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APU Virtual Mini University Program

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University International Undergraduate Admissions

APU Virtual Mini University Program

Overview

The application is now CLOSED.

The current pandemic has significantly impacted our plans for the future. The nature of human interactions, from physical contact to socio-economic discourse and activities, is undergoing a significant upheaval. As a student trying to envision a future amidst all these changes, it is natural to have concerns over what you need to learn and how you can make a better future for yourself and future generations.

APU invites you to join us in this series of twelve sessions, where our professors will explore various facets of culture, society and business, and how they affect your world. In addition to having a virtual university experience, you will also be able to communicate and interact with a select group of high school students from around the world and discuss global issues in interactive break-out sessions.

Through this program, we offer you the chance to deepen your multicultural understanding through intercultural communication while traversing through a variety of themes, with the intent that you will be able to enrich society at large. There are many ways to contribute to the global community. How will you do your part?


Basic Information

You may register for as many as 7 sessions, but participation may be limited based on availability.

DATES: Every Saturday from October 24 to December 12, 2020
TIME: 18:00-19:30 Japan Standard Time
The times on the October 24 and December 12 differ from the regular schedule. Check the program details below for the exact times.
PROGRAM FEE: Free of charge
LOCATION: Online (further details will be sent to successful applicants)

PROGRAM DETAILS ▼

More information about the professors for each session can be found here.

Opening Session

    DATE: October 24
    TIME: 18:00-18:30

Session 1

    DATE: October 24
    TIME: 18:30-20:00
    THEME: Management of workforce diversity in global environment
    LECTURER: Professor Hiroaki Saito (APM)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: This session provides insight into how managers today need to be aware of and understand both diversity and cultural differences to effectively manage a global workforce. As this session is highly interactive, participants will be required to proactively engage with the content and in-class activities.

Session 2

    DATE: October 24
    TIME: 18:30-20:00
    THEME: Why is Southeast Asia a region?
    LECTURER: Professor Le Hoang Anh Thu (APS)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: This session explores the reasons behind why countries are grouped into a region, using Southeast Asia as a case study. This session is a part of “Introduction to Area Studies”, a core subject for first-year students of College of Asia Pacific Studies.

Session 3

    DATE: October 31
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: SDGs - background and implementation
    LECTURER: Professor Tomonori Sudo (APS)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. Why did international society decide to establish SDGs as a common goal, and how have they been implemented? In this session, we will discuss how to effectively implement SDGs based on their background as well as the current implementation of SDGs.

Session 4

    DATE: October 31
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: What is management and how can you start your own business?
    LECTURER: Professor Geunhee Lee (APM)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: Designed for those who wish to learn the meaning of management and start their own businesses, this session will cover fundamental knowledge and explore what it really means to run a business.

Session 5

    DATE: November 7
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: The United States, Japan, and Security and Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific
    LECTURER: Professor Yoichiro Sato (APS)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: The upcoming U.S. presidential election in November 2020 will decide whether President Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, will lead the country for the next four years. At the same time, the U.S. geopolitical rivalry against China that Trump has unleashed will likely carry its momentum into the next U.S. government, regardless of who leads it. Throughout all this, the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has cultivated a close partnership with Trump and the United States. Their partnership has been the foundation of the growing Indo-Pacific strategic cooperation. To explore the connections among these issues, in this session, Professor Sato will pre-assign a reading, solicit pre-submitted questions, give a short lecture with focuses on the submitted questions, and break out the session into small-group discussions (led by a teaching assistant) among the students.

Session 6

    DATE: November 7
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: Tourism: Development or De-development?
    LECTURER: Professor Bui Thanh Huong (APS)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: The session will open a discussion on the role of tourism before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Until the end of 2019, tourism has been considered one of the world’s largest industries in terms of the numbers of consumers, the degree of mobility, and the impacts on job and revenue creation. The role of tourism in development has been questioned during the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, with implemented travel restrictions on both domestic and international borders suspending almost an entire industry. In the meantime, this has triggered numerous debates on the role of tourism in development. Counter arguments on de-growth tourism have emerged, and the future of the tourism industry after the pandemic remains in question.

