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New Year Issue (Jan.)


"Waseda Vision 150"

Existing as a university which contributes to the world

We have started full-scale implementation of the mid- to long-term plan "Waseda Vision 150" in order to firmly establish Waseda University as the leading university in Asia by 2032, the year in which we celebrate our 150th anniversary. This article introduces the plan's 4 visions and the 13 core strategies which fulfill those visions, as well as particularly important actions within specific programs.

Discussion with graduates who perform on a global stage

By 2032, realizing a world which shares food equally

Currently, Mr. Kogure works throughout the world as Representative Director of TABLE FOR TWO International (hereinafter referred to as TFT). We spoke with Mr. Kogure about what he values as a global leader, as well as his expectations towards universities.

Conveying ideas and passion through one's own words

Mr. Masahisa Kogure
Representative Director, "TABLE FOR TWO International" (NPO)

――Please discuss the enjoyment of working across organizational and national boundaries, as well as efforts which you make as a global leader.

I feel excitement and a sense of accomplishment when working together with people from a variety of regions in order to create new systems. Of course, misunderstanding arises when communicating with people of different backgrounds, and I sometimes struggle to communicate effectively. For example, the phrase a "healthy diet" is interpreted differently depending on the region. Also, it is hard to reach a consensus when selecting a location for support from among many candidates. However, understanding will surely be reached if we are able to use our own words to clearly communicate our own goals and necessary actions. If we can convey our own ideas and passion, it doesn't matter if we can't speak a foreign language well.

Moreover, 99% of members participate as uncompensated volunteers. Therefore, the work is meaningless if you don't enjoy it. When speaking with TFT leaders from other countries, I try to focus on the fulfillment and enjoyment of my activities.

――Waseda University seeks to cultivate global leaders who are "professionals who possess the ability and aspiration to lead the realization of happiness for each global citizen, and who are capable of thinking and acting with a global perspective." What do you think about this goal?

It's good that Waseda is focusing on "realizing the happiness of each global citizen." Today, the definition of "happiness" is changing. In addition to economic growth, the spiritual fulfillment of people is essential for forming a happy society. I believe that Japan is a country which is capable of realizing a happy society.

A university which enables students to fully utilize their free time

Lunchtime at school in Rwanda

Cafeteria of a corporation participating in the TFT program

With children in Rwanda

Recent book by Masahisa Kogure:
"How to Create Systems Which Improve Society and Make Money"
(Diamond Inc.)

――What kind of society would you like to exist in 2032?

Although the number of collaborators with TFT is currently increasing in Japan, there are only a scattered few overseas. In order to connect these scattered points and create a coherent organization, I would like to take on many new challenges. For example, I hope to expand our aid to include Asia as well as Africa. Through TFT activities, I would like to realize a world which shares food equally by 2032.

――What are your expectations towards universities?

When considering the period spent searching for employment, students really only have two and half years of university life. In addition to simply acquiring knowledge, students have an unparalleled amount of free time for experiencing a variety of values and engaging in thorough debate with their friends. In order to fully utilize this time, I believe that it is necessary for universities, students and corporations to engage in dialogue regarding the ideal form of universities. I would like universities to provide more support for realizing an environment in which students can output their own values and experiences. I hope that Waseda will continue to use its enterprising spirit in order to advance the movement for university reform in Japan. Also, I hope that students can encounter many passionate teachers at university. If teachers are tired, students also lack energy. I believe that universities must be a place where students can encounter brilliant teachers who overflow with passion.

NPO: "TABLE FOR TWO International"
Conducts a program in which a single school lunch (20 yen) is provided to a child in a developing country when a person in a developed country purchases one lunch set or food product which is part of a designated healthy menu.

Mr. Masahisa Kogure
Representative Director, "TABLE FOR TWO International" (NPO)

Born in 1972. After graduating from the School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, conducted research on artificial hearts at Australia's Swinburne University of Technology. Obtained his Master's Degree from Swinburne University of Technology in 1999 and then entered employment at McKinsey & Company. After working at the company's branch office in New Jersey, U.S.A., changed employers and entered Shochiku Co., Ltd. Afterwards, participated in the Japanese social contribution project "TABLE FOR TWO," which seeks to simultaneously solve the two problems of obesity in advanced countries and starvation in developing countries. In 2007, founded the NPO "TABLE FOR TWO International" and assumed the position of Representative Director. In 2011, was selected as an "Entrepreneur Representing Asia" at the Schwab Foundation for social Entrepreneurship World Economic Forum, and received the Nikkei Japan Innovators Award, Prize for Excellence. In 2012, was selected as "one of Asia's 48 Heroes of Philanthropy" by Forbes.