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.
Upcycle is a student organization that aims to tackle Indonesia’s environmental issues by providing environmental education to raise awareness in Indonesia’s schools about trash separation and recycling.
Create a world without the need for the word “refugee”
In the academic year 2020, "Creating a World without the Word Refugee" was selected as one of the student awards given by Ritsumeikan Educational Corporation to students who are active in the field of extracurricular voluntary activities.<br>Since 2018, "Create a World Without the Need for the Word 'Refugee'" has sponsored an annual refugee photo exhibition at APU. Our goal in holding this event is to create a place to think together with many people in the same space on an ongoing basis about refugee issues, which are complicated and difficult to understand. This year, due to the impact of the novel coronavirus, the exhibition will be held online, and we will add events on a larger scale to work with people from Japan and around the world to solve the refugee problem.<br>In the academic year 2020, "Creating a World without the Word Refugee" was selected as one of the student awards given by Ritsumeikan Educational Corporation to students who are active in the field of extracurricular voluntary activities.
Established in 2008, SAS (Student Activity Station) has held activities on an ongoing basis to promote interaction between APU students and local residents. In 2019, the organization won the Prime Minister's "Youth of the Year who are Creating the Future" Award.<br>In 2020, SAS volunteers took advantage of APU's 20th Anniversary to launch the "BEYOND SAS" Project, and are planning online activities for interacting with local residents that can be held even during the pandemic.
With the vision of “making our experiences and time as students richer and more interesting” in mind, “youth_since2019” presents diverse ideas from the student perspective by leveraging the attributes of each of its members. At first glance, it may seem as though their individual activities are unrelated because of how different they are, but “youth_since2019” would not be possible if any one of its members were missing. On the contrary, the fact that each of them has their own specialized field that makes it possible for “youth_since2019” to come up with such diverse ideas. As one of AY2020’s Type B: Selected Projects, “youth_since2019” plans to release an online drama set in Beppu depicting a realistic story of young people. This drama is meant to convey the charm of the city to young people around the world.
“=” (Equal) is a student organization established with the aim of creating a society capable of respecting individuals without slotting them into separate “masculine” or “feminine” categories. As the initial step in its activities, the organization is presently endeavoring to spread the concept “Feminism is for everybody” throughout the APU campus.<br>In order to gain an understanding of the current situation on campus, Equal administered a questionnaire regarding gender awareness to current students, faculty and staff members, and alumni between July and August 2020. During that time, 153 responses were submitted. An example of a question on the questionnaire is: “Has your home country achieved gender equality?” Seventy-six percent of respondents answered “Somewhat disagree” or “Disagree.” This clearly demonstrates that inequality remains in the countries/regions of origin of APU students today, and this shapes their background.
APU 20th Anniversary Project Development Deeds Organization
Development Deeds Organization (DDO) is a student organization seeking to help people in the mountainous areas of Nepal—where it has become difficult to earn a stable income due to the COVID-19 pandemic—by effectively utilizing bamboo that can be cheaply sourced locally. More specifically, the organization installs vinyl greenhouses with the use of bamboo, and plans workshops to teach production techniques for products like bamboo charcoal, bamboo vinegar and bamboo handicrafts. The goal of DDO is to connect its efforts developing specialty goods utilizing local resources to the stabilization of agricultural earnings and regional vitalization.
Paradisi is a Project B at APU that aims to advocate sustainability and promote a healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyle. Due to the COVID-19 situation, many of their intended activities have been compromised, but the members of Paradisi did not want to let that hinder their goals, so they took it upon themselves to make the best of the situation and shift to a more online approach. <br>As of now, they are actively posting content on their Instagram account (@paradisi_apu) that ranges from information regarding sustainability to in-home gardening tips.
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.