Since 2009, Ritsumeikan University has been cooperating with the National Development Planning Agency of Indonesia (BAPPENAS) to provide short-term training programs on public policy making to Indonesian public officials and to host Indonesian MA and PhD students with the support of JICA. Indonesia is a fast-growing economy and is predicted to be one of the world’s major economic powers in 2050. As of AY2017, fifteen MA students and seven PhD students are studying at the Graduate School of Policy Science at Osaka Ibaraki Campus (OIC).
The Research and Development on Regional Information Institute at Ritsumeikan University offered a two-week administrative training course at OIC targeting public officials to be in charge of government-linked policy think tanks in Indonesia. During the training, a symposium titled Significance and Prospects of Policy Think Tanks in Indonesia was held, attended by trainees, Indonesian guest speakers, and professors from the Graduate School of Policy Science. On that occasion, the University was honored to receive a visit from Mr. Wisnu Edi Pratignyo, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka, who was kind enough to grant us an interview.