Commissioned Programs

COSMO-ADOC-RITSUMEIKAN
Japanese Language Program *COSMO=Cosmo Energy Exploration & Production Co., Ltd.
*ADOC=Abu Dhabi Oil Co., Ltd.

COSMO-ADOC-RITSUMEIKAN Japanese Language Teaching Program

Background

In 2005, HH Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, requested Mr. Keiichiro Okabe, then chairman of the Cosmo Oil Co. Ltd (COSMO), to carry out Japanese language education for local schools in Abu Dhabi in order to further build friendship and partnership with Japan. Acting on the request of the Crown Prince, the Cosmo Oil Group sent off two Japanese language teachers to a local primary school in Abu Dhabi and conducted Japanese language education program over the period of three years from 2007 to 2009. The Cosmo Oil Group then asked the Ritsumeikan Academy, which had been collaborating since the establishment of the Asia Pacific University (APU), to act as an Educational Advisor in implementing Japanese Language Program at a higher education level in April 2010. To expand the educational cooperation with UAE to a higher education level, the Ritsumeikan Trust signed the cooperation agreement with Cosmo Oil Company Limited and “Agreement for Japanese Language Cooperation Program” on March 11, 2011.

Subsequently, the memorandum of “Cosmo-ADOC-Ritsumeikan Japanese Language Program” was signed among Cosmo Oil Company, Abu Dhabi Oil Company, Applied Technology High School and the Ritsumeikan Trust on May 22, 2011 and the program has started as an extracurricular subject since September 2011.
As of October 1, 2015, Japanese Language Teaching Program, was succeeded to by, Cosmo Energy Exploration & Production Co., Ltd.

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Program Overview

With the aim to "create an academic institution open to international society" addressed under the Ritsumeikan Charter, Ritsumeikan has been conducting a variety of projects for human resource development to strengthen the relationship with Middle Eastern countries in cooperation with other countries and industry. The details of our projects are as follows (the programs have been carried out with the support from COSMO and ADOC):

<The Japanese Language Education Program conducted in ATHS is coordinated by the Ritsumeikan Trust>
We provide:
Advice on recruitment of Japanese language teachers sent to UAE
Coaching the Japanese language teachers
Curriculum development, design, and supervision
Designing and preparation of class materials
Advice on class management etc...

Scheme Scheme
Past Record
  • June 2011Two teachers were assigned to teach Japanese at ATHS
  • September 2011Registration for the first term program (male 20, female 19)
  • July 2012Summer Camp at Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School(male 14, female 7)
  • September 2012Registration for the second term program (male 20, female 20)
  • February 2013A new teacher was assigned to teach Japanese at ATHS
  • September 2013Summer Camp at Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School (male 6, female 8)
  • August - September 2014Summer Camp at Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School (male 9, female 6)
  • September 2014Registration for the fourth term program (male 20, female 20)
  • July 2015Summer School at Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School (male 12, female 9)
  • July 2016Summer School at Ritsumeikan Uji Senior High School (male 8, female 12)
Number of students enrolled in the Japanese language program(As of 24 August)

G10 G11 G12
First Term
(2012-2014)
Male 17 15 15
Female
12 7 5
Second Term
(2013-2015)
Male
7 5 5
Female
15 10 10
Third Term
(2014-2016)
Male
10 9
Female
8 6
Fourth Term
(2015-2017)
Male
13

Female
12

※ Maximum number of students for enrolment:Total 40 (male 20, female 20 at the beginning of G10)

Other collaborations with Abu Dhabi
  • In June 2014, two UAE students from the Japanese School in Abu Dhabi (Primary School) and their parents came to Japan and visited Ritsumeikan Primary School, Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School, and Ritsumeikan University BKC campus.
  • In October 2015, two UAE students from the Japanese School in Abu Dhabi (Primary School) and their parents came to Japan and visited Ritsumeikan Primary School, and Ritsumeikan Uji Junior and Senior High School.