Soka University

Toward the Global Initiative of Humanistic Education
The human power and the global power are brought up by "diversification"

Overview of Our Concept

We must implement creative approaches based on the coexistence philosophy of not building one' s happiness over others' misfortune to solve the societal challenges emerging as part of globalization.
In order to solve these challenges, it is important to acknowledge that the place we are at is formed by people with different cultural backgrounds. Having "diversity" as the key factor, Soka will foster "Creative Global Citizens";with strong mind and ability who can lead to make sustainable progress for the society through mutual understandings by communicating with others.

Global Initiative for Humanistic Education

Fostering Global Citizens for
Building Peace and Sustainable Prosperity

Global Mobility

Supporting study abroad and accepting international students will advance the globalization of the campus.

Global Learning

Undergraduate and Graduate programs that meet global standards to foster "Creative Global Citizens."

Global Administration

Aim for globalization in management and decision-making process of the university.

Global Core

Taking global initiatives for humanistic education such as establishing Global Core Center and the Graduate School of International Peace Studies (application submitted to Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology [MEXT]).

Specific Four Initiatives

Diversity: The Key to Enhance the Strength
of Character and Global Skills

The common denominator among the four initiatives that constitute the project's core is diversity.
Diversity is essential in recognizing and understanding language, cultural, and ethnic differences. The key to fostering global citizens is providing practical and relevant education, an education that strengthens "character." By advancing diversity, Soka University will develop individuals with global skills.

Global Mobility

Global Mobility

Supporting study abroad and accepting international students will advance the globalization of the campus.

  • Increasing the number of international students
    Raise the ratio of international students up to 15% of the whole student body

    The number of international students
    In 2013 : 313 students ▶ In 2016 : 834 students ▶ In 2023 : 1,162 students

  • Expanding the number of Japanese students studying abroad
    Almost all Japanese students will experience study abroad

    The number of Japanese students studying abroad with approved credits
    In 2013 : 557 students ▶ In 2016 : 905 students ▶ In 2023 : 1,247 students

Global Learning

Global Learning

Undergraduate and Graduate programs that meet global standards to foster "Creative Global Citizens."

  • Enhancement of Foreign Language Programs
    Enhancement of students' language proficiency level in accord with the goals of the Go Global Japan project

    The number of students meeting the language proficiency benchmark
    (Substantial to TOEFL iBT® score of 80 or higher)
    In 2013 : 296 students ▶ In 2016 : 1,035 students ▶ In 2023 : 1,430 students

  • International Relevance and Quality Assurance
    Ensuring international applicability and steadily achieving the goals held for the Go Global Japan project

    Classes held in (a) foreign language(s)
    In 2013 : 2.8% ▶ In 2016 : 8.8% ▶ In 2023 : 10.0%

    Graduating from courses conducted in foreign language(s)
    In 2013 : 1 course ▶ In 2016 : 6 courses ▶ In 2023 : 10 courses

  • Learning Support Systems
    Various learning support programs to foster Global Citizens
    Selected for the Acceleration Program for University Education Rebuilding
  • Admissions Reform
    To increase diverse students
    Introducing an online application system and a pre-arrival admission for graduate schools to international students

    Accepting external test results in application such as TOEFL®
    In 2013 : 24.0% ▶ In 2016 : 46.7% ▶ In 2023 : 46.0%

Global Administration

Global Administration

Aim for globalization in management and decision-making process of the university.

  • Internationalization of the faculty and administrative staff
    Hiring faculty and administrative staff who can contribute to the globalization on campus

    International faculty
    In 2013 : 43.3% ▶ In 2016 : 49.2% ▶ In 2023 : 68.0%
    (NOTE: Non-Japanese faculty, Japanese citizens who have received degrees or who were matriculated or participated in research programs at university level institutions outside Japan for a sum total of more than one year)

    International administrative staff
    In 2013 : 2.4% ▶ In 2016 : 9.9% ▶ In 2023 : 14.4%
    (NOTE: Non-Japanese administrative staff,Japanese citizens who have graduated from overseas universities or who have experience working or participating in training courses abroad for a sum total of more than one year)

Global Core

Global Core

Taking global initiatives for humanistic education such as establishing Global Core Center and the Graduate School of International Peace Studies (application submitted to MEXT).

  • 2016 - Establishment of Global Core Center
    The Global Core Center will serve to take global initiatives for humanistic education to develop "Creative Global Citizens." As for academics, the center will conduct peace research.
  • 2018 - Scheduled to launch Graduate School of International Peace Studies (application submitted to MEXT)
    Based on the research of the Global Core Center, we will open four courses in the new Graduate School.
    All seminars and research will be conducted in English.

Targets towards 2023

Fostering "Creative Global Citizens"

We seek to foster individuals with the abilities to analyze, integrate, and creatively pursue goals that are grounded in their intellectual capabilities; who can pursue their dreams tenaciously; who have strength of character; who can seriously ponder world issues as if they were personal; who can appreciate differences among people, philosophies, and cultures; and who can work on and across issues with various perspectives.

Through Completion of the Initiative: A Campus Enriched with Diversity

The campus is filled with students, faculty, and administrators who come from globally diverse backgrounds, language paradigms, cultures, and histories. They learn through humanistic education at Soka University, as they find greater personal potential and growth in interactions with others. Such a campus environment exemplifies world peace. The interactions with diverse personalities become an impetus for fostering a sense of coexistence with people of different cultures.

We Will Provide the World with Power for Peace

As the center of an expansive network formed through exchange agreements with research facilities and universities around the world, the Global Core Center will facilitate visits by the world' s front-line researchers and sponsor joint international research symposia in support of studies and education programs on the themes of Peace, Environment, Development, and Human Rights. Additionally, we will establish a graduate program in the Graduate School of International Peace Studies (application submitted to MEXT). in order to develop "Creative Global Citizens."

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