Message from Dean

Message from
Dean Kimijima

Akihiko Kimijima

The College of International Relations started in 1988 and we will celebrate the 30th anniversary next year. Our school is one of the oldest international relations schools and the most comprehensive one in Japan. Our school is proud of its tradition and innovation. More than 7500 alumni of our school are our treasure.

Ritsumeikan University itself is more than 100 years old. All universities have their own spirits and missions. The spiritual founding father of Ritsumeikan is Saionji Kinmochi. Saionji Kinmochi was a politician from Kyoto who served Foreign Minister twice, Education Minister twice, and Prime Minister twice before World War II.

Saionji’s ideas were internationalism, liberalism, constitutionalism, and disarmament. You may think these ideas are not particularly unique but speaking in public based on these ideas were unique before the war. He was an independent mind.

At present Ritsumeikan University’s ideas are expressed in the following words: Creating a Future Beyond Borders. What the College of International Relations is doing is exactly to create a future beyond borders.

I would like our students to develop intellects that are unafraid of authority, and to have the courage to go beyond borders and a sense of solidarity and responsibility as a member of international society.

I look forward to welcoming you at Ritsumeikan University.