Rikkyo University

Overview of the concept

Rikkyo University aims to cultivate globally aspiring individuals with liberal arts knowledge and skills. These are the kind of people who can use their broad knowledge and perspectives to uncover and tackle the core issues around serious global challenges such as environmental pollution, the refugee crisis, and economic inequality. Rooted in its liberal arts tradition, Rikkyo offers original and innovative leadership education which aims to produce a new type of global leader that can think and act independently while engaging with cultural diversity around the world.
In the Top Global University initiative, Rikkyo University proposes the concept titled "Global Liberal Arts Education × Leadership Education × Self-Transformation- The Evolution of Rikkyo as a World-Class University-." Based on the aforementioned concept, the University has been advancing several projects focusing on the three key reforms, including "Reform of Curriculum," "Reform of Student Awareness" and "Reform of Governance," in order to respond to the rapid globalization of society and the changing needs of the world today. By carrying out such reforms, the University will create the kind of environment that fosters awareness of the increasingly international nature of modern society, such as through enhancing study abroad provision, increasing intake of international students and hosting academic lectures by guest professors invited from overseas institutions.

Globalization Objectives by 2024

Rikkyo University formulated its strategic plan, "Rikkyo Global 24," and set the specific goals in four areas in order to actualize the vision for the University's globalization towards the 150th anniversary of the University's foundation in 2024. The University has been advancing several projects according to its concepts for the Top Global University initiatives based upon the strategic plan.

Main Goals in "Rikkyo Global 24"

OBJECTIVE1

Provide a global experience to all students by enhancing the range of learning and training programs abroad.

OBJECTIVE2

Increase the number of international students to 2,000 and expedite the globalization of the campuses

OBJECTIVE3

Expand the network of overseas partners to 300 institutions and strengthen cooperation with colleges and universities worldwide

OBJECTIVE4

Increase the ratio of international faculty members to 20% by inviting renowned researchers from abroad

Featured Projects for Globalization

OBJECTIVE1

「Global Liberal Arts Program(GLAP)」

Establish the Global Liberal Arts Program (GLAP), the English-medium 4-year undergraduate degree program

OBJECTIVE2

「RIKKYO Learning Style」

Introduce the "Rikkyo Learning Style," the new curricular framework that allows students to plan their learning in stages over 4 years

OBJECTIVE3

Introduce the "Global Liberal Arts Minor," which allows students to complete a sequence of subjects from different disciplines to explore one specific theme related with the challenges facing today's society

OBJECTIVE4

Reform the entrance examination system to take into account results of standardized English tests by external providers.

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