Rikkyo University

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Rikkyo University
the seal of Rikkyo University
Motto Pro Deo et Patria[1]
Motto in English For God and Country
Established Founded 1874,
Chartered 1922
Type Private
President Tomoya Yoshioka[2]
Academic staff 619 full-time,
1,693 part-time[3]
Undergraduates 19,341[4]
Postgraduates 1,324[5]
Location Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
Campus Urban
Endowment US$435.1 million
(JP¥50.3 billion)
Mascot None
Website rikkyo.ac.jp

Rikkyo University (立教大学 Rikkyō daigaku?), also known as Saint Paul's University, is a private university, based on Christian precepts, located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

A leading liberal arts teaching and research university, Rikkyo is the largest Anglican affiliated university in Japan and is a member of the "Big Six" grouping of prominent private universities in Tokyo. It is known for its supportive and student focused approach to academic study; encouraging all enrolled students to challenge themselves and discover their own innate potential in their chosen field of study. A philosophy symbolized by the motto "academy of freedom" (自由の学府 jiyū-no-gakufu?)[6]


Rikkyo University, Tokyo

The university was founded in 1874 by Channing Moore Williams, a missionary of the Episcopal Church and a leading figure in the establishment of the Anglican Church in Japan.

The university's first classes were held in the home of Williams in the foreign settlement in Tsukiji, Tokyo. Initially five students came to study with the resident missionaries, but by the end of the first year this number had grown to fifty-five with as many as forty-six living in a dormitory facility rented by the school.

Fire devoured the first school buildings in 1876, but with funding from the Domestic and Foreign Mission Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and in 1880 a new Principal, James McDonald Gardiner[7] to supervise construction, new three-story brick facilities with an imposing 60-foot spire were constructed. Enrollment jumped, but an earthquake in 1894 leveled much of the new construction, highlighting the perils of building on recalimed land next to the Sumida River.[8]

In 1897, the Rev. Arthur Lloyd became President of the University. The various Rikkyo schools experienced a rapid rise in student enrollment by virtue of the granting of a Government License exempting students from military service and granting them access to all Government established schools of Higher Education. Lloyd was successfully able to navigate the school through a turbulent six years as the Japanese Ministry of Education had sought to curtail any sort of religious instruction in the curriculum of government approved schools. As only in the dormitories at Rikkyo was any sort of religious instruction given, the school was able to retain its license.[9]

In 1903, the Rev. Henry St. George Tucker succeeded Rev. Lloyd as University President. The Rev. Charles S. Reifsnider succeed Rev. Tucker in 1912 when the latter took up his new post as Bishop of Kyoto.

In 1909, 23 acres of land were purchased in Ikebukuro for the construction of a larger dedicated campus and the university moved into new buildings at this site in 1919. The university was officially chartered by the Ministry of Education in 1922.

Until the 1920s almost all classes at Rikkyo were held in English,[10] Japanese language textbooks being only being made more widely available towards the end of the decade.

A second suburban campus in Niiza, Saitama was established in 1990.



  • Law and Politics
  • Arts
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Business
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Tourism
  • Community and Human Services
  • Contemporary Psychology

Graduate schools[edit]

  • Business [11]
  • International Business (MIB) [12]
  • Law School
  • Law and Politics
  • Economics
  • Arts
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Tourism
  • Community and Human Services
  • Contemporary Psychology
  • Christian Studies
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Social Design Studies
  • Intercultural Communication

Research laboratories[edit]

Center for Interdisciplinary Research institutes[edit]

  • Institute for American Studies
  • Institute for Leadership Studies
  • Centre for Asian Area Studies
  • Japan Institute of Christian Education (JICE)
  • Institute for Latin American Studies
  • Institute of Social Welfare
  • Institute of Tourism
  • St. Paul's Institute of English Language Education
  • Rikkyo Institute of Church Music
  • Rikkyo Economics Research Institute
  • Institute for Japanese Studies
  • Rikkyo Wellness Institute
  • Rikkyo Institute for Business Law Studies
  • Rikkyo Institute for Legal Practice Studies
  • Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies

Other Research institutes[edit]

  • Rikkyo Institute for Peace and Community Studies
  • Education for Sustainable Development Research institutes


The Main Library or Mather Library was built in 1918. The collection contains over 1.7 million volumes of print and non-print materials, including the Protestant Episcopal Church collection and Edogawa Rampo collection.[13]

Ikebukuro campus[edit]

  • Main Library
  • Social Sciences Library
  • Humanities Library
  • Natural Sciences Library
  • Media Library

Niiza Campus[edit]

  • Niiza Library
  • Niiza Repository


Rikkyo is a co-educational university. As of 2009, female students outnumber male students overall; however, male students outnumber female students at the graduate level.[14]


Every year around November, this university hosts its St. Paul's festival. Students prepare food and entertainment for other students, alumni as well as local community. University bands play and famous singers sometimes attend. During this 3-day event, a Miss Rikkyo & Mr. Rikkyo contest takes place.

World Congress[edit]


Rikkyo's baseball team plays in the Tokyo Big Six Baseball League. They have won 12 league championships in their history.

  • Rikkyo's American football team plays in Japan's division one in the Kanto B conference. Their record was 3-4 in 2009.[15]
  • Rikkyo University also fields a strong program in women's lacrosse.


The following are famous alumni of St. Pauls:

Recipients of honorary degrees[edit]

International exchanges[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Message from the Dean". Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Yoshioka, Tomoya. "Presidential Inaugural Speech, April 1, 2010". Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rikkyo Data". Rikkyo University Data. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rikkyo Data". Rikkyo University Data. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rikkyo Data". Rikkyo University Data. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rikkyo University Academic Philosophy". Rikkyo University. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Hobart, Margaret (1912). Institutions Connected with the Japan Mission of the American Church. New York: The Domestic and Foreign Mission Society. p. 1. 
  8. ^ Hemphill, Elizabeth (1969). The Road to KEEP (First ed.). New York and Tokyo: John Weatherhill Inc. p. 14. 
  9. ^ Hobart, Margaret (1912). Institutions Connected with the Japan Mission of the American Episcopal Church. New York: Domestic and Foreign Missions Society. 
  10. ^ Hemphill, Elizabeth (1969). The Road to KEEP (First ed.). New York and Tokyo: John Weatherhill Inc. p. 13. 
  11. ^ http://cob.rikkyo.ac.jp/en/
  12. ^ http://www.rikkyo.ac.jp/mib/
  13. ^ http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/research/library/ (accessed 10 February 2010)
  14. ^ http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/aboutus/profile/data/. (accessed 10 February 2010)
  15. ^ http://www.koshienbowl.jp/2009/info/kantob.html (accessed 10 February 2010)
  16. ^ Redmond, Chris. "Renison goes to China; hosts Japanese students on campus". Daily Bulletin - Thursday, August 12, 2010. University of Waterloo. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

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Coordinates: 35°43′50″N 139°42′14″E / 35.7305°N 139.7040°E / 35.7305; 139.7040