Waseda University was chosen to take part in the ten-year project launched in 2014, and the Health and Sport Sciences model unit of the Faculty of Sport Sciences started as one of the priority model units to be implemented in this project.
Physical and mental well-being issues such as inactivity among children and the increasing number of elderly people who require nursing care are becoming increasingly evident in modern society. Japan is at the global forefront in terms of the severity of such issues. It is common knowledge that exercise and sports are important for addressing such issues. However, simply saying “We should exercise” to people will not solve the problem. It is essential to incorporate elements of fun and enjoyment into exercise for people to make a habit and routine of exercising. This model unit will proceed with scientific research on sports from this perspective and foster human resources capable of putting research findings into practice.
Since its establishment in 2003, the Faculty of Sport Sciences of Waseda University has been a driving force in the area of sport sciences. At the same time, Waseda University has turned out a large number of top athletes and made great efforts to provide them with all necessary support mainly through specialized coaches. From 2009 through 2014, our university implemented Sport Sciences for the Promotion of Active Life, a Global Center of Excellence under a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology funding program. In this way, Waseda University has established sport sciences as an applied science area and has been leading the world in this field. Moreover, Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Taking advantage of the Top Global University Project, we will aim for the global development of sport sciences. To this end, partnerships with the world’s leading universities in this field will be strengthened for collaborative research. We will strive to become an international hub that attracts talented researchers and students around the world, especially from Asian countries.