APU is located on the outskirts of Beppu City (population of approximately 120,000) in Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, the southernmost island of the main Japanese archipelago. Beppu is one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations, being the home of the world’s second largest outflow of hot springs, and approximately 1.2 million tourists visit Beppu every year. The large international student population and constant influx of visitors make Beppu one of the most lively and cosmopolitan cities in Japan.
APU provides education to approximately 5,900 students, of which about 3,000 are international students from 84 different countries, thus creating a truly multi-cultural environment on its campus. Among these students, 161 are enrolled in the Master’s Courses and 32 in the Doctoral Course of our Graduate School. All APU undergraduate programs are taught on a bilingual English-Japanese basis, while graduate programs are conducted entirely in English.
Here is a list of APU students by country:
APU strives to play an important role in the academics of the Asia Pacific region. Despite its short history, APU has already welcomed Nobel Laureates Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Prof. Amartya Sen and Prof. Lee Yuan Tseh for keynote lectures, and has hosted major academic events in collaboration with the United Nations, ASEAN, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Asia Pacific Water Forum. APU has also invited many corporate executives of leading multinational companies to speak and interact with students on campus.
Here is a list of past visitors:
Our graduate schools have recently gained acclaim by being selected for prestigious scholarship programs offered by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, ABE Initiative master's degree and internship program and the Japanese Government. APU's innovative approach to education has repeatedly been recognized under The Top Global University Project and it was selected as one of Japan’s Top 30 “Global Hub Universities.
As part of this program, APU will receive faculty and staff from national and public universities, as well as government employees, to study in our Master’s program.
As our profile grows both in Japan and around the world, APU graduate students will have more and more opportunities to come face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in this region, while gaining a broader exposure for their own research. We value diversity and warmly welcome all those who have a desire to play an active role in fostering international cooperation and sustainable development.
A total of 315 JDS Fellows have studied at APU until now, along with many other dispatched government officials from around the world. Our graduates have gone on to work at embassies in Japan, various ministries and agencies, and the ASEAN Secretariat. APU takes pride in sending out graduates that can contribute to the development of their countries after studying here.
Video clips of APU and our SNS links can be found through the “University Publicity” page at the following link:
The Graduate School of Management (GSM) offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Our faculty members and students come from many different parts of the world creating an ideal environment for developing international mutual understanding which is one of the APU’s founding values. The Graduate School of Management (GSM) and the College of International Management (our undergraduate counterpart) have applied for accreditation from AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in 2009 and now we are at the last stage of the accreditation process. AACSB, an association of more than 1,200 educational institutions in 78 countries, ensures quality management education and currently less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned its accreditation.
The APU Graduate School of Management (GSM) offers a case based method education inspired by Japanese business and management with a strong foundation in established management techniques and opportunities for independent research. Classes are conducted entirely in English in a multicultural environment, giving students the chance to benefit from the experiences of experts in the field and learn the skills and sensibilities required for a successful career in international business.
The GSM program consists of required courses, specialization courses and electives. Students must take 44 credits or more in order to graduate. One of GSM’s features is that students can take introductory, intermediate and Japanese language courses as electives based on their proficiency. Many GSM graduates have gained employment in Japan after learning Japanese in addition to their graduate studies. A management seminar course is also offered as one of the specialization courses to assist students in gaining a deeper understanding of their field by writing a master’s thesis, report or business case.
GSM MBA program is divided into four areas of specialization. Three discipline-based specializations are offered, namely Marketing and Management, Accounting and Finance and Innovation and Operations Management. In the Japanese Management specialization, students learn Japanese business and management using a multi-disciplinary approach.
The APU MBA program integrates Management knowledge from all over the world and focuses on the Asia Pacific region. With its commitment to producing successful leaders for one of the most culturally diverse continents of the world, the program is conducted entirely in English. The MBA curriculum is internationally competitive and provides a comprehensive business education by focusing on functional areas of business such as Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Management and Operations. The program requires students to complete a range of foundational business subjects and provides opportunities to specialize in various areas of business. One of the distinctive aspects of the program is a specialization in Japanese management.
Students currently working for governments in their home countries will find the MBA curriculum quite useful and applicable to their work. In direct contrast to the workings of the public sector in many countries, our curriculum places an emphasis on missions and goals rather than rules and procedures, on results rather than inputs, and on recipients of services rather than managers. The curriculum also introduces radically different ways of managing public services to the program participants.
Students completing the APU MBA program will acquire a range of skills, competencies and knowledge as demonstrated in the following program learning objectives.
1a. Formulate practical solutions for an ethical dilemma using an ethics model or framework.
