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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In Phase 1 of the Project, the team worked to improve the existing curriculum of the SLITHM ,which were outdated due to the domestic conflict that lasted for nearly 26 years, to the international standard.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.

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. 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.