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Spring Verdure Issue (May)

Part.4 Message from the Deans

Overview of educational policy and important projects for each undergraduate school

Actions to achieve an "educational Waseda" consist of more than just reform of university-wide projects such as open education. Each of the 13 undergraduate schools is starting new projects based on the philosophy and policy of the school. This article contains messages from the Dean of each school.

from WASEDA MESSAGE   School of Political Science and Economics
  Shozo Iijima Dean of the School of Political Science and Economics
The School of Political Science and Economics performs education and research in political science and economics, which is "a social science that forms the foundation for analyzing social trends and recommending a variety of policy based upon that analysis". In 2004, the Department of International Political Science and Economics was established as an addition to the existing Department of Political Science and Department of Economics. This establishment was the realization of a school-wide philosophy to develop professionals who are able to flexibly and boldly confront the various issues relating to global politics and economics.
Also, in 2009, we began a broad revision of our curriculum. The revision includes further systematic fulfillment of subjects, standardization of foreign language education, establishment of detailed education in small groups, and advancement of a semester-based system. In particular, we expect "comprehensive fundamental exercises" to become deeply rooted as a feature of education at our school. These exercises are taught in classes of 18 students or less and provide thorough strengthening of qualities needed for studying at university.
School of Law   School of Culture, Media and Society
Tatsuo Uemura Dean of the School of LawThe goal of the School of Law is to broadly develop professionals who possess the legal sense which is urgently required by Japanese society. This goal is made possible by high-level research standards.
Waseda University possesses 5 legal organizations. These organizations include the School of Law itself, the Institute of Comparative Law, and a Global COE, which is a large research institute selected for the purpose of advancing the creation of new legal science in Japan. Furthermore, on top of the foundation provided by the organizations listed above, there is development of researchers (Graduate School of Law) and development of legal professionals (Waseda Law School). The comprehensive strength of these 5 organizations forms the ultimate environment which separates the Waseda School of Law from all other competitors.
We seek to develop professionals who grasp the essence of society which exists in the background of law, and who are able to serve as advocates of Japan through language ability which enables the transmission of world-class knowledge to overseas locations.
  Sumio Obinata Dean of the School of Culture, Media and Society
Our school uses modern issues to illuminate the wisdom of cultural science and boldly bridges academic fields to create a new kind of learning. The specialty of our school is divided into 6 fields which are referred to as theoretical configurations. "Transcultural Studies" consists of research for regional culture with a focus on mobility and confluence. "Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture" researches the structure of culture which exceeds regions and times. "Studies in Media, Image, and Body" analyzes symbolic culture from media, images and physical forms. "Creative Writing and Criticism" develops specialized education related to the creation of art and media. "Contemporary Human Studies" uses a variety of academic fields and methods to research the behavior of contemporary human beings. "Social Constitution, History, and Culture" examines modern issues from a historical perspective and explores new social constructions.
Over 700 courses of great variety provide an encounter with learning that is intellectual stimulating. New culture is constructed through systematic study that spans a variety of different fields within a program composed of seminars and exercises.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences   School of Education
Sumio Obinata Dean of the School of Humanities and Social SciencesThe School of Humanities and Social Sciences will further refine a traditional academic system which was developed through our 120 years of history. Our school shall establish steadfast academics which are attune to the times but are not swept along in the waves of the era. The specialty of our school is composed of 17 courses which seek to pass down and develop academics. Courses in Philosophy, Asian Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and Education offer in-depth examination of human beings and the world. Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, English Studies, French Studies, German Studies and Russian Studies clarify the essence of language, literature and culture. Theatre & Film Arts and Art History undertake an academic examination of expression and art. Japanese History, Asian History, Western History and Archaeology conduct a historical investigation of mankind and society.
Over 700 courses of great variety provide an encounter with an academic world of great depth. Through a full lineup of exercises and specialized lectures which cover all fields, our school works in the classics and also keeps a view on advanced research.
  Tatsuyuki Kamio Dean of the School of Education
The School of Education is the nucleus of the Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, which includes a graduate school and a research institute. As implied by the name, our two educational policies are "education" and "integrated arts and sciences".
