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Early Spring Issue (Apr.)

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What is the "liberal arts education" for cultivating leaders in global society?

Holding a "Waseda 150 Symposium: Considering Liberal Arts Education

Active debate took place during the panel discussion

Currently, Waseda University has established "Waseda Vision 150" for conceiving and realizing the ideal form (vision) of our university around our 150th anniversary in 2032. Review is now being conducted for a specific action plan. One core strategy of Waseda Vision 150 is "reconstructing the education system for cultivating global leaders." In relation to this strategy, a symposium was held on January 16th to spotlight liberal arts education of university students in an increasingly global society.

During the symposium, Professor Aya Yoshida and Professor Tatsuyuki Kamio (Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences) introduced the history of liberal arts education and offered advice for issues. Afterwards, a panel discussion coordinated by Professor Takahiro Ono (Dean of the Academic Affairs Division) was held featuring panelists Professor Yoshida, Professor Kamio and Vice-President Shuji Hashimoto. An animated Q&A session was held between faculty, staff, alumni and panelists. Discussion centered on topics such as the advancement of debate regarding liberal arts education and the ideal form of liberal arts education. The symposium was a meaningful event for considering liberal arts education at Waseda University.