Focus on the Future

WASEDA, advance in the world

On October 21st, 2007, Waseda, advance in the world, University celebrated its 125 anniversary. 125 is a very significant number for Waseda University because its founder Shigenobu Okuma's theory of '125 years of life': "human lifespan can be as long as 125 years." Considering the period of 125 years as its first century, Waseda University celebrated its Second Founding and started its second century.

The world is now facing plenty of global issues, demographic, environmental and economic issues as well as regional conflicts. And they cannot be solved solely by one nation or by one leader. But it is innovative ideas, or rather, people who have developed innovative ideas and who have international perspectives based on which they can put those ideas into action, that can open up a new horizon. It is time for Waseda University to launch efforts to nurture global leaders who spare no efforts to tackle the issues they face and, in so doing, contribute to the international community.

Focus on the Future WASEDA, advance in the world. As one of the world's best education and research organization, Waseda University is firmly committed to pursuing further reform.

This website provides the basic information of Waseda University. For more detailed information, please also refer to the Waseda University official website.

  1. Where is Waseda University located?
  2. When was Waseda University founded?
  3. What undergraduate and graduate schools does Waseda University have?
  4. Who is President of Waseda University?
  5. What is Waseda University's mission?
  6. Where can I find statistics about Waseda University?
  7. What curriculum does Waseda University have?
  8. How many international students does Waseda University have?
  9. What's WOL? About WOL
1.Where is Waseda University located?

Waseda University has nine campuses and most of them are located in Tokyo, or in the Kanto area. Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems and Systems Research Center are in Kitakyushu City. Waseda University also has its offices and research institutes worldwide (China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, the United States, Germany and France). They serve as bases for foreign exchange and are reinforcing cooperation among them.

Locations of Campuses in Japan
Institutions Worldwide
2.When was Waseda University founded?

Waseda University was founded in 1882 (Meiji 15) by Shigenobu Okuma, Ex-Prime Minister, with the aim of developing human resources in modern Japan. It was originally named Tokyo College for Technical Studies (Tokyo Senmon Gakko) and in 1902 (Meiji 35), the name was changed to Waseda University. The University now consists of 16 undergraduate schools, 23 graduate schools and other affiliated institutions and the number of students has grown to 50,000.

While its tradition, pride, educational philosophy and methodology developed with flexible and innovative ideas have always been leading Japan's education, Waseda University has produced a lot of internationally-known researchers, literati, entrepreneurs, and politicians including six Japanese prime ministers.

In addition to its excellent alumni, Waseda University has published important research results; findings in cutting-edge robotics and nanotechnology, production of a computer-generated image of Egyptian mummy face, and development of film/video production systems in collaboration with private enterprises.

Waseda University Archives also has a collection of records concerning the history of Waseda University and its founder Shigenobu Okuma.
http://www.waseda.jp/archives/index.html (Japanese Only)

Please also refer to the Waseda University official website for the history of Waseda University and the portraits of Shigenobu Okuma.

3.What undergraduate and graduate schools does Waseda University have?
16 Undergraduate Schools
  • School of Political Science and Economics
  • School of Law
  • School of Letters, Arts and Sciences I *
  • School of Letters, Arts and Sciences II(Evening Division) *
  • School of Culture, Media and Society
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Commerce
  • School of Science and Engineering *
  • School of Fundamental Science and Engineering
  • School of Creative Science and Engineering
  • School of Advanced Science and Engineering
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Human Sciences
  • School of Sport Sciences
  • School of International Liberal Studies *1
23 Graduate Schools
  • Graduate School of Political Science
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Letters,Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Commerce
  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering *
  • Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies *2
  • Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies *2
  • Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics
  • Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems *2
  • Graduate School of Sport Sciences
  • The Okuma School of Public Management
  • Waseda Law School
  • Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law
  • Graduate School of Accountancy
  • Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering *2
  • Graduate of Teacher Education
  • * Schools having no students from 2007 onward and being supposed to close when all the students have left.
  • *1 Undergraduate and graduate schools having courses conducted in English
  • *2 Undergraduate and graduate schools having courses conducted in English and Japanese
  • In addition to the above, Waseda University has two senior high schools, Art and Architecture School, Kawaguchi Art School of Waseda University, Waseda University Libraries and affiliated research institutes and research centers.
4.Who is President of Waseda University?
President Katsuhiko Shirai

Prof. Katsuhiko Shirai is now President of Waseda University. He became the 15th President on November 5th, 2002. Please refer to the following URL for a sketch of his career.

5.What is Waseda University's mission?

