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School of Political Science and Economics The 130th Anniversary

The 130th Anniversary

We offer our grateful thanks for the generosity of all those who contributed to the School of Political Science and Economics 130th Anniversary Global Leaders Development Fund

The School of Political Science and Economics 130th Anniversary Global Leaders Development Fund Report (published November 2016)

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The School of Political Science and Economics 130th Anniversary Global Leaders Development Fund started accepting donations in December 2012, finally reaching a total of approximately 508,880,000 yen, which exceeded our original target figure, thanks to the magnificent support of alumni, students and their families, faculty members, companies, the alumni society, and various other benefactors. Again, we offer our deepest gratitude and thanks for everyone’s generosity and kindness.

The School of Political Science and Economics 130th Anniversary Global Leaders Development Fund stopped accepting donations at the end of March 2016, but we would be very grateful for your continued cooperation regarding scholarships and general donations to the Faculty of Political Science and Economics.

Dean's Message

Greetings from the Senior Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Economics
Creating new generations of independent leaders who will shape the future of global society

suga201511In 2012, the School of Political Science and Economics marked the 130th anniversary of its founding, an achievement that was largely thanks to the considerable support that the School has received over the years. In the same year, reconstruction began on Building No. 3, which is a symbol of the long-standing traditions of the School. Successfully completed in September 2014, the reconstruction has transformed the building into a new environment for our community of learning, where we talk together, act together, and live together. The building has begun a new life as a center for education that cultivates new generations of independent leaders who will shape the future of global society.

The “School of Political Science and Economics 130th Anniversary Global Leaders Development Fund,” which was first established in December 2012 as part of a series of initiatives to mark the 130th anniversary, has surpassed 85% of its target for donations.
This would not have been possible without the understanding and contributions the fund received from many graduates, families of current students, faculty members and staff, and corporate and alumni organizations. I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the extensive support and cooperation we received from everyone involved.
In regard to the plaque honoring benefactors, we are planning to erect an additional one for the third and final stage in the summer of 2016, depending on the cumulative amount of donations received by March 2016, to honor the generous support of our benefactors for many years to come.

The School of Political Science and Economics & the Faculty of Political Science and Economics have maintained their commitment to the ongoing reformation of education and research that focuses on the key areas of philosophy, politics, and economics, based on the “SEIKEI Vision 150,” which is the concept for the future that we formulated in 2013 to develop leaders who have a global perspective.
We believe that the mission of the School of Political Science and Economics and the two respective graduate schools is to draw on their traditions to educate new generations of leaders who are both autonomous and collaborative and who are able to guide the future of global society by demonstrating the spirit of independence that was one of the founding principles of the University. The Faculty of Political Science and Economics will give careful shape to each of its visions for educating talented graduates and continue to consistently pursue reform.

We look forward to your continued support.

Koichi Suga
Senior Dean, Faculty of Political Science and Economics
Dean, School of Political Science and Economics

The School of Political Science and Economics & Faculty of Political Science and Economics
Looking Ahead to the School's 150th Anniversary in 2032Commemorate the 130th anniversary of the founding of the School of Political Science and Economics. Express your support by giving to the Global Leaders Development Fund.

Educating the next genatarion of individuals to be both independent and capable of coexisting with others throughout the world, guided by a constant pursuit of research and education that contributes to the welfare and justice of the global community.

Given the increasing significance of English as a common language in the global community, we have introduced a dual system for all undergraduate and graduate degree programs that teaches courses in both Japanese and English. Applicants take the entrance examination most suited to their particular language background, regardless of their nationality and prior educational history. After being admitted, students are expected to commit themselves to using both Japanese and English in their studies. We foresee a ratio of students using Japanese as their main language to those using English of about two to one. We also greatly emphasize multiple-language education for the next generation of individuals who want to live and work in today’s multicultural society. Many students study abroad and do internships while they are enrolled in the School. After graduation, they play an active role in society as capable members of the global community.

From admission to graduation, we provide complete small-group education, with a focus on seminars that take full advantage of a unique educational approach that serves to improve a student’s intellectual ability and human potential. Every course is designed to conclude at the end of each semester, thus enabling the student to study intensively the material covered. Dynamic and rich in content, these courses promote self-learning in the truest sense of the word.

