A completion ceremony for the new Building 29 took place on March 7.
Building 29, the first Waseda building on Waseda-dori Avenue,will house classrooms for students aiming to hone their English and/or Chinese language skills, proficient enough for active participation in discussions. A wing of classrooms is equipped so that it can also serve as a TOEFL test site. This facility will be a valuable place of learning to prepare Waseda students for the international scene.
Currently, fostering leaders with well-rounded knowledge and a broader view of the world is one of Waseda’s most important pillars for reaching its educational goals, and students who will have learned in Building 29 are expected to perform globally.
To symbolize the future of language education and the Waseda area which has developed together with the University since the Meiji period, “progressiveness” and “response to the vibrant community” are integrated into the design of Building 29. Its innovative design incorporates both stylishness and environmental friendliness, for example, by using materials which reduces burden on the environment.
The overall design of the structure blends in with its surroundings. Separated into upper and lower sections, there is an an aperture where activities and discussions taking place in classrooms can be seen in the lower section. The upper section of the building represents the diverse group of instructors and tutors, as well as students who will study here for their life’s adventure in the world.