1b. Evaluate ethical implications of contemporary business issues.
2a. Demonstrate understanding of advanced business concepts in a specialized field.
2b. Apply advanced analytical tools (qualitative and/or quantitative) to examine business problems.
2c. Integrate functional knowledge for developing business solutions.
2d. Demonstrate an advanced level of writing and presentation skills.
3a. Identify the opportunities and challenges of innovation in a business setting.
3b. Design innovative business and/or research projects.
4a. Reconcile academic theories with practices in international business.
4b. Evaluate the managerial impact of global issues.
|Core Business Fundamentals|
|8||Japanese Management||Students are strongly recommended to register for subjects related to their chosen specialization|
|Accounting and Finance|
|Marketing and Management|
|Innovation and Operations Management|
|Seminars||6||In addition to the credits earned from the Seminars, students must submit and obtain a Pass grade for a Master’s thesis, final report or a business case to fulfill the graduation requirements.|
|Core Related Subjects||－||Credits earned from Core Related Subjects will count towards the credits required for program completion.|
|Quantitative Analysis And Statistics||Managerial Economics|
|Core Business Fundamentals|
|Leadership and Organization Behavior||Accounting|
|Technology Management||Theories of Institutions|
|Financial Institutions and Markets||Management of Japanese Family Business|
|Management in Asia and Japan||Quality and Operations Management|
|Japanese Corporations and Asia Pacific||Hospitality Management|
|Accounting and Finance|
|Financial Institutions and Markets||Financial Engineering and Risk Management|
|Financial Accounting||Managerial Accounting|
|Marketing and Management|
|Management in Asia and Japan||Product Development Strategy|
|Management of Japanese Family Business||Marketing Strategy|
|Hospitality Management||Marketing Research|
|Human Resource Management|
|Innovation and Operations Management|
|Quality and Operations Management||Entrepreneurship and New Business|
|Information Technology Management||National Innovation Systems|
|Supply Chain Management||Project Management|
|Management Seminar I||Management Seminar III|
|Management Seminar II|
|Core Related Subjects|
|Core Related Subjects|
|Decision Making Under Uncertainty||Database Management|
|Management Information Systems||Advanced Research Methods|
|Japanese Language Subjects|
|Japanese for Communication I||Japanese for Communication III|
|Japanese for Communication II||Japanese for Communication IV|
The following is a list of the faculty members qualified to supervise JDS Fellows. Fellows will be matched with faculty members in their specialization.
During their first semester at APU, students take required subjects. The required subjects have small class sizes, which allow students to receive specific and detailed guidance from faculty members. Based on their research interests, Fellows will choose a supervisor in the beginning of the 2nd semester.
As of June, 2016
|ALCANTARA Lailani L.||Assoc. Prof.||JM
|International Expansion, Legitimacy, Network evolution|
|ASGARI Behrooz||Assoc. Prof.||JM
|Technology management, Economics of Technological Change, Industrial and Systems Engineering|
|BARAI Munim Kumar||Prof.||AF||Finance, Banking, International Business, Regional Trade Blocs, WTO, Poverty Reduction, Macroeconomic Issues|
|BEISE-ZEE Marian||Assoc. Prof.||JM
|Service Quality, Health Care Marketing, Consumer Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility, Discrete Choice Analysis|
|Customer e-loyalty, Online community
Customer Loyalty, Customer Value, Market Orientation, Service Employees, Customer Experience, Customer Satisfaction, Customer e-loyalty, Online Community
|CORTEZ Michael A.||Assoc. Prof.||AF||Managerial Accounting for Business Studies, International Trade in Services, Sustainability reporting, Environmental Accounting|
|Organization Studies, Management, Business Ethics, Social Philosophy, Cooperatives|
|DRUMMOND, Damon||Assoc. Prof.||JM
|Global Comparative Management, Human Resources Management and Information Systems|
|Managerial Commitment, Managerial Values, Employment Relations|
|Khan Muhammad Tahir Abbas||Prof.||IOM||Spread Spectrum Communications/ Applications of ICT|
|OTAKE Toshitsugu||Prof.||AF||Risk Management, Modeling, Logistics Engineering|
|PARDO Phillip Dean||Prof.||AF||Business Analytics, Hospitality Accounting, Valuation, Taxation, Audit Committee, Medical Tourism, Virtuous Management|
|AF||Management Accounting, Cost Accounting, Capital Budgeting|
|Knowledge Management, Organizational Alignment, Leadership, Philosophy-based Management, Empowerment|
|The theory of Banking and Finance, Institutional Economics, Political Economy, Rent Seeking|
|International Trade Institutions and Practices|
|Growth Theory, Trade Theory, Urban and Regional Economics, Economic Dynamics, Ethics, East-Asian Philosophy|
JM: Japanese Management
AF: Accounting and Finance
MM: Marketing and Management
IOM: Innovation and Operations Management
|Date||Targeted students||Event & things to-do|
|Orientation Period in September 2016|
|September||20||everyone||Move into AP House (Dormitory) (-22)|
|24||everyone||Orientation and Class Registration (-Oct. 4)|
