Ritsumeikan provides an environment bringing together students and faculty of many different nationalities and religions. Amongst them are Muslim (Islamic) students and faculty, and in order to become a campus that supports these various lifestyles, we are adapting.
On November 8, 2016, Muslim students were given a tour of the Osaka Ibaraki Campus (OIC) Co-op cafeteria kitchen and its utilities. The religion of Muslim students prohibits them from consuming pork, any food originating from pork, alcohol, and more. Additionally, the process of preparing food with the same cookware and in accordance with the Islamic regulations is required.
Three students from Indonesia and Pakistan participated in this tour, and had the opportunity to exchange knowledge, opinions, methods, and ideas with the kitchen staff in regards to the cooking utensils, how food is prepared, and even how ingredients are shipped.
Furthermore, students were able to convey their thoughts and opinions in regards to the line-up of Halal food provided by the OIC Meal Shop as well as other Japanese food and snacks that Muslim students are able to eat.
By reflecting upon the knowledge gained through this opportunity, we aim to create a reliable menu providing various alternatives for Muslim students and faculty.