AACSB International Accreditation
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is one of only three institutions in Japan to achieve this accreditation to date. Out of these institutions, we are the only one offering an undergraduate business curriculum in both English and Japanese as well as an AACSB-accredited MBA program conducted entirely in the English language.
Our College of International Management and Graduate School of Management (also referred to as APM and GSM, respectively) began the AACSB accreditation process because we recognized that international accreditation is an important part of meeting the expectations of our stakeholders. We also realized that this accreditation would be valuable in attracting top talent to our faculty as well as our student body.
As part of the accreditation process, the College of International Management is making changes to our undergraduate business school curriculum, introducing additional core courses and adding a comprehensive capstone course that will challenge our students to utilize the skills they have learned. These changes will further bring our undergraduate business programs in line with international standards, providing our graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to enter the fast-changing world of international business.
Both the College of International Management and the Graduate School of Management will undergo a continuous review process to ensure that they maintain a high level of quality and a focus on continuous improvement in areas including learning and evaluation, academic and professional engagement, and strategic management and innovation.
What is AACSB?
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is a global membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities committed to the advancement of management education. Established in 1916, AACSB provides its members with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business schools.
AACSB accreditation is widely regarded as the highest level of accreditation for business schools. Being an AACSB-accredited business school means being part of a network of 775 institutions spanning 52 countries and territories* across the globe who have successfully met the standards set forth by the association, and who have committed to maintaining these standards. Less than 5% of the 16,000 business school programs worldwide have earned this accreditation.
AACSB conducts research, assesses trends, hosts more than 100 global professional development events annually, and brings together business school leaders from around the world to network and share experiences.
*As of August 2016.
The benefits of accreditation
Studying at an AACSB-accredited institution carries a number of benefits for students.
- Connections and partnerships
- Being AACSB-accredited provides assurance to other schools that our faculty and programs meet established international standards. This means that our current existing network of 454 partner institutions will continue to expand into the future.
- Quality of instruction
- As an AACSB-accredited institution, our faculty must meet and uphold standards in research and qualifications, providing a higher level of experience and expertise.
- Assurance of learning
- Faculty and administrators engage in a process of continuous review and improvement, ensuring that all students in the College of International Management and the Graduate School of Management learn and grow according to the mission and learning goals of their programs, maintaining a high quality educational experience for all business students.
- Continuous improvement
- The process of achieving accreditation helps us refine our strategic direction, improve overall program and faculty quality, and provides us with an organized framework for tracking and supporting our day-to-day operations. As an accredited institution, we are dedicated to sustaining a commitment to high quality and alignment with the spirit and intent of the accreditation standards.
- Value for graduates
- AACSB-accredited schools are recognized worldwide by top employers and other institutions. They also have more access to recruiters, and have graduates that tend to receive higher, more competitive salaries.
Results of the JUAA University Evaluation and Accreditation
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University underwent a Certified Evaluation and Accreditation by Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) in 2015. The evaluation results showed that “Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is authorized as meeting JUAA’s criteria” and APU will retain JUAA accreditation status until March 31, 2023.
Education Quality Improvement Initiatives (Self-Assessment, external evaluation by a third party)
APU established the “Self-Assessment Committee” in 2008 which is a university-wide organization that has continued to work toward the improvement of the quality of education centered around the following activities.
- Self-Assessment Committee meetings are held several times a year where discussion on university-wide policy on self-assessment is discussed.
- Composition of a “Self-Assessment Report” once every two years in accordance with JUAA university standards.
- The University receives an evaluation the following year based on the report contents from the University Evaluation Committee which is composed of external evaluators.
The “Self-Assessment Report,” in addition to a summary of the evaluation and results by the University Evaluation Committee is made public to the outside community via the University homepage. From now on, we will continue to aim for further improvement to the quality of education and proceed with education reform initiatives.
Disclosure of Basic Institutional Data and Institutional Data Collections
APU, from a viewpoint of information disclosure and as part of self-assessment activities, collects and publishes various data each year regarding education and research using the format designated by the Japan University Accreditation Association.