Top Global University Project: Waseda Goes Global - A Plan to Build a Worldwide Academic Network That Is Open, Dynamic and DiverseWaseda University

President's Message


Waseda Goes Global is an initiative aiming to open the University up to the world and dramatically improve the quality of education and research in a time where international mobility of the minds is dynamic. This initiative was formulated with the purpose to fast-track achieving Waseda Vision 150, a strategic plan implemented toward the celebration of the University’s 150th year anniversary. In 2014, Waseda Goes Global was adopted as a top level initiative of the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the University as a whole has been making efforts in the initiative’s 10-year span.

When the initiative started, we prioritized funding in six internationally-renowned model units (Global Japanese Studies; Positive/Empirical Analysis of Political Economy; Health Promotion: The Joy of Sports and Exercise; Frontier of Embodiment Informatics: ICT and Robotics; Energy and Nanomaterials; and Multiscale Analysis, Modelling and Simulation) to further enhance our reputation. In an attempt to maximize the success of these model units and expand into other fields, the Global Asia Research Center was established in 2017 as the seventh model unit.

As a result of promoting this initiative, dramatic achievements have been made, marked by various international indicators. For example, the number of fields ranked within the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject reached our goal of eight in 2016, and this number has been increasing in comparison to when the project first started. It is possible to say that this is a result of the seven model units acting as core power sources towing the University as a whole with force. Also in terms of education, Waseda University has ranked high in Japan and in the world in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, a well-known indicator that evaluates alumni success worldwide. Waseda’s educational programs as well as students’ accomplishments after graduation have been highly regarded in the rankings. Moreover, internationalization on campus has also made great strides, for the number of international students enrolled exceeded 7,400 in the 2017 academic year.

At Waseda University, we will continue to proactively cooperate with leading universities and businesses around the world as well as push towards achieving our goals of producing 100,000 global leaders and ranking 18 research areas within the world’s top 100 universities within 10 years.We also wish to stay true to the words of Shigenobu Okuma, the founder of the University, who stated Waseda’s founding principles as the following: “Be a person who gives willingly not only to an individual, family or a nation, but also to the entire world.” Waseda University promises to lead and make a difference in the world.

Currently, each model unit is accepting donations from their individual websites. We would be grateful of your warm support.

Waseda University President

Aiji Tanaka

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