Our policy of "education" consists of three elements. The first is the cultivation of teachers. The second element is the development of professionals who are capable of performing in a widely defined range of educational areas, including the community and households. The third and final element is the development of professionals who are able to convey the necessary information to surrounding people in actual society. Information must be conveyed accurately and in a way that takes root in the minds of people.
Stated simply, the goal of "integrated arts and sciences" education is to study "broadly and deeply". This is accomplished by escaping from the categorization of fields of study on the horizontal plane, while at the same time increasing the depth of study on the vertical plane. More specifically, two types of education are enacted for students who are entering a society in which vertically divided organizations and conceptions are crumbling. Firstly, since the arts and sciences coexist in our school, students are able to quickly acclimatize themselves to each way of thinking. Secondly, students encounter the most advanced knowledge by taking classes conducted by instructors who are active on the forefront of arts and sciences.
School of Commerce   School of Fundamental Science and Engineering
Naoto Onzo Dean of the School of CommerceOne feature of the School of Commerce is the semester system. In the semester system, one academic year is divided into a spring semester and a fall semester, and a single course is completed within each of the two semesters. This system enables students to intensively and efficiently study a variety of academic subjects, and is also beneficial in the case of foreign study at overseas institutions where the start of the academic year is different.
The Faculty of Commerce possesses both a research-based graduate school and a graduate school for adult students (MBA). Through a partnership with the former, students with outstanding academic records can obtain a Master's Degree after 5 years of study (3 and a half years at undergraduate school and 1 and a half years at graduate school). A relationship with the latter enables high-level business education sought by the business world to be provided through a link between education and research.
The entire faculty of the School of Commerce is working to allow students to enjoy a high level of satisfaction in their studies.
  Sunao Kawai Dean of the School of Fundamental Science and EngineeringWe have entered an age in which it is no exaggeration to say that the conventional framework of society has started to crumble on a world-wide scale. It is necessary to once again consider questions such as "What kind of university education is sought in these kinds of times?" and "What should be studied at university?"
When considering these issues, we can reach a conclusion that university education must shift its axis towards an emphasis of quality. In this case, "quality" refers to the development of young professionals who are capable of creative thinking and have the ability to open a new era. This kind of shift in education would be similar to the steady changes in society from "an age seeking the expansion of quality" to "an age questioning quality".
From this kind of perspective, the School of Fundamental Science and Engineering seeks to develop young professionals who will create new values and a new society.
School of Creative Science and Engineering   School of Advanced Science and Engineering
Hiroshi Yamakawa Dean of the School of Creative Science and Engineering-Our school seeks to construct new engineering for the 21st century under the keywords of "human", "lifestyle" and "environment".-
The School of Creative Science and Engineering and Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering are developing education and research for the construction of new engineering for the 21st century. This education and research is being developed from an internal perspective of mankind and citizens under the keywords of "human" and "lifestyle", as well as a global perspective of world-wide scale under the keyword of "environment". In addition to the development of education and research in our 5 specialized engineering departments, our school is also developing 2 fields of cultural education and "education and research that is the fusion of arts and sciences" in order to expand the range of knowledge in our students.
Specifically, our school seeks to cultivate high-level international technicians and researchers who possess an ethical perspective that constantly considers human, lifestyles and the environment. Through active foreign study and research by students and faculty, we are developing a fusion of education and research in both domestic and international universities and research institutions, as well as in the engineering campus.
  Atsushi Ishiyama Dean of the School of Advanced Science and EngineeringThe School of Advanced Science and Engineering is a cutting-edge school that seeks use natural science as a base for the development of advanced scientific technology in the areas of science, engineering, life science and medicine. Our school also seeks to construct new interdisciplinary fields based upon those areas.
In our school, students have an affiliation with specialized departments from their freshman year of university. This allows students to acquire solid fundamental abilities beginning from early in their time at university. These abilities will then serve as an axis for further study. Furthermore, students study to obtain the senses and thinking methods of specialists in each of the relevant academic fields by participating in lectures and experiments.
