The most important objective of Waseda University’s educational and research activities and the outcomes that we aim to achieve is to contribute to the building of a better world. In this context, the word “contribute” does not just mean meeting the world’s demands, but also treating society—including people and the nature surrounding them—with compassion, identify issues that need to be resolved by human society, find a path forward, and pioneer a new world.
We will start by clarifying the human resources development policy that applies to all students at Waseda University (diploma policy). To do so, we will expand on the following points: the kind of education policy (curriculum policy) that we require, the kind of policy that we require to support our students, and the kind of students that we want to attract (admissions policy). With regard to our diploma policy, curriculum policy, and admissions policy, we have already developed individual policies that harness the characteristics of each undergraduate and graduate school. In this section, we will provide an overview of our university-wide policies.
Acquired Aptitudes and Abilities
Waseda University cultivates capable individuals who internalize three missions: the independence of scholarship, the promotion of the practical application of scholarship, and the fostering of good citizens.
- Our aim is to foster intellectual resilience and flexible sensitivity; the ability to make meaningful use of expertise; and the commitment to treat others with dignity regardless of nationality, ethnicity, language, faith, or diverse values and ways of life. With these qualities, Waseda graduates will be able to build a better world that is more tolerant and inclusive.
Degree Conferral Policy
Students will acquire the following six abilities and foundational perspectives through their studies at Waseda.
- Creativity and constructive thinking: an enterprising spirit and ability to construct new concepts that break with tradition.
- The ability to identify problems and their solutions: the capacity to articulate or simulate new problems and to propose as well as logically explain solutions to these problems.
- Effective communication skills: the ability to create mutual understanding with others in order to make the most of one’s proficiencies and training.
- Spirit of inquiry: a willingness to examine social and natural phenomena in a multifaceted way; to think critically about the framing of and solutions to existing problems; and make constructive proposals in response to these problems.
- A spirit of autonomy and tolerance: a fair and receptive attitude toward diversity as well as an ethos of independence and acceptance of the individuality of both oneself and others.
- International character: putting intellectual resilience and flexible sensitivity in service of working with others to solve global challenges.
Constructing a systematic curriculum that fulfills graduation requirements
Waseda University’s curriculum is designed to help students acquire expertise in their chosen academic discipline while also developing the broad abilities and foundational perspectives outlined in the Diploma Policy, above. The University continually enhances academic-skills-building courses and approaches to help students master evidence-based thinking. Waseda offers a variety of subjects by academic field, level, and class style, to facilitate students’ own independent learning.
Waseda University has adopted a style of education focused on student engagement, anchored principally in seminar-style and active learning-style classes, as well as project-oriented fieldwork and experiments, to promote self-directed learning. Waseda also offers regular extracurricular programs to raise students’ human competencies including wisdom, ambition, and action. By creating an environment in which students interact with one another and with society at large, Waseda encourages a variety of ways to achieve personal growth.
The subjects and programs offered to students fall into the following three broad categories.
1. Major Subjects
- The curriculum aims to raise students’ level of expertise in their own fields of specialization and expertise in both academic and practical ways.
2. Academic Skills and Liberal Arts
- Waseda offers opportunities to build academic skills and to acquire a broad liberal arts education. Academic skills and tools are necessary to receive higher education at a university as well as to pursue intellectual careers in the information economy, while a liberal arts education fosters students’ capacity for insight and discernment by exposing them to ways of thinking from outside their major field of study.
3. Experience-based/Practical Subjects and Programs
- Waseda offers all students practical opportunities to learn while also contributing to their communities. These include studying abroad, volunteering, internships, and leadership education.
Skills and Abilities We Look for in Applicants
We seek prospective students who have the following abilities and foundational perspectives:
At the primary and secondary stages of education:
- A standard level of knowledge and set of skills that are the foundation for education in the liberal arts and in the student’s chosen field of study.
- Logical reasoning, judgement, and communications skills.
- The ability to work well with others, and the self-motivation necessary to invest in knowledge and skills-building.
The following qualities align with the philosophy of Waseda University:
- An avid intellectual curiosity and strong spirit of enterprise.
- A spirit of autonomy and independence along with sensitivity and empathy for others.
- A strong desire to learn that will buttress the student’s determination to contribute to society.
We expect our students to take on all of the above skills and abilities.
Before Coming to Waseda
Waseda students must seek an in-depth understanding of the liberal arts, not only during years at Waseda but also throughout life. We seek students who are eager to study a wide range of subjects across academic disciplines, and who desire to accumulate a breadth and depth of academic experiences. We expect that before enrolling at Waseda, prospective students will develop a foundation for the abilities and perspectives that will allow them to contribute to society and communities around the world.
