President Kamata congratulates the graduating classFri, Mar 31, 2017
Lifelong learning in the era of globalization
To the Spring 2017 graduates, who are about to take a big step forward in life
When most of you entered this University in 2013, Waseda implemented the quarter system, which gives more opportunities for students to study abroad. In 2014, the Waseda International Student House (WISH), the largest international student dormitory in Japan, opened in the Nakano Community Plaza, approximately a 10-minute train ride away from the Waseda Campus. Furthermore, the construction of the new Building 3 (which houses the Faculty of Political Science and Economics) was completed in the same year. This Building is equipped with ICT facilities to realize interactive, problem identifying- and solving-based classes. Classrooms adaptable to various teaching styles and multipurpose space are also available to better enhance the learning experience.
We must think contemplate issues our society faces on a global scale, and having an international perspective will becoming essential for higher education institutions. Waseda University is working towards laying out an enriching learning environment infrastructure by offering various study abroad programs, foreign language classes for practical use, and English-based degree programs. Presently, there are over 5,000 international students at Waseda, and having discussions in multiple languages among students is becoming a part of daily life on campus. Moreover, there are more than 4,000 Waseda students going abroad. Waseda tops for the globalization of education and research in Japan.
The three pillars of Waseda University Mission are: independence of learning, practical utilization of knowledge, and good citizenship. Under these principles, Waseda graduates are expected to use their knowledge gained not for self-interests but for the world at large with altruism, training to become global leaders. In the 2017 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, which evaluates performance of university graduates worldwide, Waseda University ranked No.1 again in Japan and No. 26 in the world. This achievement is the result of Waseda alumni preserving and building upon the legacy of Waseda University in various fields.
With your hearts full of ambitions and aspirations, all of you from this graduating class will soon embark upon the next stage of your lives, whether it be graduate school, work or a different path. However, when you look around the world, globalization and technology are rapidly developing. On the other hand, global issues which threaten the dignity and the very existence of the human race, such as regional conflicts, economic inequality, famine, poverty, and massive environmental destruction, are severely escalating. Because we live in such day and age, I sincerely look forward to Waseda graduates taking the lead to make the world a better place.
I also want to remind you all that your learning does not stop after graduation. The society we live in today is highly knowledge-base, where new knowledge, information, and technology are quickly gaining importance to serve as the foundation for taking actions in various fields, starting with politics, economics, and culture. Not only for graduates going onto earn higher degrees but for those of you who will start working, you will be required to continue learning throughout life. Waseda University is committed to opening its doors to welcome graduates back to campus any time whenever learning becomes necessary. As mentioned in Waseda Vision 150, the strategic plan celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary, the University aims to establish itself as the center for learning and meet the needs of its graduates at all stages in life.
Lastly, I would like to express my heartfelt felicitations to the graduates, as well as their family and friends who have support them along the way.
Waseda University President