For upper grades of undergraduate students and for graduate students, the "Advanced Fusion Cluster Systems" provide the opportunity to study cutting-edge academic fields which break through the boundaries of departments and academic majors. By experiencing the ways of viewing and thinking of items in a different field, students will be able to grasp matters from multiple perspectives. This is a valuable experience for those looking to undertake creative work, and I hope that students will take advantage of this system.
School of Social Sciences   School of Human Sciences
Hidetoshi Taga Dean of the School of Social SciencesOur school has the goal of further advancing the creation of interdisciplinary education, socialization and internationalization. Education at our school is well balanced between lectures, exercises, and field work. In their 1st and 2nd years, students take courses in the fundamentals for general social sciences. In their 3rd and 4th years, students enroll in high-level, advanced specialist courses and interdisciplinary courses. In this way, our school develops professionals who can perform as both experts and generalists. We strive to create opportunities for performance on an international stage by requiring students to study a secondary foreign language and by conducting lectures in English. We strive to create a fulfilling curriculum at graduate school, which is one important path for students after graduation. By doing so, we seek to create a variety of paths for students to chose from and to add dimension to our student's lives. One will naturally become a good person if he or she is surrounded by good friends. As such, I hope that our school is an environment where all of our faculty, staff, and students exhibit the power that they possess, and where all grow and live together. From 2009, our school shifted to a fully daytime program, and is now the most impassioned school in the world.   Miho Saito Dean of the School of Human SciencesThe School of Human Sciences seeks to realize the philosophy of pursuing well-being (living an even better life). The concept of "harmony and balance" has been placed at the center of our educational policy. Harmony and balance are also realized in the curriculum of our school. Students learn scientific methods in addition to a humanities perspective. Also, in addition to classroom theory, students engage in practical study through field work at places like schools and hospitals. We have made statistics a compulsory course, and have also actively implemented health education, career education, and coordinated study which uses e-learning for students in their first year of university. These actions are part of our efforts to develop problem-solving abilities which will be of immediate use in society. We seek to develop professionals who are capable of contributing to the happiness of mankind as "spiritually rich and compassionate individuals with a foundation of plentiful knowledge".
School of Sport Sciences   School of International Liberal Studies
Isao Muraoka Dean of the School of Sport SciencesThe School of Sports Sciences was established with the goal of becoming the finest educational and research institution for sports science in Japan. In order to achieve this goal, I believe that enrichment of education programs and dramatic advances in research are vital. To enrich education, our school is working for thorough implementation of introductory education for 1st year students, as well as enrichment of specialized education for students in their 2nd year or higher. Furthermore, in addition to our existing policy of establishing Tutorial English as a compulsory course, we have introduced Sports English, overseas programs and overseas internships. In the future, we are planning actions for even further internationalization, beginning with the active acceptance of foreign exchange students. The goal of the School of Sports Sciences is to develop promising professionals who combine a high level of education, international ability and specialized knowledge.   Paul Snowden Dean of the School of International Liberal StudiesThe School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) started our 6th year in the new Building No. 11. I will explain the fundamentals of our school by using words that begin with the prefix "multi-".
(1)Multinational: One-third of the students at our school are from overseas. Students born in countries as near as Korea and as far away as Uganda and Iceland are already studying at the SILS. These students can experience the lifestyle and culture of Japan while also instilling Japanese students with knowledge regarding different cultures. This concept could also be described using the word "multicultural".
(2)Multilingual: Since there are many foreign students, classes at our school are conducted in English. This is good preparation for Japanese students, who are required to study abroad. The opportunity to study together with foreign students is also important. Of course, Japanese is taught to foreign students. Our school also advances summer courses for the acquirement of one additional foreign language. As a result, the ideal graduate should be able to speak 3 or more languages.
(3)Multidisciplinary: From the very beginning, the SILS provides a liberal arts education, not an education in one special area. An important feature of our school is the opportunity for a wide range of study from 7 different courses. This type of study is useful for finding one's path (employment, further education, performance in international society) in today's ever-changing society.