12. 02, 2013

The textbooks for the Sri Lanka Tourism Resources Improvement Project Human Resources Development Program are here!

Background of the Project
The Ritsumeikan Trust was commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka and conducted "Tourism Resources Improvement Project, TRIP" with JICA ODA loans from March 2011 till March 2013. The major textbooks which were developed for this project are now all printed and organized in the box for storage and easy reference.

The aim of the TRIP project was to improve income level and alleviate poverty in Sri Lanka by increasing the number of tourists from overseas, especially from East Asia including Japan.

We engaged in education, training and curriculum development for tourism industry, and improvement of the quality of education at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), an institute specializing in Tourism and Hotel Management.

Activities of Phase 1
In Phase 1 of the Project, the team worked to improve the existing curriculum of the SLITHM ,which were outdated due to the domestic conflict that lasted for nearly 26 years, to the international standard. The team started developing firstly the curricula, instructor's manual andstudent handbooks for the major 11 areas from scratch.

At the same time, training programs were conducted for both the trainers of SLITHM and those who are engaged in the tourism industry in Sri Lanka. The programs counted total 11 areas such as Tourism Management, Food and Beverage Operation, Tour Guiding and, on top of them, Japanese Culture, Hospitality Management, and Japanese Cuisine which were particularly requested by the Ministry in order to receive and host Japanese tourists.

In addition, we provided advices on the tourism policies such as implementation of local tourism development, tourism information system and so on.

Discussion with SLITHM management

Meeting with Sri Lankan Government Officials

Ritsumeikan team with SLITHM management at the Scoping Study (March, '11).

The expert giving a speech at the Forum on Community Based Tourism

A set of Instructor Manual and Student Handbook

Implementation Manuals for community Based Tourism and One Village One Product

Activities of Phase 2
As phase 2 activities, we prioritized in establishing the system to maintain and utilize the developed materials. Concretely, we gave support in; organizational supervisions, gap analysis based on the UNWTO certification, developing National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) standards, supporting the acquisition of certification, and establishment of main divisions at SLITHM (Curriculum Development Unit, Career guidance and Counseling Unit, Quality Assurance Unit).

Ritsumeikan administrative staff and SLITHM faculty members in Career Guidance Unit Set-up workshop

Press conference held at SLITHM

Our continuous communication and support in wide range of fields have built a strong relationship between SLITHM, Ministry of Economic Development and Ritsumeikan Trust. As the project proceeded, more SLITHM faculty members were positively engaged in addressing problems and presenting improvement plans.

Yet the TRIP project has been completed for now, the Ritsumeikan Trust is willing to contribute to the development of Sri Lanka through the promotion of the tourism industries and variety of research activities.

11. 27, 2013

3-Day Workshop on Cross-sectional cooperation between faculty and administrative staff held at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)

Ritsumeikan held a 3-day workshop on Cross-sectional cooperation between faculty and administrative staff at E-JUST in Alexandria, Egypt, for three days from November 24th to November 26th.

E-JUST opened in Alexandria in February 2010 under the support of JICA Technical Cooperation project. So far E-JUST has received about 150 postgraduate students in 8 engineering fields and implemented Japanese style engineering education, such as small class teaching and laboratory based learning. A new engineering undergraduate course will be offered at E-JUST in 2016. In order to solve issues related to the establishment of the new course, Ritsumeikan decided to hold a workshop to promote cross-sectional cooperation between faculty and administrative staff in Egypt.

On the 24th, the first day of the workshop, the Top Management Seminar was held. In the seminar, Prof. Monte Cassim, Special Aide to the Chancellor and former President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, gave a lecture on the roles of top management at the university. Participants discussed challenges top management faces in organizational management and developed ideas for mid to long-term human resource development.

Research institute where the E-JUST temporary school building is located

Lecture on the roles of faculty and administrative staff by Prof. Monte Cassim, Special Aide to the Chancellor

On the 25th and 26th, sessions on three themes - admission policy, university community shops and PR strategy - were held. Prior to the workshops in Egypt, faculty and administrative staff members had worked together in mixed teams in choosing the themes of the workshop and completing action plans. The aim was to spread the idea of cross- sectional cooperation between faculty and administrative staff among the whole E-JUST organization through this process.