Session 7

    DATE: November 14
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: Beginner-Level Japanese
    NOTE: This session will have the same contents as Session 8. Please register for one of the two.
    LECTURER: Ms. Reiko Tochihara (CLE)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: This session will introduce participants to the Japanese language through greetings, self-introductions, and haiku, a type of Japanese poetry. Through composing haiku, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their encounters with literature and the concept of the seasons. This activity aims to promote understanding of different ways of thinking through sharing experiences with poetry.

Session 8

    DATE: November 21
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: Beginner-Level Japanese
    NOTE: This session will have the same contents as Session 7. Please register for one of the two.
    LECTURER: Ms. Hanae Yatsuda (CLE)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: This session will introduce participants to the Japanese language through greetings, self-introductions, and haiku, a type of Japanese poetry. Through composing haiku, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their encounters with literature and the concept of the seasons. This activity aims to promote understanding of different ways of thinking through sharing experiences with poetry.

Session 9

    DATE: November 28
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: Invisible sceneries and the links with our lives
    LECTURER: Professor Hiromi Yamashita (APS)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: Are you aware that environments which we would normally regard as unattractive, have deep and profound connections with our lives? In this session, we will explore one such environment, discover its relevance to contemporary life, and discuss ways to communicate that importance with the wider public.

Session 10

    DATE: December 5
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: International law and its impact on our everyday life
    LECTURER: Professor Miharu Hirano (APS)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: International law is no longer exclusively used by diplomats and professionals at international organizations; it has become an essential tool for local administrative officials, business people, journalists, and activists, not to mention citizens whose political decisions may have global implications. Let’s spend a few moments to examine our increasingly complicated world through a legal lens.

Session 11

    DATE: December 5
    TIME: 18:00-19:30
    THEME: Diversity and Inclusion: Making Teamwork Work
    LECTURER: Professor Lailani Laynesa Alcantara (APM)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: This session will delve into the concepts of what diversity and inclusion are and how they contribute to successful teamwork. Participants will be encouraged to explore the advantages of working with a diverse group of people and being in a diverse environment.

Session 12

    DATE: December 12
    TIME: 16:00-17:30
    THEME: Leadership decision making in crisis: COVID-19
    LECTURER: Professor Kevin J. Cooney (APS)
    ABOUT THE SESSION: There are many lessons to be learned from both business and political leaders as they lead during a crisis. In this session we will explore the decision-making process of leaders with a focus on leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.

Closing Session

    DATE: December 12
    TIME: 17:30-18:00

CERTIFICATION ▼

If you attend the opening session, the closing session, and two or more sessions of your liking (excluding Beginner-Level Japanese session), you will receive a certificate of completion. You may use the issued certificate as additional proof of extracurricular activity should you choose to apply to APU.

HOW TO APPLY ▼

APPLICATION: Please submit your online application by the deadline below. You can apply by clicking the "Apply Here" button.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2020
RESULT ANNOUNCEMENT: October 9, 2020
Results will show if you have been accepted into the program and the sessions you have been admitted to attend.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be high school students grade 10 or above at the time of this program. Recent high school graduates (3 years or less) are requested to contact APU Admissions Office to confirm eligibility.
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: This program will be conducted entirely in English. We therefore recommend that applicants who are non-native English speakers have a level of English proficiency* equivalent to one of the following:

  •  • IELTS/IELTS Indicator: 6.0 or above
  •  • TOEFL®iBT Test/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 75 or above
  •  • TOEIC L&R Test: 750 or above
  •  • Cambridge English Language Assessment: 169 or above
  •  • PTE Academic: 50 or above
  •  • EIKEN: Grade Pre-1
*Submission of English proficiency test scores is not mandatory. However, if you are not a native English speaker, we highly recommend that you submit your scores (tests taken on or after October 1, 2018) as this will strengthen your application.

INQUIRIES ▼

Contact APU Admissions Office at aceapu@apu.ac.jp with the email subject “2020 APU Virtual Mini University Program”.

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