Waseda University welcomes students from across Japan and around the world. When accepting new students, we determine if applicants have intellectual curiosity as well as a necessary basis of knowledge and skills at the time of admission. We seek students with the capacity for logical reasoning, who possess good judgment, who can express themselves, who can work well with others, and who are self-motivated to succeed in a rigorous program of study at Waseda.
Types of Evaluation Methods
Waseda University’s admissions process combines an assessment of a student’s ability to succeed in her or his chosen program of study, as well as in broader fields of knowledge. With this in mind, Waseda University has a number of different entrance exams in order to assemble a diverse set of students. One entrance exam is offered to those applicants who have exceptional aptitude in several of the following categories: knowledge/abilities, logical reasoning/judgment/verbal expression, self-motivation/ability to work well with others. Another exam is offered to applicants who meet a certain level in these categories and also possess outstanding aptitude and originality in literature, art, sports, or other areas.
Student support policy
We will support our student’s learning, extracurricular activities (e.g., cultural activities and sports), and volunteer activities, while also promoting independence in each of our students and providing them with a safe study environment. We will create a campus environment that allows our students to maximize their spontaneous energy, provide them with opportunities for careers that support university education and research, provide both financial support and social training, and create an environment in which students can actively grow and join the workforce.
In order for Waseda University to contribute to the world through education and research, we need to implement educational and research activities that will define a university-wide direction and goals for our education and research. We also need to make significant advancements in research to keep pace with the changing times. In addition, our transition to a style of education that is centered on seminars and practical learning while also emphasizing the individuality of students requires that we set clear educational goals and enhance our educational capabilities. It is also essential for us to identify the type of faculty members that we will need to hire in the future in order to facilitate the development of this kind of education and research.
We will promote cutting-edge research with the aim of establishing ourselves as an advanced international research university. While focusing on basic research, we will expand the scope of our research to include applied research and aim to create new, original academic fields by promoting a higher degree of comprehensiveness and integration for the humanities and sciences and greater interaction in relation to academic principles, practical application, and reality. To underpin this, we will always keep in mind that our research should be based on a spirit of contribution to the global community as a whole.
Faculty development (FD) policy
We will make sure that all of our faculty members remain keenly aware of their responsibilities as educators for their students and as researchers for society and encourage them to share their values. This will ensure that our faculty members are fully prepared to embody and put into practice our curriculum and research policies. To achieve this, we will establish methods of improving and evaluating the educational and research skills of individual faculty members in accordance with their traits.
Faculty employment policy
We will hire educators and researchers from Japan and abroad who are original, highly cultured, and knowledgeable and identify with the three major principles of the mission of Waseda University. In particular, we will focus on inviting and recruiting outstanding faculty members from overseas and promoting the recruitment of outstanding female faculty members from Japan and abroad. To achieve this, we will make it standard practice for all faculty members to devote their time and energy to this end.
We will promote university management through organic cooperation among our undergraduate and graduate schools, research institutes, and administrative offices. We will establish a cycle that promotes collaboration among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community to realize the university’s vision of promoting a diverse environment that extends beyond the boundaries of nationality, place of origin, gender, and age in order to facilitate autonomous reform. In addition to our university management and information disclosure policies, this section describes our hiring and training policies for faculty members who will play a role in university management.
Staff employment policy
We will hire staff from Japan and abroad who identify with the three major principles of the mission of Waseda University, embrace diversity, value intercultural understanding, and have an enterprising spirit and an enthusiastic management mindset in order to support our educational and research activities. Naturally, we will hire people with outstanding abilities regardless of nationality, the country or region in which they received their education, gender, or age.
Staff development (SD) policy
Our students’ needs are becoming increasingly diverse and sophisticated. To allow us respond to these needs quickly and precisely, we will develop a system for improving the capabilities of each employee in order to provide support for their educational and research activities, improve their management skills, and enhance their creativity to create new value. We will also establish a method for evaluating these capabilities.
Information disclosure and transmission policy
We will fulfill our accountability to society by proactively disclosing information on our educational and research activities, cultural assets, and management. We will also share with all of the public our stance and the content of our education, research, and engagement efforts. By disclosing and disseminating this information, we aim to be a university that is open to society and praised globally.
University management policy
To nurture the skills required to contribute to the global community, we will create an environment that promotes educational and research activities and student activities that can only be performed at the university or those that are appropriate for the university to perform. We will manage the university in close cooperation with various other educational and research organizations, including undergraduate and graduate schools. We will also establish a cycle that facilitates collaboration among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community, promotes gender equality and autonomous change, and supports educational and research activities without interruption, while fulfilling our social responsibilities and compliance.