Prestigious Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University receives AMBA-accreditation and affirms its position in the top 2% of Business Schools globally

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University has officially received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on post-graduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA students and MBA alumni of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University are invited to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 50,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries on a free basis, for networking, thought leadership, career development, and a variety of benefits.

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University is a prestigious university based in Oita, Japan. The MBA programme offered by the university is taught in English and aims to give students a multicultural experience and prepare them for success in international business.

Accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) represents the highest standard of achievement in post-graduate business education. Its rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-calibre programmes which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction achieve Association of MBAs accreditation.

Toshitsugu Otake, Dean of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University’s Graduate School of Management, said, ‘It is an honour and a pleasure to join this exclusive circle and become the second university in Japan to secure AMBA accreditation. This achievement supports all of the efforts by many over the past few years to develop our MBA and demonstrates our programme’s commitment to excellence in graduate education. We are excited to move forward in this partnership and exceed expectations as a leading Business School.’

AMBA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programmes should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education. Its accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation, and demanding Business Schools to perform at the highest level continually.

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (BGA), said, ‘I am delighted to welcome Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University to AMBA’s network. AMBA only accredits programmes from the top 2% of Business Schools globally and it is fitting that Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University joins this elite group.

‘I am looking forward to working with the School and welcoming the current MBA students and MBA alumni to our member community.’

For more information or interviews, please contact:

  • Maryann Miyashiro, Lead Accreditation Coordinator, Office of the President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University –


About Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) located in Beppu, Japan opened its doors in 2000 and was styled as Japan’s first truly international university. The concept underpinning the university’s establishment was the global recruitment of students to enable the creation of a multicultural campus. Entering its twentieth year, APU has welcomed international students from 155 countries and regions and conferred over 18,000 degrees.

The Graduate School of Management at APU offers a world-class education with an emphasis on Japanese business and management as well as a strong foundation in established management techniques and opportunities for independent research. Classes are conducted entirely in English and capitalize on the pre-eminently multicultural environment of APU, giving students the chance to benefit from the experiences of fellow classmates and experts in the field from around the world while learning the skills and sensibilities required for a successful career in the dynamic world of international business.

Find a list of all AMBA accredited Schools here.

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