Waseda University Exchange Program

To nurture future leaders for the coming Asian century, Waseda University and five prominent American universities have committed to establish the Global Leadership Fellows Program (GLFP). The aim of the program is to identify students of promise in multiple fields of study and promote their development as leaders in a world of ever-changing demands and opportunities.

The Global Leadership Fellows Program aims to nurture leaders who:

  • Understand and appreciate both Asian and western histories, cultures, values and societies
  • Possess high intelligence and strong communication skills
  • Are capable of critical analysis and able to develop persuasive arguments
  • Have a clear moral sense, courage and a desire to serve community and society
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills in business and politics, science and engineering, journalism, education, and the arts.

Waseda University was founded by Japanese statesman and later Prime Minister Shigenobu Okuma in 1882. Throughout its 130 years of university history, the principle the founder put forward, “Harmonization of the East and West,” has become significantly relevant to the current world of diversified economy, politics, and culture.

Asia being the emerging economic power as well as the epicenter of geopolitical activities, much attention is pouring into this region. As the U.S. shifts its policy focusing on Asia, leaders who understand Asian values and societies are in critical need and will be in charge of defining the global future.

Japan’s “presence” in Asia is now proportionately smaller economically, however Japan has always been a beacon in Asia for social, economic, and political progress. Its future leaders must become more deeply engaged with the world on both sides of the Pacific.