Human Resource Development Goals

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

Three Policies

Diploma Policy

To accomplish the educational objectives stipulated in the College of International Management College Regulations, the College of International Management has defined graduation requirements as well as the following four learning outcomes to be achieved by the time of graduation.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students are required to enroll for the designated period and to complete at least 124 credits in accordance with the following course registration requirements.
  • Complete at least 40 credits of Common Education Subjects in accordance with the following requirements:
    1) Japanese-basis students must complete at least 24 credits of English Language Education Subjects, and English-basis students must complete at least 16 credits of Japanese Language Education Subjects. However, students may be exempted from taking Language Education Subjects based on their language ability upon entry.
    2) Complete at least 6 credits of Required Subjects established by APM.
  • Complete at least 62 credits of APM Major Education Subjects including at least 18 credits in Required Major Education Subjects.
  • Domestic Japanese-basis students must complete at least 20 credits of Common Liberal Arts Subjects or Major Education Subjects offered in English.
  • Detailed course registration requirements shall be stipulated in the College of International Management College Regulations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Value “Business Ethics and Social Responsibility”
  • 1-a. Understand the principles of business ethics and social responsibility.
  • 1-b. Demonstrate ability to make professional decisions by applying the principles of business ethics and social responsibility.
  • 1-c. Analyze ethical problems and propose practical solutions.
2. Integrate and apply “Key Management Knowledge and Skills”
  • 2-a. Demonstrate an understanding of key functional business and management concepts.
  • 2-b. Demonstrate a professional level of communication proficiency in writing, oral presentation, and negotiation.
  • 2-c. Apply appropriate analytical tools (qualitative and/or quantitative) to examine business problems.
  • 2-d. Apply critical thinking and creativity in diagnosing problems and generating strategic and sustainable solutions.
3. Appreciate “Multiculturalism, Diversity and Inclusion”
  • 3-a. Demonstrate understanding and recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion.
  • 3-b. Collaborate and communicate effectively in a multicultural team environment.
  • 3-c. Demonstrate competency in at least one second language for cross-cultural understanding and competence.
4. Acquire “Global Perspectives” in business management
  • 4-a. Demonstrate a global outlook and understand today's business in Asia Pacific and the world.
  • 4-b. Illustrate environmental, social, governance, and economic forces that shape business in Asia Pacific.
  • 4-c. Analyze business opportunities and challenges from a global perspective

Curriculum Policy

Curriculum Design Policy

Subject Placement: General
  • The curriculum is divided into Common Education Subjects and Major Education Subjects, and is designed for four years.
Subject Placement: Common Education Subjects
  • Common Education Subjects are divided into Language Education Subjects and Common Liberal Arts Subjects. The Language Education Subjects consist of English, Japanese, AP languages (Chinese, Korean, Malay/Indonesian, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese) and Specific Subjects.
  • Common Liberal Arts consist of APU Literacy, Introduction to Major Studies, and Global Citizens Foundation.
  • The APU literacy field is a group of subjects for students to deepen their knowledge in Japan and overseas, which is necessary for students of this university, and acquire a methodology for deepening their learning by making the most out of the multicultural environment of this university.
  • The Introduction to Major Studies field is a subject group that will introduce specialized learning in each college.
  • The Global Citizens Foundation field will be assigned as a diverse group of subjects that do not fall within the framework of undergraduate specialized education for cultivating rich knowledge and culture in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
(Subject Placement: Major Education Subjects)
  • Major Education Subjects are divided into Required Subjects, Seminar Subjects, APM Common Subjects, and Subjects for the Area of Study. Major Education Subjects for the Area of Study are divided into: Strategic Management and Leadership; Marketing; Accounting and Finance; and Entrepreneurship and Operations Management.
  • Required Subjects are designed for understanding and applying fundamental business concepts. They provide a solid grounding in each Area of Study of APM.
  • Seminar Subjects are designed for developing the knowledge and skills in their field of interest in a small group format.
  • APM Common Subjects are designed for acquiring specialized and practical knowledge and experiences irrespective of the Area of Study. They also include offcampus study programs such as Business Internship and Field Study under the theme of global business immersion, creating social impact through business, and bridging theory and practice.
  • Subjects for the Area of Study are designed for developing the knowledge in the four Areas of Study which make up APM education.
(Curriculum Map)
*Curriculum Map (or Curriculum Alignment Matrices) is available on the APU Website.

Curriculum Implementation Policy

(Subject Offerings)
  • Offer subjects listed in the College of International Management College Regulations in both Japanese and English in principle, to allow students to enroll, take classes and graduate in either English or Japanese while also learning the opposite language.
  • Expand the Off-campus Study Programs offered in accordance with both University and APM policies.
  • All subjects are offered in the semester, day and period which allow students to take full advantage of structured learning.
(Subject Operation)
  • All subjects are operated in compliance with the Standards for Establishment of Universities and the University Regulations. In addition, based on the methods applied in the subject, factors such as the educational outcomes and necessary studies outside of the class hours are also taken into account.
  • Each subject is operated in accordance with the Curriculum Map and each syllabus is designed to guide students in achieving the Learning Goals and Learning Objectives set for the subject.
  • All subjects are aimed at achieving Multi-cultural Cooperative Learning by taking full advantage of APU's multicultural environment and education, and encouraging interactive collaboration between International and Domestic students.
  • Instructors are required to comply with guidelines related to the subject operation including administration of Class Evaluation Surveys, response to Grade Inquiries, and holding Make-up Classes.

Admission Policy

Undergraduate Program

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) welcomes students who will uphold the university’s basic ideals of Freedom, Peace, and Humanity, International Mutual Understanding, and the Future Shape of the Asia Pacific Region. These students should also, while using both English and Japanese, be ready to acknowledge and understand differences in cultures and values, engage actively in an international campus community, and contribute to mutual learning. New undergraduate students must possess the following attributes and abilities in order to engage in this kind of learning:

(1) Knowledge and Skills
  • Basic knowledge required for studying at university
  • English or Japanese language proficiency required to pursue university-level studies
(2) Reasoning, Judgment, and Expression
  • Critical thinking, analytical ability, and creativity needed to identify problems and proactively work towards their resolution
  • Ability to interpret information, as well as express one’s own ideas clearly and logically using facts and data
(3) Initiative and Capacity to Collaborate with Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds
  • Ability to pursue goals and follow them through
  • Readiness to engage with and support others on the basis of mutual understanding
  • Desire to make full use of a multicultural learning environment and participate in multicultural collaborative learning
College of International Management
(1) Interest in global management and business fields including Strategic Management and Leadership, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Entrepreneurship and Operations Management
(2) Ability and desire to develop creativity, leadership skills and problem-solving skills
(3) Desire to make positive change through business and take action toward inclusion and sustainability in the Asia Pacific region and the world
(Common to all Colleges)
In order to admit undergraduate students compatible with APU’s learning environment, applicants will be evaluated through a comprehensive assessment of the aforementioned knowledge, skills, reasoning, judgement, expression, initiative, and capacity to collaborate with individuals from diverse backgrounds using a variety of p. 10 methods.