E-JUST staff engaging in the session on community shops

This workshop was the first opportunity for all the faculty and administrative staff to get together and to discuss in order to reach the same goal. Staff members across different job titles and sections engaged in heated debate during group work on the 25th. On the last day of the workshop, all the participants, nearly 60 people, were awarded certificates of completion.

Ritsumeikan implemented two-week university management and administration training programs for ten executive and middle-level administrative staff members twice, in July 2012 and in February 2013 respectively. This was the first attempt to hold such workshops in Egypt.

Ritsumeikan Trust recognizes international cooperation that contributes to the progress of international society as the role educational institutes should play in the 21st century. It considers international cooperation projects as one of the most important pillars of the Ritsumeikan Academy.

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11. 19, 2013

High School students from Delhi Public School Bangalore South visits Ritsumeikan University

On the 12th November, 2013, 8 high school students from Delhi Public School (DPS) Bangalore South visited Ritsumeikan University Kinugasa Campus. Ritsumeikan India Office received a request from Ms. Syeda, a Japanese Language teacher at DPS to visit Ritsumeikan.

As they were considering to study in Japanese universities in the future, they observed 3 classes from the Global Studies (GS) courses, which were Comprehensive Japanese, Peace Museum Seminar, and Global Environmental Issues. They received warm welcome in each class, and experienced university lectures.

After observing lectures, they had lunch at the cafeteria with 4 volunteer Japanese students. Ever since the group arrived in Japan, they had been eating mainly at Indian restaurants. The seemed to be quite interested in the school cafeteria and enjoyed the carefully selected dishes as well as the fun conversation they had with Japanese students over lunch.

We are very pleased to see Ritsumeikan being acknowledged by more people in other countries through our overseas offices, and they actually visit us in Japan. We will proactively keep transmitting our value to the world through such activities.

Observing the lecture of Comprehensive Japanese

Being introduced to the class at Peace Museum Seminar

Choosing the dishes carefully

Lunch with Japanese university students

Lunch with Japanese university students

Photo shoot in front of the symbolic clock tower of Zonshinkan Hall

11. 07, 2013

The teachers from Don Muang Disctict, Bankok, visited Ritsumeikan University

27 teachers from Dong Muang District in Bangok, Thailand, visited Ritsumeikan University on 1st November, 2013. Dr. Mikio Yoshida, a specialist of the Thai Labour Law from School of Law, welcomed them at
Matsumoto Memorial Hall Jury Room and gave an introduction of Ritsumeikan. He also talked about
problems Japanese universities are facing such as declining youth population and what out strategy is.

After that, 2 Thai students who are currently studying at Ritsumeikan University talked about their experience of studying and living in Kyoto. Many people were interested in knowing more about studying in Japan,
and there were many question from how to get a scholarship to how much their living cost was.

We hope to have more opportunities to welcome guests from all around the world at Ritsumeikan
to promote our universities/schools, and also to encourage more people to come and study in Japan.

Taking a commemorative photo with Dr. Yoshida

10. 24, 2013

Ritsumeikan’s Special University Administration Training for the Shenyang University of Technology

From September 29th to October 12th, Ritsumeikan University held a University Administration Training Program at Ritsumeikan’s various campuses, in Yamanashi prefecture and in Tokyo. This program was a ‘Special Training Program for Administrators from Chinese Universities” that has been carried out since 2004 as part of the “Human resource development program for the inland China” ODA loans. So far Ritsumeikan University has received 930 participants. In this 37th training program, the university received another 19 teaching staff members from the Shenyang University of Technology.

 The Opening Ceremony was held at the Soushikan conference hall, Kinugasa Campus, on September 30th. The ceremony began with opening remarks from Ritsumeikan’s Vice Chancellor Hirofumi Ogi, followed by an enthusiastic speech from Dr. Yang Junyou, Professor of the College of Electrical Engineering, Shenyang University of Technology and the leader of the delegation. During the two-week training period, participants attended various lectures related to university management and administration. The themes of the lectures included Higher Education in Japan, teaching policy, finance and Human Resources. At each lecture, participants exchanged their opinions and engaged in discussion.

On October 8th, participants visited Dr. Ryuta Ozawa’s manipulation laboratory at the College of Science and Engineering at the Biwako Kusatsu Campus. Dr. Ozawa explained his research to the participants while demonstrating the movements of the robot.

