Going international with ‘Rikkyo Global 24’

Rikkyo University is one of the most global universities in Japan, and under its Top Global University Project, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) designated the university as a Global Traction Type school.

MEXT started the Top Global University Project in 2014, with the goal of enhancing the international compatibility and competitiveness of higher education in Japan by supporting universities executing decisive reforms and thorough internationalization.

Upon being designated under the MEXT project, Rikkyo University, whose educational philosophy is to focus on language skills and liberal arts education to nurture globally minded people, began a campaign to promote the school’s 24 globalization projects, dubbed Rikkyo Global 24.

There are six projects in the four areas of increasing study abroad placements; expanding the number of international students; improving the education and research environment; and strengthening governance for international advancement.

In one of the projects, Rikkyo is aiming to create a global campus with more than 2,000 international students in 2024, an increase from 500 in 2014.

It also offers double degree programs with overseas universities and plans to continue expanding them with more partner institutions.

The university also offers a Master of International Business with instruction in English for all subjects. Additionally, the university plans to increase the number of subjects taught in English and launch English-taught degree courses not only at the graduate level, but also at the undergraduate level.

To cater to foreign students wishing to study Japanese language and culture, Rikkyo’s Center for Japanese Language Education has created nine levels of Japanese language courses for foreign students.

The university is also looking to increase its number of overseas partner institutions from 133 in 2014 to 300 in 2024. The school also plans to increase the proportion of foreign faculty members from 14 to 20 percent over the same period. To this end, it will invite prominent researchers from abroad by promoting its establishment of an internationally competitive environment.

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