Sōka University

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Soka University
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The main gate
Be the highest seat of learning for humanistic education.
Be the cradle of a new culture.
Be a fortress for the peace of humankind.
Established 1969
Type Private
President Yoshihisa Baba
Students 8,143 (1 May 2013)
Location Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan
Campus Suburban
Affiliations ASAIHL
Website www.soka.ac.jp/en
This article is about the Japanese university, for the university located in the United States, please see Soka University of America.

Soka University (創価大学 Sōka Daigaku?) is a private university in Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan. The school was founded in 1969 and opened to undergraduate students in 1971 and opened a graduate school in 1975.

Soka University of America is a related school located in Aliso Viejo, California and offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees.[1] It was founded in 2001.

Philosophy of Soka Education[edit]

Soka University's educational philosophy was established by Tsunesaburō Makiguchi, the first president of Soka Gakkai, who had worked as the principal of an elementary school in Japan. Makiguchi published the Value Creating Educational System based on his belief that "the purpose of education is to lead students' happiness," and emphasized humanistic education pedagogy. This educational philosophy was shared by his successor, Jōsei Toda, who had served as an elementary school teacher. Toda's successor, Daisaku Ikeda, describes his goal as carrying out the dreams of Makiguchi and Toda.

Soka is a Japanese term meaning "value creation". In 1971, as Daisaku Ikeda founded Sōka University, the school established the following founding principles:

  1. Be the highest seat of learning for humanistic education
  2. Be the cradle of a new culture
  3. Be a fortress for the peace of humankind

Honorary doctorates[edit]

In 1996, the school gave an honorary doctorate degree to Fidel Castro.[2]

Soka Women's College[edit]

Soka Women's College
Established 1985
Type Private women's junior college
Location Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan
Website www.soka.ac.jp/swc/

Sōka Women's College (創価女子短期大学 Sōka Joshi Tanki Daigakubu?) is a private junior college in Hachiōji, Tokyo. It was founded on April 2, 1985, affiliated with Sōka University.[3][non-primary source needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Center for Charitable Statistics:
  2. ^ "Carnet". Le Point. June 26, 1996. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ History of Soka Women's College (Japanese)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°41′17″N 139°19′44″E / 35.688°N 139.329°E / 35.688; 139.329