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Message from The Chancellor
Message from The President
Educational Ideals
Jesuit Tradition
School Insignia and the School Name
Sophia University School Song
Jesuit Educational Institutions for Tertiary Education in the World
History of Sophia University
Arrival of St. Francis Xavier~1967
Learning about SOPHIA on the Web
Spirit of Sophia
The Society of Jesus and the Founding of Sophia University
Three Jesuit priests arrive at the port of Yokohama
Ignatius and the Jesuit religious order
The Spiritual Exercises as the spiritual foundation of the Jesuits
The Comrades of Ignatius and the Founding of the Jesuits
The Jesuits after the Death of Ignatius
The Suppression of the Society of Jesus because of its Resistance to Political Absolutism
The Society of Jesus and the Education of Women
The Development of Sophia University after World War II
Growth by Adding a Faculty of Science and Technology to the already existing Faculties
Sophia’s Special Characteristics
Sophia Factbook
Statistics 2017 - Sophia at a Glance
Annual Operating Plans
Financial Report
Organization Chart
Sophia University Visual Identity
Long-Range Planning
Grand Layout 2.0 (2014-2023)
On the Occasion of the Announcement of the "Grand Layout"
"Grand Layout"for Renewal of Education, Research, and the Campus Facilities (the Board of Trustees' Draft Plan)
Campus photos
Campus photos (ceremonies and events)
Open Campus 2015 - Part 1
Open Campus 2015 - Part 2
Sophia University “Yukata” Day 2015
Entrance Ceremony 2015 - Part 1
Entrance Ceremony 2015 - Part 2
Graduation Ceremony 2014- Part 1
Graduation Ceremony 2014- Part 2
Sogang-Sophia Festival of Exchange (SOFEX) 2014 held in Seoul
Nursing commitment ceremony
Graduation Ceremony in Sept. 2014 and Entrance Ceremony in Sept. 2014
Campus photos(campus scenes)
Sophia’s Yotsuya Campus - Spring and summer (Photos: Keigado)
Sophia’s Yotsuya Campus - Autumn and winter (Photos: Keigado)
Campus in spring
Campus in summer
Campus in autumn
Campus in winter
Campus during Christmas Season
Mejiro Seibo Campus 1
Mejiro Seibo Campus 2
Monumenta Nipponica
SOPHIA magazine - the Magazine for Overseas Readers
Sophia University Press
English titles
About SUP
Order Information
Aiming for a campus without harassment
Definition of Harassment
How to prevent harassment
What to do if you are harassed
The steps to be taken for resolving harassment cases
What to do if your advice is sought
What to do if you witness a scene of harassment
Guidelines for Preventing Harassment
Basic Policy concerning Harassment
Definition of Harassment
Activities to increase awareness of harassment and its prevention
The scope of the application of the Guidelines
The process to reach a solution
Points to be noted about harassment
Regulations, committees and the rules on harassment
Sophia School Corporation Regulations Concerning Prevention of Harassment
Detailed Regulations of the Harassment Prevention Committee
Detailed Regulations of Harassment Consultants
Detailed Regulations on Harassment Consulting and Investigation Procedures
For Press
News Media Policies and Shooting at Sophia University
Official Sophia Social Media Accounts


Keiji Otani (11th President, 1993~1999)

Keiji Otani

・Department of Legal Studies of the Global Environment added to Faculty of Law.

・Sophia University Press founded.

William Currie, S.J. (12th President, 1999~2005)

William Currie, S.J.

・Juris Doctor Program (Law School) established.

Yoshiaki Ishizawa (13th President, 2005~2011)

Yoshiaki Ishizawa

・Departments of Education, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Services moved from Faculty of Humanities to form new Faculty of Human Sciences.
・Master's and doctoral programs in Education, Psychology, and Sociology moved from Graduate School of Humanities to form new Graduate School of Human Sciences; master's and doctoral programs in Social Services added to new graduate school.
・Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies established with master's and doctoral programs.
・New Building No.2 and Sophia Edagawa Men's Dormitory completed.

・Faculty of Comparative Culture reorganized as Faculty of Liberal Arts and moves from Ichigaya to the Yotsuya Campus.
・Master’s and doctoral programs in International Relations and in Area Studies and Master's Programs in Comparative Culture moved from Graduate School of Foreign Studies to form new Graduate School of Global Studies. Master's program in Comparative Culture renamed Master's program in Global Studies and doctoral program added (taught in English).

・Doctoral Program in Economic Systems and Organization (Graduate School of Economics) divided into Doctoral Program in Economics and Doctoral Program in Management. Master's Program in Management added.
・Building No.12 completed.

・Faculty of Science and Technology reorganizes departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electric and Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry into Departments of Materials and Life Science, Engineering and Applied Science, and Information and Communication Science.
・Graduate School of Science and Technology consolidates programs in Mechanical Engineering, Electric and Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry into master’s and doctoral programs in Science and Technology.

Tadashi Takizawa (14th President, 2011~2014)

Tadashi Takizawa

・Academic legal entity Seibo Gakuen merged with Sophia School Corporation.
・Department of Nursing added to Faculty of Human Sciences. Master's Program in Nursing added to Graduate School of Human Sciences.
・Master's and Doctoral Program in Cultural Interaction added to Graduate School of Humanities.
・Osaka Satellite Campus established.

・Building No.1 completed at Mejiro Seibo Campus.
・Sophia Soshigaya International House dormitory opened.
・Bachelor's programs in Green Science and Green Engineering (taught in English) established in Faculty of Science and Engineering.
・Sophia University Luxembourg Office established.

・Celebration of 100th anniversary of founding of Sophia University.

Takashi Hayashita (15th President, 2014~2017)

Takashi Hayashita

・Faculty of Global Studies established.

・Course of Midwifery established
・Sophia Institute of International Relations (SIIR) established
・Ownership of Building No.13 acquired
・Human Resources Center for International Cooperation established
・Sophia University Cologne Office established
・Sophia University New York Office established




Yoshiaki Terumichi (16th President, 2017~)

■ Appointed to the President in April 2017
Yoshiaki Terumichi


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