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Spring Verdure Issue (May. 2014)


A new base for cultivation of global leaders and lifelong learning
Opening of the Nakano International Community Plaza!

Dormitory living room

Community kitchen

On March 6th, construction was completed for the Waseda University Nakano International Community Plaza which stands near JR Nakano Station.

The plaza has a total of 12 floors, 1 underground and 11 aboveground. The 1st floor contains lifelong learning facilities. The opening on the 1st floor is the Nakano School of the Waseda University Extension Center, an institution which utilizes Waseda's education and research functions to provide lifelong learning open to the local community. Opening on the 2nd to 11th floors is the Waseda International Student House (accommodations for 872 students; also known as “WISH”), an international dormitory which fosters mutual understanding and international sensitivity through cohabitation of Japanese students and foreign students.

Each WISH dormitory unit accommodates 4 students, with private rooms for each occupant. Other WISH facilities include a community kitchen, music room, fitness center and large bath. Furthermore, all dormitory students participate in the Social Intelligence (SI) program for cultivating talents who will respond to social needs. It is expected that dormitory students will refine their international sensitivity through encounters with the diverse individuality, talents and culture of students gathered from throughout Japan and the world. WISH is also a place to construct trusting relationships and human networks which will last a lifetime.

On April 8th, an opening ceremony was held for the Nakano International Community Plaza. Special guests invited to the ceremony included Tadashi Yanai (1971 graduate of School of Political Science and Economics), President and Chairman of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.,), Ronald K. Y. Chao, Vice-Chairperson of the Hong Kong corporation Novel Enterprises Limited, Masaaki Ogino, Chairperson of Fenix Group Holdings Limited, and Shinichiro Watari, Representative Director and Chairman of Cornes & Company Limited, all of whom contributed greatly to the opening of the plaza. Following a tape-cutting ceremony conducted by President Kamata and 6 invitees, a mixer between invitees and about 100 dormitory students was held at a classroom inside WISH. “Today, every person throughout the world has the opportunity to work on a global scale,” said Yanai in a message of encouragement. “I truly hope that WISH will cultivate talents who will make the world a better place.” While mingling at the mixer, inquisitive students gathered around invitees. For students, it was a first-hand opportunity to hear the expectations of prominent leaders in today's society, as well as to receive encouragement for their life as university students.

Yanai gives a speech

Chao surrounded by dormitory students

Photographs of facilities can be viewed at the following websites.