Message from the Dean
Like you, we at APU’s Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies want to shape a better world.
Through our interdisciplinary programs, offered entirely in English, we will further challenge
your critical thinking, creativity, and passion for change and action. Our faculty, coming
from over 20 different countries, trained in distinguished universities in Japan and overseas, and
with outstanding track records in their careers, will engage you in cutting-edge research
and interactive graduate classes. Our learning community—vibrant, stimulating, diverse and
multicultural—will strengthen your values in the pursuit of excellence, mutual respect, and
cooperation in the globalizing world. Our alumni, now spread across the globe and well-positioned in their respective
communities of practice, will help broaden your support network as you pursue your goals.
“Ritsumeikan” means the “place to establish your destiny." The Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies at APU may very well be where you start this journey.
Yan Li, Ph.D. (China)
Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies
Degrees: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Kyoto University, Japan), M.Sc. in Urban Geography (East China Normal University, China), B.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning (Nanjing University, China)
Research Fields: City Planning, Environmental Policy, Urban Geography