On January 16th 2019, Ms. Anran (Ann) Wei from the International Admissions Office ofRitsumeikan University visited Boston International School. Ms. Wei briefly introduced Ritsumeikan University, and also the programs currently offered there. Parents were especially interested in the Dual Degree Program with the Australian National University. Our Japanese students and parents had a very pleasant talk with Ms. Wei.
Ritsumeikan is a large university in Kyoto, southwestern Japan, which was first established as a private academy in 1869 before receiving a modern university charter in 1922.
Over 32,000 students are currently studying at undergraduate level at the university.
One of the inaugural faculties at Ritsumeikan was the College of Economics. Today the college is split into two schools, Economics and International Economics, the latter of which is geared towards a focused, classroom-based education that also endeavors to teach students a second language. An early graduate of the College of Economics was founder of Nissin Foods Momofuku Ando, who is considered the inventor of instant noodles.
The university recognizes the importance of physical activity in fostering the student experience, and there are over 450 sporting clubs and general societies at Ritsumeikan, as well as a College of Sport and Health Sciences. In competitive sports the Ritsumeikan University Panthers are one of the best American Football teams in in the region, the men’s side having won a number of national Japanese championships, as well as conference titles.