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A short written statement of the organization’s goals and philosophies. Can copy and paste here the organization’s current vision/mission statement if there is one.

The school spirit of liberalism and internationalism advocated by Prince Saionji was combined with the ideas of academic freedom and vivacity pursued by Kojuro Nakagawa, and became a tradition of the university.

At Ritsumeikan, our goal is to meet the expectations of the society and to develop human resources that can lead the society. Ritsumeikan University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), and the affiliated schools look to actively promote and utilize the advantages of globalized education and the development of global human resources.

R2020 – A Vision for the Ritsumeikan of 2020

  1. Becoming an open academy that contributes to the region and global society
  2. Learning communities and learner-centered education
  3. Aiming to become a distinctive global research university
  4. Promotion of environments that improve educational ability and the quality of research
  5. Ritsumeikan’s role as an institution of education and research: in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake


Organization Description/Background

This part should detail the organization’s history so far, including the structure, the origin of the idea of the organization/what it is building upon, how the organization is organized, progress to date, what is unique about the organization and what makes it qualified to succeed.

The Ritsumeikan Academy was founded in 1900 as the Kyoto School of Law and Politics, an evening law school open to working people. The school was founded by Nakagawa Kojuro, former secretary to Prince Saionji Kinmochi, liberal statesman of late 19th and early 20th Century Japan. With Saionji’s blessing, the name was changed to Ritsumeikan Private University in 1913. Following the end of World War II, then university president Suekawa Hiroshi proposed Ritsumeikan’s educational philosophy of Peace and Democracy, based on the Japanese Constitution and the Fundamental Law of Education.

The Ritsumeikan Academy has now become an integrated academy with a rich culture of individuality and international awareness accommodating a total of 48,000 students. The current Ritsumeikan Academy has campuses in Hokkaido, Shiga, Kyoto, and Oita and encompasses two universities, four high schools, four junior high schools, and one primary school.

The Ritsumeikan Academy fosters learning and the development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens.

The word ‘ritsumei’ comes from a passage in the Jinxin chapter of the Discourses of Mencius and the passage states that “Some die young, as some live long lives. This is decided by fate. Therefore, one’s duty consists of cultivating one’s mind during this mortal span and thereby establishing one’s destiny.”



Where the headquarters are located as well as other locations where it is present or has influence and how it benefits the organization.


Ritsumeikan University has four campuses and they are located in Kyoto Prefecture (Kinugasa & Suzaku), Shiga Prefecture (BKC), and Osaka Prefecture (OIC).


  • Kinugasa Campus
    Colleges of Law, Social Sciences, International Relations, Policy Science, Letters and Image Arts and Sciences
    Graduate Schools of Law, Sociology, International Relations, Policy Science, Letters, Science for Human Services, Language Education & Information Science, Core Ethics & Frontier Sciences, Image Arts
    The Kinugasa Campus is located in Kyoto City, a city of learning, culture and the arts. The campus is surrounded by the historic temples of Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Ninnaji, and Tojiin, providing a serene environment for research and education.
  • Biwako-Kusatsu Campus
    Colleges of Economics, Science & Engineering, Information Science & Engineering, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sport & Health Science, and the Integrated Institute of Arts & Science
    Graduate Schools of Economics, Science & Engineering, Information Science & Engineering, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sport & Health Science, Technology Management
    The Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) is located in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture. It was established as an education and research center in April of 1994 with the aim of creating a world-class campus which integrates the humanities and sciences. Faculty and staff at BKC are combining cutting-edge science with social sciences and constructing a diverse educational system that goes beyond existing academic fields.
  • Osaka Ibaraki Campus
    Colleges of Policy Science and Business Administration
    Graduate Schools of Policy Science, Business Administration, Management, and Technology Management
    The Osaka Ibaraki Campus (OIC) is located in Osaka Prefecture, a prominent commercial hub of Asia. The campus is expected to facilitate collaboration with industry and government institutions, promote the Ritsumeikan Academy’s activities on the frontline of social collaboration and is fully equipped with facilities which can provide an exchange space for general use. OIC will be based on three core academic concepts: “Asia’s Gateway”, “Urban Co-creation”, and “Regional Cooperation”.
  • Suzaku Campus
    School of Law, Graduate School of Management and Graduate School of Public Policy
    The headquarter of Ritsumeikan University is located in Suzaku Campus in Kyoto City.



A short explanation of how the organization is led and by whom, including the leader’s relevant background.

The president of Ritsumeikan is Dr. Mikio YOSHIDA.



A list of the number of staff/members in each area and what they bring to the organization.

At Ritsumeikan University, currently there are 1,269 faculty members and the total number of administrative staff in the Ritsumeikan Trust is 1,425. (as of May 2014)



Important dates in the organization’s history that mark its evolution towards the position it is currently in.

Ritsumeikan’s Path to Globalization

1988 – College of International Relations is established


1991 – The introduction of the Academic Exchange Program with the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

             *around 2,000 students have participated in this program


1994 – The introduction of a Dual Undergraduate Degree Program/Dual Masters Degree Program with American University

             *around 100 students have participated in this program


2000 – Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is established in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture


2009 – Selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to participate in the Global 30 Program


2014 – A joint bachelor program is established between Ritsumeikan University and Australian National University


2014 – A Joint Department, DUT-RU International School of Information Science and Engineering, is established between Dalian University of Technology and Ritsumeikan University


2014 – Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University were selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as participating institutions in the Top Global University Project