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1 Ritsumeikans Strategy for Internationalization Masao HOMMA Professor and Vice-Chancellor Ritsumeikan University Kyoto, JAPAN

2 The Spirit of Ritsumeikan A dvocated by Ritsumeikan founder Saionji Kinmochi, a member of the Japanese nobility known for his liberal and internationalist views. Saionji later served as prime minister of Japan. The key values of Peace and Democracy underlying education at Ritsumeikan were adopted soon after Japans defeat in World War Two as Ritsumeikan committed itself to promoting those values under the leadership of Dr. Suekawa Hiroshi who served as university president through Founding Ethos Freedom and Innovation Key Values Underlying Education Key Values Underlying Education Peace and Democracy

3 History of Ritsumeikan Academy: Past 13 Years Prince Saionji Kinmochi founds Ritsumeikan as a private academy. Nakagawa adopts the name Ritsumeikan upon consent from Saionji. Nakagawa Kojuro establishes Kyoto Hosei School, an evening college of law. Suekawa Hiroshi assumes university presidency to promote democratization. Campus moved within Kyoto from crosstown Hirokoji to Kinugasa. Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) established in Kusatsu City, east of Kyoto. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) established as sister university in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture. Saionji KinmochiNakagawa Kojuro Biwako-Kusatsu Campus ( BKC) Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University ( APU) Major reforms launched to introduce internationalization, information technology and societal outreach. Kinugasa Campus

4 Development in International Education (1) YearProgram/EventStarting Year Statistics2007 Statistics 1985International Center openedFaculty and Staff: >10Faculty and Staff: Intercultural Programs launched 91 students to 3 institutions in 2 countries 287 students to 13 institutions in 12 countries & areas 1986 General Agreements of Cooperation initiated 4 institutions in 4 countries 331 institutions in 56 countries & areas 1986 Employment of Non- Japanese Faculty Members 6 faculty members111 faculty members 1986 Enrollment of Degree-Seeking International Students thru Special Purpose Entrance Exams (with Japanese language requirement) 60 students888 students 1987 Student Exchange begun (Outbound) 4 students to 2 institutions in 1 country 94 students to 54 institutions in 18 countries & areas 1988 Student Exchange begun (Inbound) 6 students from 4 institutions in 3 countries 115 students from 60 institutions in 18 countries & areas 1988 Faculty of International Relations founded

5 Development in International Education (2) YearProgram/EventStarting Year Statistics2007 Statistics 1989 Japanese Language and Culture Program launched (Inbound) 16 students128 students 1991 Ritsuemikan-UBC Academic Exchange Program started 100 students101 students 1992 Sub-Major Programs in Foreign Languages begun 272 students in 4 languages643 students in 6 languages 1994 Dual Undergraduate Degree Program with American University, Washington,DC, launched 26 students35 students 2000APU founded 2000ARISE 2000 initiated 2001 Study Abroad Program, Inter- faculty Institute for International Studies begun 61 students to 5 institutions in 5 countries 171 students to 9 institutions in 7 countries year Project initiated for expanding student mobility programs

6 / Student Recruitment ; 50 Aims following the opening of APU 50% International Students Students from 50 different countries and regions More than 80% of new International Students to enter APU directly from overseas Students from China, Korea and Taiwan to account for 50% of all International Students (creation of a multicultural environment)

7 : Student Enrollment : Number of students from different regions 45% % percent of the student body is composed of international students from 81 countries and regions (as of March 1).

8 : Students Post-graduation Employment *As of March 31, : Pillars of Job Hunting Support "On Campus Recruiting (Approximately 380 companies in AY2007)", "Career Development Program"

9 Targets (RU) Japanese students studying abroad 445(2000) 1,448(2007) 2,000(2010) 3,500(2020)? UG 20% International students studying at RU (Degree & Non-Degree programs) 415(2000) 1,027(2007) 2,500(2010) 4,900(2020) UG 5% 10% G 20% 50%

10 Keys to Success 1)Clear Goals and Strategic Planning 2)Persistent Communication with Faculty 3)Resources (Scholarships, Dormitories, Administrative Support) 4)Pursuit of Excellence


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