A delegation from The Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific visited Japan last week to celebrate the start of a new dual degree between ANU and Ritsumeikan University (RU).
Led by Dean of the College, Professor Michael Wesley, the ANU delegation met with the Vice Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust, Professor Yoshio Nakatani, to build on the relationship between the two universities, which was formalised in 2016.
The partnership with RU launches Australia’s first undergraduate dual degree with a Japanese partner. The revolutionary education program gives students a unique experience as well as allowing the two universities to exchange ideas and collaborate on research projects.
“The ANU regards our partnership with Ritsumeikan as a new model for our university. We have been very innovative and entrepreneurial in doing this and we want to use this partnership to continue to break the mould,” said Professor Wesley.
“We’ve also spent some time talking to the corporate sector to develop internship opportunities for our students with Australian and Japanese companies to give our students the best opportunity.”
The meeting with Vice Chancellor Nakatani took place at the spectacular Suzaku campus, before the delegation took a trip to the brand new Osaka Ibaraki Campus for a tour of the new facilities that will house ANU students when they embark on the Japanese leg of the dual degree.
As well as Professor Wesley, the delegation that visited RU comprised Professor John Blaxland, Director of the ANU Southeast Asia Institute, and Dr Christopher Hobson, convener of the new dual degree, which will enable students to graduate with a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Affairs from ANU and a Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts from RU.
The meetings with RU were part of a range of meetings and objectives during the trip, aimed at deepening ties with corporate Japan and exploring key issues facing both countries and the broader Asia-Pacific region.
For more information on the new double degree, run by ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and Ritsumeikan University, visit the website.