Ritsumeikan University to Move Headquarters

The new law school
New location at Nijo Station, Kyoto to open next fall

Ritsumeikan University announced on March 24 that it would build a new building Southeast of JR’s Nijo Station in Chuo-ku, Kyoto, moving its headquarters operations and law school there from the Kinugasa campus (in Kita-ku). It will begin construction today and plans to finish by September 2006.

The new building will have one basement floor and 7 above-ground floors. The lot area is 8118 square meters, and the groos floor area is 27147 square meters. The land will be purchase from the Japan Post Private Company. Total construction costs, including land costs, will come to 1 billion yen. The building, when completed, will be used by 700 teachers and students.

Nijo Station

In addition to the headquarters operations and law school, facilities for the Business Management Section, which trains business school masters students and certified public accountants, and the “University Administrator Development Graduate School” which develops university management specialists, will also move into the new building. All of these schools concentrate on working adults, so the move near JR Nijo, which is also accesible to the City Subway, takes into consideration those commuting to class.

Besides its Kinugasa campus, Ritsumeikan also has a campus in Kusatsu, Shiga, making the Nijo building the university’s third campus.

: Kinugasa was always a pain in the ass to get to, but that’s what made me the fit individual I am today, so I’m not complaining.

4 thoughts on “Ritsumeikan University to Move Headquarters”

  1. I think I actually know where they’re building it. Does anyone else remember that massive empty lot across from the station?

  2. Man I just revisited this post after a year – what bad translation! It’s JAPAN POST PUBLIC CORPORATION!!!!

  3. Ritsumeikan is building fine buildings and expanding like a supernova while at the same time it treats its teachers and staff workers as disposable objects. Half of its employees work on contract. When their time is up, no matter how great their contribution, it’s hasta la vista, baby.

    And every year hundreds of full-time employees at Ritsumeikan University are fired. In order to be employed at Ritsumeikan, they are compelled to sign one-year contracts. The university imposes an arbitrary limit on the number of renewals (3, 4, or 5 years).

    This “disposable” system of employment has a grave impact on employees’ lives and also seriously affects the quality of education at Ritsumeikan. Moreover, this practice represents a systemic abuse of human rights and students’ rights to excellence of education.

    It can afford big shiny buildings, not those who disseminate knowledge? What kind of priorities are these?

    If you think people and knowledge are more important than PR, image, and big fuck-off buildings, sign the petition and support human recycling at Rits now.

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