Visiting Dr Ozawa's laboratory at BKC

On the last day of the program, a Report Session was held to sum up the two-week training program at Ritsumeikan’s Tokyo campus. During the Report Session, participants were divided into four groups and each group made presentations on themes such as university globalization, industry-university cooperation, university teaching policy and the student support system. As commentators, Dr Kenji Hattori, Ritsumeikan’s Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr Yuji Jido, Emeritus Professor and Masaharu Imamura, Managing Director of Division of International Affairs, encouraged the participants by giving feedback to each presentation and answering their questions. Participants from the Shenyang University of Technology are expected to promote university reforms and improve university management skills once they return home.

Fieldwork to Houses of Parliament

At Report Session

Ritsumeikan Trust recognizes international cooperation that contributes to the progress of international society as the role educational institutes should play in the 21st century, and considers international cooperation projects as one of the most important pillars of the Ritsumeikan Academy.

10. 24, 2013

Best Selling Author of "What on Earth Happened" Visits Ritsumeikan

On September 27th and 28th, Mr. Christopher Lloyd, an author of the best selling book “What on Earth Happened,” gave special lectures at Ritsumeikan University and the Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior High School.

Initially, Ritsumeikan UK office staff invited Mr.Lloyd to give a special lecture at Ritsumeikan when she met him in London, and this grand project came true with the great collaboration with the College of Social Sciences, Media & Society Major and Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior High School.

Ritsumeikan UK Office organizes a year-round programme of events to support on building bridges between UK and Ritsumeikan.

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10. 11, 2013

Blogs of Ritsumeikan overseas offices are open now!

Ritsumeikan University has overseas offices in London, UK, and New Delhi, India.
We opened blogs of each overseas office in order to release our activities widely.
Our local staff will deliver lively information regularly, so please visit us once in a while!

Ritsumeikan UK Office Blog

Ritsumeikan India Office Blog

10. 04, 2013

Applied Technology High School Abu Dhabi (ATHS) Short-term Study Program Report

Ritsumeikan Trust has been carrying out the Japanese Language Education Program at the Applied Technology High School Abu Dhabi (ATHS) since September 2011 in collaboration with Cosmo Oil Co. Ltd (COSMO) and Abu Dhabi Oil Company (ADOC). As a part of the program, 14 high school students from ATHS came to join the 12 day Study Program at Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School from 29 August until 9 September 2013.

It didn’t take long at all for ATHS students to make new friends. They received a warm welcome with performances by the cheerleading club and the brass band club at the Opening Ceremony of the program at Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School. From the next day, they joined classes and after school club activities as well as doing cultural experience with Japanese students. They also enjoyed the company of Japanese students living in the school dormitory where they also stayed during the program and made really good friends.

They got on well so quickly

At Ritsumeikan University Biwako Kusatsu Campus, they visited Dr. Shugen Ma’s Laboratory at the College of Science & Engineering and learned about the latest research on Biomimetic Intelligent Mechatronics. They also visited Shimadzu Corporation and learned about their medical systems and analytical & measuring instruments.

Looking at the interesting robots

Outside school, they fully enjoyed Kyoto from staying at Utano Youth Hostel and trying Yuzen dyeing, dressing up in Maiko costume, going on the boat ride on Hozu River, visiting Toei Kyoto Studio Park, sightseeing in Kinkakuji temple and shopping in Shijo area. They all enjoyed and loved the culture and environment (including the rain) which were very different from Abu Dhabi.

Yuzen dyeing experience at Utano Youth Hostel

The program’s Closing Ceremony was a very memorable one with many special guests from the relevant companies and organizations including Mrs. Abe, the wife of the Japanese Prime Minister, who has visited ATHS in May and had a chat with the girls who were studying Japanese. The girls who were reunited with Mrs. Abe told her their impression and fun memories in Japan when Mrs. Abe asked about their experience.

Giving a presentation in Japanese

After the Closing Ceremony, the students living in the school dormitory organized a special farewell party for ATHS students in the evening. They all love the delicious food including Japanese delicacies, games, dance and especially the fireworks at the end. They all wished the program didn’t end so soon.

It is no doubt that this program has encouraged ATHS students to study Japanese even harder. We are looking forward to seeing their hard work and hoping that one day they would become the bridge between Japan and Abu Dhabi.

At the Closing Ceremony

You can read more about COSMO-ADOC RITSUMEIKAN Japanese Language Teaching Program here.

09. 13, 2013

Our new website of International Cooperation and Contribution is released now.

Our new website of International Cooperation and Contribution is released now.