Waseda University
File:Waseda University Logo.svg
(Independence of Learning)
PresidentKaoru Kamata
Academic staff2,152 full-time
4,272 part-time
Admin. staff810 full-time
404 part-time
LocationShinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
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Athletics43 varsity teams
ColorsMaroon     [1]
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AffiliationsUniversitas 21, APRU
WebsiteWaseda University

Waseda University (早稲田大学 Waseda Daigaku?), abbreviated as Sōdai (早大?), is a private university located in seven campuses throughout Japan, with the main campus in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The university consists of 13 undergraduate schools, 23 graduate schools, as well as various research and affiliated institutes. It is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, being one of the 13 universities in the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's "Global 30" Project,[2] and consistently ranking amongst the top universities in Japanese university rankings.

Established in 1882 as the Tōkyō Senmon Gakkō by Ōkuma Shigenobu, the school was renamed Waseda University in 1902. Waseda alumni include seven post-war prime ministers and many corporate leaders. Currently, seven of the Fortune Global 2007's CEOs are Waseda graduates.[3] In particular, the School of Political Science and Economics has a significant influence on Japanese society.

Institution Edit


History and development Edit

The university was founded by samurai scholar and Meiji-era politician and former prime minister Ōkuma Shigenobu in 1882, and was designated as a full university in 1902. It started as a college with three departments under the old Japanese system of higher education.

In 1882, the university had the department of political science and economics, law, and physical science. Along with these departments, an English language course was established, where the students of all the departments could learn English.[4]

Three years later, the department of physical science was closed because it had too few applicants.[5] The department of science and engineering was established in 1908.[6]

The department of literature was established in 1890.[7]

The department of education was established in 1903, and the department of commerce, in 1904.[8]

Much of the campus was destroyed in the fire bombings of Tokyo during World War II, but the university was rebuilt and reopened by 1949. It has grown to become a comprehensive university with two senior high schools and school of art and architecture.

Origin of the name Edit

Waseda University started its life as Tōkyō Senmon Gakkō (東京専門学校?) on October 21, 1882. Before the name 'Waseda' was selected, it was known variously as Waseda Gakkō (早稲田学校?) or Totsuka Gakkō (戸塚学校?) after the location of the founder's villa in Waseda Village and the school's location in Totsuka Village respectively.

It was renamed Waseda University (早稲田大学 Waseda-daigaku?) on September 2, 1902 upon acquiring university status.

Academic cap Edit


Ōkuma had long desired to create an academic cap so distinctive that someone wearing the cap would immediately be identified as a Waseda student.[citation needed] The chief tailor of Takashimaya, Yashichiro, was called upon to design a cap in three days. Each square cap was stamped on the inside with the student's name, his department, the school seal and the legend, "This certifies that the owner is a student of Waseda". Thus, the cap served as a form of identification, and effectively a status symbol. The cap, with its gold-braided badge, is registered as a trademark.

125th Anniversary Edit


On October 21, 2007, Waseda University celebrated its 125th anniversary. Ōkuma often talked about the "125 years of life" theory: "The lifespan of a human being can be as long as 125 years. He will be able to live out his natural lifespan as long as he takes proper care of his health", because "physiologists say that every animal has the ability to live five times as long as its growth period. Since a man is said to require about 25 years to become fully mature, it follows that he can live up to 125 years of age." This theory propounded by Ōkuma was very popular and often referred to in the media of the time.

In commemorative events relating to Waseda University and Ōkuma, the number 125 is accorded special significance, as it marks an important epoch. The tower of Ōkuma Auditorium, completed on the university's 45th anniversary, is 125 shaku, or about 38 m high. In 1963, there were also events to mark the 125th anniversary of Ōkuma's birth.

Ōkuma, who twice served as prime minister of Japan, organized his second cabinet when he was 77 and died when he was 83. He said, "I wish I had understood this '125 years of life' theory 30 years earlier". He did, however, lead a regular life, and lived fairly long compared to other Japanese at the time.

Campuses Edit

Waseda University's main campus is located in the Nishi-Waseda district of Shinjuku. The nearest station is Template:Ja-stalink, although Waseda is generally associated with Template:Ja-stalink on the Yamanote Line.

