Work place: Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan

E-mail: dpishva@apu.ac.jp


Research Interests: Information Security, Information Systems, Information Retrieval, Information-Theoretic Security


Dr. Pishva Davar is a professor in ICT at the College of Asia Pacific Studies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. He presently serves as the Dean of both College and Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and has been actively promoting adoption of innovative approaches to education. In teaching, he has been focusing on information security, technology management and carries out his lectures in an applied manner. In research, his current interests include biometrics, environmentally sound and ICT enhanced technologies and e-learning. Dr. Pishva received his PhD degree in System Engineering from Mie University, Japan. He is Secretary General of IAAPS (International Association for Asia Pacific Studies), Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of IEICE (Institute of Electronics Information & Communication Engineers), IAAPS and University & College Management Association.

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Adoption of Innovative Education Strategies to the Needs of the Time: A Case Study of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijmecs.2013.01.01, Pub. Date: 8 Jan. 2013

In our modern era of Internet, mobile and digital information technology, adoption of innovative education strategies to the needs of the time is quite important particularly at private educational institutions which cater to economically affluent students who are becoming picky and often more interested in their distractions than in their studies. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) which was established in the year 2000 with an aim of becoming a hub for shaping the future of Asia-Pacific region by creating world class leaders in science, management, and economics through a bilingual curriculum, international under-standing, promotion of freedom, peace, humanity, and sensitiveness to the needs of the time, has integrated multimodal approach towards enhancing the quality of teaching and learning, and provides a total student support and care system. As a millennium university, it is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms and tries to enhance its educational endeavors through proper use and efficient adaptation of educational technologies into its teaching pedagogies. However, due to being a private university and charging handsome tuitions fees, it has been attracting some of the most affluent students onto the campus, many of whom are often more interested in their distractions than in their studies. The decline in youth population and the economic slowdown in Japan have also adversely affected the quality of incoming students. This paper attempts to explain how APU tries to assure quality of their graduates despite the abovementioned problems through blended learning, peer knowledge sharing, adaptation of Blackboard (Bb, the most commonly implemented Web-based learning management system), portfolio, active learning, student support, academic advising, and by providing of a natural learning environment.

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