Sōka University (Japan)
Be philosophers of a renaissance of life
Be world citizens in solidarity for peace
Be the pioneers of a global civilization
|Location||Hachiōji, Tokyo,, Japan|
- This article is about the Japanese university, for the university located in the United States, please see Soka University of America.
Sōka University (創価大学 Sōka Daigaku ) is a private university located in Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan. The school was founded in 1969 and opened to undergraduate students in 1971 and opened a graduate school in 1975.
 Philosophy of Sōka Education
Sōka University's educational philosophy was established by Tsunesaburō Makiguchi, the first president of Sōka 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.
Sōka is a Japanese term meaning "value creation." In 1971, as Dr. 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.
 See also
- Sōka University of Japan (English portal)
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