Rikkyo University, one of the oldest private universities in Japan, was established in 1874. It is one of the top 6 Universities in Tokyo. The University maintains a tradition of academic freedom, and welcomes students and researchers from all backgrounds and with diverse views. Since Rikkyo's founding, it has emphasized liberal arts education and a global perspective, educating the whole student to help them develop the skills and talents to contribute to society. It is the largest Anglican Christian affiliated university in Japan. Rikkyo has been selected by the Japanese government as a "Top Global University Project," granting the University increased funding to expand its international compatability and internationalization.