|Year of Establishment:||1900|
|Founding Spirit:||Freedom and Innovation|
|Educational Philosophy:||Peace and Democracy|
|Educational Goal:||The learning and development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens.|
|(Undergraduate: 32,301,Graduate Students: 2,819)|
|International Students:||1,341 students from 57 countries and regions|
|(Undergraduate Students:524; Graduate Students:817)|
|Total Number of Faculty Members
(excluding part-time instructors)
|Total Number of Alumni:||360,471|
|Total Number of Administrative Staff
(The Ritsumeikan Trust):
|(Full-time staff:723, Contract Staff: 687, Assistant: 1)|
|Partner Universities & Institutions:||435 universities and institutions from 63 countries & regions|
|Number of Campuses:||4 (2 in Kyoto, 1 in Kusatsu, 1 in Ibaraki, Osaka)|
|Number of Colleges:||13|
|Number of Graduate Schools:||20|
|Number of Overseas Offices:||9 (Canada, China, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Taiwan, and United Kingdom)|
Ritsumeikan’s history begins with its establishment as a private academy in 1869 by Prince Kinmochi Saionji, an eminent international statesman of modern Japan and advocate of Freedom and Internationalism. In 1900, Saionji’s protégé Kojuro Nakagawa retained Saionji’s spirit and established the Kyoto Hosei School, an evening law school that was open to working people. With Saionji’s blessing, the name of this school was changed to Ritsumeikan Private University in 1913. At present, the Kinugasa and Suzaku campuses in Kyoto, as well as at the Biwako Kusatsu Campus in Shiga prefecture, and the recently opened Osaka Ibaraki Campus (OIC) in Osaka combined are home to nearly 36,000 students learning under the core educational philosophy of Peace and Democracy. In order to nurture just and ethical global citizens, Ritsumeikan is working to foster creativity and the development of individual talents on a solid foundation of academic achievement.
Ritsumeikan University has been selected as designated institution of the "Top Global University Project "by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. The ministry-appointed panel of experts selected 37 institutions among 104 applications and these institutions hold the status as of October 1st, 2014, to the end of fiscal 2023.
The "Top Global University Project" has been established as a way to give financial support to 37 public and private universities aiming to promote comprehensive internationalization and become world-class research and education institutions. With our selection for this prestigious project, Ritsumeikan University will serve as a model for globalized schools.
History and Achievement
The Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) at Ritsumeikan University was established in 1992. Since then, we have established and strengthened our position as an internationalized and top ranked graduate school with approaches highly esteemed both domestically and internationally. GSIR is the only official member of APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) in Japan. GSIR is considered a leading research and educational institute of international relations in Japan and around the world.
GSIR’s 20 years of educational and research achievements have produced over one thousand alumni including international students from 44 countries as well as JDS, World Bank, and MEXT-funded students. Graduates are active in international organizations, the Foreign Ministry, governments in their home countries, international aid, and globally active private enterprises.
Strengths of Our Graduate School: Curriculum
The curriculum of the GSIR aims to analyze the structure and trends of contemporary international society while cultivating skills for finding and solving problems proactively through individual assignments in such areas as international cooperation and area studies. This curriculum is designed to help foster students with solid analytical capabilities as well as deep insight based on cosmopolitan sensibility, specialized knowledge of contemporary international society, foreign language skills, and information processing skills. GSIR seeks to develop flexible and interdisciplinary education and research. It has been developing a curriculum appropriate to an interdisciplinary graduate school that attempts to approach the various issues of international society from a variety of perspectives. GSIR provides a multicultural and diversified learning environment with comprehensive coursework and seminar-based, intense research. Here, graduates gain insight, knowledge, practical skills, and an international alumni network for contributing to further development in their home country.
Each program consists of Core courses in which students study the basics of international relations and Program courses in which students acquire specialized knowledge of each program’s main research areas. All five programs also offer courses shared between programs and Elective courses such as Writing courses or Area Studies courses, which provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for their research. Through these courses, graduate students acquire knowledge and skills needed for their research, combine their acquired knowledge and skills through Advanced Seminar, and finally produce a Master’s thesis as a result of their research work. We offer an environment in which students can conduct their research under a well-planned research schedule towards completing their Master’s thesis by conducting two oral presentations and receiving guidance and advice from professors while preparing and writing their Master’s thesis.
