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March 8, 2013

St. Edward's to Host Students and Dignitaries from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University for Two Weeks

St. Edward’s University is excited to host more than 20 students from partner university Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) beginning March 10, 2013. St. Edward’s will also host APU President Dr. Shun Korenaga and several APU administrators for this cultural and educational program.

The students arrive on Sunday, March 10 and will check into St. Edward’s University residence halls. During their stay in Austin, the students are scheduled to participate in a welcome ceremony, academic orientation, campus tours, and excursions around Austin down South Congress Avenue, to H.E.B. and to local businesses including Tokyo Electron America’s headquarters in Austin.

Administrators from St. Edward’s University’s Office of International Education, including Bill Clabby, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives and Dr. Holly Carter, Director of the Office of International Education, are leading the program for APU’s delegation.

This exchange program and partnership was made possible through a grant awarded by the Japanese government in 2011. St. Edward’s formed a partnership with APU and has hosted students, and sent students abroad to study in Japan.

Each year in August, students from APU, Catholic University of Korea and St. Edward’s have studied and traveled together throughout Thailand and Malaysia. Lead by supportive and experienced faculty, the studies focus on gaining greater intercultural and inter-religious understanding.

Each year in the spring and summer, students from APU have experienced life at an American university while they study English and a range of liberal arts courses at St. Edward’s.


St. Edward’s University President Dr. George Martin will participate in a tree-planting ceremony with APU’s Dr. Korenaga and the APU delegation on Thursday, March 21 at 11 a.m. The students depart Austin on Sunday, March 24.

Check back for updates and images on the Office of International Education blog and Facebook page throughout the week.