The first undergraduate program in Japan with a curriculum designed entirely around a dual degree program, Ritsumeikan University’s new College of Global Liberal Arts, opened in April 2019.
Offering a Dual Degree Program together with The Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, the College recently completed its first full year cohort of students following the September 2019 Academic Year Matriculation Ceremony.
To mark the occasion, on Tuesday October 8, a special opening ceremony took place on Osaka Ibaraki Campus.
Honored guests from The Australian National University included: Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor; Toni Erskine, Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs; and Bruce Miller, former Ambassador of Australia to Japan and Distinguished Policy Fellow of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Meanwhile, Mr. Satonobu Matsunaga, from the Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology, represented Mr. Yoshinori Hakui, Director-General.
The guests were welcomed by Tomomi Morishima, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Ritsumeikan Trust (under the umbrella of which Ritsumeikan University operates); Yoshio Nakatani, President of Ritsumeikan University; Tsutomu Kanayama, Dean of the College of Global Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan University; and Eugene Choi, Associate Dean of the College of Global Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan University.