JDS Fellows are able to study in the English-based academic learning program, "Global Cooperation Program". The GCP is a pioneering English-based Master’s Course program, focusing on international relations, and development and cooperation. GCP’s distinguished teachers from academic and professional fields have been training international students from all over the world since 2003. GCP offers courses by specialists and professionals from international, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The program aims to help enable students to participate in English-language discussions with fellow students from all over the world, deepening their international exchanges on a daily basis, and seeks to foster and network young leaders capable of working on the global stage. Meeting global standards for graduate education, all courses are taught in English and GCP students are able to earn a Master’s Degree by taking courses in English only.
For JDS Fellows from Nepal, the Graduate School of International Relations offers a curriculum which aims to cultivate professionals of international cooperation knowledgeable in international economy (economic friction), international politics (regional security), and development issues. In order to achieve this aim, our program includes the following features.
(1) Coursework Required for International Cooperation Professionals
Students in this program develop an advanced, academic balance necessary for International Cooperation professionals based on courses composed of the following four pillars.
1.Learning of Fundamental Theories of International Relations:
Students will learn fundamental theories necessary for negotiating and policymaking as an international cooperation professional from courses such as international relations, international political economy, trade theory, and international law.
2.Learning International Cooperation and Development of the Asia-Pacific Region:
Students will study international politics, economics, and past experiences surrounding the Asia-Pacific Region. Students will be able to produce solutions to issues as they examine many case studies of international cooperation and development of various countries including Japan and ASEAN countries. Debates will also be conducted focused on dealing with challenges posed by development issues. Students at our institute enhance their understanding of diplomacy by participating in symposiums with international aid agency staff members and diplomats that are held frequently.
3.Learn about Japan’s Experiences:
Emphasis is placed on gaining a basic understanding of Japan’s economy, politics, and diplomacy. Students will learn the background knowledge between ASEAN countries and Japan and their relationship while utilizing lessons from Japan’s past development experiences.
4.Learn About Environmental Consciousness:
Students study actual environmental issues as stresses of rapid economic development. They also develop the ability to make policy recommendations conscious of effective use of energy resources and the environment through precedent examples from various countries regarding environmental issues, globalization, and the relationship between economic growth and the environment.
(2) Improve Work Expertise through Systematic Master’s Thesis Guidance
Students study in-depth research topics related to their area of work and are placed in a seminar class (Advanced Seminar) of a specific academic advisor during their period of enrollment. Through weekly seminars, students deepen their technical knowledge and complete their Master’s thesis after oral defenses (Research Proposal Meeting, Interim Progress Meeting). A guidance system is setup with multiple faculty members focused on the final oral defense. In the beginning, students will develop fundamental competency on Master’s thesis composition and research methods through skill-based courses. Our quality faculty is a big feature of the program for those aiming to be economic diplomacy professionals and focus on our main research areas that include politics, economics, law, society and socio-cultural global governance, international cooperation and development, and multicultural issues. Students have the opportunity to utilize our extensive faculty body and receive detailed guidance on various research topics of international students.
(3) Building of Network of Personal Contacts & Researching Alongside Graduate Students from Multinational Backgrounds through the Special Seminar
Both the English-based and Japanese-based programs are designed to allow domestic students from around the country and international students from around the world (155 students from 35 countries as of May 2015) to study side by side. Students will take the special seminar, Professional Training: International Organization and Development, which is designed for JDS Fellows and aims to foster young governmental officials. In this course, international and Japanese students, under the guidance of multiple professors from a variety of professional backgrounds, debate on topics such as international politics, business management, sustainable development, and local government policy for sustainable development, and more. Those topics include Japan’s experience with economic development and pollution issues.
