With social issues becoming increasingly complex and advanced, it is the job of universities to provide a graduate education that is both enriching and specialized and produce capable individuals who can take the lead in a global setting. Waseda University has now established a new five-year Advanced Science and Engineering program in its Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering. This is a part of restructuring the educational system in order to develop global leaders, a core strategy in Waseda Vision 150 (the university's long-term plan for 2032, when the university will celebrate its 150th anniversary). This new graduate school education model is permeating and spreading throughout the entire university. The program is characterized by diversity, openness and international orientation –features of Waseda’s style – and will produce innovative men and women who can look at the big picture and tackle complex problems related to energy through a combination of disciplines from materials science to device and systems engineering.
Our Leading Graduate Program in Science and Engineering fosters the development of Ph.D. students with a deep and wide special knowledge, broad vision and global communication skills through collaborations with industrial sectors and overseas institutions, and is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
The five-year program is open to highly motivated students from a wide range of special fields and devotes more time to seminars and research than conventional programs. A team of faculty members is responsible for educating the students in collaboration with industrial sectors and overseas institutions. Qualifying Examination and thesis defense examinations are employed to ensure an international standard quality of education. The first graduates from this program will receive their Ph.D. degree and begin their professional careers in 2016. With cooperation and strong support from industrial sectors, overseas institutions and other involved parties, let us foster ambitious and passionate Ph.D. students toward the global leaders of tomorrow.