Career Events "How To Launch Global Careers?-The Future of Jobs, Skills, and Professional Life in International Relations-"


Report on the guest lecture (International Labour Organization: ayaka naito)

Ms.Ayaka Naito, a guest speaker from UN ILO India for Policy Studies in Japan met Ritsumeikan University students for the first time. (English class: led by Pr. Mayumi Yamada).

Ms. Naito is a graduate of Ritsumeikan University's College of International Relations, and when she talked about how she started internships in the Philippines and Palestine in her junior year, students started enjoying the opportunity to interact with her, asking many questions such as how she got the internship opportunity and whether they can apply for it even though they are not yet in final year.


 Ms. Naito sent a wonderful message from Senpai (alumnus) to juniors, telling them that being a student is a kind of privilege: it is a time to do what they want to do. She really wishes that students (Kohai) enjoy “student’s life”. Encouraged by Mr. Naito, the students were quickly discussing where they would go before their senior year, and they are scheduled to report the update voluntarily next week. 

The Writing Tutorial Program Spring Semester 2023 will begin!

We are offering the Writing Tutorial Program to support students write their academic papers in both Japanese and English for their class assignments. Experienced senior and graduate students of IR will answer questions and give useful advice on writing assignments as a tutor during the one-on-one sessions.
Students can take the tutorial sessions an unlimited number of times for free.


 【What is the role of the Writing Tutorial Program?】
-to help students clarify and structure the ideas for their papers
-to help students notice what needs improving and offer advice and clues for how they can rewrite their papers
-to help students understand the rules of citation and plagiarism
-to answer students’ questions related to Academic Writing

Period: English tutorial: May 16-July 21
Japanese tutorial: May 15-July 21
Time: Varies depending on the date. One session is for 40-50min.
Eligibility: IR students who seek support and advice on writing assignments for their school courses
Session Format: Face-to-face session (Koshinkan Building on the fourth floor), or online session via Zoom.

Go to the link below to apply for the session and for more details (available only for currently enrolled IR students).

We interviewed one of our former tutors last year. This interview should give you an idea of the appeal of this program and the key points for report writing and more.Please take a look at the link below!

「Working as a tutor for the writing tutorial program has allowed me to actively learn about academic writing, which is a good experience for my future papers.」

Report on the guest lecture (GRIPS: Ian Kaushigarira)

Dr. Ian, a guest speaker from Uganda who teaches at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan met Ritsumeikan University students for the first time. (English class: led by Pr. Mayumi Yamada).
At first, both sides seemed a little nervous.


In this workshop, there were only three students who had met a professor from the African continent in their student life. Also, most of the students didn’t have an accurate understanding of Uganda's geography and surrounding countries.
Dr. Ian's lecture began with a talk from his student days at Makerere University in the capital of Uganda. Dr. Ian began by explaining that lectures at Ugandan universities are always crowded with more than 1,000 students, and it is not uncommon for professors to be too far away to hear or see professors. Still, he says he believed that by passing the exams and graduating from college, he would be able to take the next step.

In addition, Dr. Ian had a total of 10 brothers and sisters, and since he was the youngest child, it was assumed that he would pay for his own tuition. First of all, the students listened attentively to his background as a police officer, where he received training while working, and obtained master's and doctoral degrees in Japan. Also, while there is a belief in Uganda that it is better to study natural sciences and economics than social sciences, Dr. Ian said, "I chose what I wanted to do because I cherished it". It conveyed to students the interdisciplinary appeal and flexibility of the social sciences.

Currently, Dr. Ian was also conducting research analyzing the careers of friends who studied at the same university as him, and each person is not necessarily tied to the degree they have earned to their current profession. He told students that a career doesn't necessarily end with a single goal, and it doesn't have to be set that way, as well as examples of successful sociological experts running clinics. Dr. Ian himself said, "I'm a university professor now, but my original goal is to be president of Uganda."

The dialogue continued with many questions from the students, such as whether they were confused about Japan or if they had any problems due to cultural differences. Through these workshops, the students and Dr. Ian seemed to be able to get to know each other. After the lecture, the students and Dr. Ian continued to have a pleasant dialogue at Tully's Coffee. As for the second workshop, I was very happy to see the students voluntarily interacting with the guest speakers after the workshop.



Report on the guest lecture (Global Japan Peacebuilding Association : Arbenita Sopaj)

Arbenita Sopaj, from Global Japan Peacebuilding Association, was invited as guest lecturer at the Professional Workshop (English class: led by Pr. Mayumi Yamada).
The class was very excited by encounter with a relatively rare guest from the Republic of Kosovo. Recognizing that it is not easy to meet people from Kosovo and that they have heard the name but have no information or knowledge about the country, the students studied a lot about Kosovo before the lecture.

Dr. Sopaj talked about her upbringing, her experiences pursuing two master's degrees in Poland and Kobe University and a PhD at Kobe University, why she decided to pursue a PhD at a university in Japan and the influence of her life in Japan. The young students also talked about their lives and families and actively asked questions about what they are learning in Japan, their dreams and worries for the future.

Dr. Sopaj also kindly and politely answered personal questions from the students, such as the timing and significance of pursuing a master's or doctoral degree, tips on balancing marriage and study. She candidly talked about her family's reaction when she decided to leave her homeland and her own inner conflicts. In this way, Dr. Sopaj, who believed in the importance of education and seeing the wider world, impressed the students.


During the coffee break, students finally realized that Dr. Sopaj didn’t drink anything until the time came, as it was during Ramadan, which was a great learning opportunity. After the talk session, the students received a business card from her. They were very happy as it was the first time for them to experience this. She commented, "It's rare to find a class with this much diversity, and the students are excellent, so I'm looking forward to the future." As a teacher, I was a little worried about how the students would react, but it turned out to be a fun workshop filled with laughter.


We welcomed new students for April 2023 enrollment.

We welcomed new students for April 2023 enrollment.

In April 2023, the College of International Relations welcomed 299 new students.



Congratulations on your enrollment!

Classes will begin on April 6.








”Global International Relations"-Reexamining international relations from its beginnings, bridging the West and the non-West-(Prof.ATAKA Hiroaki)


Comparative Politics-How do we fight the backslide of democracy? Understanding successes and failures through international comparisons-(Prof.HONNA Jun)


Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies held


The Commencement Ceremony of the Faculty of International Relations for the Fall Semester of the 2022 Academic Year were held at the Kinugasa Campus on March 20.

We have 262 graduates from the College of International Relations.
Congratulations on your graduations!






















Zemi Research Convention 2022 "International Space Politics: a postcolonial analysis"(Ataka seminar)