Apart from the main campus in Shinjuku, there are other campuses around the country:

  • Waseda (Main) Campus: Shinjuku, Tokyo (formerly known as the Nishi-Waseda Campus)
  • Toyama Campus: Shinjuku, Tokyo
  • Nishi-Waseda Campus: Shinjuku, Tokyo (formerly known as the Ōkubo Campus)
  • Nihonbashi Campus: Chūō-ku, Tokyo
  • Higashifushimi Campus: Nishitōkyō, Tokyo
  • Tokorozawa Campus: Tokorozawa, Saitama
  • Honjō Campus: Honjō, Saitama
  • Kitakyūshū Campus: Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka

Undergraduate and Graduate Schools Edit

Undergraduate Schools (Entrance Capacity 8880):

  • School of Political Science and Economics (900)
  • School of Law (740)
  • School of Culture, Media and Society (860)
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences (660)
  • School of Education (960)
  • School of Commerce (900)
  • School of Fundamental Science and Engineering (535)
  • School of Creative Science and Engineering (595)
  • School of Advanced Science and Engineering (540)
  • School of Social Sciences (630)
  • School of Human Sciences (560)
  • School of Sports Sciences (400)
  • School of International Liberal Studies (600)

Graduate Schools:

  • Graduate School of Political Science
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Commerce
  • Graduate School of Fundamental Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Graduate School of Human Sciences
  • Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies
  • Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics
  • Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems
  • Graduate School of Sports Sciences
  • Business School
  • The Okuma School of Public Management
  • Law School
  • Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law
  • Graduate School of Accountancy
  • Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering

Research institutes Edit

  • Kagami Memorial Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology
  • Institute for Comparative Law
  • The Institute for Research in Business Administration
  • Institute for Research in Contemporary Political and Economic Affairs
  • Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences
  • Advanced Research Institute for Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Global Information and Telecommunication Institute
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in Education
  • Center for Japanese Language
  • Media Network Center
  • Environmental Research Institute
  • Environmental Safety Center
  • Center for Finance Research
  • Human Service Center
  • Comprehensive Research Organization (Project Research Institute)
  • Institute for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
  • Consolidated Research Institute for Advanced Science and Medical Care
  • Information Technology Research Organization
  • Organization for Asian Studies
  • Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS)

Facilities Edit

Ōkuma Auditorium Edit


Soon after Ōkuma's death on January 10, 1922, the planning of memorials commenced. The first decision was to construct a large auditorium, something Ōkuma had always dreamed of.[citation needed]

The three-story main auditorium seats 1,435, while the secondary auditorium, located underground, can accommodate 382 people. A seven-story high clock tower stands to the left of the auditorium. The height of the tower, at 125 shaku, or about 38 m, represents the theory of "life of 125 years" advocated by Ōkuma. The bells at the top of the tower were transported through the Panama Canal from the MacLean Company in Baltimore, Maryland. It was the first time that four bells, large and small, had been used in Japan.

Oval-shaped transom windows on the roof represent the sun, moon, and nine planets of our solar system, and symbolize the "harmony of the universe" both inside and outside the auditorium.[citation needed] The auditorium opened on October 20, 1927, about five years behind schedule, after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake. A Memorial Hall, constructed in 1957, was used as the fencing venue for the 1964 Summer Olympics.[9]

In April 1999, the auditorium along with the old library building were officially designated the first and second historical buildings under the newly-passed Tokyo Metropolitan Landscape Regulations, which aim to preserve buildings representative of Tokyo's history and culture.

The auditorium was designated as one of the Important Cultural Properties of Japan by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2007.[10]

Ōkuma Garden Edit


Ōkuma Garden is located near Ōkuma Auditorium. It is a half-Japanese, half-Western garden of Edo period feudal lord Matsudaira Sanuki's former mansion, redesigned by Shigenobu Ōkuma. After his death, the garden was donated to Waseda University. Now it is a recreation place for students.

Libraries and museums Edit

The Waseda University Library, designed by Tachu Naitō, Kenji Imai and Kin'ichi Kiriyama, was completed in 1925. This five-story building, with a total area of 1,195 tsubo (?) (about 3,944 square meters), was used initially as the University Library. The reading room was housed in a separate two-story building, with a seating capacity of 500. One of the prominent libraries established at the end of the Taishō period, it has been a symbol of Waseda University to this day, along with the Okuma Auditorium and the Theatre Museum.

