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True to its traditions and in response to contemporary needs, Waseda University has developed the Global Leadership Fellows Program in cooperation with prestigious American universities (Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, University of Chicago, and University of Washington, New York University).
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 attentions are poured 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 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.
To nurture future leaders for the coming Asian century, Waseda University and the prominent American universities (stated above) 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.

Partner Universities in the U.S.

  • Columbia University
    (*No application is available from 2024.)
  • Dartmouth College
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Washington
  • University of Chicago
  • New York University

Global Leadership Fellows Program

The program aims at nurturing global leaders who:

  • have a solid knowledge of and respect for the histories, cultures and societies of both Asian and Western countries and who have the ability to make sound judgements and decisions informed by that knowledge, and
  • possess personal communication skills and embody values respected around the world, such as courage, trust, and a commitment to service, in addition to high intellectual and analytical abilities.

Participating Schools of Waseda University