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From the past Waseda of Japan
to the future WASEDAof the world
|Kaoru Kamata, President
As Waseda University marked its 125th anniversary on October 21, 2007,
we made a resounding pledge that within the next 10 years, Waseda would
elevate its status as a Japanese university to become a truly global university.
|Today, as we confront problems on a worldwide scale, including the seemingly
insoluble challenges of global warming and economic disparity, we are deeply
concerned about the decline in Japan's clout in the international community.
In these difficult times, it is especially important that universities,
which have striven for the pursuit of truth and remained uninfluenced by
power and authority or the imperatives of immediate gain, to play a vigorous
role in opening a new era.
From the time of its foundation, Waseda University has stood upon the
three pillars of mission: to uphold the “Independence of Learning,” to
promote the “Practical Utilization of Knowledge,” and to “Create Good
Citizenship.” We are now setting our sights at nothing less than a
concrete vision of how we can most appropriately put these principles
into practice in contemporary society.
<Fostering the development of individuals who play an active role on
the world stage>
Since Waseda University accepted its first exchange students in 1893,
we have developed deep ties with countries around the world, especially
in Asia. At present, Waseda University has research and student
exchange agreements with more than 600 overseas universities and
educational research institutions. Waseda currently accepts nearly 4,000
foreign students and dispatches 1,700 Waseda students overseas,
including exchanges made outside the University-wide Agreements. In
2010, we began a phased implementation of English-language Bachelor's
and Master's degree programs in five undergraduate schools and six
graduate schools. Further, a new graduate school, which will concentrate
on communication in English, is scheduled to be established in 2012*.
Additionally, Waseda has been promoting practical English-language
instruction provided by native speaker instructors for small classes,
and has expanded the University's double degree programs in cooperation
with leading international institutions of higher education, thereby
uplifting Waseda University to be a leading university in international
exchange in Japan.
These programs and systems are designed to provide students with both
study-abroad experience and opportunities at home to work hard and hone
their potentials by learning with foreign students whose cultural
backgrounds vary in a wide range. In so doing, all students will be able
to achieve a more international outlook, become empowered to speak out
and negotiate on the international stage.
* Postponed to 2013.
<A variety of programs responding to the requirements of our times>
In recent years, Waseda University has expanded its professional
training facilities in its six professional schools and five independent
graduate schools. We have also established three new joint graduate
schools with three distinguished universities, including Tokyo Women's
Medical University. These programs aim for a fusion of theory and
practice as well as to develop new fields of research. The common
thread, however, is to cultivate problem solving and planning abilities
to deal with the problems posed by contemporary society. It is our hope
that the fruits of research and educational methodologies will be
incorporated into the education that is implemented in Waseda's graduate
and undergraduate programs.
It will take a diversity of approaches which synthesize the ways of the
natural and social sciences, as well as the liberal arts, to respond to
the new challenges of a society in which technology has reached a
sophisticated level of development and the interrelation of social
structures has become increasingly complex. Since its founding, Waseda
University has embodied the fusion of scholarly principle with practice.
Our University has strong ties to universities, enterprises, and
governments both at home and abroad, and is well suited to support the
integration of these fields. But it is not necessary to create new
undergraduate or graduate programs in order to respond to these new
challenges. With its abundant academic and human resources, the
organization of Waseda University is already more than prepared to
address these needs. In light of this point of view, Waseda has been
providing a wide range of both research and educational programs through
a Research Council organization that coordinates laboratories across
the University, enabling our students to take classes in advanced fields
of the English language, mathematics, and writing for their basic
education, in addition to health and other advanced areas of study. We
also have a system in place to furnish our students with opportunities
to gain practical experience through participation in business
workshops, internships, volunteer work, and other activities.
<Dynamism unleashed by diversity>
Diversity is an important feature of Waseda University. In an
academic setting that accords the highest respect to freedom and
creativity, students with ranging backgrounds reciprocate intellectual
inspiration among the University’s faculty and staff abounding in
individuality, while building their own capabilities in research,
education, culture, and sports. This is evident in over 560,000 Waseda
alumni who are active in every field. The University offers scholarship
support, dormitories, and a system designed to provide students a
comprehensive support, such as with their physical and mental health. We
continue to endeavor towards maintaining an environment for Waseda
students who gather from both abroad and all regions in Japan to enjoy
the distinctive features that the University has to offer.
All members of the Waseda University community, from faculty
and staff, students to graduates, are at one with me on the aspiration
to make our University a true citizen of an international society by
sending out into the world individuals possessed of profound knowledge
and a deep sense of humanity.
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Waseda University was founded in 1882 by Shigenobu Okuma, later
Prime Minister of Japan, with the aim of fostering contemporary Japanese
leaders. It has since developed into a comprehensive university with now more
than fifty thousand students and staff, comprising 13 Undergraduate Schools, 23 Graduate Schools, and other Research and Affiliated Institutes. The
pedagogy and spirit embraced through Waseda’s tradition and pride with a
flexible and innovative mindset have ensured that Waseda stands firm at the
forefront of Japanese education.