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Objectives and Concepts of the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering (WEEE)

Objectives of WEEE

Massive consumption of energy and resources, despite their function as a source of our social economic activities, has contributed to deterioration of the environment, an end-result of such activities. Given the correlation and based on various perspectives of technology, policy, and legislation, WEEE provides education and research opportunities in the fields of energy, resources, and environment.

Concepts of WEEE

WEEE welcomes students in all walks of life, ranging from new college graduates, people with experiences in the government and business sectors, to the general public with an interest in these fields. WEEE values the perspective of each student, encourages students to discuss their opinions with each other, and provides education and research opportunities where students can exercise issues analyzing and solving in cooperation, availing themselves of the autonomy and neutrality of the University.

Five basic concepts of education and research at WEEE are as follows:

Academic-field Integrated approach: Implementation of education and research integrated with methods and systems from various academic fields.

The co-creation work of five-citizens: Establishing education and research based on the collaborative work of the public (citizen consumers), industry (corporate citizens), government (administrative citizens), academia (academic citizens), and overseas partners (overseas citizens).

Thorough practice of three actuals, “The Sangen Shugi (site/actual items/reality)” —utilizing society as an experimental field— : Providing opportunities for students to ascertain and analyze issues in the real world and turn to experimental and empirical methods for resolutions of the issues, and developing advanced OJT (on the job training) education and research that complies with and surpasses the needs of the times.

Co-production with society, based on firmly maintained independence and autonomy of the University: With an axis on the University’s independence and autonomy, practicing education and research in cooperation with society to live up to the public trust.

Technology and methods practical to society: Use of academic achievements and incorporating the technology, methods, and policy, which are expected to be materialized as a socioeconomic system, in education and research.

Objective of Talent Cultivation

WEEE adopts an Academic-field integrated approach and analysis and synthesis techniques based on the concept, “The three actuals, Sangen Shugi (site/actual items/reality).” WEEE aims to cultivate students with design and insights into environmental and energy issues who will be able to play practical and strategic roles.

Students of WEEE will be expected to possess:

From the perspective of comprehensive ability:

  1. the ability to draw upon penetrating insight to integrate and utilize specialized knowledge and wisdom
  2. the ability to establish logic for strategic problem-solving

From the perspective of comprehensive humanity:

  1. high ethical standards that are rooted in life
  2. the ability to generate ideas from the viewpoint of ‘global citizen’

From the perspective of specialized knowledge and wisdom:

  1. the ability to use scientific methods to solve problems
  2. the ability to fully utilize analysis and synthesis techniques in problem-solving process

WEEE aims to produce graduates with these abilities and qualities who are capable of acting as local and global leaders in the fields toward resolution of issues concerning the environment, energy, and resources. Their roles as leaders may include devising objectives and plans to help guide countries, regions, and the world in the arena of the environment and energy etc., and developing advanced administration in the central and local governments. They are also expected to supervise the applicable field in businesses, lead research and studies on the environment and energy etc., and take initiatives as a citizen and act globally at international institutions in the field.

WEEE Three Fundamental Policies

Diploma Policy

Waseda University is committed to producing graduates who can use both the university’s broad scope and their own individuality to make a pivotal contribution to global society. For this, they will benefit from the university’s systematic educational framework, its university-wide academic environment, and its student-to-student relationships to develop an intimate relationship with multifaceted areas of academic, culture, language, and values.

WEEE adopts a degree conferment system in which master’s and doctoral students will have their engineering or social sciences degrees conferred upon them. WEEE has established an International Environmental Leaders Program, through which certification as an International Environmental Leader is certificated upon completion of the recommended courses or through research and studies conducted at domestic and overseas.

WEEE aims to cultivate students’ abilities to tackle worsening energy and environmental problems in a practical and strategic manner based on academic-field integrated approach and the use of the analysis and design methodology which derives from the disciplines of science and engineering or social sciences and humanities. Students will also be nurtured with the ability to act with a global perspective based on deep insight in the applicable field as well as an understanding of the sense of ordinary citizens.

Curriculum Policy

WEEE, in addition to research instructions and seminars provided by each faculty, offers an array of courses which are co-instructed by faculty from different specialized fields. Among them include practical programs developed based on Project Based Learning (PBL) approach. First-year master’s course students will receive hands-on education on research thesis development skills and opportunities to develop their own research themes multi-facetedly. As an extension of PBL-based practical programs, the curriculum also includes TV program production and environmental educational sessions conducted by groups. The joint instruction system is also adopted for the second year in the master’s course and the doctoral course, aiming for sophistication of their research content. Furthermore, WEEE provides a program in both the master’s and doctoral courses that grants students certification as an International Environmental Leader upon completion of the courses such as international environmental laws and regulations and environmental business, or through research and studies conducted at domestic and overseas.

Admission Policy

Under Waseda University’s educational philosophy of Academic Independence and an Enterprising Spirit, WEEE welcomes domestic and international students with strong basic academic skills and intellectual curiosity.

WEEE aims to cultivate an international perspective and equip students with the ability to conduct research based on an Academic-field integrated approach. WEEE admissions are open to candidates with various backgrounds, ranging from students of both arts and sciences, working members of society, to international students.


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