Join Us(A message from President Deguchi)

Nurturing future global leaders

Haruaki Deguchi President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Vice-Chancellor, The Ritsumeikan Trust

This year, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University entered its 18th year of operation. Two goals we set at our inception were to achieve an international student ratio of 50% and a non-Japanese faculty ratio of 50%, and we met these quickly. We now boast students from nearly 90 countries and regions and are striving to boost this number to 100. Meanwhile, we attract domestic students from every corner of Japan, with 37% hailing from Kyushu and 20% each from the Kanto and Kansai regions. The numbers of students from Hokkaido and Okinawa are also on the rise. To date, we have produced over 15,000 alumni who now work on the front lines throughout Japan and around the globe.

With a focus on the social sciences of management, sociology, and international relations, and an unparalleled multicultural environment, APU is unique among Japan’s approximately 790 universities. In 2014, we were one of the 37 universities selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for the Top Global University Project, and last year we obtained accreditation from the AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—the world’s foremost business school accreditation agency. Only the top 5% of the world’s 16,000 or so business schools are AACSB accredited, and APU is only the third university in Japan to successfully obtain this accreditation. Additionally, APU has been ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings, placing it in the top five private universities in the nation.

As the global situation grows increasingly complex, APU’s founding spirit of peaceful coexistence—the spirit of working with people of different cultures and ethnicities to overcome differences with no tolerance for exclusionary discrimination—now rings truer than ever. We believe students who leave APU with this spirit in their heart will be able to change the world. I hope that you will join us as we continue to pursue this vision.

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