Message from the director

Yuichiro Kawaguchi
Yuichiro Kawaguchi
Dean, Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law Director, Waseda Center for Finance Research (Deputy Dean and Professor, Waseda University Faculty of Commerce)

In addition to providing tools for discovering and creating business opportunities, fi nance is essential infrastructure for facilitating economic activity and supporting our future livelihoods. The Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law was opened in April 2004. Located in Nihombashi, a center of fi nance and business, the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law was established as a new type of professional graduate school.

The Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law attracts students with the clear goal of receiving specialized education for high-level professionals with a core financial component. Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law students come from a wide range of backgrounds, and include employees of financial institutions, as well as employees of non-financial corporations and the public sector, independent fi nancial advisors, executives, accountants, and attorneys. In addition to globally relevant fi nancial expertise, the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law also equips its students with the knowledge and professional ethics to be successful in a wide variety of roles as fi nancial professionals, increasing their understanding of the roles of fi nance and the challenges it poses.

The single greatest feature of the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law curriculum is that it enables balanced study of highly specialized knowledge, with broad coverage encompassing financial theory as well as applied-finance fields and fields related to finance. In order to accept students with a wide range of diverse backgrounds, we set a policy of not requiring previous knowledge of fi nance for admission and put together a customized curriculum for each student allowing him or her to learn the basics after entering the program.

Another attractive feature of the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law is the opportunities it provides for active networking across industry boundaries, through a broad human network that includes Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law graduates. The ability to come into contact with many different perspectives in an atmosphere of friendly rivalry, with classmates who stimulate each other and are able to speak their minds to each other, broadens the possibilities for everyone involved with the school, including current students and graduates.

The Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law truly offers what is demanded by Japan’s economic and fi nancial systems: human resources with globally relevant expertise, highly expert judgment, fl exible thinking, and broad networks. We look forward to welcoming a large student body to Nihombashi’s fi nance school.