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Waseda University
Okuma lecture hall Waseda University 2007-01.jpg
MottoJapanese: 学問の独立
Motto in EnglishIndependence of scholarship
EstablishedOctober 21, 1882
PresidentAiji Tanaka
Academic staff2,176 full-time[1]
3,327 part-time[1]
Admin. staff1,144 full-time[1]
136 part-time[1]
LocationShinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Former namesTōkyō Senmon Gakkō
Athletics43 varsity teams
ColorsMaroon      [2]
MascotWaseda Bear
AffiliationsUniversitas 21

Waseda University is a well known university in Japan. The main campus is in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It was founded in 1882. Waseda thirty-six departments: thirteen undergraduate schools and twenty-three graduate schools. As of May 2016, there were 42,860 undergraduate students and 8,269 graduate students. It is called 早稲田大学 (Waseda Daigaku?) in Japanese.


Ōkuma Shigenobu started this school in 1882. It started with departments of political science and economics, law, and physical science. There was also an English language course where all students could learn English.[3]

Waseda University students in 1916

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.


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Waseda University's main campus is in Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku. The nearest station is Waseda Station, but nearby Takadanobaba Station on the Yamanote Line is the main access to the university.

Waseda also has other campuses around the country:


Undergraduate Faculties and Departments

  • Creative Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Science and Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Human sciences
  • Sports Sciences
  • International Liberal Studies

Graduate Faculties and Departments

  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Commerce
  • Fundamental Science and Engineering
  • Creative Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Science and Engineering
  • Education
  • Human Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Asia-Pacific Studies

Research Centers

  • Kagami Memorial Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology[4]
  • 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

Other Programs



This group of five universities in Tokyo started in 2001. Students from these universities may take courses at the other universities in the group. The members are:

  • Gakushuin University
  • Gakushuin Women's University
  • Japan Womens University
  • Rikkyo University
  • Waseda University

International Associations

Waseda is a member of:

  • Universitas 21
  • Association of Pacific Rim Universities



Many famous and influential people have graduated from Waseda including:

Former Professors


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Waseda University FACTS 2016
  2. "Waseda University Baseball Team: Renewing Ties with the University of Chicago after 72 Years". Waseda OnLine. The Yomiuri Shimbun. 
  3. Kimura, pp. 74, 123
  4. Shimamura, K., Villora, E. G., Muramatsu, K., & Ichinose, N. (2005). Kagami Memorial Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology, Waseda University, 2-8-26 Nishiwaseda, Tokyo 169-0051, Japan. Journal of Crystal Growth, 275(1-2), 128-134.

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