The Ritsumeikan University Commencement Ceremony for 2019 Academic Year

The Ritsumeikan University Commencement Ceremony for 2019 Academic Year will be held as follows
Current students who will graduate, please check the Manaba+R school's page for detail information.



Exploring Future Careers in International Organizations: College of IR Hosted “OECD Career Fair”

On Nov 28th, the College of International Relations and Career Center at Ritsumeikan University hosted the “OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) Career Fair” on Kinugasa campus.


Executive Director Josée Touchette and Sam Holland, Talent Management Analyst at the OECD traveled from Paris, the hometown of their organization and gave a special career guidance session for Ritsumeikan students. 


Over 30 students from the Graduate School and College of International Relations, including Japanese and international students from various countries, joined the seminar. Students learned about the history and structure of the OECD, as well as the various opportunities for getting a position in the organization, like the Young Professional Programme, Young Associate Programme, and internship. After the lecture, students lined up to ask many questions and to request advice on their future career. 


Many graduates from Ritsumeikan University are now working in international organizations, and Kinugasa campus has hosted various sessions on organizations like the World Bank and the United Nations. 



The 20th Open Seminar took place

The Open Seminar has 20 years of history. For the first time this year, it took place without the qualifying round, so that all participating groups gave presentations for visitors by using their unique posters on the competition day. The presentation area became very vibrant with the start of the competition, and the new Open Seminar ended on a high note.


This year 32 groups from 22 zemi in the College of IR joined in the competition. As the College of IR values on the international and various learning, a broad range of presentation topics were explained and discussed in both Japanese and English. Guests such as personnel of companies and organizations, alumni, and faculty members and students in Ritsumeikan University enjoyed listening to their presentation, left different kinds of feedback, and voted for the best group(please see below for the result). The feedback has been used for revising and enhancing their learning toward their graduation research and career development. Thank you for your participation!

First Prize
18. Shimada zemi “The Second life of Kyoto city bus in Laos

Second Prize

1.  Shirato zemi “The truth of cycling rules around KIC (Kinugasa Campus)”
10. Nakagawa zemi “Japanese and Korean firms production from China”
13. Hoshino zemi “Donperi!! The savior of recycling plastic
14. Ataka zemi “Meme-mingful Political Discourse: The Influence of Internet Memes on Populism”
15. Hoshino zemi “Promotion of ‘Sake’ to the world”
 Itaki zemi “Is fair trade really fair?”

Students Prize

11. Tokumaru zemi “Why invest in stocks? ~Examining financial behavior in Japan~”

<Event Overview>

Date & Time: 15:30-18:30 on Friday, November 8
Place: Koushinkan 1F at Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus
Number of participants: Approximately 250 people

* For more detail, please see the Open Seminar webpage.



Welcome/"Yokoso" New Students!!

College and Graduate School of IR welcomed newly-enrolled students. 


42 undergraduate students, 43 graduate students and 11 JDP students (American University Home) were celebrated and welcomed at the reception by the faculty and staff members as well as senior /sophomore students.  New students from many countries/areas including U.S.A, Italy, U.K. , Switzerland, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, China, Cambodia,ColombiaBhutan, Viet NamAustralia, Korea, Japan etc.. have joined our school community.  Welcome/"Yokoso" New Students!!

University Ceremony   Link  



Commencement Ceremony held

On September 23rd, the commencement ceremony of the College and Graduate School of IR was held at Osaka Ibaraki campus.

In total, 52 students graduated from the College of International Relations and 43 from the Graduate School of International Relations in the Spring Semester 2019.

In the university-wide ceremony, Ikeda Wakaba (GS Major) made a speech as the representative of all graduates. In the College/Graduate School of IR ceremony, DONG Yujiang (Graduate School of IR) and SETIAWAN Jenniefer (GS major) made speeches.

IBRAGIMOV Shahboz and SCHNEIDER JR Paul Andrew were awarded by the Dean for their excellent work on their graduation theses.

Graduates will work internationally and domestically, and continue their studies at graduate schools like GSIR and Oxford University.  Mr. Yoshimaru from the Alumni Association, the Deans of the College and Graduate School of IR sent messages for graduates.

After the ceremony, Association of International Studies of Ritsumeikan University student committee hosted the commencement party.  

Graduates, Congratulations !



News:American University Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program Instagram Account Start !

Start: AmericanUniversity Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program Instagram 


The Instagram account will introduce program activities, students, Kyoto and Washington DC. AU and RU staff members will operate the account jointly!

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The College of International Relations welcomes its first ever Female Dean

Professor Ritsuko Kawamura was inaugurated as dean of the College of International Relations and trustee of Ritsumeikan Academy on April 1st. 

Dean Kawamura, a specialist in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, joined the College of IR in 1998. Her advanced seminar is famous for the research in food, agriculture, and rural development in Hiyoshi, Kyoto. She has contributed to the internship program at the Consortium of Universities in Kyoto for long years.

The College of IR will continuously make every endeavor to stay at the forefront of education and research in International Relations with Dean Kawamura’s leadership.

Ritsumeikan University is promoting gender equality in research and education through Research-Life Support Division for Promotion of Gender Equality. 

Message from Dean KAWAMURA (text)