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Scholarly Gateway of Asia: Japans Ritsumeikan University to open innovative Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015


Kyoto, Japan (PRWEB UK) 17 March 2015

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, one of Japan’s top private academic and research institutes, announces the opening of its Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015. The RU Osaka-Ibaraki Campus will be a ‘Gateway of Asia’ for academic excellence and innovative research.

Ritsumeikan University (RU), Kyoto, announces the opening of its Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015. The Campus was designed to be a hub in Asia for education and research in a unique campus-environment specially designed to promote interaction between students, academic staff, entrepreneurs and industrialists, and residents of Ibaraki and surrounding areas.

The Campus is 99,000 square meters and in April 2015 will be home to approximately 6000 students. In 2015 undergraduates will be able to take courses at the College of Business Administration and College of Policy Science and in 2016 courses will be offered at the College of Psychology.

The graduate schools are Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Policy Science, Graduate School of Technology Management, and Graduate School of Management.

The Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus is located in close proximity to major railway stations in the Kansai region of Japan being about 20 minutes from Kyoto, 10 minutes from Osaka, and 60 minutes from Nara.

RU statistics for research funding

1. RU was ranked 3rd for the amount of research funding (1.1 billion Yen) from Grants in Aid for Scientific Research from MEXT in 2014 for private universities.

2. In the same year, RU was ranked 4th in the actual number of grants selected (490) for Grants in Aid for Scientific Research.

3. Over the past five years, RU was 1st in the number of grants selected in the disciplines of Human Geography, Business Management, and Sociology.

4. RU was number one amongst private universities for commissioned research (2.3 billion Yen and 235 commissions) from private industries in 2013.

5. In October 2013 RU was the only private university to be selected out of 190 applications for two trial research bases of the prestigious MEXT ‘Center for Innovation Program (COI STREAM). Although the funding of the trial research base, ‘Developing a Regional Model for “Slow and Local” Innovation in Food and Agricultural Industries” will come to an end at the end of March but an upgraded version of the trial base “Health Innovation to Promote Exercise in Life” (the new name of the project: “Bright Future for All Ages with Health Innovation by Daily Exercise”) will be an on-going project. The funding for the latter base is currently at 19,500,000 Yen.

Unique features of the Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus

1. The design of the campus and approaches to education and research are based on the three concepts of ‘Gateway to Asia’, ‘Urban Co-Creation’, and ‘Regional and Social Collaboration’. The Campus will act as a hub in Asia for international networking and collaborative research.

2. The Campus will house the ‘Ritsumeikan Global Asia Research Organization’ and ‘Ritsumeikan Asia Japan Research Institute’ as part of RU’s plans to establish the Osaka-Ibaraki Campus as a center for RU to conduct research in Asia.

3. Courses such as the “Asia China Business Program” offered by the College of Business Administration will focus on a deeper understanding of issues in management, commerce, and policy making in Asia.

4. For the first time in Japan, the ‘Ibaraki Chamber of Commerce and Industry’ is located inside the RU Osaka-Ibaraki Campus.

5. The whole of the Campus is one mammoth learning space with the ‘Commons’ providing not only private study rooms but also multi-functional open space along the 200m by 18 m concourse, accessible to students, staff, affiliated industrial partners, and members of the local community. .

6. A library with 800,000 books and seats for 1100 people, and a ‘garden library’ on the roof with a lawn and tables.

7. The lecture rooms have glass walls for ‘visible teaching’ and the chairs and tables can be re-arranged to suit the needs of teachers and students.

8. A 1000 seat concert hall for ceremonies and musical events that is open to the members of the local community.

9. The ‘Camping Kitchen’ restaurant with international food for lunch between studies and a special a la carte menu for dinner.

Further information

YouTube video of Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0F250KKTpk&feature=player_embedded

YouTube video of Tabata Protocol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c8alBX7Zro&list=PLjORaP_c5ZY2O_fLzhdsQHqHwxVMfsmWr

Enquires about enrollment on courses, research, industrial collaboration, and careers contact:

Kevin Hsien (Mr.)

Ritsumeikan University, Office of Public Relations

EMAIL: pr-web@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Telephone: 075-813-8146

Postal Address: 1 Nishinokyo-Suzaku-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8520 JAPAN

About Ritsumeikan University

Ritsumeikan University is one of Japan’s foremost private academic institutes for education and research with roots going back to Prince Saionji’s private academy of the same name, established in 1869. It was officially founded in 1900 by his protege, Kojuro Nakagawa, as the Kyoto Hosei Gakko (Kyoto School of Law and Politics), later to take on the name “Ritsumeikan”. The name is derived from a passage in the Jinxin chapter of the Discourses of Mencius, and means “a place to establish one’s destiny through cultivating one’s mind.”

