A Japanese statesman who served as the prime minister, Shigenobu Okuma founded Waseda University, then called Tokyo Senmon Gakko, on October 21, 1882. In the first class, 80 students enrolled in the Departments of Political Science, Law, English, and Physical Science. With wishes that the students of Waseda to be altruistic and help others in need, his words were, “Be ambitious to contribute to the world without regard to the benefits yourself, family, or your country.”
In the present time, Waseda’s culture and traditions have evolved over time since 1882, but its founding principles remain firm. The Waseda spirit lives in the hearts of over 600,000 alumni. Here, we present the changing and unchanged about the University.