Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Global Learning: Toward New Horizons in University Education

Overview of Our Concept

Rooted in our founding ideals of Freedom, Peace and Humanity, International Mutual Understanding, and the Future Shape of the Asia Pacific, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) has realized something rarely seen around the world ― a multicultural campus with students from 90 countries and regions (as of November 1, 2016). From this position, we aim to evolve APU into the world's foremost "Global Learning University."

APU's Multicultural Campus

APU opened in 2000 with the aims of i) nurturing young talent capable of contributing to the future shape of the Asia Pacific region and ii) creating a new academic discipline. To do this, we proposed the "Three 50s ― a 50% international student* ratio, a 50% non-Japanese faculty ratio, and a student body representing at least 50 countries and regions. Achieving these targets is what helped us realize our multicultural campus.
*1: International students: Students with the status of residence of 'College Student'.

〈 Our First Challenge: The Three 50s 〉

Ratio of international students: 50%

Ratio of non-Japanese faculty: 50%

Number of countries and regions represented by our international students: 50

Academic Systems Underpinning Our Diversity

Most major subjects are offered in both Japanese and English, and you can still graduate even if you only take subjects offered in English. At APU, you can grow into an internationally-minded individual by studying side-by-side with the highly motivated students who gather here from every corner of the globe. APU also uses a range of systems, such as fall admission and graduation and the quarter system that are highly compatible with other systems around the world.

The Next Step: Becoming the World's Foremost "Global Learning University"

Under the Top Global University Project, we have defined new set of goals called the "Four 100s." With these, we aim to realize a more advanced global community that will allow us to pursue the globalization of education and research even further.
We will develop a learning environment that attracts students from even more countries and regions, and by strengthening ties between and among alumni, companies, the local community, and foreign partner schools, we can provide our students with opportunities for significant growth.

〈 Our Next Challenge: The Four 100s 〉

Percentage of classes offering multicultural cooperative learning: 100%

Utilization of the dormitory for first-year student education: 100%

Percentage of domestic students gaining overseas experience while enrolled: 100%

Number of countries and regions represented by international students: 100

Objectives for 2023



Realize a formidable multinational and multicultural environment by steadily enrolling students from at least 100 countries and regions



Raise the percentage of faculty with degrees from foreign universities and non-Japanese faculty to 90%



Raise the percentage of students who have friends from 10 or more countries and regions to 100%



Aim to ensure that 70% of students are proficient in three languages


GlobalAlumni Lecture

Offer Global Alumni Lectures* in 50 subjects
* Subjects offered in cooperation with alumni from around the world



Aim to provide all domestic students with overseas experiences while enrolled



Utilize the international education dormitory to provide 100% of first-year students with multicultural and cross-cultural experiences



Raise the percentage of classes offering multicultural cooperative learning (i.e., mixed classes of domestic and international students) to 100%



Offer honors programs to cultivate leaders for Global Learning