Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Introduction

With over 100 years of tradition and history, the Ritsumeikan Academy opened APU in April 2000 as Japan’s first genuinely international university. Our graduate schools welcome students into a fully English-based curriculum within a uniquely multicultural environment. The Graduate Schools at APU focus on Asia Pacific studies, with study options geared towards tackling the complex issues facing the societies and environments of the Asia Pacific region, as well as management, with a focus on the Japanese style of business and the dynamic world of international business. APU's Graduate Schools are fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

World Class Education

APU's graduate programs have been selected for several prestigious scholarship schemes in recent years, including the "Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program" and the "Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program". Some of the other organizations which have sponsored our graduate students include the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, Japanese corporations, local government bodies and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

A Truly International Environment

The campus is a unique doorway to the world, attracting students and faculty from all over the globe. Our Japanese faculty members also come to us with diverse international careers and academic experiences. This extremely rich mixture of language and culture has earned APU the reputation of being Japan's "global village".

The Japanese Experience

As graduate school classes are conducted entirely in English, no prior knowledge of the Japanese language is required. However, for those with a keen interest to learn Japanese, beginner level classes are held specifically for graduate students at no additional cost. Immersed in the culture of Japan, students can put their new language skills to use on a daily basis.

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International Material Flow Management (IMAT) Program

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Japan Beppu Germany Birkenfeld + 2 more

IMAT is a dual degree program managed jointly by APU and the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), an innovative research institute of the University of Applied Sciences, Trier (Germany). [+]

International Material Flow Management (IMAT) Program IMAT is a dual degree program managed jointly by APU and the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS), an innovative research institute of the University of Applied Sciences, Trier (Germany). IMAT course offers multidisciplinary courses, engaging seminars, and interactive excursions to prepare students to become young professionals in the fields of sustainable development and “Green Business”. In addition to the learning goals of APU's Division of Sustainability Science, students learn to link economic development with environmental protection in the fields of energy, water, waste or other material streams, through the use of optimized technology management strategies. In this two year program, students spend their first year at APU and their second at the Zero-Emission Campus Birkenfeld in Germany. Upon completion of the program, students receive master's degrees from the respective institutions. For further information regarding the IMAT Program, please visit: http://www.imat-master.com/our-programmes/imat-in-japan/curriculum/ Degree Earned: Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy, Master of Engineering Degree in International Material Flow Management Program Duration: 2 years Enrollment Semester: September Total Tuition Fees: 2,800,000JPY *The IMAT program includes extra fees while in Germany during the second year. Program Fee: 100,000 JPY per semester (400,000 JPY total) [-]

Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Japan Beppu

Many people regard the 21st century as the “Asia Pacific century” as a result of the region’s continuous and robust growth. The region’s prominence can be witnessed through its increasing political power in the G-20 and economic interdependence that boosts steady growth. [+]

Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies About the Program Many people regard the 21st century as the “Asia Pacific century” as a result of the region’s continuous and robust growth. The region’s prominence can be witnessed through its increasing political power in the G-20 and economic interdependence that boosts steady growth. Such economic interdependence leads to close socio-economic interactions among the people of the region. The Master’s Program in Asia Pacific Studies aims to educate and transform students into competent leaders ready to handle challenges facing the Asia Pacific region. The program encourages students to analyze complicated and ever-changing socio-cultural conditions and international issues, pursue feasible solutions to challenges the region is facing and pave a path to a prosperous future for the region. Students accumulate professional knowledge and insights, interpret complex facts in objective and systematic manners and provide insightful solutions to problems. Graduates of this program can pursue careers as think-tank researchers, university teaching staff, in non-governmental organizations/non-profit organizations (NGOs/NPOs), private companies, as well as central/local government agencies in Japan and around the world. A number of our graduates choose to stay on and pursue further research through APU’s doctoral course. Course Structure and Content A broad range of issues are addressed in the two divisions: International Relations and Society & Culture. The courses taught under this program consist of four pillars: analytical foundation courses, core courses on The Asia Pacific region, division specific courses and research oriented intensive seminar courses. Most courses are run on a quarterly basis, each lasting approximately two months. This program nurtures students’ research skills, including the ability to formulate frameworks for analyses, collect and analyze data and test arguments and hypotheses. Students are expected to conduct research under a specific theme in a systematic manner throughout their studies. At the end of the program, students must submit a thesis or report on a theme of their choice which they have developed under personal guidance from their supervisors in the seminar series courses which run throughout the program. In the process of thesis/report writing, they are encouraged to conduct field surveys in the Asia Pacific region. The graduate school provides financial support for these field surveys. APU organizes numerous seminars and conferences and invites prominent scholars and researchers to share on their fields of expertise. Students are encouraged to sharpen their research ideas by taking advantage of these opportunities. Divisions International Relations (IR) The International Relations division is aimed at expanding students' empirical knowledge base and sharpening their analytical and theoretical thinking in regard to social, economic, political and security phenomena in the globalizing world. The courses in this division provide a useful knowledge base for both academic-bound students and practice-bound students with intended careers in security, diplomacy and media. The major courses in this division include international security, international political economy, international law and conflict resolution. Students are allowed to choose subfield(s) to focus on in preparation for their thesis or report writing. Society and Culture (SC) The Asia Pacific is one of the most rapidly developing regions in recent decades. To capture the patterns of social and cultural changes that are occurring, the Society and Culture division is devoted to promoting comparative academic research on the region. Students acquire practical skills in formulating and conducting research using theories and methods developed in sociology, cultural anthropology or communication and media studies. Knowledge concerning social and cultural backgrounds of the countries in the region enables students to have greater employment opportunities in governments as well as industrial, commercial and academic institutes. Degree Earned: Master of Science in Asia Pacific Studies Program Duration: 2 years Enrollment Semester: April, September Total Tuition Fees: 2,800,000JPY [-]