(4) Academic English & Everyday Japanese Language Training
Students will brush up on academic English and take part in everyday Japanese language training. All courses can be taken in English. Courses such as Academic Writing will help improve students’ academic writing and comprehensive management skills. Another goal is that all students acquire a beginner’s level of Japanese. International students will acquire the ability to use basic conversational Japanese and write via the Japanese Conversational Program. This will enable students to develop basic Japanese language ability and better understand Japan’s culture and affairs. As an improvement to the current program in Comprehensive Japanese I and II, students will discuss international relations issues using Japanese.
■Curriculum for JDS Fellows in English: Global Cooperation Program (GCP);
You can select other courses (language courses, research method courses, etc.) and other Program courses.
*AY2016 Online Syllabus: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/ac/kyomu/gaku/onlinesyllabus.htm
*Curriculum List: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/gsir/eng/education/first/course.html/
|Subject||Course title||Credit||Instructor (professor)||Lecture / Seminar||Targeted students / Term offered|
|Core||Development Strategies||2||KOYAMA MASAHISA||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Core||Development Studies||2||OKURA MIWA||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Core||Global Civil Society||2||HATCHER PASCALE L.||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Core||Global Politics||2||NAKATO SACHIO||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Core||International Organizations||2||TAKASU YUKIO||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Core||International Political Economy||2||HASSDORF WOLF J.||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Core||International Sociology||2||RAJKAI ZSOMBOR TIBOR||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Core||Professional Training:||2||KOYAMA MASAHISA||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Core||Theories of International Relations||2||ATAKA HIROAKI||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Area Studies||2||HONNA JUN||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Program||Development Economics||2||HASSDORF WOLF J.||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Program||Globalization and Environmental Issues||2||CHIASHI AKIHIRO||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Program||Globalization and Gender Issues||2||AKIBAYASHI KOZUE||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Program||Globalization and Media||2||KOGA BROWES SCOTT P.||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Globalization and Multicultural Issues||2||MOOREHEAD ROBERT S.||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Program||International Security||2||TAKASU YUKIO||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Program||Introduction to Economic Theory||2||OHTA HIDEAKI||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Japan in World History||2||WASSERMAN MICHEL||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Japanese Business Management||2||DEBNATH SAJIT C.||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Program||Japanese Diplomacy||2||YABUNAKA MITOJI||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Japanese Economy||2||TOKUMARU HIROSHI||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Japanese Politics and Foreign Relations||2||FRENCH THOMAS W.||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Japan in East Asia||2||HIRONO MIWA||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Policy Evaluation||2||SHIMADA HARUYUKI||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Program||Research Training||2||ADACHI KENKI||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Special Studies on Global Cooperation||2||CHUNG KIYUL||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Program||Statistics Research Design and Research Methods||2||SAKAMOTO KIYOHIKO||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|General||Academic Writing(E) I||2||HAYES BLAKE ELAINE||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|General||Academic Writing(E) II||2||HAYES BLAKE ELAINE||Lecture||M1, M2 / Fall|
|Optional||Comprehensive Japanese I||2||NONOGUCHI CHITOSE||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Optional||Comprehensive Japanese II||2||NONOGUCHI CHITOSE||Lecture||M1, M2 / Spring|
|Advanced Seminar||Advanced Seminar||2||Academic Advisors||Seminar||M1, M2 / Spring, Fall|
*Degree Awarding Policy
Students who successfully fulfill the degree requirements (30 credits of course work), complete 2 years or more study period and whose Master’s thesis reflects the student’ s academic ability to approach international issues from multiple perspectives will be awarded an M.A. degree.
Lectures are provided to share cutting-edge information by faculty members, lecturers, visiting professors and specially invited professors who are currently active in international fields such as United Nations. Furthermore, some visiting professors from partnership organizations provide dynamic lectures based on their work experiences.
