Congratulatory Address to New APU Graduates March 2020

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Congratulatory Address to New APU Graduates March 2020

We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all new graduates. We applaud you on your journeys thus far.

Messages from the President, Dean of the College of Asia Pacific Studies and Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Dean of the College of International Management and Graduate School of Management, and Graduate Representatives

1. Congratulatory Address by the Governor of Oita Prefecture

First, let me express my heartfelt congratulations on your graduation from the prestigious Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.

I also want to congratulate your families, who showered you with love and watched you grow, and express my gratitude to President Deguchi and all of APU’s faculty and staff who provided you with steadfast guidance.

Having obtained TedQual accreditation for being a world-class provider of tourism education and research, APU is a leader in the globalization of higher education in Japan, and Oita Prefecture takes pride in the fact that it is home to APU. APU is also open to the community. By assisting with the teaching of intercultural understanding and English at elementary and junior high schools throughout the prefecture and participating in local festivals, APU has been a strong partner in the internationalization and revitalization of Oita Prefecture. Furthermore, around 120 students served as official volunteers for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and their proactiveness contributed greatly to the tournament’s success.

APU is both a global and a local university, and you came here to study with students from approximately 90 countries and regions on a multicultural campus in order to become people who can contribute to creating the future of the Asia Pacific region. I am sure you learned many things during your time here. Now that you have graduated, I sincerely hope that you utilize the knowledge, experiences, and networks you have gained at APU to contribute greatly to the development of the Asia Pacific region in the various fields you have each chosen to enter.

Finally, I hope that you will always feel affection for Oita, a place full of fond memories for you, and serve to bridge the gap between different countries, regions, and people. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and pray for the continued advancement of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.

Katsusada Hirose
Governor of Oita Prefecture
March 13, 2020

2. Congratulatory Address by the Mayor of Beppu

On behalf of the citizens of Beppu, please allow me to express my warmest congratulations to the graduating class of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and to your families as well.

Today, I am certain your hearts are full of the many fond memories you made during your time at APU.
By welcoming international students from all over the world, Beppu has grown into a truly multicultural city where people of different nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, customs, religions, and ways of thinking interact with each other. Here in Beppu, along with your classmates from around the globe, I believe you experienced the joy of achieving something, and you probably made some youthful mistakes along the way. But I am certain you made friends and memories that will last a lifetime. We, the citizens of Beppu, also cherish the deep ties you formed with us by participating in local festivals and international exchange events. Armed with these experiences and friendships, tomorrow you will step into the world, and I wish you all success.

Unfortunately, the graduation ceremony had to be cancelled to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and I am sure this was a heartbreaking decision for the President and university officials to make. Beppu City has also postponed its Citizens and Students Reunion, an annual event we started last year to welcome alumni back to the city. Some alumni were scheduled to give performances and participate as volunteers, and I am sure many people were looking forward to the event, but once the situation improves, I hope you will all come back to Beppu, your “home away from home.”

In closing, as you start your new lives today, I sincerely wish you all great success and look forward to seeing you again in Beppu someday.

Yasuhiro Nagano
Mayor of Beppu
March 13, 2020

Master’s Theses Recognition

The following students are recognized for the excellent quality of their Master’s Thesis.

Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
Author
PETER Ryan
Title
Toward a Comprehensive Analysis of Asian Budget Destination Competitiveness and Backpackers: Netnography and Autoethnography Approach
Supervisor
BUI Thanh Huong
Graduate School of Management
Author
ALTANGEREL Amarjargal
Title
A Strategy to Develop Lower Credit Interest Rate Policy in Mongolia
Supervisor
CORTEZ Michael A.

Undergraduate Theses Recognition

The following students are recognized for excellent quality in an Undergraduate Thesis.

