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2014.09.26

Soka selected for education ministry’s 2014 Top Global University initiative

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology (MEXT) announced on September 26 that Soka University has been chosen to take part in the ministry’s Top Global University Project titled ”Super Global University.”

The MEXT initiative aims to enhance the international competitiveness of Japanese universities and facilitate system reforms by offering intensive support for 10 years for selected institutes. These include those schools that are engaged in world-class research and educational programs, and those that are proactively adopting initiatives to advance the internationalization of both the school and its students. Another criterion is that these universities are also networking with academic institutes overseas.

Soka University’s initiative to establish a global center for humanistic education through its global programs and education in an effort to advance peace and sustainable prosperity has been selected under the Leading-Global Type B category of the MEXT project, or universities committed to leading internationalization in Japan.

A total of 93 public and private universities in Japan applied for the Type B designation, with 24 being selected.

Under the project, Soka University will launch four initiatives: Global Mobility, which promotes international diversity of its learning environment through study abroad and academic exchange programs; Global Learning to improve educational competence; Global Administration to internationalize institutional governance and faculty composition; and Global Core, which is based on the establishment of a center to promote internationalization in education and research. The Global Core initiative also includes the launch of graduate programs in peace and global citizenship studies.

Soka University President Yoshihisa Baba issued a formal statement following the school’s selection to the Top Global University Project, reiterating the university’s commitment to become a leading global center for humanistic education that aims to “foster global citizens … that will creatively develop new pathways for the international community to advance in the future.”