The Old Library and the administration building were expanded in 1934 and 1955 respectively. The Old Library stopped serving as a main library, after the New Central Library, located where the Abe Stadium used to be, was completed in 1990. It now houses Takata Sanae Memorial Research Library, the University Archives, and Aizu Yaichi Museum. Takata Sanae Memorial Research Library opened in 1994. It is named after former university president Takata Sanae. Historical and cultural materials on Waseda University are exhibited in the University Archives, and the materials related with Ōkuma Shigenobu are exhibited in the Ōkuma Memorial Room at the Archives. Aizu Yaichi Memorial Museum opened in 1998. In the front hall, visitors are greeted by the masterpiece "Meian", which dates back to 1927. It is painted on the world's largest hand-made washi (Japanese paper), which is 4.45 meters in diameter and weighs about 12 kilograms. It was manufactured by Iwano Heisaburō, the founder of the Echizen paper works in Imadachi-cho, Fukui prefecture. The masterpiece was painted free of charge by Yokoyama Taikan and Shimomura Kanzan, two artists who represented the modern Japanese style of painting. President Takata Sanae asked them to paint a picture for the Library.

The library possesses a unique collection which survived the Bombing of Tokyo in World War II unlike many of its counterparts. The collection is an important resource for the study of pre-war Japanese history and literature.

Other museums and libraries on Waseda campuses include:

Athletics Edit

Baseball Edit

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The rivalry between Waseda and Keiō University is highlighted by the Sōkeisen in the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League. The baseball series is held twice a year in the spring and autumn at Meiji-Jingu Stadium, and it is considered one of the most important competitions of the year by both student bodies. The Waseda University Baseball Club is the most successful team in the Big6 league in terms of winning percentage, but it has 41 league championships, which puts it second behind Hōsei University.

Football (soccer) Edit

Waseda University football team won the Emperor's Cup, in 1964 and 1967.

Rugby union Edit

Waseda University Rugby Football Club currently is the reigning university rugby union champion in Japan, reaching the university championships 28 times, and winning fourteen times. Its two biggest rivals are Keio University and Meiji University.

Karate Edit

The Waseda University karate club is one of the oldest in Japan, formed in 1931 under the direction of Gichin Funakoshi.[11][12] Graduates of the karate club include Shigeru Egami, leader of the Shotokai school, Kazumi Tabata, founder of the North American Karate-do Federation and Tsutomu Ohshima, founder of Shotokan Karate of America.

Notable alumni Edit

Prime ministers Edit

Business leaders Edit

Academics Edit

Authors Edit

Journalists Edit

Sports Edit

Baseball Edit

Figure skating Edit

Football Edit

Martial arts Edit

Rugby Edit

Other Edit

Performing arts Edit

Diplomats Edit

Politics Edit

Others Edit

Notable current students Edit

Sports Edit

Performing arts Edit

Notable faculty Edit

Professors who are also Waseda alumni are listed in italics.

  • Yaichi Aizu, poet, scholar of ancient Chinese and Japanese art, and namesake of Aizu Museum
  • Tameyuki Amano, economics scholar and educator
  • Yasunobu Fujiwara, scholar of political science
  • Lafcadio Hearn, novelist, literary scholar, professor of English literature
  • Smimasa Idditti (Sumimasa Idichi ), professor of English
  • Kenji Imai, architect
  • Tokio Kimura, historian
  • Kunitake Kume, historian
  • Tachu Naito, architect
  • Naoyoshi Nakamura, historian
  • Haruo Nishihara, law professor, former President
  • Takayasu Okushima, law professor, former President
  • Hajime Ōnishi, philosopher
  • Ikuo Ōyama, scholar of political science
  • Yaso Saijo, poet
  • Masasada Shiozawa, scholar of economics, former President
  • Sanae Takata, scholar of political science, former President
  • Ōdō Tanaka, philosopher
  • Shoyo Tsubouchi, playwright, critic, translator, educator, professor of English literature, and namesake of Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum
  • Sokichi Tsuda, historian, recipient of the Order of Culture
  • Kazutami Ukita, scholar of political science
  • Shujiro Urata, economist
  • Yoshio Yamanouchi, translator, scholar of French literature
  • Akira Yonekura, law professor
  • Takamasa Yoshizaka, architect

Principals, de facto presidents (1907–1923), and presidents Edit

Principals Edit

De facto presidents (1907–1923) Edit

  • Sanae Takata, 1907–1915
  • Tameyuki Amano, 1915–1917
  • Yoshiro Hiranuma, 1918–1921
  • Masasada Shiozawa, 1921–1923

Presidents Edit

  • Shigenobu Ōkuma,[14] 1907–1922
  • Masasada Shiozawa, 1923
  • Sanae Takata, 1923–1931
  • Hodumi Tanaka, 1931–1944
  • Tomio Nakano, 1944–1946
  • Koichi Shimada, 1946–1954
  • Nobumoto Ōhama, 1954–1966
  • Kenichi Abe, 1966–1968
  • Tsunesaburo Tokikoyama, 1968–1970
  • Sukenaga Murai, 1970–1978
  • Tsukasa Shimizu, 1978–1982
  • Haruo Nishihara, 1982–1990
  • Chūmaru Koyama, 1990–1994
  • Takayasu Okushima, 1994–2002
  • Katsuhiko Shirai, 2002–present

Academic rankings Edit

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Waseda University is considered one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, consistently ranking amongst the top universities in Japanese university rankings.

