These one-time events and activities are organized and conducted entirely by student groups. Student groups can be approved if their event plans have significance, are sate, and follow the rules of the University. These groups can use the University's facilities and equipment, and promote their activities on campus. While they have flexibility when planning and implementing their events, the University will provide no financial support. Applications for this project type are accepted throughout the year.
Selected Projects Type are projects that take six months to a year to complete their missions. The selected groups will make steady progress in fulfilling their goals, while receiving feedback and trainings from the Student Office periodically. The support is aimed to develop students' growth as well as event planning and administration skills that are required by working professionals. The projects which have APU's key goals for student activities can apply for this type. A special Project B "APU 20th Anniversary Project" category has been created for AY2020 in honor of APU's 20th anniversary.
The AY2019 “Linking Studies and Student Life – APU Campus Development Project” was a Type C project initiated by the University to examine campus renovations in light of the establishment of a new undergraduate college. The students involved in the project were tasked with thinking about the improvements they would like to see made to the campus from the student perspective and presenting those ideas to the University at the end of the project. The 9 student members toured Ritsumeikan University’s Biwako-Kusatsu Campus (BKC) and Osaka Ibaraki Campus (OIC) for inspiration on the features that make a campus comfortable, functional, and attractive to students. Over the next few weeks of discussion and group work, the members summarized their ideas in a final presentation to University executives.
The visit to two other Ritsumeikan University campuses was successful in stimulating ideas on the types of on-campus spaces students want.
The final presentation was well attended by faculty, staff, and construction company representatives.
Project members after the final presentation with their proposed design plans.