We offer an outstanding education system integrating the School of Political Science and Economics and the graduate schools. As a result, more than 20 percent of undergraduate students will enter one of the graduate schools to pursue a high-value-added, specialized education. Under the integrated administration of the Graduate School of Political Science and Graduate School of Economics, we systemically train researchers and foster highly specialized professionals, as well as motivating more undergraduate students to extend their education and acquire a doctorate by advancing either to the five-year Doctorate Integrated Program (which focuses on coursework) or the six-year program that is also available.

Against a backdrop of international research by a faculty spanning a wide background, we are committed to achieving international recognition in the social science field by consistently striving to produce socially useful research and by publishing and presenting our research to an international audience. This effort is driven by an university-wide collaboration led by the Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs.

Current Status of Human Resource Development
Concrete Plan for Human Resource Development - From “Waseda Vision 150”

Current Status of Human Resource Development

The School of Political Science and Economics was created in 1882, when Waseda University was founded, as the Political Economics Department. Over the 130 years since its founding, the School has devoted itself to research and education in the fields of political science and economics based on a firm conviction that they are fundamental to society. After World War II, a Newspaper Department and a Department of Autonomous Public Administration were established. These two departments produced many capable individuals who contributed to the democratization of Japanese society. The two departments were abolished in 1973, but their philosophy has been taken up and broadened by the Journalism Course and the Public Management Major.

The establishment of the Department of Global Political Economy in 2004 furthered our efforts to foster individuals capable of adapting to globalization in a wide variety of areas in modern society. The School’s three existing departments―the Department of Politics, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Global Political Economy (with a total admission capacity of 900 students, comprising 300, 400, and 200 students, respectively, and taught by 115 full-time faculty members in the Faculty of Political Science and Economics)―allow students to take courses in the departments of their choice, pursuing studies in closely related scientific fields augmented by specialized courses organized in a systematic and stepwise way. The fundamental objective of the School of Political Science and Economics is to enable students to analyze from both a political and economic perspective the mechanisms of modern global society, within which politics and economics intermingle and each exert their own influence.

A complete array of courses taught in foreign languages complemented by liberal arts courses provide our students with a global and interdisciplinary viewpoint that enables them to enter society capable of making a useful and significant contribution in this era of globalization. The English education curriculum requires the taking of a TOEFL certification examination every year, and students are then assigned to classes according to their level of English ability. These classes are taught in English using the most modern textbooks, some of which have been created by the School’s teachers themselves. In addition, we have increased the number of specialized courses given in English, thus allowing for increased numbers of Japanese enrollees. Second foreign language courses are organized under a systematic curriculum based on EU protocols with clearly defined educational goals. Specifically, intensive courses taught four times a week enable students to reach a level at which they are able to study abroad within two years. As a result of this educational innovation, 131 undergraduate students were able to take advantage of Waseda University’s unique Double-Degree Program to study abroad in 2011.

The most prominent feature of the undergraduate school is its small-size seminars, which are taught every year of the program, from the freshman year to the senior year. In the freshman year, all students are encouraged to take a foundation seminar (limited to 18 students per class) carefully designed to equip them with the intellectual skills needed to study at the university level. In their sophomore year, students take comprehensive seminars in politics, economics, and liberal arts. Finally, in their junior and senior years, students take specialized seminars. Ninety percent of junior students apply for seminars outside their own discipline, of whom most are accepted for study in the competitive but collaborative environment that is typical of the School’s seminars. Study culminates in the writing of a lengthy seminar paper, the most outstanding papers being selected for special recognition.

A strictly managed relative evaluation method has been used as the grading system since 2004 for courses other than foreign language courses and small-size courses, such as seminars. In principle, the evaluation system applies the following rules: Students scoring 100 to 90 points receive a grade of A+ (only the top 10% of students achieve this grade); those with 89 to 80 points receive A (approximately 30% of students receive grade A or higher); those with 79 to 70 points receive a B (approximately 70% of students receive grade B or higher); those with 69 to 60 points receive a C; while students scoring only 59 to 45 points receive an F and those with 44 points or lower a G (both of which are failing grades). Examination questions and student grade distribution for most courses are posted on the undergraduate school website. The GPA is also available for reference purposes.