General rankings Edit

The university has been ranked 5th in 2008–2009 and 6th in 2010–2011 in the ranking called "Truly Strong Universities (本当に強い大学)" by Toyo Keizai.[15] In another ranking, Japanese prep school Kawaijuku ranked Waseda as the 13th best university in Japan.[16]

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012, Waseda ranked 351-400 worldwide among universities.

In addition, according to the Qs World university rankings on 2012/9 surveyed about the general standards in Engineering&Technology field, Waseda University was placed 116th (world), 7th(national) and 198th in the general ranking(.[17]

Research performance Edit

Generally speaking, National Universities in Japan have better research standards, however Waseda is one of the few Private Universities which compete with top National Universities. According to Weekly Diamond, Waseda has the 12th highest research standard in Japan in terms of research fundings per researchers in COE Program, and it's one of only 2 private universities within Top 15.[18]

Nikkei Shimbun on 2004/2/16 surveyed about the research standards in Engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Waseda was placed 5th (research planning ability 7th/ability of business-academia collaboration 1st) in this ranking.[19] Waseda is the only private university ranked in the top 5.

Asahi Shimbun summarized the amount of academic papers in Japanese major legal journals by university, and Waseda was ranked 3rd during 2005–2009.[20]

Graduate school rankings Edit

According to the Asia Top MBA Business Schools Ranking by Asiaweek, Waseda Business School is ranked 2nd in Japan.[21] Eduniversal also ranked Japanese business schools and Waseda is 2nd in Japan (93rd in the world).[22] In this ranking, Waseda is one of only 3 Japanese business schools categorized in "Universal Business schools with major international influence".

Waseda Law School is considered as one of the top Japanese law schools, as Waseda's successful candidates for bar examination was 5th in 2009 and 2010 in Japan.[23]

Alumni rankings Edit

Alumni of Waseda enjoy their good success in Japanese industries such as shown below.

According to the Weekly Diamond on 2006/2/18, Waseda got the highest score from the directors of human resource departments in Greater Tokyo.[24] This ranking is titled "Useful University Rankings (役に立つ大学ランキング)". Waseda in Social Science was ranked 1st and Waseda in Natural Science and Engineering was ranked 2nd among all Japanese Universities.[25] According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings and the PRESIDENT's article on 2006/10/16, graduates from Waseda have the 11th best employment rate in 400 major companies and the alumni average salary is the 7th best in Japan.[26][27]

École des Mines de Paris ranks Waseda University as 4th in the world in 2010 (8th in 2011) in terms of the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.[28][29] The university is also ranked 2nd in Japan for the number of alumni holding the position of executive in the listed companies of Japan.[30]

The number of lawyers who graduated Waseda has been ranked 3rd in Japan since 1949.[31] Furthermore, Waseda alumni have been the 2nd largest group in the Japanese Parliament.[32][33]

Popularity and selectivity Edit

Waseda is a popular university in Japan. The number of applicants per place was 20.5(115515/5630) in the 2011 undergraduate admissions.[34] This number of applicants was 2nd largest in Japan.[35] its entrance difficulty is usually considered as top with Keio among 730 private universities.[36][37][38]

Nikkei BP has been publishing a ranking system called "Brand rankings of Japanese universities" every year, composed by the various indications related to the power of brand, and Waseda was top in 2010 and 3rd in 2009 in Greater Tokyo Area.[39]

Trustees Edit

  • Ryuhoku Narushima, poet, journalist, and one of the first trustees of Waseda
  • Azusa Ono (1852–1886), law scholar and one of the first trustees of Waseda

Benefactors Edit

Waseda University has had numerous benefactors, including:

