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Holding of the First Soka University SDGs Promotion Center Conference

May 08, 2019

The Soka University SDGs Promotion Center, which aims to internally and externally promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocated by the United Nations, was established this academic year, and its first conference took place on Tuesday, April 30.

At the start of the conference, Soka University President Yoshihisa Baba, who serves as the general manager of the center, shared his greetings: "For Soka University, our engagement in the SDGs is extremely important. One reason for this is that Soka University is aiming at 2023 to become a 'global hub for humanistic education,' under the Top Global University Project. In fact, the global citizenship education which we uphold in the project plays a major role in achieving the SDGs. Another reason is that we consider the SDGs to be an important pillar among the new 'Grand Design' for the next decade which we are currently in preparation for. Also, in January of this year, Soka University Founder referred to the SDGs in concrete terms in his peace proposal and emphasized the potential of university cooperation and education on a global scale. In that sense, with this center at the core, we hope to steadily contribute to the SDGs, gather the wisdom of all related parties, and share such an effort with society and the world at large."

Next, Ryohei Tanaka, director of the center and Soka University Executive Vice President, shared the action plans of the center: "At Soka University, SDGs-related initiatives are already taking place, and there is various education- and research-based efforts advancing towards achieving the SDGs. In addition, SDGs-related events are being planned for the Soka University 50th Anniversary Commemorative Project. In such ways, SDGs-related initiatives have been taking place in a spontaneous manner, and it became necessary to establish a committee that could unify and coordinate all projects on campus. We would like to gather all the strengths of Soka University, ensure that all projects can organically work together, and promote the SDGs while cooperating with stakeholders within and outside our school." The comment by Director Tanaka was followed by a lively discussion on future activities and the sharing of updated information pertaining to the SDGs on campus.

Also, the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2019, which ranks the degree of social contribution of each university in relation to SDGs around the world, was announced last April. Soka University was ranked 4th place out of universities in Japan and entered the range of 101st-200th place globally.