Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


2023 A New APU


APU is taking on the challenge of establishing a new college and implementing
university-wide curriculum reforms
by taking advantage of the incredible multicultural and
global learning environment it has built up
since its establishment in 2000.


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College of Sustainability and Tourism (Tentative)

Toward the Realization of a Sustainable Society and Global, Cutting-edge and Sustainable Tourism

The 21st century is an era of great social change, as we deal with issues of sustainability, further globalization through mobility, and the deepening of digital transformation (DX).
At the College of Sustainability and Tourism that APU plans to open in April 2023, students will work with diverse and high-level faculties from 12 countries and regions (as of 2022) to address such issues, as well the formation of recycling-oriented communities, learning about climate change and the value of local culture, history, and environment through tourism, as an important part of all of us living in the 21st century. We aim to create “graduates who possess the power to change the world” while focusing on the concepts of both the realization of a sustainable society and global, cutting-edge, sustainable tourism.
By acquiring not only basic and specialized knowledge, but also critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills, as well as communication and multicultural collaboration skills. We will develop human resources, global citizens that can deal with many social issues and act based on a sense of responsibility.


The college adheres to APU’s core values of freedom, peace, humanity, and international understanding towards shaping the future of the Asia Pacific region. Our faculty and students form a community of scholar-practitioners, who employ academic scholarly knowledge and innovative research to solve contemporary issues and global challenges in sustainable development and tourism.

Human Resource Development Goals

The purposes of the College of Sustainability and Tourism is to develop human resources who can cope with various challenges and act responsibly as a global citizen by…

  • gaining a cross-disciplinary understanding of society and regions
  • acquiring basic and specialized knowledge on a sustainable society and tourism
  • learning logical and critical thinking
  • practicing qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • problem solving
  • communicating and collaborating in a cross-cultural environment
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The Three Unique Features of Learning at the College of Sustainability and Tourism

Education at the College of Sustainability and Tourism consists of three distinct features: 1) Interdisciplinary major subjects spanning nine concentrations; 2) Study that combines lectures and seminars, practical learning in the field, and research and analytical skills; and 3) Mandatory off-campus study.

1. Interdisciplinary major subjects spanning nine concentrations

The college has nine concentrations that form the shared foundation of sustainable development and sustainable tourism. Students can choose a combination of subjects from these concentrations according to their career aspirations as well as the knowledge and skills they wish to acquire.

Concentration Contents
Environmental Studies Scientific fundamentals such as nature, society, economy, and education
Resource Management Focuses on a recycling-oriented society, energy, and climate change
International Development Top level learning of international development available in Japan, with sustainable development covered alongside with environment.
Tourism Studies Fundamental tourism related to the economy and society as well as history and culture
Tourism Industry Operations Tourism industry analysis, new product creation, and marketing
Hospitality Operation Focuses on hotels and resorts
Regional Development Sustainable development and tourist area design
Social Entrepreneurship Social entrepreneurship and project management
Data Science & Information System ICT and its applications
2. Study that combines lectures and seminars, practical learning in the field, and research and analytical skills

The curriculum is designed to help students connect theoretical learning to actual practice. Specifically, in their earlier semesters, students will engage in theoretical learning (in the major subjects) and learn academic skills (e.g., language, research methods, analytical techniques), which will serve as the foundation for practical learning off-campus (e.g., field studies, internships, and special lectures that cover local issues facing Japan and other countries).

3. Mandatory off-campus study

There are three major subjects requiring off-campus learning, each with its own objective and duration: Field Study, Major Internship, and Practicum. Students in the College of Sustainability and Tourism must take one of these three subjects. The teaching methods employed in these subjects will enable students to acquire even more practical knowledge.

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Collaborative learning with a wide range of partners

As outlined, the College of Sustainability and Tourism places emphasis on practical learning, so education will not be limited to campus. We will cooperate with a wide range of regions and institutions around the world. Here is a partial list of potential partners that are currently under consideration. (Subject to change)

United Nations Agencies
  • UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  • The World Bank
  • UN Office in Geneva
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Local Governments
  • Oita Prefecture
  • Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Iida City, Nagano Prefecture
  • Arita Town, Saga Prefecture
Companies and Organizations
  • Orix Hotel Management
  • Japan Airlines (JAL)
  • Oita Bank
  • Kyushu Electric Power
  • Aso-Kuju National Park
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Scheduled to open in April 2023. As the program is still under development, all content is subject to change. The name of the college is also tentative.