  • Eiichi Shibusawa,[40] businessman and philanthropist
  • Ichizaemon Morimura,[41] businessman
  • Koichiro Kagami,[42] businessman
  • Kenkichi Kodera,[43] presenter of over thirty-six thousand foreign books to the Library
  • Kisaku Maekawa,[44] businessman and philanthropist
  • Masaru Ibuka, after whom Masaru Ibuka Auditorium (Hall)[45] is named.
  • Robert J. Shillman, founder & CEO of Cognex Corporation, namesake of Robert Shillman Hall

Waseda University in the media Edit

Nonfiction Edit

Fiction Edit

Scandals Edit

Super Free was a registered Waseda University school club organized by Shinichirō Wada, a student at Waseda University. The club organized parties in order to rape unsuspecting women. The appeal of these parties was the chance to associate with Waseda University students. After Wada's arrest, the club was disbanded.[46]

See also Edit

Notes Edit

  1. "Waseda University Baseball Team: Renewing Ties with the University of Chicago after 72 Years". Waseda OnLine. The Yomiuri Shimbun.
  3. "International Professional Ranking of Higher Education Institutions: 2011 Survey". MINES ParisTech. École des Mines de Paris. 2011.
  4. Kimura, pp. 74, 123
  5. Kimura, pp. 74, 122
  6. Okushima and Nakamura (eds.), p.42
  7. Okushima and Nakamura (eds.), p.25
  8. Okushima and Nakamura (eds.), p.37
  9. 1964 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 127–8.
  10. "早稲田大学大隈記念講堂". 国指定文化財等データベース:各棟情報詳細. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  11. Funakoshi, Gichin (1973). "Karate-do Kyohan", Kodansha International Ltd, Tokyo. ISBN 0-87011-190-6.
  12. "A Karate Club with a long history". Waseda Weekly. 2006-11-16 accessdate = 2008-12-22.
  13. "株式会社タミヤ・会社概要". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  14. as an honorary post
  15. "本当に強い大学【2010年版】総合ランキング・トップ100――東大5連覇、京大が阪大を逆転、関学躍進(1) | | 投資・経済・ビジネスの東洋経済オンライン". 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
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  17. "QS world university ranking(2012". Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  18. "週刊ダイヤモンド" ダイヤモンド社 2010/2/27
  19. "大学工学部研究力調査(04.2.22)". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
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  21. "Top MBA Universities in Japan | World Ranking Guide". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  22. "University and business school ranking in Japan". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  23. "2010年(平成22年)新司法試験法科大学院別合格者数ランキング -法科大学院seek". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  24. "役に立つ大学ランキング" 週間ダイヤモンド 2006/2/18
  25. "役に立つ大学ランキング 週刊ダイヤモンドより BOKU笑太郎のビジネスに役立つ雑学/ウェブリブログ". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  26. "図録▽大企業就職率大学ランキング". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  27. PRESIDENT 2006/10/16
  29. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Rankings_ENSMP_W
  30. "出身大学別上場企業役員数ランキング" (in Japanese). 大学
  31. [1][dead link]
  32. "政治家出身大学ランキング―有名人の出身大学ランキング". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  33. "University rankings 2011" Asahi Shinbun
  34. "2012年度 一般・センター利用入試出願状況【速報版】 |入学センター|受験生の方|早稲田大学". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  36. National and Public universities apply different kind of exams. so it's only comparable between universities in a same category.
  37. e.g. Yoyogi seminar published Hensachi (the indication showing the entrance difficulties by prep schools) rankings
  38. Japanese journalist Kiyoshi Shimano ranks its entrance difficulty as SA (most selective/out of 11 scales) in Japan. "危ない大学・消える大学 2012年版" (in Japanese). YELL books. 2011.
  39. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Rankings_NikkeiBP_G
  40. Okushima and Nakamura (eds.), p.53
  41. Okushima and Nakamura (eds.), p.51
  42. Okushima and Nakamura (eds.), p.63
  43. Okushima and Nakamura (eds.), p.65
  44. Okushima and Nakamura (eds.), p.68
  45. Masaru Ibuka Auditorium (Hall) is in the International Conference Center.
  46. "Revealed: the workings of a uni rape club". The Age (Australia). 2003-07-05. Retrieved 2008-10-28.[dead link]

References Edit

  • (Japanese) Kimura, Tokio. Waga Waseda: Ōkuma Shigenobu to sono kengaku seishin, Tokyo, Kobunsha, 1997.
  • (Japanese) Okushima, Takayasu.; and Nakamura, Naoyoshi., eds. Tōmonno gunzo, Tokyo, Waseda University Press, 1992.

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