Sōka University

Soka University (Japanese: 創価大学, Hepburn: Sōka Daigaku), abbreviated typically as Sodai (創大) or Sokadai (創価大), is a 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 Top Global Universities. The university has 8 faculties with a total of around 8,000 students, 400 of whom are international students.

Soka University
MottoDiscover Your Potential
PresidentMasashi Suzuki
Students7,230 (1 May 2021)
1-236 Tangi-cho, Hachiōji-shi, Tokyo 192-8577, Japan
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Colors  Blue   White
MascotRoaring Lion


Soka University opened to undergraduate students on April 2, 1971, with its graduate school opening in April 1975.[1] Since the school's founding, more than 50,000 students have graduated from Soka University.[2]

Soka University of America is a related school founded in 2001, located in Aliso Viejo, California, which offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees.[3]

Educational philosophy

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 a primary school teacher. Toda's successor, Daisaku Ikeda, describes his goal as carrying out the dreams of Makiguchi and Toda.[4]

"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).




  • Faculty of Economics
    • Department of Economics
  • Faculty of Business Administration
    • Department of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Law
    • Department of Law
  • Faculty of Nursing
    • Department of Nursing
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
    • Department of Information System Engineering
    • Department of Science and Engineering for Sustainable Innovation
  • Faculty of International Liberal Arts
  • Faculty of Letters
    • Department of Humanities
  • Faculty of Education
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Primary Education

Graduate schools

  • Law
  • Teacher Education
  • Law and Letters
  • Engineering

Honors Program

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

Research institutes

  • Institute of Oriental Philosophy

Honorary doctorates

As of 2015, Soka University had awarded 365 honorary doctorates and honorary professorships, primarily to international figures in academia and culture.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8][9] When Nelson Mandela visited Soka University in 1995, he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his lifelong work to promote human rights.[10] 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.[11] In 2008, an honorary doctorate was awarded to a professor at Moscow State University, Mihail Sokolov, a medical robotics scientist.

Soka Women's College

Soka Women's College
TypePrivate women's junior college
Hachiōji, Tokyo

Soka University shares its campus in Hachiōji, Tokyo, with Sōka Women's College (創価女子短期大学, Sōka Joshi Tanki Daigaku), an affiliated private junior college that was founded on April 2, 1985.[12]

See also


  1. "大学の沿革 | 創価大学 | Discover your potential 自分力の発見". www.soka.ac.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  2. 大学の沿革 創価大学 Archived 2015-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  3. National Center for Charitable Statistics:
  4. (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)
  5. "Undergraduate Programs and Graduate Schools". Soka University.
  6. "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.
  7. "Gorbachev". Seikyo Shimbun. June 12, 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  8. "Rosa Parks Biography". Rosa Parks Foundation. January 22, 2005. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  9. "Rosa Parks Speaks at Soka University". United States Library of Congress. March 16, 2000. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  10. "Honorary degrees of Nelson Mandela". Nelson Mandela Institute. May 11, 1996. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  11. "Carnet". Le Point. June 26, 1996. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  12. 昭和61年度版「全国学校総覧」. 原書房. 1986. p. 56.

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