|Motto||Freedom and Individuality|
|President||Masao Shiraishi(The professor of Fine Arts)|
Wako University is part of a comprehensive educational institute called Wako-Gakuen (和光学園) (meaning Wako schools), that includes kindergarten, two elementary schools, junior high school and high school. All schools are located in Tokyo.
In fact, the university has direct attached schools, so that people who have attended from the elementary school are relatively wealthy and then they directly go to the university without taking an examination.
Wako University was founded in 1966 as a four-year liberal arts institution of higher learning. Wako's founder and first president, Dr. Satoru Umene, was a pioneering educator who led the postwar movement to reform Japanese higher education. From its inception, Wako University has striven to achieve the high ideal of an interdisciplinary learning community open to society and the world at large. Here, faculty and students interact freely, cherishing the clash of values and opinions, and pursue personal and intellectual growth through independent study and research and extracurricular activities. To broaden their knowledge, students are actively encouraged to take courses in departments and faculties outside their own.
In 2004, Wako University accepted one applicant, however, upon learning that the applicant was the daughter of Shoko Asahara, the mastermind behind the Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, they rescinded her acceptance. This was a controversial event and an assistant professor, Eiji Otsuka, resigned in protest. The president of the university at the time, Osamu Mitsuhashi, was a professor of sociology who had recently published the book "Notes of Discrimination". In end, the university was sentenced by Tokyo District Court to pay a fine of ￥300,000 (US$2,500).
Faculty of Human Sciences
- Psychology and Education
- Sociological Studies
- Human and Environmental Well-being
Faculty of Representational studies
- Transcultural studies
Faculty of Economics and Business Management
- Business and Media
- Social and Cultural Studies