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Educational Institutes Founded

Makiguchi Foundation for Education

The Makiguchi Foundation for Education, established in honor of founding Soka Gakkai president and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, is a non-profit fund that offers grants and scholarships to international students pursuing masters programs in Japan. The foundation continues to provide financial support for national and international educational projects, institutions and exchanges, as well as for donations of books and classroom supplies to schools, mainly in Africa and Latin America. It also recognizes educators and institutions that promote excellence in educational research and instruction.

Soka Schools

The Soka Junior and Senior High Schools established by Ikeda in Kodaira, Tokyo, in 1968, together with the founding of the Kansai Soka Junior and Senior High Schools five years later, represent the beginning of the development of the Soka School system, which today comprises kindergartens, elementary, and junior and senior high schools, a university in Japan and one in California, USA. Kindergartens have also been established in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Brazil.

The educational system is based on the pedagogy developed by founding Soka Gakkai President and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. His belief that the core focus of education should be the lifelong happiness of the learner, his concern with the development of the unique personality of each child, and his emphasis on the importance of leading a socially contributive life describe the underlying ethos of Soka education today. [Kansai: www.kansai.soka.ed.jp; Tokyo: www.tokyo.soka.ed.jp]

Soka University

In 1971, seven years after Ikeda announced plans to establish a university, the 870,000-square meter Soka University campus was dedicated in Hachioji, a suburb of Tokyo. Ikeda has described the founding mission of the university as the advancement of humanistic education, culture and peace.

Today, Soka University has academic exchange agreements with over 170 universities in 49 countries, and its foreign student exchange program--in which over 350 students from some 42 countries currently participate--ranks among the largest of its kind in Japan.

Soka University has a combined enrollment of around 8,000 as of May 2015, including 390 graduate students and 550 students at the two-year Soka Women's College (dedicated April 1985). As with every Soka School, the institution is open to all qualified students without regard to religious affiliation. [www.soka.ac.jp]

Soka University of America

Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California, USA, is a non-profit, co-educational university offering a comparative study of Eastern and Western perspectives integrated across a traditional liberal arts curriculum. SUA is open to students of all beliefs, committed to diversity in its academic community, and founded on the belief that student-centered education that fosters a global humanistic perspective of the world will advance the cause of lasting peace and lead to real solutions to humanity's most pressing issues. [www.soka.edu]