Greetings from the President

Ritsumeikan has a history of over 115 years since its foundation in 1900. With our school spirit, "Freedom and innovation," i.e., "Create a liberal and open-minded school," Ritsumeikan has inherited the spirit of Prince Kinmochi SAIONJI and Kojuro NAKAGAWA, and sought always to be innovative in its field.

Since the 1980's, Ritsumeikan, as a private institution, has continued education reform through the installation of College of International Relations in 1988, openings of Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) in 1994 and Osaka Ibaraki Campus (OIC) in 2015.

In 2014, Ritsumeikan University, along with Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, were selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as designated institutions of the "FY2014 Top Global University Project." We take it as the recognition from the public for Ritsumeikan’s active response to the globalization and performance as well as the expectation for our future.

Ritsumeikan has set forth the Academy Vision R2020 as a portrait of the existence of the Ritsumeikan Academy in 2020 with the slogan, "Creating a Future Beyond Borders." Opening of our new campus, Osaka Ibaraki Campus in 2015 is the core competence.

As a Japanese university, we face lots of issues. The population of 18-year-olds in Japan is decreasing, therefore, it is vital to improve Ritsumeikan as a university to be chosen by students and make efforts to improve the qualities of our education and researches as well. To that end, we will keep in mind that "What Ritsumeikan can do for the world and what Ritsumeikan contribute to," not just the globalization as a survival strategy.

The name, "Ritsumeikan" includes the philosophies such as "a place to establish one's destiny" and "a place to foster bearers of the future." With our strength that has enabled our growth so far, Ritsumeikan is committed to make more dynamic progress toward the future.

Mikio YOSHIDA Ph.D.
President
Ritsumeikan University

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