Mission and Values

The mission of Soka University of America is to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life.

Values Statement

Soka University is founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life. The curriculum is non-sectarian. Educational objectives are fostered at the university through the commitment to rigorous academic endeavors, free and open dialogue, and an appreciation for human diversity. Education is an integrating process in which students gain an awareness of the interdependence of themselves, others, and the environment. Wisdom, courage, and compassionvalues treasured by the universitydo not exist in isolation. They emerge in individuals as they learn the importance of service to others, to the natural world around them, and to the great cause of peace and freedom.

Principles and Mottos

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University Principles

  • Foster leaders of culture in the community.
  • Foster leaders of humanism in society.
  • Foster leaders of pacifism in the world.
  • Foster leaders for the creative coexistence of nature and humanity.
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University Mottos

  • Be philosophers of a renaissance of life
  • Be world citizens in solidarity for peace
  • Be the pioneers of a global civilization
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The SUA Mission: Educating global citizens