Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

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Not to be confused with Ritsumeikan University.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)
立命館アジア太平洋大学
(Ritsumeikan Ajia Taiheiyō Daigaku)
Motto Freedom, Peace, and Humanism, International Mutual Understanding and the Creation of the Future of the Asia Pacific
Established April 2000
Type Private Educational Institute
President KORENAGA Shun (2010-)
Students 5,272 (November, 2013)
Location Beppu, Oita, Japan
Website www.apu.ac.jp
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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (立命館アジア太平洋大学 Ritsumeikan Ajia Taiheiyō Daigaku?), or APU, is a private institution inaugurated April 2000 in Beppu, Ōita, Japan. APU was made possible through the collaboration of three parties from the public and private sectors: Ōita Prefecture, Beppu City and the Ritsumeikan Academy.

As of 1 November 2013, the university has an enrollment of 5,272, including approximately 3,000 domestic, and 2,300 international students (a 56-44 domestic-international ratio) originating from 84 countries and regions.[1] Half of the 162 full-time faculty members are foreign nationals who come from 27 countries and regions.

Location[edit]

APU is at Jumonjibaru in the City of Beppu, Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Beppu is geographically closer to Busan (Korea) than Tokyo (Japan).

Background[edit]

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is a member of the greater Ritsumeikan Academy which includes APU, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and Lake Biwa and primary, junior and senior high schools throughout Japan. In the early 1990s the concept of creating an international university in the city of Beppu was first raised by the governor of Ōita Prefecture, Morihiko Hiramatsu, with the then chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust in Kyoto, Mr Kawamoto. A chief proponent of the concept and design was Professor Makitaro Hotta. The university opened at Jumonjibaru, above Beppu City in April 2000.

Campus features[edit]

Programs[edit]

There are two four-month semesters in one academic year. One semester is divided into two quarters lasting for seven weeks. Most of the classes in APU are carried out on a quarter system.[2] Unlike many other universities, students are accepted for enrollment and graduate twice a year, in spring and fall.

APU offers undergraduate studies in subjects including liberal arts such as media studies, language subjects, and Japanese traditional arts. It offers special lecture subjects, which are added to and may change every semester. Students select their own classes and are not restricted to classes in their majors.[3] However, students can only choose classes in their respective curriculum according to their enrollment year, for the curriculum has undergone changes three times since the university was founded.

The current undergraduate programs are conducted in the College of International Management and College of Asia Pacific Studies. The College of International Management (APM) consists of four areas of study: Accounting and Finance (会計・ファイナンス), Marketing (マーケティンク), Strategic Management and Organization (経営戦略と組織), Innovation and Economics (イノベーション・経済学). The College of Asia Pacific Studies (APS) has also established four areas of study: Environment & Development (環境・開発), Hospitality & Tourism (観光学), International Relations & Peace Studies (国際関係), Culture, Society & Media (文化・社会・メディア).[4] Furthermore, students must complete compulsory language education credits in either English or Japanese.

Specialized post-graduate programs are conducted in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and Graduate School of Management. The graduate programs are conducted exclusively in English.

Enrollment[edit]

The university receives an average of 20,000 applications every year and only around 3,000 are successful.[5] In 2013, the university had a total enrollment of around 5,500 students, down from the 2009 figure of 6,162. Currently there are 5,330 students in undergraduate programs, 164 at postgraduate level, and 102 non-degree students. The degree students are equally distributed between the College of Asia Pacific Studies (2,643) and the College of International Management (2,687), with the remainder enrolled in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (120) and the Graduate School of Management (44).

While approximately half of the students are domestic Japanese, about 44% are international students from 84 countries and regions. This ratio is a feature unique to APU amongst Japanese universities; APU is second only to Waseda University in the absolute number of international students enrolled.[6] In terms of country of origin, the majority of international students come from eastern Asia, namely China (593 as of November 1, 2013), South Korea (520), Vietnam (328), Indonesia (209), Thailand (194), and Taiwan (63).[7]

Facilities[edit]

Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University, Campus View, January 2012

The library provides paper-based as well as electronic media including, academic databases, magazines, newspaper, textbooks, and DVD. Visitors can request media from other Ritsumekan campuses which will be delivered to the library counter. Recently the library has included other services such as a writing center and meeting spaces for collaborative work.

APU has designated smoking areas around campus and near the student dormitories. The rest of the university is smoke free. As of 2013, APU will implement a new regulation that aims to make the entire university campus a smoke free environment.

Intercultural awareness[edit]

APU has regular country cultural weeks, which help students to learn more about foreign cultures, for example, Japanese Week, Chinese Week, Vietnamese Week, Korean Week, Indonesian Week, Nepali Week, Taiwanese Week, Sri Lanka Week, Thai Week and African Week.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

There are over 100 student organizations (known as clubs or circles) available at APU, which cover categories of sports, academic research, arts, and social organizations (such as volunteers). Students are free to join clubs they are interested in, and they can create new ones, too. Examples of student organizations include PRENGO (volunteer group), APU Wind Orchestra, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), and Global Business Leader.[8]

On-campus housing[edit]

The on-campus housing, AP House, offers international students the opportunity to live next to the campus for their first year as they learn the ways and customs of life in Japan. Single and shared rooms are available.

Support faculty and staff members are on site in addition to resident assistants (RA) recruited from the resident student body. RAs play an important role at AP House by supporting residents and promoting interaction and exchange. AP house provides shared facilities and borrowable items to the residents.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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