Capitol University & Soka University
A Partnership for Promoting Peace through Education
The friendship between Atty. Casimiro B. Juarez, Jr., Capitol University President and Japanese Principals of the maritime graduates of Capitol University led to a one-month long photo exhibit of the Hato-Kai (a group of SokaGakkai International members who are in the maritime occupation). This exhibit held on February 1996 at the then Cagayan Capitol College showcased photos taken by Hato-kai members while on board seagoing vessels. Through this exhibit, SokaGakkai International – Philippines was formally introduced to Capitol University.This, in turn, led to the formal introduction between Capitol University and Soka University.
In 1999, Atty. Casimiro B. Juarez and Dr. Fe R. Juarez visited Soka University and Soka Women’s College, which marked the first of a series of visits to Soka University. It also marked the beginning of reciprocal academic distinctions and awards between the two universities as outlined below:
… 1999 …
- Atty. Juarez (University President) received the Soka University Award of Highest Honor
- Dr. Fe Juarez (Executive Vice President) received the Award of Highest Honor in the Field of Education from Soka Women’s College
- Bataan Heroes Memorial College (sister school of Capitol University) conferred on Soka University Founder, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, the BHMC Golden Peace Award and on Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda, the BHMC Award of Highest Distinction
- Capitol University conferred Doctor of Humanities, HonorisCausa,to Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, Founder of Soka University.
Madame Laureana Rosales with Atty. Casimiro Juarez and Dr. Fe Juarez visited Japan to personally confer on Dr. Ikeda this academic honor.
- Soka University conferred to Madame Laureana Rosales the degree, Doctor, HonorisCausa
- Soka University conferred to Atty. Casimiro B. Juarez, Jr the degree, Doctor, HonorisCausa
- Capitol University awarded to Dr. Daisaku Ikeda the Madame Laureana Rosales Education and Humanitarian Award and to Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda the Award of Distinction
- Capitol University and Soka University signed a Memorandum of Understanding
As a result of these formal ties between the two universities, several programs and projects were launched.
- The first delegation of Soka University students visited Capitol University during its Commencement Exercises
… 2001 ~ present …
- Every year, two to three private students from Soka University study at Capitol University joining English classes and Business classes.
… 2005 …
- Soka University students together with SGI members studying at Capitol University formed the Lotus Sutra Research Group
Dr. Daisaku Ikeda chose the name for this group of Capitol University students who strives to attain the ideals set by the two universities through Buddhist principles.
… 2007 …
- Aimashoo – Panagkitaay (One-week Cultural Exchange Program between Soka and CU students) was held at Soka University, Japan and supported by the Japan Foundation, Manila. Six Capitol University students, one Iligan Capitol College student and one Capitol University faculty traveled to Japan to engage in this cultural exchange program under the auspices of the Japan Foundation, Manila.
- Capitol University Intensive English Program for Soka University students
Soka University students undergo two-week intensive English courses at Capitol University as well as gain exposure to the Philippine society through field trips and visits to different communities.
… 2011 ~ …
- Training Course on Research and Presentation (Soka University Global Citizenship Program Overseas Training Course at Capitol University)
Soka University students under the Soka University Global Citizenship Program participated in the Training Course on Research and Presentation where they conducted field work on predetermined research topics in different Philippine communities and presented the results in English.
- The second session of the said training course will be on February 2012.
With a Memorandum of Understanding between Capitol University and Soka University in place, the partnership towards promoting peace
through education continues in the present and beyond.