Every year, the School of Political Science and Economics produces many outstanding graduates. The industry breakdown is as follows: Finance (26%), Manufacturing (20%), Telecommunications (10%), Commerce (9%), Mass Communications (8%), Specialized Services (8%), Civil Servants (7%), Travel and Transportation (5%), and Real Estate and Construction (4%). In addition, every year many students pass official examinations such as the Type I National Government Official Examination, the Foreign Service Employee Examination, Bar Examinations, and the Certified Public Accountant Examination.

Annually, the undergraduate school offers general lecture classes on the practice and direction of corporate activities in cooperation with Tomon Seikei-kai, an alumni organization established by graduates that invites guest speakers, including graduates of the School holding important positions in society.

The undergraduate and graduate schools launched a degree program in English in academic year 2010 based on the Global 30 Program (a project originally set up by the Japanese government to nurture internationally competent students by creating an environment in which international and Japanese students learn together). Renamed the EDESSA (English-based Degree Studies September Admission) Program in 2012, the program has been significantly expanded. Each year, the undergraduate school accepts more than 30 students from within Japan and abroad. All courses are taught in English and are designed to equip students with the ability to apply political science and economics to the analysis of Asia, including Japan, from a global perspective. Students in the regular Japanese curriculum can also join EDESSA courses and thus take advantage of the international environment offered by Waseda University. As a fall-admission program, EDESSA offers an educational opportunity that is truly international.

The Graduate School of Political Science, the Graduate School of Economics, and the Okuma School of Public Management (which was reestablished as the Public Management Major of the Graduate School of Political Science in 2012) are expert in training highly specialized professionals and researchers, and are also the only group of graduate schools in Japan that offer a journalism course. The student body of these three schools has been expanded to 757 students (for a total of 566 students in the Master’s degree programs and Professional degree programs and 191 students in the Doctoral program for all three graduate schools, as of 2012). Graduates of these graduate schools are now making constructive contributions to a wide variety of fields.

The Faculty of Political Science and Economics aggressively seeks outstanding professors. It has promoted research and education activities that have achieved international recognition for cultivating globally competent researchers and for noteworthy educational accomplishments. It has played a leading role in promoting the 21st-Century Center of Excellence (COE) “Creation of Contemporary Asian Studies” and “Constructing Open Political Economic Systems (GLOPE)-the framework by the Waseda Center for Global Political Economy” projects. The Faculty was also selected by the government in 2008 for the Global COE Program, which supports the creation of internationally distinguished centers of education and research organized to nurture creative leaders for global society. The “Institutional Construction: Toward and Expectation-Realizing Society – GLOPE II” Program is designed to create a theoretical synthesis between political science and economics and to both train researchers with expertise and nurture human resources capable of applying specialized knowledge to achieve practical solutions.

Concrete Plan for Human Resource DevelopmentFrom “Waseda Vision 150”

130-03Our goal is to train global leaders capable of making outstanding contributions in various fields and in a wide range of organizations, from local communities to global society. Our integrated undergraduate-graduate research- and education program based upon the principles of “Philosophy, Politics, and Economics” (PPE) helps students acquire global literacy and systematic specialized knowledge centering on political science and economics.

  • Provide education on a par with global standards in the academic fields of political science and economics.
  • Provide a thorough curriculum that strengthens the student’s intellectual abilities.
  • Provide courses from the perspectives of Asia, Japan, and Waseda.
  • Emphasize language skills, mathematical and statistical methodologies, history, and public philosophy.
  • Promote consistent English education based on international standards and the School’s unique method and systematic multilingual education program.
  • Integrate the curricula of the three departments in the undergraduate school and graduate schools.
  • Provide a five-year Global Governance Program integrated over the Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in the Graduate School Global Political Economy Course.
  • Provide the Graduate School of Journalism Program, a program unique to Waseda University that contributes to the creation of a global public.

