AKP: A National Consortium

The Associated Kyoto Program, Inc. (AKP) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It operates an independent program for undergraduate students from American colleges and universities in cooperation with Doshisha University’s Organization for Promotion of International Cooperation. Since its inception in 1972, AKP has provided study opportunities in Kyoto for over 1,600 students and, with assistance from foundations and corporations, has provided fellowships to scores of faculty members from US institutions for research and teaching in Kyoto.

AKP Administrative Office

The AKP U.S. Office, located on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, California, serves as the administrative headquarters for the program. The Chair of the AKP Board of Directors serves as the President of the Corporation; the Chair and the Program Administrator have offices on the Pomona campus, where they coordinate and manage the program. The President of each member institution appoints a faculty representative who serves on the Board that determines all program policies. AKP is one of the only study abroad programs that is governed, managed, and directed by faculty members from liberal arts colleges.

AKP Agent College

The AKP Agent College is Oberlin College, which provides fiscal and administrative management for the program and grants academic credit to program participants. If you need an official transcript of the courses you took at AKP, you must contact the Registrar at the AKP Agent College directly. Transcript requests cannot be handled through the AKP Administrative Office.

Consortium Institutions

State City Institution Year Joined
CAClaremontPomona College1984
CTMiddletownWesleyan University1972
CTNew LondonConnecticut College1972
MAAmherstAmherst College1972
MANorthamptonSmith College1972
MASouth HadleyMount Holyoke College1972
MAWilliamstownWilliams College1972
MELewistonBates College1994
MEWatervilleColby College1972
MNNorthfieldCarleton College1972
PALewisburgBucknell University1978
OHOberlinOberlin College1972
WAWalla WallaWhitman College1979

Resident Director History

Year Name Institution
1972-1973Peter FrostWilliams
1973-1974Ray MooreAmherst
1974-1975Cameron HurstKansas
1975-1976David TitusWesleyan
1976-1977Ty UnnoSmith
1977-1978Tadanori YamashitaMt. Holyoke
1978-1979Mike SherardColby
1979-1980Lloyd Craighill
1980-1981Lloyd Craighill
1981-1982John EusdenWilliams
1982-1983Lon ChenWhitman
1983-1984Bardwell SmithCarleton
1984-1985David TitusWesleyan
1985-1986Ray MooreAmherst
1986-1987Ron DiCenzoOberlin
1987-1988David LuBucknell
1988-1989Tada YamashitaMt. Holyoke
1989-1990Tony ChambersWesleyan
1990-1991Akira R. TakemotoWhitman
1991-1992Robert WoodCarleton
1992-1993Thomas RohlichUniversity of Iowa
1993-1994Thomas RohlichUniversity of Iowa
1994-1995Vivian Herman
1995-1996Martin Holman
1996-1997David Titus/Ray MooreWesleyan/Amherst
1997-1998Hiroshi MiyajiMiddlebury
1998-1999James KoderaWellesley
1999-2000James DobbinsOberlin
2000-2001Dennis YasutomoSmith
2001-2002Hiroshi MiyajiMiddlebury
2002-2003Nobuo OgawaMiddlebury
2003-2004Maki HubbardSmith
2004-2005Kathryn SparlingCarleton
2005-2006Naoko NemotoMt. Holyoke
2006-2007Tamae PrindleColby
2007-2008Thomas RohlichSmith
2008-2009Erik LofgrenBucknell
2009-2010Nobuo OgawaMiddlebury
2010-2011Maki HubbardSmith
2011-2012Shinko KagayaWilliams
2012-2013Erik Lofgren/Terry MacDougallBucknell/Stanford
2013-2014Nobuo OgawaMiddlebury
2014-2015Suzanne GayOberlin
2015-2016Tom RohlichSmith
2016-2017Maki HubbardSmith
2017-2018Maki HubbardSmith
2018-2019Elizabeth ArmstrongBucknell

Program Chair History

Year Name Institution
1985-1987Tom HavensConnecticut
1987-1989Ray MooreAmherst
1989-1992Ron DiCenzoOberlin
1992-1995Anthony ChambersWesleyan
1995-1997Ron DiCenzoOberlin
1997-2003Akira R. TakemotoWhitman
2003-2007Tom RohlichSmith
2007-2010James DobbinsOberlin
2010-2014Akira R. TakemotoWhitman
2014-2017Erik R. LofgrenBucknell
2018-Peter FlueckigerPomona

AKP Board Meeting Hosts

Year Institution
1973Carleton
1974Amherst
1975Connecticut
1976Wesleyan
1977Smith
1978Mt. Holyoke
1979Mt. Holyoke
1980Williams
1981Colby
1982Bucknell (10th Anniversary)
1983Connecticut
1984Whitman
1985Carleton
1986Oberlin
1987Bucknell
1988Wesleyan
1989Amherst
1990Pomona
1991Oberlin
1992Smith (20th Anniversary)
1993Middlebury
1994Whitman
1995Colby
1996Williams
1997Carleton (25th Anniversary)
1998Wellesley
1999Bates
2000Amherst
2001Pomona
2002Middlebury (30th Anniversary)
2003Mt. Holyoke
2004Bucknell
2005Oberlin
2006Smith
2007Connecticut (35th Anniversary)
2008Amherst
2009Colby
2010Whitman
2011Wesleyan
2012Amherst (40th Anniversary)
2013Pomona
2014Bucknell
2015Carleton
2016Smith
2017Oberlin (45th Anniversary)
2018Colby