|Fall Semester 2016|
|October||5||everyone||1st Quarter Starts|
|end||1st semester||First Seminar Meeting (Students will meet with professors)|
|November||23||everyone||1st Quarter Final Exam (-25)|
|30||everyone||2nd Quarter Starts|
|December||24||everyone||Winter Holidays (-1/5)|
|February||２||everyone||2nd Quarter Final Exam (-7)|
|9||everyone||Winter Session (-13)|
|17||everyone||Spring Holidays Begin|
|Spring Semester 2017|
|March||26||everyone||Class Registration (-27)|
|April||11||everyone||1st Quarter Starts|
|May||29||everyone||1st Quarter Final Exam (-30)|
|June||6||everyone||2nd Quarter Starts|
|15||Final Semester||Master’s Thesis/Research Report Submission|
|July||25||everyone||2nd Quarter Final Exam (-30)|
|31||everyone||Summer Session (-8/4)|
|August||5||everyone||Summer Holidays Begin|
|September||16||Final Semester||Graduation Ceremony (Mid-September)|
The residence designated for graduate students is AP House 4 which is located off-campus in downtown Beppu. It takes about 30 minutes to campus by bus.
Besides AP House 4, a wide range of private apartments are also available within a short bus ride from the campus, with affordable rent as compared to other Japanese cities. Creotech, a university-affiliated company, provides assistance to students in locating and renting accommodation.
APU provides certain facilities exclusively for graduate students, including a spacious common room, separate computer lab, and individual study spaces for PhD students. There are approximately 2,000 high-speed internet connected computers available for student-use on campus, and students can also use their own laptops to access the APU network via plug-in ports at several convenient locations or through wireless LAN.
The APU library has an extensive collection of publications in English and Japanese. Students can easily borrow books from all universities within the Ritsumeikan Trust and pick them up at the APU counter. A wide range of academic journals and other useful publications is also available through online databases. The library is open from 8:30 to 24:00(Class Days).
Other on-campus facilities include a cafeteria and cafe catering to a wide range of dietary requirements, a general store and a bookshop. In terms of athletics, APU has a gym, weight training room, tennis and basketball courts, a soccer field, track, and other facilities.
At APU, students have access to a full range of support services on campus. These include a Health Clinic and counseling service for all students and staff without any charge, and a Student Office that facilitates extra-curricular activities and offers advice on lifestyle issues such as accommodation, budgeting.
Since APU is a bilingual campus, all administrative offices such as the Academic Office and Student Office operate in both English and Japanese.
The APU MBA program offers an internationally competitive curriculum taught entirely in English at a Japanese university. The program makes use of a wide range of case studies of world class Japanese and non-Japanese corporations and many of these cases are developed at APU. The program requires completion of several fundamental business subjects and provides the opportunity to specialize in functional areas of business such as Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance and Productions. In addition, we offer a specialization in Japanese management. The philosophical and conceptual base of the Japanese management style can be found in the stakeholder model of governing corporations where companies operate like communities. Japanese corporations, by and large, have refrained from focusing on short term gains and yet they are innovative, create world class products and successfully satisfy the demands of their various stakeholders. Asia is increasingly becoming the economic powerhouse of the world and many corporations in Asia are providing fierce competition to these Japanese corporations. There are lessons to be learnt from the experiences of Japanese corporations.
In APU MBA classes you will meet students from nearly all continents of the world who will assist you in developing international mutual understanding and provide you with the competency to deal with intercultural differences. We invite you to take advantage of this unique multicultural environment in Japan and to explore the challenges corporations in Japan and in other Asian countries are currently facing.
Myanmar was part of a government controlled economy for a very long time and opened its economy only very recently. The nation is doing its best to improve conditions for its citizens by encouraging local entrepreneurship and by inviting foreign investment. Japan is one of the first Asian nations to fully industrialize through its own efforts and it is ready to share its experiences with other Asian nations. One of the major contributors to Japan’s success is the management practices of its corporations. You will have the opportunity to learn these practices in addition to general business practices that are specific to various functional areas of business. If you are currently working for a government, you will find that our MBA curriculum is very useful and will provide you with the opportunity to consider alternative ways of managing public services in your home country on your return.