Advisors list for JDS Fellows: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/gr/gsir/features/eng/faculty/index.html
Faculty members list: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/gsir/eng/introduce/professor-list.html/
Process to Determine Academic Advisor
An academic advisor will be determined under communication/screening with faculty advisors, based on the Student’s research topic before enrollment. Academic advising staff will help support this selection process.
|No.||Name||Fields of Specialization|
|1||ADACHI KENKI||International Politics, Disarmament and Arms Control|
|2||ATAKA HIROAKI||International Political Economy, International Financial Order|
|3||HATCHER PASCALE LAURA||International Political Economy, Development Studies, International Cooperation|
|4||DE ANTONI ANDREA||Cultural Anthropology, The Science of Religion, Japanese Studies|
|5||FUKUMI SAYAKA||International Relations, Non-traditional Security Threats|
Former JICA Expert: Indonesia
|Regional Security in Southeast Asia, Politics in Indonesia (democratization, civil-military relations, electoral politics, local politics and political-crime nexus)|
Former UN officer
|Peace-keeping and peace building of international and regional organizations including United Nations|
|8||ITAKI MASAHIKO||International Economy, International Surplus Capital|
|9||KIMIJIMA AKIHIKO||Constitutional Law, Peace Studies|
|10||HIRONO MIWA||China’s International Relations, Security Studies|
|11||IWATA TAKUO||Comparative Science, African Studies|
|12||KOGA-BROWES SCOTT||Media Studies, Visual Semiotic Analysis of TV News|
Former Director General, Development Bank of Japan
|Development Studies of Mekong Basin Countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao PDR. Development issues in transition countries toward market-based economy.|
|14||MASUDA MINORU||International History, History of British Politics and Diplomacy|
Former JICA Expert: Myanmar
|Agriculture and Rural Development in Southeast Asia especially in Myanmar. Studies dynamics of human-nature interaction under recent changes of social and natural environments, sustainable agriculture and appropriate development for local people.|
|16||MINAMIKAWA FUMINORI||International Migration, Sociology, American Studies|
|17||NAKATO SACHIO||International Political Economy, US-Japan Economic Conflict|
|18||NAKATSUJI KEIJI||International History, International Relations in East Asia|
|19||OKADA SHIGEYUKI||International Journalism, Media Studies|
|20||OSHIMA KENICHI||Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy. Energy use and environmental issues based on environmental economics. Energy issues in Asia, environmental issues caused by military activities, and climate policy by local governments.|
Former UN Industrial Development Organization Officer
|International Development Finance; Development Macroeconomics|
|22||RAJKAI ZSOMBOR TIBOR||Social and Cultural Studies, Modernization of Non-Western Societies, Family Studies|
|23||SUECHIKA KOTA||Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies|
Former Bank of Japan, IMF, WB Officer
|Monetary Economics, International Finance|
|25||YAMASHITA NORIHISA||Historical Sociology, World-System Analysis|
|26||OYAMA SHINJI||Cultural Studies ; Media Studies ; creative/cultural industries studies|
|27||FRENCH THOMAS WILLIAM||Japanese History, Japanese Politics, History of US-JAPAN Relations|
Faculty Advisors in Japanese (Available as sub-advisors for JDS Fellows)
|No.||Name||Fields of Specialization|
|1||HOSHINO KAORU||European Economy and Monetary Integration|
|2||NAKAGAWA RYOJI||Development Economy, Chinese Economy|
|3||KAWAMURA SATOKO||International Relations, Political Science, Normative Science|
|4||HARA TAKEHIKO||Cultural Anthropology|
|6||TATSUZAWA KUNIHIKO||International Law of Advanced Technologies|
|7||NAKAMOTO MAOKO||Comparative Culture|
|8||NISHIMURA TOMOAKI||International Environmental Law|
|9||MINAMINO YASUYOSHI||Comparative Politics|
|9||25||New Students||Fall Entrance Ceremony|
|9||26||All||Fall Semester Begins, Fall Semester Classes Begin|
|12||26||All||Winter Break Begins|
|1||5||All||Winter Break Ends|
|1||6||All||Fall Semester Classes Recommence|
|1||31||All||Fall Semester Classes End|
|2||1||All||Spring Break Begins|
|3||31||All||Fall Semester Ends, Spring Break Ends|
|4||1||All||Spring Semester Begins|
|4||7||All||Spring Semester Classes Begin|
|7||31||All||Spring Semester Classes End|
|8||1||All||Summer Break Begins,
Summer Intensive Courses Begin
|9||23||Final Semester||Graduation Ceremony (Spring Semester)|
Student Dormitories: Student Dormitories: A dormitory for international students studying at Kinugasa Campus, called International House Taishogun, has opened in the fall of 2015. It is also possible for the University Cooperative’s real estate agency to provide students with single room accommodation.
