Ritsumeikan, after the mid 1980's, has rapidly promoted internationalization with the aim of becoming “Ritsumeikan that is open to the world”. Ritsumeikan established an international center in 1985 along with the first College of International Relations in Western Japan in 1988. This was then followed by the establishment of the first true international university in Japan, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), in 2000. We continually strive for and promote the globalization of education and research by utilizing our strengths as a comprehensive university.
Ritsumeikan University works with more than 400 universities and institutions in 64 countries and regions to pursue international exchange and research activities for both students and faculty.
(as of May 1,2016)
Graduates of Ritsumeikan University organizes various alumni groups by region, job field, college/graduate school and extra-curricular club, deploying various activities both domestically and internationally.
* The figure shows the number of reported alumni including international students.
* "Jusotsu" : When students graduate/finish multiple colleges or graduate schools.
(as of February 8, 2017)
Ritsumeikan University aims to contribute to international society by conducting commissioned programs, bilateral projects, disaster relief projects and running the Kyoto United Nations Depository Library.
The Kyoto United Nations Depository Library was established at Ritsumeikan University in 1988. It stocks an extensive collection of materials published by the United Nations and also by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).