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 1971
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

Soka University (創価大学 Sōka Daigaku?) is a private university in Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan. The school was founded and opened to undergraduate students in 1971[1] 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.[2] 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]

As of 2013, Sōka University had awarded 345 honorary doctorates and honorary professorships, primarily to recipients in Asia and in developing countries.[3] In 1996, the school gave an honorary doctorate degree to Fidel Castro.[4]

Sōka Women's College[edit]

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

Sōka University shares its campus in Hachiōji, Tokyo with Sōka Women's College (創価女子短期大学 Sōka Joshi Tanki Daigakubu?), an affiliated private junior college that was founded on April 2, 1985.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 大学の沿革 創価大学
  2. ^ National Center for Charitable Statistics:
  3. ^ "名誉博士・名誉教授等の名誉学術称号". Sōka University. November 22, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-11.  Among the countries with the highest number of recipients were China (114), Philippines (21), Brazil (19), Korea (15), Peru (11), USA (11), Taiwan (11), India (10), and Argentina (9).
  4. ^ "Carnet". Le Point. June 26, 1996. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ 昭和61年度版「全国学校総覧」. 原書房. 1986. p. 56. 

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