Japan, Undergraduate Marketing and Sales Management
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
The selling point about my university is that is one of a few universities which offer English course and the environment where you can meet people from more than 80 nationalities. Along with this uniqueness, all the knowledge is based on multidimensioned viewpoints. Teachers are really opened for discussion and motivating students to explore and try out new things as the motto "Shape your world" of my university.
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There are varied types of activities and clubs to stimulate the multicultural spirit. The campus is like an experiment ground for you to try out all of your pop-up ideas.
It needs to find a focus. At present it is neither focused on the students nor on the faculty but seems to be focused on the administration. It needs to focus on its customers/students, improve the curriculum and the level of the instructors, support graduate students more and be far more open and conducive to change than it is.
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During my experience abroad, I ... (1) Never – (4) A lot
Pros: global environment. Easy to enter. Easy classes. Passive and kind easy A professors. Supportive admissions office. Situated in a good place, nice city.
Cons: If unlucky you will meet an egoistical professor that does not evaluate students properly. Majority of professors are bad in English. Professors don't give proper research advice. They don't evaluate properly the students and would just give easy A. This institution have passive, apathetic, and mediocre professors. You also have a lot of old traditional and close minded professors here, unable to change and cope with the changing times both in their lectures and in their classroom management. It collects students from all over the world disregarding quality, thus pulling all other students down. Students are too many in a class. An undergraduate will have 250 students in one lecture class, in MA it can have 20-50 in some required lectures. Courses are limited. They tell you you can choose, but because they have limited offerings you can really just get those available at a time. Some that are crucial to your research may never be offered during your stay. Their reason? "NO PROFESSOR" to teach the course. Other students who have poor researches can pass. Others will have their thesis downgraded to a research paper but will still get the same degree as those who with thesis (so no distinction). It's a waste of time and money to go to this school. The standard is just too low.
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Living area, cheap living abroad, easy degree
Useless less impact degree, apathetic Professors, little research support, unfair evaluations
Address: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, 1-1 Jumonjibaru, Beppu, Oita 874-8577, Japan
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