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This article is about Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. For the university located in the United States, see Soka University of America.
Soka University
Motto Discover Your Potential
Established 1971
Type Private
President Yoshihisa Baba
Students 8,143 (3 May 2015)
Location Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan
Campus Suburban
Colors      Blue      White
Mascot Roaring Lion
Affiliations ASAIHL
Website www.soka.ac.jp/en

Soka University (創価大学 Sōka Daigaku?), abbreviated as Sodai (創大?) is an elite private university in Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) designated Soka University as one of Japan's Super Global Universities. The university has 8 faculties with a total of around 8,000 students, 400 of whom are international students.


Soka University opened to undergraduate students in 1971, with its graduate school opening in 1975. Since the school's founding, more than 50,000 students have graduated from Soka University. [1]

Soka University of America is a related school founded in 2001, located in Aliso Viejo, California, which offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees.[2]

Educational philosophy[edit]

Soka University's educational philosophy was established by Tsunesaburō Makiguchi, the first president of the Soka Gakkai (then called the Soka Kyoiku Gakkai, or Value-creating Education Society), who had worked as the principal of an elementary school in Japan. Makiguchi published the book "The System of Value-Creating Pedagogy" based on his belief that the purpose of education is the students' happiness, and emphasized humanistic education. 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.[3]

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

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

Since 2010, the university has also adopted the official motto Discover Your Potential (自分力の発見?).




Graduate schools[edit]

  • Law
  • Teacher Education
  • Law and Letters
  • Engineering

Honors Program[edit]

  • Global Citizenship Program (GCP)
  • School for Excellence in Educational Development (SEED)
  • Language Education

Research institutes[edit]

  • Institute of Oriental Philosophy

Honorary doctorates[edit]

As of 2015, Soka University had awarded 365 honorary doctorates and honorary professorships, primarily to international figures in academia and culture.[5] In April 1993, Mikhail Gorbachev traveled to Tokyo together with his wife Raisa to receive an honorary doctorate from Soka University in recognition of his efforts for world peace. A cherry tree was planted at the university in their honor during their visit.[6] Rosa Parks visited Soka University in 1994 to deliver a lecture, and was bestowed an honorary doctorate at that time for her contributions to civil rights.[7][8] When Nelson Mandela visited Soka University in 1995, he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his lifelong work to promote human rights.[9] In 1996, the university awarded an honorary doctorate to Fidel Castro in recognition of his efforts to establish exemplary health care and education systems for his nation's people.[10]

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/

Soka 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.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 大学の沿革 創価大学
  2. ^ National Center for Charitable Statistics:
  3. ^ (see Soka Education: For the Happiness of the Individual, pp.123-133; https://books.google.com/books?id=XPQBBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA87&lpg=PA87&dq=Makiguchi+%22purpose+of+education+is%22&source=bl&ots=4BkVISmNsW&sig=OdycvXvAGQ-k5aRO1T0FG4iKFTM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEIQ6AEwBmoVChMIyMzJh_jKyAIVWP1jCh38YQ5c#v=onepage&q=Makiguchi%20%22purpose%20of%20education%20is%22&f=false)
  4. ^ "Undergraduate Programs and Graduate Schools". Soka University. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Gorbachev". Seikyo Shimbun. June 12, 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rosa Parks Biography". Rosa Parks Foundation. January 22, 2005. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rosa Parks Speaks at Soka University". United States Library of Congress. March 16, 2000. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Honorary degrees of Nelson Mandela". Nelson Mandela Institute. May 11, 1996. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Carnet". Le Point. June 26, 1996. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  11. ^ 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