Located in southwest Japan in the city of Beppu, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) was founded in April 2000 with the goal of becoming a leader in the internationalization of higher education in Japan. Nearly half of the university's faculty and students are from outside of Japan, representing nearly 90 countries and regions from throughout Asia and around the world. Drawing on the strength provided by this diversity, APU's business programs offer students the opportunity to learn from experienced faculty while developing communication and negotiation skills as they interact with other students of many different backgrounds. APU's undergraduate College of International Management offers four areas of study in order to develop students with the skills and acumen necessary to enter the world of business: Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management and Organization, and Innovation and Economics. The Graduate School of Management takes a case method approach focused on Japanese business and management, with a strong foundation in established management practices and opportunities for research. Like the undergraduate program, the graduate school also offers four specializations: Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Management, Innovation and Operations Management, and Japanese Management.