ABK COLLEGE is successfully established in 2013. This is attributed to the strong support and commitment of former residents in ABK Dormitory as well as the fellow alumni of ABK. In addition, this establishment also received generous donations and contributions from those who have close connections with ABK.
The Asian Students Cultural Association, which was established in 1957, is the parent organization of ABK COLLEGE. Since its establishment 50 years ago, The Asian Students Cultural Association not only accepts students and researchers from all over Asia, it has also been committed in profound talent development.
In 1983, The Asian Students Cultural Association set up its own Japanese Language Institute. It has brought us to the present moment, whereby we are proud to expand our contribution in education by establishing ABK COLLEGE.
During the early years when ABK was newly set up, there were less than 3000 international alumni in Japan. However, the number of international students in Japan has increased tremendously throughout the years, reaching 150,000 to date.
ABK is renowned for the quality of its graduates. This is proven by its cultivation of over 10,000 alumni, both internationally and locally, who are excellent in their field of expertise and has wide global connections.
Hence, we sincerely hope that students from all over the world, especially from Asian countries, will join us in ABK COLLEGE, study and learn Japanese together, form lifetime friendships and connections, and actively involve themselves in developing and creating a better and more peaceful Asia.
*"ABK" refers to "Asia Bunka Kaikan". However, Asian Students Cultural Association is also affectionately known as ABK by our international students.
The President of ABK COLLEGE
The Principal of ABK COLLEGE
Mr, TSUKUDA Yoshikazu
*Mr.Tsukuda Yoshikazu, President Brief History
1973-1975 Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education 1975-1977 The Asian Students Cultural Associaition (Dormitory & Counselling Section) 1977-1980 to second to Japan-Thailand Economic Cooperation Society, and then Technology Promotion Association Thailand - Japan in Thailand 1980-1993 to second to Japan-Thailand Economic Cooperation Society 1993-1998 Technology Promotion Association Thailand - Japan in Thailand 1998-2013 The Asian Students Cultural Association (Executive Director) 2013- ABK COLLEGE (President & Principal), The Asian Students Cultural Association (Executive Director)
Besides the brief history above ・Bunkyo City INternational Festa, Deputy Manager ・Arakawa International Communications, Trustee ・Bridge Asia Japan, Deputy Director
ABK COLLEGE was born in 1957 as a child organization of the Asian Student Cultural Association, which in turn was established by Mr. HOZUMI Goichi. This association established ABK in 1960 as a
place for asian exchange students to live and work, adding the Japanese Course to facilitate Japanese language education for those exchange students. Since then, the Asian Student Cultural
Association has been working to support both the living conditions and studies of exchange students.
ABK COLLEGE supports and runs on the principles of "Harmony Between Peoples" and "Shared Wisdom", being the main concept behind the Asian Students Cultural Association as well. In addition, at ABK we've built up a strong human network based around the student dormitories for over 50 years, but aim to use this strong relationship with various Asian peoples as a base for building relationships within the school system itself.
ABK COLLEGE supports and runs on the principles of "Harmony Between Peoples" and "Shared Wisdom", being the main concept behind the Asian Students Cultural Association as well. In addition, at
ABK we've built up a strong human network based around the student dormitories for over 50 years, but aim to use this strong relationship with various Asian peoples as a base for building
relationships within the school system itself.
19 April 2013
This logo incorporates the wish for succeeding and progressing ABK's traditions and relationships into the future.
Asian Student Cultural Association
This logo has been used since 1957.
The ABK COLLEGE's logo was based off of that of its parent organization, the Asian Student Cultural Association.
The A in the middle stands for Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The 3 circles are a visually modified version of the kanji "同", which is the first in the Japanese word for Alumni. This kanji also has the meaning of "equality." Also, the gradually growing circles indicates the growing bonds between the members. The gear represents growth and progression, whereas the newly added ribbon is a symbol for the connection with ABK's past, and its future, and the connect between Japan and the rest of the world.
This newly created logo is not only based off of the ABK logo created over 50 years ago, but also has the words "TRAD. (Tradition) 1957" written on it to represent the carrying on of tradition from the past to the future.