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Rikkyo at a Glance
Rikkyo University is a leading private academic and research university in Japan. Here are a few quick facts.
Established by a missionary in
Rikkyo University has 10 Colleges and 1 degree program (GLAP)
Rikkyo University has 14 Graduate Schools
19,020 undergrads & 1,078 grads （AY2020）
Top Private University in Japan
Ranked the 3rd best private university in Japan
(QS World University Rankings 2020; Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019)
Government-designated Top Global University
(Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
706 degree-seeking international students
47 countries and areas
43 countries and areas
History and Timeline
In 1874, Rikkyo School (precursor to Rikkyo University) was founded by Bishop Channing Moore Williams, a missionary of the Episcopal Church, to teach English and Bible studies. Rikkyo University is now an established top university in Japan, well-known for its academics and sports.
Bishop Channing Moore Williams established a small, private school to teach Bible and English studies in Tsukiji, Tokyo.
The school name changed to Rikkyo University.
Rikkyo University moved to Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
College of Arts, College of Economics and College of Science were established in accordance with the revised accreditation requirements by the former Ministry of Education, Japan.
College of Sociology was established.
College of Law and Politics was established.
Niiza Campus was opened in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture.
College of Tourism and College of Community and Human Services were established.
Graduate School of Business Administration and Graduate School of Social Design Studies were established.
College of Business and College of Contemporary Psychology were established.
College of Intercultural Communication (CIC) was established.
Graduate School of Christian Studies was established.
Center for Japanese Language Education (CJLE) was established for international students.
Selected for the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan.
Global Liberal Arts Program (GLAP) was established.
Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence and Science was established.Back to Explore Further