The life of a university student does not just consist of going to school to attend classes and then going home. Together with the university’s faculty and staff, students are the ones who support the university and help it evolve. They have unique perspectives on how the university and society should operate, and these perspectives differ from those of the faculty and staff. Waseda University will promote the proactive and responsible participation of students in education and research support activities.
Students are not just at the receiving end of the educational experience. Together with the university’s faculty and staff, they are positioned as the protagonists of the university. Given this, we aim to enrich our education and research activities through student participation and to build a system that incorporates student views and suggestions through these activities.
To promote the further development of our university, we will utilize the knowledge and experience that our students have acquired through our unique volunteer and extracurricular activities and review the roles of TAs and RAs, for example, to create jobs for students that reflect their desires, abilities, and expertise. Student jobs should not only provide career education in the form of on-campus work experience, but also be useful in providing financial support to students living alone and international students.
Through this form of student participation, the university can promote reforms aimed at incorporating novel ideas that offer great potential for the next generation, help students recognize the importance of their existence in the university community, and prepare them to take their place as responsible members of society after graduation.