Rikkyo University will launch its “Global Liberal Arts Program” (GLAP), one of the mainstay programs under its super global university plan, in April.

GLAP aims to nurture university students to be global-level leaders, with all classes to be conducted in English, requiring those in the program to study abroad for a year. The course will accept 20 applicants a year.

Students in the program will be required to live in a dormitory with students from overseas for their first 18 months. Starting from the autumn term of their second year, they are required to go to Rikkyo-allied universities abroad to study for a year. It is hoped that this will allow them to discover their potential and develop cross-border networks.

“We are aiming at offering global-level education with this program,” Kazunori Yamaguchi, vice president and director in charge of the promotion of globalization, said in an interview. “We want to materialize the education here that has been only available at universities abroad. Rikkyo University will take the role.”

The program is targeting aspirants, in particular those who graduated from schools with the International Baccalaureate accreditation or those designated as super global high schools, wishing to work for multinational companies or international organizations.

Applicants on their admission tests are required to demonstrate high-level English proficiency based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Japan’s English proficiency test, or Eiken.

The university is proceeding with its “Rikkyo Global 24” plan, aiming to increase the number of foreign students studying at the university to 2,000 from the current 500, also increasing the number of foreign universities in tie-ups with Rikko University to 300 from 133 at present.

As for the Japanese students on campus, all will be offered study-abroad programs or training sessions abroad. Under the plan, the university is also raising the number of faculty from abroad, aiming for a ratio of 20 percent of total faculty from the current 14 percent.

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