Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



APM Field Study 'Learning at the Place of Production'

Jan 18, 2008

This Field Study course was held in the fall semester of 2007 for Asia Pacific Management (APM) students with the cooperation of Nissan, Nippon Steel Corporation and Yaskawa Electric Corporation. The program featured a mix of factory visits and discussion sessions.

Field Studies are courses aimed at students in their second year or above which combine on-campus study with off-campus activities. The aim of these courses is to deepen students' understanding of concepts and theory that they cover in regular classes.

Thanks to the cooperation of three of northern Kyushu's largest industries, participants in this field study were able to observe a real production environment in addition to talking with personnel involved in the production process. The program aimed to give students a better understanding of how theories, concepts and analysis in the study of management apply to real-world situations.

The 51 participants (35 Domestic Students, 16 International Students) visited Nissan Cars' Kyushu factory on December 5th, Nippon Steel Corporation's Oita Factory on December 19th, and Yaskawa Electric Corporation on January 16th. They looked around the premises and attended lectures at each location.

Participants displayed considerable enthusiasm when examining the facilities and were very keen to ask questions during the question and answer sessions.

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