Soka University

Becoming a Global Hub for Humanistic Education

Overview of the Project Concept

It is crucial to implement creative approaches based on the philosophy of coexistence to not build one’s happiness on the misfortunes of others in order to solve societal challenges that are emerging as part of globalization.
In order to solve these challenges, it is important to acknowledge that the place we are now is formed by people with different cultural backgrounds. Having “diversity” as a key factor, Soka University will foster “Creative Global Citizens” with the intention and ability of prioritizing the sustainable development of society by creating mutual understanding through 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 the establishment of the Global Core Center and the Graduate School of International Peace Studies.

Four Specific 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 linguistic, 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 entire student body

    The number of international students
    In 2013 : 313 students ▶ In 2023 : 1,119 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 2023 : 1,196 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
    (Equivalent to TOEFL iBT® score of 80 or higher)
    In 2013 : 296 students ▶ In 2023 : 1,378 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 2023 : 10.0%

    Courses in which students can complete curricula using only English Language
    In 2013 : 1 course ▶ 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 diversity among students
    Introducing an online application system and a pre-arrival admission for graduate schools to international students

    Accepting external test results such as TOEFL® during enrollment
    In 2013 : 24.0% ▶ In 2023 : 46.0%

Global Administration

Global Administration

Aim for globalization in management and the 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 2023 : 68.0%
    (NOTE: Non-Japanese faculty, and 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 2023 : 14.4%
    (NOTE: Non-Japanese administrative staff, and 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 the establishment of the Global Core Center and the Graduate School of International Peace Studies.

  • 2016 - Establishment of the Global Core Center
    The Global Core Center takes global initiatives for humanistic education to develop “Creative Global Citizens.” In terms of academics, the Center conducts peace research.
  • 2018 - Launch of the Graduate School of International Peace Studies
    With the medium of instruction being English, the Graduate School of International Peace Studies was established to cultivate professionally trained specialists who can conduct research on international peace studies that include both international relations and peace studies.

Targets toward 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 a strength of character to cooperate with others; who can seriously ponder world issues as if they were personal; who can appreciate differences between people, philosophies, and cultures; and who can work on and across issues with various perspectives.

A Campus Enriched with Diversity

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

Spreading the Message for World Peace

As the center of an expansive network formed through exchange agreements with research facilities and universities around the world, the Global Core Center facilitates visits by the world’s front-line researchers, and organizes joint international research symposia in support of studies and educational programs on the themes of Peace, Environment, Development, and Human Rights. Additionally, we have established a graduate program, the Graduate School of International Peace Studies, to foster “Creative Global Citizens.”

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