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College of Asia Pacific Studies

Thinking about global development and coexistence from the perspective of the Asia Pacific

As the college that shares its name with the university, the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) will explore global development and coexistence from the perspective of the Asia Pacific region with an eye on the next generation.


The College of Asia Pacific Studies, with the Asia Pacific region at its core, will lead a paradigm shift in global society of the turbulent 21st century through its research and education. The college will contribute to the resolution of various problems, the creation of new values that transcend national and regional boundaries, and the realization of coexistence based on a respect for diversity to ensure the sustainable development of global society.

Human Resource Development Goal

The College of Asia Pacific Studies will cultivate individuals who can contribute to sustainable development and coexistence in the Asia-Pacific and the wider world.

Studies will provide students with…

  • comprehensive understanding of the diverse political conditions, economies, societies, and cultures of the world,
  • basic and advanced knowledge of the humanities and social sciences
  • develop language, communication, and problem-solving skills.
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Global Economy: A new area of study in APS

In addition to International Relations and Culture, Society and Media, starting in 2023, APS will add Global Economy as a new area of study. In Global Economy, we aim to shed light on the globalized Asia Pacific region through the lens of economics while keeping an eye on global coexistence and the future.

With the addition of Global Economy, the new APS will apply economics, political science, and sociology to deepen students’ learning of peace and mutual understanding in the world, starting with the Asia Pacific region. Based on the knowledge of the social sciences, students can optimize their learning based on their own interests, including topics like journalism, gender, security, and inequality, as well as conduct their own research.

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A new style of learning in the College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS)

In order to maximize learning in International Relations (IR), Culture, Society, and Media (CSM), and Global Economy (GE), APS offers four modes of learning: Focus, Diffusion, Expedition, and Practice.

    Study the basics primarily in on-campus lectures in International Relations; Culture, Society and Media; and Global Economy
    Examples: Learning about theories primarily from reading and writing (CSM), analyzing economic figures and data (GE)
    Deepen practical learning in the field both inside and outside the university through distinctive exchange programs and field studies that match each area of study.
    Examples: Exchange program with the University of Warsaw focused on IR
    Deepen understanding of area of study for a certain period of time in the Asia Pacific region or other parts of the world. Take online classes while away from APU with our Global Learning Off-Campus program.
    Example: Indo-Pacific Expedition Program (IR)
    Cultivate practical skills by challenging themselves alongside their peers at other universities inside and outside Japan in both the curricular and extracurricular realms.
    Examples: Mock UN, International Law Debate Competition
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College of International Management

Changing the world through business together

The College of International Management (APM) has strived to provide a world-class academic environment by obtaining international accreditation from AACSB and AMBA. The college will continue working to obtain a third accreditation from EQUIS, and it will leverage its accredited world-class education and APU’s wealth of liberal arts and educational offerings as it seeks to further evolve as a vision and mission-driven business school. By thoroughly implementing multicultural collaborative learning, the new APM will strengthen education in the areas of diversity and inclusion (D & I) and entrepreneurship, and this will result in developing leaders who can create new ideas and values based on social responsibility.


To create a fusion of cultures that nurtures globally competent and socially minded leaders who thrive in our changing interconnected world and take responsible action toward inclusion and sustainability.

Human Resources Development Goal

Business leaders with a sense of social responsibility who can play an active role on the world stage Globally Competent & Socially Responsible Leaders

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Entrepreneurship and Operations Management: A new area of study in APM

In addition to Strategic Management and Leadership (SML); Marketing(M); and Accounting and Finance (AF), the College of International Management will add a new area of study, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management (EOM).

Addressing new business trends and solving social issues requires creativity and innovative thinking to create new values. Innovation is the process of creating value by incorporating new technologies and knowledge into goods, systems, services, and organizations to bring about change that has an impact on society. Entrepreneurship not only requires the development of concepts and business models, but also the knowledge of how to properly manage organizations and projects after the start-up phase. The new EOM field will provide learning centered on entrepreneurship and operations management.

