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Dear Alumni,
I bring you warm greetings and best wishes, on behalf of the current Board of Directors of our APU Alumni Association.

My name is Morse Caoagas Flores. I am from the Philippines and I graduated in APU in Spring 2006.

As the newly elected Chairperson of our APU Alumni Association, I am very honored and felt privileged to continue the legacy of “giving back to APU” by my predecessors who paved the way and served in their best ability to our University in general, and to our alumni community, in particular.


Reflecting on my own journey, I came to APU in 2002, when the University was barely a couple of buildings on a top of a mountain, with over 2000 students and a handful Oita Kotsu buses. There was no alumni association yet because the first graduation ceremony did not happen until March 2003.

Twenty years hence, and all roads seem like leading to Beppu City, the home of APU. The University on top of the mountain is statistically now the most international and diverse university in Japan and among the Top Global University in the country.

With a strong 20, 656 (Domestic: 10, 237, International; 10, 419 as of September 2021) alumni in 144 countries/regions, APU’s clarion call “Shape your World” is no longer just vision but a reality unfolding. We salute our alumni who remain true to our University motto, many are in the public and private sectors, in the academe, with the United Nations and other international organizations, including those in social entrepreneurship and innovation.

With the recent challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and now with the uncertainty of ongoing conflicts in certain regions of the world, the Alumni Association is with the University in its bold proclamation of its APU 2030 Vision that “APU graduates possess the power to change our world” before declaring that they “will pursue freedom and peace with a deep respect for human dignity”.
More than ever, we believe that the APU Alumni Association’s role is fundamental in gathering the momentum in contributing to the long-term goal of University of creating a Global Learning Community, where students and alumni alike are instrumental in building connections, through dialogue, across its 37 Chapters worldwide.

April 1, 2022
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Alumni Association
Chairperson: Morse Caoagas Flores
March 2006 graduate, College of Asia Pacific Studies

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