Bilateral Projects

Vietnam-Japan University (VJU)

Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT)


Vietnam has achieved rapid economic growth in the 21st century. For the country’s sustainable economic development, human resources that can meet the needs of the society are in great demand. Under such circumstances, the Japanese government received a request from the Vietnamese government to establish a higher education institution that aims to develop highly-skilled human resources. As a result of discussions, the decision to establish the Vietnam-Japan University with the support of the Japanese government was finally made. Ritsumeikan University has participated in research and discussion since its initial conceptual stage in 2006. Currently, Ritsumeikan’s College of Science and Engineering provides support by providing curriculum models for the master’s programs and sending professors to VJU, as a coordinator university in the field of Environmental Engineering.

Project Overview

VJU opened master’s programs in the following six fields of study in September 2016. The university aims to offer bachelor, master and PhD degrees for about 6,000 students by 2025 and become a leading university in Asia.

Fields of study of the master’s programs opened in September 2016 and coordinator universities are as follows:

  1. Area Studies: The University of Tokyo
  2. Public Policy: University of Tsukuba
  3. Business Administration: Yokohama National University
  4. Environmental Engineering: Ritsumeikan University, The University of Tokyo
  5. Nanotechnology: Osaka University
  6. Infrastructure Engineering: The University of Tokyo