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A new style of learning in the College of International Management (APM)

The three pillars of education in APM are practical education, co-curricular activities, and multicultural and international experience. Co-curricular activities refer to academic activities that take place alongside activities in the regular curriculum. On the APU campus, students can gain experiences they can put into practice in the fiercely competitive real world by gaining knowledge and skills in the classroom, effectively using both Japanese and English to participate in case competitions, product development projects, and joining startup competitions together with a diverse array of students.

  • Practical education that meets the needs of the students,
    Internships, seminars, project-based learning, etc.
  • Co-curricular activities
    Developing products with companies, case competitions, business startup preparations, etc.
  • Multicultural and international experience
    Field studies, exchange programs, etc.
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A New Style of Learning

Expanding university-wide common education and learning spaces

We will combine the strengths of online education cultivated during the COVID-19 pandemic and the strengths of in-person instruction in order to incorporate off-campus networks into APU’s education. We will enhance the AP House experience (international on-campus housing), ICT and data science education, as well as other educational tools common to the entire university. We will then connect these to the distinctive major subjects in each college.
Vision of learning at the new APU: Common university-wide education in a multicultural environment paired with specialized education

First year Education and Liberal Arts Subjects

APU's international on-campus housing, collectively called AP House, will be repositioned as a focal point for our first year education program, in which AP House's various shared spaces will be utilized in students' collaborative learning in their first year.

Interpreting intercultural experiences through academic skills and intercultural understanding / group work-based education, new students develop a high level of initiative and self-efficacy.

ICT and Data Science Education

We will establish a new information literacy course mandatory for all students.
We aim for all students to achieve a certain level of literacy in programming, web design, statistics, and mathematics. We also aim for half of all students to develop a basic level of competence in AI and data science applications.

Global Learning On-Campus

We will create databases of faculty members’ research networks and our global network of alumni. We will promote DX and use a variety of online tools to invite people from around the world to our classes. We will develop joint classes with our partner schools around the world.

Global Learning Off-Campus

We will leverage APU’s globe-spanning networks to develop field-based practical learning all over the world. We will cooperate with our 20,000 alumni around the globe to develop internship hosts.

We will improve the quality of exchange programs that link to the studies of each college and establish a student status system that allows students to take APU courses while studying abroad. We will improve student mobility by allowing students to take APU courses online while they are off campus.

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New Buildings

Overview of the New Academic Building and the Additional AP House (International Education On-Campus Housing)

Academic Building
Architectural Concept
  • Evolving into a space suitable for a Global Learning Community
    • Establish a wide array of student commons (common spaces outside classrooms)
      • 1) Increase student interaction; student and faculty interaction: interaction between students and, stakeholders/the local community
      • 2) Create diverse, global communities
      • 3) Promote partnerships with APU’s diverse stakeholders
    • Enhance classrooms to support APU’s unique style of learning
      • 1) Optimize classrooms for active group work, presentations, and question-and-answer sessions
  • The building will serve as a symbol representing APU's efforts to contribute to creating a global sustainable society.
    • Aim to become carbon neutral: Use of wooden architecture
    • Create links with the College of Sustainability and Tourism (that we plan to open in 2023)

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New AP House (International Education On-Campus Housing)
Architectural Concept
  • Evolving into a space suitable for a Global Learning Community
    • Residential Education & Residential Wellbeing (On-campus housing as a place for Education and for maintaining physical and mental health)


      • 1) Central areas where students, including non-AP House residents, can interact and collaborate in diverse ways
      • 2) Exchange Lounge: A space that enables interactions with the local community, companies, and other stakeholders
      • 3) Global Citizenship Program: A program made possible by the multicultural housing where a majority of first year students can reside


      • 1) Ensure privacy and security in the living spaces (individual room areas)
      • 2) Programs to promote physical and mental health

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About The College

Introduction to the university
Introduction to the university

About The Campus

New Academic Building
New Academic Building
New AP House
New AP House