Library Services: Library facilities consist of the Kinugasa library, the Shugakukan Research Library, and the Arts Humanities Library. Kinugasa library materials focus on humanities and social sciences. The Kinugasa library provides roughly 818,000 Japanese books and 133,000 English books. The Shugakukan Research Library and Arts Humanities Library cater primarily to teaching staff and graduate students, providing roughly 546,000 Japanese books and 382,000 English books in the fields of social science and foreign language studies. In addition, Kinugasa is home to the United Nations Depository Library where literature from the United Nations and its specialized agencies is available for viewing free of charge.
*Ritsumeikan University, as a whole, has a collection of 3,131,197 books (Japanese: 2,178,663; Foreign language: 952,534 (as of March 2015).
*Students may also borrow materials from libraries on other campuses using our electronic library services system.
Library Website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/library/eng/
Health Center: Located on campus, the health center promotes the health of students through a combination of general health support services and a medical office that specializes in internal medicine. All students must take part in a yearly health check that assesses their overall health condition and, depending on the result, follows up with additional tests as necessary. Students with any persistent health issues are put under watch and given follow up medical guidance until graduation.
Counseling: Professional counseling is available in English or Japanese Monday-Friday.
Training Room: Our campus has a training room with the equipment necessary for a healthy workout. Here, we have trainers residing nearby and students can use the gym facilities free of charge.
Restaurant / Cafeteria: We have a combination of several restaurants and cafeterias located on-campus that are designed to provide a variety of meals and double as communication spaces where students can interact with each other as well as with their professors.
Religious and Dietary Considerations: Among 5 dining locations on Kinugasa campus exist cafeterias that provide halal food and vegetarian options in an effort to better provide a campus that is prepared to meet the dietary needs of its international population. Moreover, we also provide a room that students can use for prayer.
International Exchange Lounge & International Center: We have set up the lounge as an open area for international exchange where international students can interact with Japanese students and among themselves. Located adjacent to the International Center, the lounge allows students to quickly access information about student support and events targeted at international students and international exchange. Moreover, there are a variety of learning materials and media such as language textbooks and English language newspapers in addition to a TV that can broadcast world news. As of April, we have 16 full-time staff dedicated to assisting international students working in the International Center at Kinugasa. Students seeking assistance can do so in English, Japanese, or Chinese.
Other Support: Ritsumeikan University is establishing the JICA/JDS English Program for JDS students to improve applied English ability at the graduate student level. Additionally, the university strongly encourages JDS students to enroll in the JICA/JDS Support for Daily Conversation in Japanese, which the university intends to establish so that students can adapt smoothly to life in Japan by learning basic conversation skills and hiragana/katakana.
Finally, Ritsumeikan University is planning to conduct programs such as the JICA/JDS Company Visit Program* and Kyoto Cultural Understanding Program* to better meet the needs of JDS students.
*Final program name to be determined.
The Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR), one of the Japan’s top ranked graduate schools in International Relations, has been training international experts and professionals in the field of international relations and cooperation for twenty years through the Japanese-based program, and for ten years through the English-based program. Throughout the history of our graduate school, we have created an international learning environment on our campus, with Japanese and international students learning together. It is a great pleasure for us to accept young, talented, and highly motivated students from Nepal, who would like to construct a better Nepal with a democratic foundation, and who wish to contribute to the establishment of good relations between Nepal and Japan. Based on our rich experience of training foreign students, GSIR will provide:
We believe that we can provide attractive learning opportunities here in Kyoto, the historical and cultural center of Japan, home to highly acclaimed universities and research institutes. GSIR has been playing a leading role in the field of international relations and cooperation in the academic and professional community in Kyoto. We encourage our students to participate in projects to connect academics in Kyoto with professionals from all over the world. We look forward to welcoming young government officials who have enthusiasm to study international relations to widen their views of politics, economics, and socio-cultural issues in the contemporary world and to build a mutually-beneficial partnership between Japan and Nepal.