 domestic and 75 international students) hail from 41 different countries and regions. New students from Denmark, Serbia and France represent their respective countries for the first time.

The ceremony commenced with welcoming addresses and words of encouragement from APU President, Mr. Monte CASSIM who said, "APU is the place where you can communicate easily across national and cultural boundaries. I urge you to take advantage of the multicultural environment and the multilingual opportunities of education we offer you here to the fullest advantage."

Ms. HAMADA Minako (APS2, Japan) gave a welcome speech on behalf of current APU students. Then Mr. MATSUDA Naoya (APM, Japan) addressed the audience on behalf of the new undergraduate students and Ms. TEERAKUL Nuttamon (GSA-APS, Thailand) spoke on behalf of the new graduate students who said, "I look forward to the students' life in Oita Prefecture and also cannot wait to experience exciting opportunities and challenges with new friends from all around the world."

The hopes of the new students were evident on their faces as they listened to the various speeches.

As a finale to the Entrance Ceremony, current APU students introduced various circles through short performances and the Millennium Hall came alive with the audience enjoying the enthusiastic performances by the students.

Please click here for the greeting from APU President, Mr. Monte CASSIM.

APU's Entrance Ceremony was featured on the top page of the Kyodo News Website
http://china.kyodo.co.jp/ (Chinese Only).

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