Waseda University's Mission has been based on three Educational Principles advocated by the founder Shigenobu Okuma at the ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the University: "Independence of Learning" "Practical Utilization of Knowledge" and "To Create Good Citizenship"

The above Educational Principles were reinterpreted in the context of the current times to form three new tenets, which now constitute Second Century Declaration.

Challenge:Timely, Innovative Research (from Independence of learning)

In order to stay at the forefront of addressing global and humanity-wide issues, Waseda University is tackling bold, new challenges for developing innovative, advanced technology. By establishing a research framework having its social contribution in view, Waseda will make its technology the driving force through its second century.

Institutional Integration of Lifelong learning (from Practical Utilization of Knowledge)

While upholding the tradition of its commitment to lifelong education, in the spirit of Okuma Shigenobu's educational philosophy, Waseda University is now open and accessible to every generation of every society. Waseda aims to be an institution of lifelong learning, giving every citizen a chance at a higher education and, hopefully, a more fulfilling life.

The Education of Global Citizens (from To Create Good Citizenship)

Waseda's unique liberal arts education is based on the noble mission of fostering coexistence: to nurture "global citizens" who will apply profound scholarship and perspectives to global issues for the welfare of the entire planet and humanity.

Please also refer to the following URL for Waseda University's Mission and Educational Principles:
http://www.waseda.jp/jp/global/guide/mission.html (Japanse Only)

6.Where can I find statistics about Waseda University?

Please refer to FACTS on Waseda University official website. FACTS include the numbers of enrollment, international students, Waseda students studying abroad, and teaching staff as well as IT environment, the number of volumes at Libraries, research funding, tuition and fees and finances.

7.What are the features of the curriculum Waseda University has?

"Education-Oriented Waseda" is making creative and innovative efforts to give all students the greatest possible opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and motivation. For example, there are over 3,000 "Open Courses" offered to all students, while the seminar-style "Theme College" welcomes students of different majors and departments.

On the other hand, Waseda University implemented small-group instruction; approximately 30% of classes are comprised of less than 20 students and 70% less than 50 students. "Tutorial English/Chinese" is a system of teaching English/Chinese by assigning one tutor to every four students. All courses are well thought out and organized. In 2008, an all-campus core curriculum was established and some 10,000 first-year students undergo the same essential core training so that they can carve out a career of their own. Its interactive e-learning courses include "Writing" and "Mathematics." Waseda University is also promoting "Internationalization of Education," providing courses in many foreign languages.

Meanwhile, Waseda University has joint educational programs in collaboration with its affiliated universities including a double-degree program, in which students can obtain their degrees from Waseda University and its affiliated university when they fulfill the requirements while studying abroad. The double-degree program is now available with Peking University in Beijing, Fudan University in Shanghai, National Taiwan University and National University of Singapore.

8.How many international students does Waseda University have?

At its founding, Waseda University established Chinese Students Division and accepted over 2,000 Chinese and Korean students. Such a global-scale mission has been rooted in Waseda's tradition and culture and Waseda University has concluded over 500 agreements with universities and other research institutions. Currently, Waseda University has the largest number of international students in Japan (2,721, as of November 2007).

With the aim of nurturing ambitious and high-minded global leaders, Waseda University will build within ten years dormitories for both national and international students to encourage their interaction through living together. Waseda University is also planning to accept 8,000 international students while sending an increasing number of Waseda students to foreign universities. In addition, Waseda University is giving flexibility to its admission and graduation procedures and encourages interactions among students of all nationalities, all ages and all specialties, appreciating their cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity. Waseda University is pushing through educational reforms in Japanese universities.

9.What's WOL? About WOL

In collaboration with Daily Yomiuri Online, Waseda Online (WOL) provides Waseda University's education and research activities, cultural achievements as well as academic reform efforts on a timely basis. Unlike other Japanese universities, almost all data will be posted in English. Waseda University celebrated its 125th anniversary and its "Second Founding" and made a fresh start. WOL covers a variety of aspects of Waseda University NOW.

Based on their own professional expertise, Waseda University academic staff provide unique analyses and proposals on national and international affairs on a weekly basis. The uniqueness lies in their approaches as Japanese intellectuals.

In addition to the individual-focused 'Knowledge Co-Creation,f this section provides data on Waseda's world-class interdisciplinary research conducted by research institutes and other organizations in the 'Waseda Research Special Zone.'

Waseda University's 'Cultural Properties' provide a better understanding of Japanese culture.

Waseda University enrolls the largest number of international students in Japan. This section provides reports on the campus life of international students from different cultural backgrounds, students in various specialties and popular courses/seminars.

Waseda Movie
This section provides video clips including those of sports activities of Waseda's Baseball, Rugby and Football Clubs as well as other club activities and works by the students of Art & Architecture School.