Creating a future beyond borders : Innovative dual degree program commences in Japan with Ritsumeikan University’s College of Global Liberal Arts

23 April 2019

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Earlier this month students commencing in Japan in the dual-degree program were welcomed by the Ritsumeikan University. The Bell School at ANU has partnered with the College of Global Liberal Arts at RU to offer an innovative dual degree program between the two universities.

This marked the beginning of the semester with 14 students from Japan, South Korea and China commencing the Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts program at Ritsumeikan University. In September they will be joined by another cohort of new dual degree students.

The new students and faculty were welcomed by Tsutomu Kanayama, Dean, College of Global Liberal Arts, and the two ANU staff members based in Osaka - Dr Christopher Hobson, the ANU program convenor; and Ms Satomi Ono, the ANU program administrator. Students enjoyed an orientation session with Dr Hobson and Ms Ono where they learned more about the dual degree and about being a student at ANU.

Students, faculty and admin staff of the new dual degree between RU and ANU

These students will study for a year at Ritsumeikan before commencing ANU courses taught in Japan in their second year, followed by a year of study in Canberra at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. They will return to Japan for their fourth year of studies.

In addition to the students starting at Ritsumeikan, another nine students commenced the dual degree program in Canberra in February 2019. They are now undertaking their first year of studies at ANU, before spending their second and third years studying at Ritsumeikan University in Osaka. They will then return to ANU for their fourth year.

On successful completion, students will receive a Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs from ANU and a Bachelor of Global Liberal Arts from Ritsumeikan University. They will benefit from the unique experience of studying in two countries and two different universities.

A big congratulations to our colleagues at Ritsumeikan University on the founding of the College of Global Liberal Arts, which promises to make a valuable contribution to Japanese higher education and to be an important further step towards Ritsumeikan’s laudable goal of ‘creating a future beyond borders’.

On 24th April our School Director, Professor Toni Erskine, along with our Deputy Director (Education), Associate Professor Bina D’Costa and our School Manager, Christine Sullivan, visited Japan to attend the inauguration ceremony where they presented students commencing in Japan with their official ANU offer letters.

School Director Prof Toni Erskine presenting ANU Offer Letters

Following the ceremony, a special lecture on migration and inequality was delivered to the students.

Deputy Director (Education) Prof Bina D'Costa giving a special lecture on migration and inequality

We wish the new students well as they begin this new challenge, and we look forward to welcoming them to Canberra.

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