Rikkyo was founded in 1874 by an American Bishop, Channing Moore Williams, and has a long history of excellence in education and research, which, combined with substantial investment in state of the art information technology and teaching facilities, has earned a reputation as an outstanding educational institution and one of the most sought-after universities in Japan. Today, Rikkyo enrolls over 19,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students in its ten colleges (Arts, Business, Community and Human Services, Economics, Intercultural Communication, Law and Politics, Psychology, Science, Sociology, and Tourism) and fourteen graduate schools (Business, Economics, Arts, Tourism, Science, Sociology, Law and Politics, Community and Human Services, Contemporary Psychology, Christian Studies, Business Administration, Intercultural Communication, Law, Business Design and Social Design).
Rikkyo University has two campuses: one in Ikebukuro, Tokyo and the other in Shiki, Saitama-prefecture which borders on Tokyo in the south. The main campus is located in Ikebukuro, one of the largest commercial and transportation hubs in the heart of metropolitan Tokyo. And our Ikebukuro campus, where the Master of Public Management and Administration (MPMA Course) students will study, is located only a few minute-walk from the Ikebukuro-Station.
One of Rikkyo’s social missions is to provide wide-ranging support for research. Through the vitalization of daily research activities in both qualitative and quantitative terms, the university contributes to raising the level of academic research and promotes measures to pass on the results of research both inside and outside the university. Research centers sponsor research activities in various fields to advance knowledge and to foster creative learning for a new international and inter-connected age. Such research centers include Centre for Asian Area Studies, Institute for Leadership Studies, Institute of Social Welfare, Rikkyo Institute of Business Law Studies, Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies, Institute of Tourism, Rikkyo Economic Research Institute, Rikkyo Institute for Peace and Community Studies, Education for Sustainable Development, and Center for Statistics and Information.
Rikkyo is known as an "academy of freedom." Freedom at Rikkyo as an educational institution means giving students as much support as possible without trying to fit them into a certain mold, and enabling them to develop their innate potential so they can blossom and flourish. Rikkyo urges students to go beyond the superficial and strive to discover the essence of all things. Rikkyo is where both students and faculty members can exchange their ideas freely while respecting each other.
Rikkyo, from its inception, has valued international exchange with esteemed institutions abroad. Rikkyo has exchange agreements with over 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North and South Americas. Rikkyo believes our campus life, both academic and social, will be greatly enriched by diversity. In recognition of the Rikkyo’s effort to further enhance the educational/research environment, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology, Japan selected Rikkyo to be funded to participate in the Top Global University project to lead the globalization. The project lasts 10 years until 2024.