College of Asia Pacific Studies
  • DANG My Linh
  • HARADA Yuki
  • IKEYA Dai
  • ISHIBASHI Saaya
  • KAWANO Airi
  • KO Hyunyoung
  • KONO Mariko
  • KUBOTA Yo
  • LEE Jun Oh
  • MATSUMOTO Sumire
  • MATSUO Fuka
  • MER Kritika
  • NAKAJIMA Sumire
  • OH Soorim
  • OKAMOTO Chiharu
  • SATO Ifumi
  • SUZUKI Sayaka
College of International Management
  • GOMESZ Carissa Christine
  • KATAOKA Goki
  • KIM Hoon
  • PHAM Le Minh Anh
  • TANIA Amina Akter
  • YOSHINAGA Miki

Recognition of Outstanding Academic Excellence (Undergraduate)

The following students are recognized for their outstanding academic excellence (Cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher).

Highest Academic Achievement

College of Asia Pacific Studies
  • KUNUGITANI Ayaka
College of International Management
  • PAN Rong

Excellence in Academic Achievement

College of Asia Pacific Studies
  • TANAKA Mako
  • SUZUKI Moeri
  • OE Haruna
  • SUZUKI Sayaka
  • JEENSAE Chuthamanee
  • YOSHII Mitsuteru
  • YAMAMOTO Karin
College of International Management
  • TRAN Huyen Trang
  • KAEWTRAKOOLCHOTE Ratchanant
  • BOONJAI Nawara
  • NAKANISHI Miu
  • FUKUDA Nanami
  • JAENGPIYARAT Onousa
  • DINH Thanh Hai Anh
  • SU Yee Mon
  • NGUYEN Thi Quynh Chau
  • PONGJITT Monpatsorn
  • NUNTAJURAPHO Kwancharnok
  • PHAM Le Minh Anh
  • ISHTIAQUE Md Arif
  • GOURDIN Jean-Baptiste Thierry Joannes
  • KIGOSHI Sayaka
  • GOMESZ Carissa Christine
  • SUWANNAPASRI Natthima
  • MUHAMMAD Wazeer Mohamed Washif
  • TRAN Thi Hoang Linh
  • ONISHI Ryo
  • SINGH Ravi Man
  • CHAIVISATE Nuttamon
  • KANEKO Shohei
  • VAN Ha Truc Nhi
  • NOMURA Takuya
  • WANG Junjie
  • KEZIA Trianti

For more information about Cumulative GPA’s, visit the page below.
http://en.apu.ac.jp/academic/page/content0027.html/?c=17

List of students who completed Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma(BGS) is an internationally well-known honor society, and only students with outstanding academic achievements in the top 10% of their class from the College of International Management and the Graduate School of Management are invited to the APU Chapter. This March, 27 members of Beta Gama Sigma are graduating from the APU Chapter.

Graduate School of Management
  • ALTANGEREL Amarjargal
College of International Management
  • CHAIVISATE Nuttamon
  • DINH Thanh Hai Anh
  • ELVIRA Yunitan
  • GOMESZ Carissa Christine
  • GOURDIN Jean-Baptiste T. J.
  • HOSSAIN Shah Iftekhar
  • ISHTIAQUE Md Arif
  • JAENGPIYARAT Onousa
  • KAEWTRAKOOLCHOTE Ratchanant
  • KANEKO Shohei
  • KIGOSHI Sayaka
  • KO Suhan
  • MUHAMMAD Wazeer Mohamed Washif
  • NAKANISHI Miu
  • NGUYEN Thi Quynh Chau
  • NOMURA Takuya
  • ONISHI Ryo
  • PAN Rong
  • PHAM Le Minh Anh
  • SINGH Ravi Man
  • SU Yee Mon
  • SUWANNAPASRI Natthima
  • TOMINAGA Hiroki
  • TRAN Thi Hoang Linh
  • VAN Ha Truc Nhi
  • WANG Junjie

For more information about Beta Gamma Sigma, visit the page below.
http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/study/content51/

List of students who completed the Honors Program for Global Citizenship

We are excited to announce our first 2 graduates of the Honors Program for Global Citizenship(HPGC). These students have spent the past 4 years participating in HPGC activities that have allowed them to deepen their understanding of global issues and give back to others and their community in their quest to become global citizens.

College of Asia Pacific Studies
  • MATSUMOTO Sumire
College of International Management
  • GOURDIN Jean-Baptiste Thierry Joannes

For more information about the Honors Program, visit the page below.
http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/life/content51/

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