Japan (JP)
21 Jul 2017
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20 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (hereinafter, "APU") in Beppu, Japan, is seeking to appoint our next President from January 1st, 2018. The term of the current President will end on December 31st, 2017. 


APU was opened in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture in April of 2000 with the cooperation of the local community and a wide range of people within Japan and overseas under the principles of "freedom, peace, and humanity", "international mutual understanding", and the "future shape of the Asia Pacific region." Currently, about half of the 6,000 students originate from roughly 90 countries and regions, and half of the faculty members are also foreign nationals. Internationally, APU has developed into an extremely unique global university.

APU has currently adopted the APU2030 Vision, was accepted to the Japanese Ministry of Education's Top Global University Project, received AACSB accreditation, and is steadily executing the second half of the APU2020 Plan.

The Ritsumeikan Trust is a comprehensive academy which includes APU and Ritsumeikan University, four affiliated junior and senior high schools, and one primary school. The President of APU is also a member of the Board of Trustees, which is the Trust's highest decision-making body and consists of 41 trustees. The President of APU also serves as a Vice-Chancellor (in charge of APU), and is one of the four Vice-Chancellors who assist the Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Academy and the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. The Chancellor and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees are involved in the selection of the President of APU, and will recommend a candidate nominated by the APU Presidential Candidate Selection Committee to the Board of Trustees for appointment as a Vice-Chancellor and President of APU. Reappointment is possible via the same process. 

Duties of the President

  1. The next President of APU/Vice-Chancellor (in charge of APU) will serve for a three-year period from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2020. 
  2. The President of APU will appoint the APU Vice-presidents, Deans, and primary executives within APU.
  3. The President of APU will preside over matters pertaining to academic affairs as well as the administration of APU.
  4. As a Vice-Chancellor (in charge of APU) and trustee, the President will assist with the administration of the Trust.

Roles of the President

  1. Clearly communicate APU's vision and mission to various stakeholders including the students, faculty and staff, alumni, parental guardians, community, companies, and organizations.
  2. Set forth the guiding principles to improve the level of APU's education and research.
  3. Display the leadership needed to attract outstanding students, faculty, and staff from around the world.
  4. Expand and strengthen the APU network encompassing a broad range of stakeholders within and outside of Japan.
  5. Ensure the stable fiscal management of APU by carrying out 1 to 4 above.
  6. Promote the smooth management of the university by communicating with the students, faculty and staff, and executives to empower them.


  1. A PhD or an equivalent record of academic achievement and experience.
  2. Advanced language skills in English and Japanese are preferable.
  3. A certain number of years of administrative experience at a Japanese university, overseas university, or other large organization is preferable.
  4. Deep understanding of the spirit behind the founding of APU, its history and various projects as well as the desire to contribute to APU's development.
  5. Experience in an employment environment where a deep appreciation of cultural diversity is required.

Benefits and Remuneration

  1. Benefits and remuneration for the President of APU will be determined in accordance with the various rules and regulations of the Ritsumeikan Trust. Benefits include executive remuneration, a commuting allowance, housing allowance (or housing subsidy), moving travel expenses, moving allowance, individual research funds, bonuses, and retirement benefits. A social insurance policy will also be applied.
  2. The APU President must be completely devoted to his or her duties at APU and may not hold full-time positions at other universities or companies. However, positions such as a visiting professor are allowed. There is possibility that restrictions may apply if the candidate serves as a board member of companies that have a relationship with APU, in accordance with APU Regulations for Conflict of Interest. If such cases arise, the candidate should consult with the APU Administration Office.

Application Procedures

Please send the following documents by post or by e-mail to the address indicated.

  1. For personal applications
    1. Cover letter,
    2. Curriculum Vitae,
    3. Personal statement / Letter of intent (In either English or Japanese, typed horizontally on one sheet of A4 paper),
    4. Recommendation letter (open format) or reference if available 
  2. For recommendations
    1. Cover letter,
    2. Letter of recommendation designated by APU (testimonials from up to five recommenders) * In the case of a recommendation, the potential candidate's interest in applying will be confirmed after the document screening.
  3. Other
    1. Please clearly state the level of English and Japanese ability in the cover letter for both personal applications and recommendations.
    2. Additional documents may be requested as the selection process advances.
    3. Application Deadline: August 31, 2017 for both personal application and recommendation

Submission of Applications and Contact Information
Applications should be sent to:
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 
Administration Office (Attn: Ms. ANAMI, Mr. KITAMURA)
1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577
E-mail: apuadmin@apu.ac.jp

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