130-04

Expand the fall-admission English Degree Program of the undergraduate school and the graduate schools to an appropriate capacity and make adjustments to the program. This will enable us to expand capacity so that the program can accept a variety of highly qualified students, achieve a multicultural educational environment, and cultivate highly motivated and intellectually skilled individuals capable of exercising global leadership.

  • Expand the EDESSA Program to accommodate 100 students.
  • Implement international-level education by teaching such courses as political science and economics in English.
  • Create a dual Japanese-English degree program
  • Expand the Overseas Learning Program and Double-Degree Program through global networking, including international cooperation with partner universities
  • Expand the Scholarship Program to double the number of students studying abroad.
  • Provide a career-based education unique to the School of Political Science and Economics and its graduate schools by exploring overseas internship opportunities as well as working abroad.

130-05Promote education that emphasizes self-study and self-learning through a seminar-type class format that helps nurture global citizens with a strong sense of independence. The newly refurbished Building No. 3 will be transformed into a new model of educational environment where students talk, act, and live together.

  • Completely implement small-size-class education from admission to graduation.
  • Personalize guidance for each student, centering on seminar classes of no more than 15 students each.
  • From the introduction of academic learning to self-learning guidance, help students develop specialized knowledge and find and solve issues on their own.
  • Implement fundamental education that cultivates the comprehensive ability to define a problem, design an approach to the problem, process information, make judgments, and take action.
  • Provide comprehensive study support through group discussions in basic education seminars and teaching assistants (TA).
  • Encourage students to set their own achievement goals in terms of English and multilingual communication ability.
  • Encourage students to track their progress and achievements in a “logbook” that will also serve as a form of self-promotion (as student achievement cannot be expressed by a Grade Point Average (GPA) alone).

Pursue a new form of political economics aimed at creating a community of outstanding intellects by firmly establishing and developing research that contributes to the framework of the global society expected to emerge in the 21st century, while also advocating modern Asian studies. All faculty members are a comprehensive resource aimed at nurturing global leaders. We are committed to academic research that contributes to the welfare and justice in a society where different cultures coexist together and providing high-level research and education at par with international standards.

  • Implement the five-year Doctorate Integrated Program with the aim of training outstanding researchers at the graduate schools.
  • Provide the Integrated Guidance Program that allows distinguished early graduates to obtain the Doctorate degree within the minimum six years.
  • Introduce common course numbers for smooth course management across the undergraduate school and the graduate schools.
  • Establish uniform grading standards based on the difficulty level of each course.
  • Enhance composition of faculty members to reflect a global viewpoint. Establish a research center that exerts the influence of Asian scholarship worldwide led by the Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs.
  • Establish three centers―the Research Center for Contemporary Political Economics, the System Construction Research Center, and the Journalism & Media Research Center―in the Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs.

Constructing a New Building No. 3

Commenced in September 2012, the construction of the new Building No. 3 was successfully completed in September 2014. The design of the 14-story new building incorporates features of the exterior of the former Building No. 3, in particular the façade at the lower levels. Fall 2014 saw the beginning of a new era for the building as a center for education and research for the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, which is home to the School of Political Science and Economics, the Graduate School of Political Science, the Graduate School of Economics, and the Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs. The Faculty of Political Science and Economics looks forward to further developing its initiatives to produce talented graduates in this state-of-the-art environment for education and research.

The Global Leaders Development Fund

The School of Political Science and Economics and the Faculty of Political Science and Economics is committed to fostering the next generation of independent leaders who will shape the future of our global society. Tuition revenue alone, however, is not enough to cover all the expenses associated with our educational programs and the support that students need.

We encourage you to support the efforts of the Faculty of Political Science and Economics to train global leaders by contributing to the Global Leaders Development Fund, established to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the founding of the School of Political Science and Economics. Your contribution to the Global Leaders Development Fund will be used to enhance our global leader development programs, such as advancing the development of courses given in English, providing scholarships for overseas study, and funding visits by internationally acclaimed researchers.

At the end of March 2016, the School of Political Science and Economics 130th Anniversary Global Leaders Development Fund stopped accepting donations. We offer our grateful thanks for the generosity of all those who contributed to the fund.

The 130th Anniversary Movie * Japanese version

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