Global Education Center (GEC)Waseda University

About the GEC

The Global Education Center (GEC) is an educational institute established by Waseda University in 2013 to support Waseda’s mission of providing a rich Liberal Arts Education and building “Waseda-style Academic Literacy” as a basis for pursuing advanced studies and functioning effectively in society, with the aim of educating global leaders equipped with insight and all-round “human power” (ability to realize one’s social and individual potential), in keeping with the goals set forth in Waseda Vision 150.

Incorporating innovative educational and pedagogical methods, such as active learning to raise awareness of the core skills needed to function in society, the Global Education Center offers courses designed to foster wisdom (wide-ranging knowledge and intellectual capacity), commitment (a spirit of service, courage, and high aspirations), and effectiveness (problem-solving skills and the ability to finish what one starts) with the aim of developing global human resources capable of contributing to the resolution of global, regional, national, and local problems in any situation anywhere in the world.

What We Do

1. Waseda-style Academic Literacy– Essential Skills for University Students

To build the basic skills essential to university study in all disciplines, the GEC offers courses in the following subjects: English (General Tutorial English, etc.), Academic Writing (How to Write Academic Prose, etc.), Mathematics (Math Basics Plus α: Interest, etc.), Date Science (Statistical Literacy α, etc.), and Information Science (Introduction to Information Representation for Computers and Networks). These courses not only lay the groundwork for more advanced studies in various specialties but also develop skills essential to success in the world of work.

2. Liberal Arts Education– Ingredients for a Full Life

The GEC offers a rich and varied program of Liberal Arts Education designed to acquaint students with the kind of diverse learning and culture one expects of “global human resources.” It encompasses interdisciplinary courses addressing key issues facing contemporary society, courses examining Waseda University’s history and traditions, International Education, Volunteer Education, Career Education, and Health and Physical Education, along with the sort of cutting-edge courses only a comprehensive, globally connected, wide-ranging research university like Waseda can offer. The curriculum is designed to stimulate students’ interest in scholarship and the world around them and develop life skills geared to tomorrow’s world.

In addition to lecture courses and seminars, the Liberal Arts program actively incorporates opportunities for hands-on learning oriented to practical problem solving, including internships and training courses in Japan and overseas and Professional Workshops for Academic Credit offered in collaboration with the business community. Through our partnership with industry and the public sector, we bring top innovators and leaders in the world of business, government, arts and media, and science to speak on campus and offer a selection of Chair Courses designed to expose students to current topics, knowledge, and real-life examples in every sector.

3. Foreign Language Education– Your Passport to the World

The GEC’s English-language courses aim to develop not only the four basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening but also the ability to think and cooperate with others in English. Our three-step English curriculum offers students the opportunity to master “English one can use,” as essential communication tool in today’s global society.

In addition to English, the GEC’s wide-ranging Foreign Language Courses offers instruction in more than 20 languages. From Tutorial Chinese, where students can learn in small classes geared to any proficiency level, to courses in German, French, Italian, Korean, and even such seldom-taught languages as Basque and Ainu, the Foreign Language program equips students with the language skills they need to study abroad, conduct university-level research, and pursue rewarding careers after graduation.

4. Minor System–Expanding Your Possibilities

Under the Minor System, undergraduate students can earn a certificate of completion in a minor concentration by systematically completing a cluster of University-Wide Open Courses geared to a particular theme, at the same time that they are fulfilling the requirements of their major by completing a course of study within their own undergraduate school. The University offers minors in a wide variety of relevant, cutting-edge topics and emerging fields of study. By taking advantage of this system, students can expand their horizons and their possibilities, whether by learning about new applications of their major discipline or by plunging into a brand new field.

1. Domestic Student Exchange Program

Waseda University and Doshisha University established the Domestic Student Exchange Program in 1997, paying homage to the close friendship between Doshisha founder Joseph Hardy Neesima and Waseda founder Shigenobu Okuma. Since then, more than 400 students at both universities have taken part.

Time spent amid the history, culture, and natural beauty of the ancient capital of Kyoto and campus life at Doshisha in the spiritual company of Neesima and his wife Yae (nee Yaeko Yamamoto) offer an experience no tour can equal. All Waseda undergraduates are eligible to take part in this program, which offers both one-semester and full-year options.

2. Credit Transfer System

Waseda University has credit transfer agreements with a number of Japanese universities: the four other Tokyo institutions that make up the f-Campus consortium (Japan Women’s University, Gakushuin Women’s College, Gakushuin University, and Rikkyo University), Musashino Art University, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo Kasei University, the Kyoto regional university consortium, and Kyushu University. This system gives Waseda students the opportunity to enroll in a wide selection of signature courses unavailable on their own campus, including Practical Culinary Arts; Introduction to Medical Science; Painting; Sculpture; Kyoto History, Culture, and Tourism; Culture of Kyoto; and Introduction to Field Science Research.

These courses are open to all Waseda undergraduate students who have completed their first year, and credits can be applied toward graduation.

1. Course Enrollment for High School Students

A selection of Waseda undergraduate courses are open to high school students who would like the opportunity to study alongside university students. High school students who successfully complete these courses earn Waseda credits. Those who enter Waseda as undergraduate students can apply to their undergraduate school to have those credits applied toward graduation.

2. Non-Degree Student Program

A selection of Waseda’s lecture courses and language courses are open to the community at large, offering members of the general public the opportunity to study various interdisciplinary subjects and foreign languages alongside our university students.

1. Pre-Matriculation Program

Students who have been accepted for non-regular undergraduate admission can take advantage of the period between their acceptance and matriculation to participate in our Pre-Matriculation Program, which provides enrichment education designed to enhance the university learning experience.

2. My Vision Program

To supplement our lecture courses, the My Vision Program helps students cultivate such basic social and workplace competencies as logical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills through participation in group work, discussion, and other learning opportunities.

3. New-Student Start-UP Program

The GEC offers two programs designed expressly for newly entering Waseda students: NComputer Security Seminar for Freshmen and ABCs of Waseda Student Life.

Computer Security Seminar for Freshmen is an online course available on demand that instructs newly entering undergraduate and graduate students in the correct and safe use of Waseda University computers, the Waseda computer network, and other campus information systems.

ABCs of Waseda Student Life, another online course available on demand, covers everything new students need to know to enter fully into student life, including Waseda values, basics of campus life, academic procedures and study methods, study abroad, volunteer programs, and more.

4. Liaison Program

The Liaison Program consists of non-credit educational programs that the GEC offers for Waseda students with funding from designated endowments.

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