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New Year Issue (Jan.)

SPECIAL REPORT

Staff power

—The driving force behind Waseda—

In order to achieve the important goals of "Waseda Next 125", a high level of consciousness to actively participate is required of staff.
Therefore, we will cast a spotlight on the staff and introduce the various approaches they are involved in.

Part2 Staff・Work Projects

The shape of evolving university staff

At this university, taking into account changes in the environment that surround the university, we have made a new attempt in how we run our staff. We asked those in charge about a few examples.

Staff power enriching educational and research activities

University staff may be a single term, but it comes in various shapes.

Undergraduate school office work

A job to fulfill educational doctrines and ideals between faculty and students

Toyama Campus Administrative Office
Manager
Katsutsune Yokoyama

It is the undergraduate school office's job to fulfill educational doctrines and ideals. The Toyama Campus Administrative Office is in charge of the School of Culture, Media and Society, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Letters, Arts and Sciences I & II in the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, managing about 4500 subjects on a half yearly basis.

The office is divided into academic affairs and general / entrance examination affairs. In academic affairs, as well as offering student support, we organize timetables and allocate classrooms in order to manage an ideal curriculum. On the other hand, general and entrance examination affairs, in addition to conducting examination operations and faculty support, is in charge of general affairs such as campus facilities and equipment, and maintains a suitable climate for education and research.

At the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, in order to understand the needs of faculty and students, along with giving hearings and questionnaires, since the inception of the new undergraduate school system in 2007, students questionnaires have been carried out, and through the investigations and statistics gained on topics such as desires and assessment of lessons, and career advice for graduates, improvements are continuously being made.

From 2009, cross-functional working groups constituting of members from each group have been set up and conducting activities. In 2010, five working groups such as "Campus Adviser Working Group", which aims to offer friendly consultations to students, and "Kawaraban Working Group", which produces and delivers newsletters (left of photo) to the students, have created a steady stream of ideas.

Technical staff work

Specialists supporting "Waseda's experimental education"

Administration and Technology Management Center for Science and Engineering,
Director of Technology Management Division
Yasuhide Saito (left)

Administration and Technology Management Center for Science and Engineering,
Associate Director of Technology Management Division and Administrative Director of Technology Planning Section
Yuji Takagi (right)

In the 100 year history of our university's science and technology field we have regarded "experimental education", which involves coming in contact with things and experiencing phenomena, as the starting point of education. Even now, experimental lessons are being conducted on a daily basis. Characteristic of Waseda's "experimental education", are the cross-department common laboratories, and the maintenance of thorough and detailed support systems. It is Technology Management Division of the Administration and Technology Management Center for Science and Engineering that supports the system.

The technical staff support faculty in experimental lessons, as well as taking on an instructional role. 60 tenured staff and 30 part-time technical staff, all of whom are highly specialized, give safety instructions and guidance on the value of experiments, methodology and how to organize data. Also, they give consultations on research experiments and technical consultations, taking on an important role in supporting the technical side of science and technology research. Not only do they provide support, but also gather information from throughout the country, introduce methods on how to conduct lessons and install large research equipment, and propose ideas related to facilities and equipment. Staff and faculty have joined together to aim even higher, and are working towards enriching science and technology educational research.

Dispatching Waseda staff, Project W

In order to realize「Waseda Next 125」, we are training staff, by conducting projects, to have skills in creating new values.

Hello! WASEDA Project

Releasing the attractiveness of Waseda nationwide through alumni network!

Public Relations Bureau to the Office of the President,
Administrative Manager of Public Relations Department
Chisako Honma

The Hello! WASEDA project dispatches the attractiveness of our university nationwide by linking up with alumni and aims to strengthen the power of the university as a long-term target. In the past few years, the ageing of alumni local chapter organizations and drop in the number of university applicants, especially from rural areas, has set alarm bells ringing, even among staff. This is where a proposal was made that the overall strength of the university should be raised by young staff and regional networks strengthened, so a project was started in 2009 by young interested staff. Activities continue while dealing with everyday business. Project members, as university representatives, negotiate with alumni in each region and hold events for young alumni who bear the future of alumni activities, and junior and senior high school students. While sometimes cooperating with students, the alumni association is becoming active.

The project is also very significant in terms of human resource training. Many members have aired their voices on how activities have helped them grow. "My overall work skills have improved." "I could make a staff network."

Visit the website below for detailed information of our activities
http://www.waseda.jp/external/hello/fl.html

Theme-based (co-curricular sub-major) management support training project

Training staff who can work with faculty as a "sub-major" for staff

Academic Affairs Division Educational Resources Section and Open Education Center
Kotobuki Takesako

Theme-based study (co-curricular sub-major) is a sub-major system crossing all faculties that was installed in the Open Education Center in 2007. In this project, staff conduct lesson management support and registration guidance, with the aim of creating new value by working with faculty. Eligible participants are young mid-career staff and other staff who wish to join. Over the space of a year, they listen to the opinions of faculty and students in the classroom and pursue the role of staff in educational support.

What is most expected of trainees is being able to elicit the potential needs of faculty and embody an educational style to satisfy the students. In doing this, they acquire the ability to communicate and overcome issues and improve their competence. From the perspective of faculty, they feel a sense of satisfaction in seeing the trainees grow as well as recognizing the merits. Heading into our fourth year of operations, our results have exceeded expectations by introducing new subjects, creating business and seminar internships, and hosting symposiums. For future topics, it is necessary to look into management methods that aren't reliant on the project in order to continue such ventures.

Next 125 Project Staff Teams
Student (exam takers included) Support Kohai Navi/SILS Web Renewal/SILS Career/SILS Sempai Support System/SILS Publications/Know SILS/SILS Public Relations/Science and Engineering Center External Enquiries
Community Liaisons Professionals Workshop/Regional Exchange Forum/Regional Coordinator/Hello! WASEDA Project/Science and Engineering Center Community Liaison Project Team/Community Liaison Promotion Through e-Learning
Educational Research Support Educational, Office and Administrative Affairs Planning Team/Educational Office Affairs Support Promotion/Theme-Based Study Management Support Training/Lesson Management Support Training/Lesson Support Portal Development・Usage Promotion/Research Support System Development/Science and Engineering Center Internationalization Project Team/Library Study Support Cooperation/Career Preparation Educational Program Promotion/『Responding to Internationalization』Educational Program Promotion/Promotion of Educational Programs With Other Universities/High School-University Cooperative Program Planning/Curriculum Planning Support/Internationalization Planning for the Waseda Portal Office (WPO)
Management Support Management Support Promotion/Table of Standards for Staff Administrative Skills Preparation/Staff Training/Subsidy Policy Planning Project