Soka University is aprivate universitylocated inHachiōji, Tokyo,Japan. The school was founded in 1969 and opened to undergraduate students in 1971 and opened a graduate school in 1975.
Soka University's educational philosophy was established byTsunesaburō Makiguchi, the first president of Soka Gakkai, who had worked as the principal of an elementary school in Japan. Makiguchi published the Value Creating Educational System based on his belief that "the purpose of education is to lead students' happiness," and emphasized humanistic education pedagogy. This educational philosophy was shared by his successor, Jōsei Toda, who had served as an elementary school teacher. Toda's successorDaisaku Ikedadescribes his goal as carrying out the dreams of Makiguchi and Toda.
Soka is a Japanese term meaning "value creation." In 1971, as Dr. Daisaku Ikeda founded Soka University, the school established the following founding principles:
1. Be the highest seat of learning for humanistic education.
2. Be the cradle of a new culture.
3. Be a fortress for the peace of humankind.
In 2004, Sanda and Soka University signed cooperation agreement. 3 students studied in Soka from 2005 to 2006. From 2007 to 2009, 3 teachers studied there for their master’s degree. In 2005, Makiguchi education thought research office was set up. In 2013, students from Soka came to Sanda to have an internship in Japanese major. And aperiodic programs of teacher and student exchanges are carried out in recent years.