Fukuoka City and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) signed a agreement on Feb. 16, 2017 to develop local human resources and share knowledge, people, and other resources. Fukuoka City wants to promote urban development through the concept of “globalization”. That concept in mind the agreement’s aim, with the cooperation of the City, is to promote the hiring of graduates by local companies. The main goals of the agreement are to promote startups and their growth, develop global human resources and education, and to create international exchange and communication programs. March, 2018 has been set as a deadline (with automatic renewal) to start employment matching events, meetups, exchange program for teachers, and development of human resources. The former Daimyo Elementary School will be turned into a startup support center to help in those endeavors. It will open in Spring 2017.
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