Ritsumeikan has become an integrated academy with a rich culture of individuality and international awareness accommodating a total of 49,000 students. The current Ritsumeikan Academy has campuses in Kyoto, Shiga, Hokkaido, and Oita and encompasses two universities, four high schools, four junior high schools, and one primary school. Ritsumeikan fosters the learning and development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens. Three out of the four Ritsumeikan high schools have been designated by MEXT as Super Science High Schools (SSH). Ritsumeikan High School and Ritsumeikan Uji High School have been selected by MEXT for the Super-Global School Program (SGH). Ritsumeikan Uji High School has been certified as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) school. Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School and Junior High School has been selected by MEXT as the Super Shokuiku (dietary education) School (SSS).

In 2014, both Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University were selected as the designated institutions for the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This project is established to support Japanese universities aiming to elevate comprehensive internationalization, to collaborate with preeminent universities overseas and to reform the universities toward a globalized environment. Both Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University were selected as Leading-Global type (Type B) where both universities look to focus on the promotion of internationalization.

For more information, please visit

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/

Osaka-Ibaraki Campus (Ibaraki, Osaka)

The Osaka-Ibaraki Campus is expected to facilitate collaboration with industry and government institutions, promote the Ritsumeikan Academy’s activities on the frontline of social collaboration and is fully equipped with facilities which can provide an exchange space for general use. The three main concepts are “Asia’s Gateway”, “Urban Co-Creation” and “Regional Cooperation”.







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Shaolin Institute Launches Grand Opening of the New Orleans Shaolin Martial Arts’ Campus


New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) March 13, 2015

Martial arts of China, over 3000 years old, comes to New Orleans with its 1500-year Shaolin tradition at the Grand Opening of the Shaolin martial arts campus in New Orleans at Shaolin Institute on 1995 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119. Along with that Grand Opening, the institute will unveil Kung Fu and Chinese cultural festivities, which includes fire crackers, a lion dance, Kung Fu and Tai Chi exhibitions, and weapons fighting on the street of New Orleans in front of the institute by City Park on March 21 through 22. There will also be a presentation of Zen meditation, woman’s self-defense, and a grand audition for a martial arts TV series—Badlands.

The Grand Opening Programs include but are not limited to the following:

1. Free healthy food

2. Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Lion Dance exhibitions on the street with live music

3. Door prizes to the first 20 sets (e.g., 50, 100, 250 in classes) of participants through the door on opening

    day

4. Free t-shirts, bounce-back coupons

5. A special raffle of a vacation airplane ticket to China

6. Audition for the Badlandsmartial artsTV series

7. Face painting for kids

8. Martial arts classes: Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Tai Gong, Kickboxing, women’s self-defense, nutrition and

     meditation healing and more.

This Shaolin Grand Opening represents a unique cultural collision and harmony between the west and that of the east. Close to 30 years ago, founder and chair of SCF (Shaolin Chan Foundation) and headmaster of Shaolin Institute, Shi Deru, also known as Shawn X. Liu, brought Shaolin Kung Fu, Qi Gong and traditional Tai Chi to the southeastern U.S., opening schools in Atlanta, Mobile, and New Orleans.

He has devoted his life to helping people and is doing so through community outreach efforts like World Tai Chi Day, Asian cultural celebrations, and martial arts performances by his highly acclaimed Shaolin Institute Performance Team.

Grand Master Shi Deru has helped many students overcome life-threatening conditions that did not respond well to conventional therapies. He credits success to the “cosmic conscious Qi”, “mindset” and “live style changes” of his students that comes with the training, practice and mastery of these ancient therapeutic techniques.

People of all ages, fitness levels, and abilities are invited to freely participate in many classes offered during the grand opening such as Qi Gong (“chee-gung”) breathing exercises and basic Tai Chi classes. These ancient arts involve simple, slow, fluid movements that, along with controlled deep breathing, create calmness of mind, body, and spirit. Tai Chi is low-impact, making it an ideal exercise therapy for the elderly, injured, and even disabled individuals (http://www.shaolin-world.net).

Many world renowned instructors and champions who have taught and trained at the institute, including Grand Master Wu Bin, mentor of movie stars Jet Li and Donnie Yen; Shi DeYang, the most famous traditional Kung Fu fighting form master of Shaolin Temple; Chen Zheng Lei, one of the most famous Tai Chi masters of China;Cung Le and Patrick Barry, well-known UFC fighters, the most prominent students of Shaolin Shi DeRu (Shawn Liu Xiangyang).

The institute’s mission is “to enlighten and empower everyone.” This helps each of the students to find his/her self-nature and the greatness within. Just as the institute slogan reads “A healthy body & a healthy mind,” the Shaolin Institute teaches a way of life: one that embraces all educational programs of traditional Shaolin. These traditions developed without limitations and are traced back to more than 5000 years ago in China.

The Institute offers cultural exchange programs: Chan life style, cultural ambassador and Chinese language.The Shaolin Institute inherited over 70 styles of internal and external martial arts as well as mind and body healing programs from the Shaolin Temple much beyond today’s mixed martial arts. (http://www.shaolin-world.net, Email: shaolinnola(at)gmail(dot)com, Phone: (504) 835-1877)