Master’s in International Cooperation Policy

Campus Full time 2 years April 2017 Japan Beppu

The Asia Pacific region and the international community as a whole are facing many urgent issues which need to be addressed in order to ensure equitable development and sustainable environments. The program provides students with policy-oriented and practical advice. [+]

Master’s in International Cooperation Policy The Asia Pacific region and the international community as a whole are facing many urgent issues which need to be addressed in order to ensure equitable development and sustainable environments. The program provides students with policy-oriented and practical advice, drawing on diverse fields to train creative professionals who can understand complex challenges from multiple perspectives and formulate feasible solutions with integrative approaches from global, regional and local perspectives. Such training will improve practical skills and knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate projects and thereby contribute to organizations that work closely with and in developing nations. As the program attracts students of diverse backgrounds from all over the world, students easily develop extensive personal networks during their course of studies. Such networks serve as valuable assets even after graduation. Graduates of this program work in industries in or dealing with the Asia Pacific region, national and local governments in Japan and around the world, development agencies and other regional and international organizations. Course Structure and Content Students can select one of the following five divisions for their specialization: International Public Administration, Public Health Management, Sustainability Science, Tourism & Hospitality and Development Economics. They are also required to take analytical foundation, core and seminar courses and submit a master’s thesis or a research report to complete their course. Furthermore, current topics are introduced through special study series courses. Some of the subjects are provided jointly with our MBA program for more effective professional development. This course is designed in such a way that students can develop multi-disciplinary knowledge under the tutelage of multinational faculty members who possess both professional and academic experience. In order to take full advantage of such an environment, students are encouraged to engage actively in various activities in the program. Additionally, numerous seminars and workshops are organized throughout the year. There are many opportunities for students to participate in the exchange of ideas, information and expertise with academics, experts, business executives, policy makers and senior administrators. Divisions International Public Administration (IPA) The International Public Administration division aims to provide knowledge and skills to students interested in pursuing and advancing careers in national and international governmental organizations in an era of increasing globalization. This division enables students to improve professional and practical skills in order to manage and evaluate administrative operations and policies in national, regional and global settings. The major courses in this division relate to international organizations, international cooperation policy and public administration. These courses form the foundation upon which each student can further build more focused study depending on their intended policy fields. Public Health Management (PHM) The Public Health Management division teaches students three fundamental skills: skills in budget management, finance, economics and accounting of healthcare costs; skills in epidemiology, health statistics and research methodology as well as information management; and skills in public health, mainly preventive medicine and environmental health. This division puts emphasis on economic, financial and administrative management of healthcare services in both the public and private sectors, while preserving the standard foundations of conventional public health education. Moreover, it encourages students at an early stage to focus on healthcare case studies that relate to significant issues in the Asia Pacific region. They start by reviewing current health issues as reflected in research papers and by raising research questions with policy implications. This aspect of teaching and research is a strategic approach applied throughout the length of the program. Sustainability Science (SS) Sustainability Science is the application of science for achieving the goals of sustainable development. Sustainability Science is about using science in the analysis, planning and implementation of policies and actions dealing with interactions between the society and nature with a view to creating a sustainable future for all. It involves the scientific understanding of society-nature interactions; linking research with policy and actions; generating new knowledge, tools and techniques; and enhancing scientific and institutional capability for promoting resilience and sustainability. The students are expected to gain holistic perspective, integrative skills, and trans-disciplinary orientation as they engage in analyzing and managing population-resource-technology-institution interactions relevant to particular problems and issues or ecological settings, both man-made and natural. Tourism and Hospitality (TH) Tourism is a fast growing economic sector that is transforming societies and communities in the Asia Pacific region. The Tourism and Hospitality division looks at various aspects of tourism (both mass tourism and alternative tourism) and their economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts on societies and communities through the lenses of culture and social sciences. The division also studies the theory and practice of hospitality management as it relates to the tourism, service, health and welfare industries. The knowledge and academic/professional skills obtained from this division are useful for students who seek employment opportunities in government service, international organizations and private corporations, as well as to those who seek to pursue further studies. Development Economics (DE) The Development Economics division is aimed at students interested in socio-economic issues faced by the developing world. Study in this division enables students to improve their critical and analytical skills in development economics, including industrial development, social development, political development, rural development and poverty alleviation, as well enhancing their professional and practical skills related to international development. This division also aims to enhance research skills in this field for those who wish to pursue further studies. The knowledge and skills obtained will provide a wide variety of employment opportunities in international organizations, national and local governments, international development agencies, NGOs and development consultancy firms. Degree Earned: Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy Program Duration: 2 years Enrollment Semester: April, September Total Tuition Fees: 2,800,000JPY [-]

Contact

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Address 1-1 Jumonjibaru Beppu, Oita 874-8577, Japan
Website http://www.apu.ac.jp/home/?version=english
Phone +81-977-78-1119