Wako University was founded in 1966 as a four-year liberal arts institution of higher learning. Wako's founder and first president, Dr. UMENE Satoru, was a pioneer in the postwar movement to reform Japanese higher education.
From its inception, Wako University has striven to embody 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 ideas and pursuing 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.