Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)
With the aim to create an international hub of Japanese-style engineering education, Japanese and Malaysian governments have worked on a project since the Malaysian government expressed the idea of establishing a new international university of technoloy at a summit in 2001.
Ritsumeikan was involved in the establishment of the Malaysia Japan International University of Technology (MJIUT) from May 2006. The university dispatched a professor from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (currently visiting professor at APU) as an expert and engaged in opening preparations, including curriculum development with professors from Kyushu University and Tokai University, till October, 2009.
Due to a change of the Malaysian government, along with the dissolution of main authorities, the project temporarily remained stagnant. However, the Malaysian government decided to establish an independent institute within the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) at a cabinet-level after the summit in May 2010 and changed the institute name from MJIUT to MJIIT.
MJIIT opened the school in September 2011 and the launch ceremony was held in June 2012.
- The new building of MJIIT opened in February 2012
Ritsumeikan panels of Industry-Academia
Collaboration displayed at the Industrial Museum
MJIIT provides four subjects: Electronic Systems Engineering, Mechanical Precision Engineering, Engineering and Green Technology and Management of Technology. The Ritsumeikan Trust was a secretary of a committee of the Department of Management of Technology for two years from October 2010 till December 2012. In February 2012, Ritsumeikan dispatched a specially appointed professor from Ritsumeikan International (currently visiting professor at APU) to MJIIT. Moreover, a professor from the College of Science and Engineering of Ritsumeikan University has worked as a member of a committee of the Department of Mechanical Precision Engineering since June 2012. Although Ritsumeikan is currently not a secretary of the committee of the Department of Management of Technology, Ritsumeikan will continue to cooperate as a vice-secretary university in the fields of curriculum planning, dispatch of Japanese professors and joint-supervision for Malaysian students.