Jan 6, 2021
Happy New Year, everyone. I look forward to working with you again this year.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic radically transformed how we live, and I think it was a tough year for everyone. In particular, our students were not able to lead the lives they had planned, with some of them unable to enter Japan and many others unable to study on campus with their friends. I am sorry you had to go through this. For me, 2020 marked my third year as the President of APU, and it was a year filled with extremely difficult challenges. For the first time in our history, we had to cancel the entrance and graduation ceremonies and move all our classes online. That being said, I am filled with gratitude that I can celebrate another New Year with everyone. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has supported APU over the years.
In 2021, we will need to continue coexisting with the virus for some time, but once vaccinations have become more widespread, I think we will start to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The coronavirus has forced us to make sudden changes to how we learn and how we work. Just as the plague ushered in the Renaissance, I think COVID-19 will accelerate the pace of social transformation, and globalization is sure to continue.
Last year, APU celebrated its 20th anniversary, and we formulated the APU Design Challenge, a detailed action plan to realize the APU2030 Vision which declares: “APU graduates possess the power to change our world.” This year marks the first year of putting this plan into action, and I am filled with joy just imagining APU becoming a more exciting university.
Wherever you may be, I wish you all great success in 2021. As President, I will make every effort to continue to improve the quality of education and research at APU, to support students in undertaking new endeavors, and to turn APU into an even more attractive university. I kindly request your continued support.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University