President becomes Honorary Doctorate of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, who visited Japan from May 20 to 25, was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate diploma by President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Korenaga Shun in Tokyo.
Expressing his honor and privilege to confer an Honorary Doctorate from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University to President Ts.Elbegdorj, Korenaga Shun said, “Founded on a vision of ‘Freedom, Peace and Humanity’, Asia Pacific University was designed with a concept rare not only in Japan, but also in the rest of the world: a premise that half of its students would be recruited from all around the world. Fifteen years after opening our doors, of our approximately 5,800 students, some 2,500 are presently international students, assembled from 80 different countries and regions”.
“Asia Pacific University aims to produce graduates able to compete on the international stage. Our students are world citizens who can accept each other’s differences, have respect for other people from the region around them,” he added.
Shun mentioned President Ts.Elbegdorj as an example of a world citizen and said, “President Elbegdorj has certainly been a leader as a world citizen. He led the peaceful democratic revolution in 1990 that ended 70 years of communist rule in Mongolia. Since then, he has initiated and led the country’s major social and economic reforms. His priorities – promoting the rule of law, fostering social justice, fighting poverty, combating corruption and supporting participatory democracy in government and education – have won him widespread praise and acclaim around the world. Raised close to nature as a nomad, President Elbegdorj actively speaks out for environmental conservation and was recently presented a Champion of the Earth award from the United Nations Environment Program.
“As the Chair of the Community of Democracies, President Elbegdorj has launched a number of initiatives, which are vital to both mature and emerging democracies around the world. These include Zero Tolerance for Corruption and Education for Democracy, which he declared during the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations. Presidents of countries throughout the world have voiced support for President Elbegdorj’s initiatives. As we can see, President Elbegdorj has prioritized education and democracy in Asia as core items on Mongolia’s agenda to promote global peace and prosperity.”
Asia Pacific University has enrolled 250 students from Mongolia since opening in 2000, and currently have 25 Mongolian students studying on campus. The university has concluded agreements with three Mongolian universities: Academy of Management, National University of Mongolia and the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, and with four high schools in Mongolia.
During his visit to Japan, President Ts.Elbegdorj held official talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and delivered remarks at the Future of Asia conference on May 21, where the world’s top politicians and notable social figures attend.

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