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Further Expanding the Range of Education & Research

Announcing a plan for cooperation and partnerships with other domestic and overseas universities.

Signing of a letter of basic agreement for the establishment of a joint graduate school with Peking University.

On May 8th, a letter of basic agreement was signed for the establishment of a joint graduate school with Peking University (location: China; President: Xu Zhihong) in the field of "Environment and Sustainable Development". The objective of the joint graduate school is to cooperate in the development of leaders who will create solutions for a variety of global issues.

Under the cooperation of governments and local authorities of both countries, joint research will be advanced through new partnerships in industry, academia, and government. These partnerships will utilize the technology and know-how possessed by Japanese industry. Furthermore, the development of individuals through a partnership of graduate school education programs and joint research will lead to the construction of a new social contribution model relating to conventional support of developing countries.

Research in the field of "Environment and Sustainable Development" which utilizes partnerships in industry, academia, and government is scheduled to begin in September of 2008. A double-degree program in "Environment and Sustainable Development" is scheduled to begin at both universities from April of 2009. A joint graduate school between Waseda University and Peking University is scheduled to be established as soon as the systems of both Japan and China have been prepared.

Agreement made for cooperation in education research with Kansai University.

On May 13th, a comprehensive agreement was made with Kansai University (location: Suita City, Osaka Prefecture; President: Teiichi Kawata). The agreement calls for further increases in the level of education and research, as well as for mutual educational, research, and societal activities from a global standpoint. Theses objectives are to be accomplished through mutual academic exchange in the fields of education and research. By entering into an agreement with Kansai University, further improvement in education levels and broadening of research activities is expected at both universities. Plans call for a unique cooperative partnership in areas such as joint education and joint research. Furthermore, Kansai University expects strengthened functionality in the area of industry, academia, and government partnerships due to provision of know-how from Waseda University, including the record of creation and cultivation in venture businesses launched by Waseda.

Agreement made for a cooperative partnership with the University of Tsukuba.

On May 20th, an "agreement for a cooperative partnership" was made with the University of Tsukuba (location: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture; President: Yoichi Iwasaki), a national university. The objective of the agreement is to promote exchange and partnerships in all educational and research activities, as well as to achieve further strengthening of academic and research standards.

As part of entering into the comprehensive agreement, objectives of initiatives which are currently being examined by both universities are listed below.

(1) Bachelor degree program for the cultivation of researchers in the field of medicine and the field of science and engineering.

Students will enroll in bachelor degree programs for both medicine and science and engineering. This will develop individuals who possess bachelor degrees in both fields and are knowledgeable regarding both medicine and science and engineering. These individuals are expected to perform as scholars who advance research that connects the field of medicine with the field of science and engineering, as well as highly specialized doctors who utilize a variety of abilities.

(2) Partnership in the field of ancient oriental studies

Currently, both universities are the two main domestic bases in the field of ancient oriental studies. The universities shall cooperate to advance further development of ancient oriental research and to develop education and research within the same field. This will make it possible to create an educational and research base which is unrivaled in Japan and is in the top class globally.

(3) Joint research in the field of information and robotics.

Fields in which both universities possess competitive power shall be furthered strengthened. These fields include robotics, sensing, imagery, and intelligent information processing. Furthermore, efficient usage of the academic and research resources of both universities will be achieved by complementing each other.

(4) Other initiatives scheduled for future consideration.

Other issues include exchange of research personnel, joint use of libraries, and exchange of instructor FD (faculty development).