Message from The Chancellor
Fr. Tsutomu Sakuma, S.J.
Loving all, Respecting diversity the spirit of Sophia is being called upon today
University is a place for encouraging free thought and creating new things. It is not easy, however, to develop and establish your own ideas from scratch. I would like you to familiarize yourself with the Christian ethos upon which Sophia University is founded as a model for forming your thoughts. Derived from the Latin word caritas, the Christian spirit embodies humanism that seeks to love, help, and cherish people. Furthermore, Sophia University is a Catholic university, and Catholicism is the concept of universality. Universal does not mean homogenous. It means to unite in diversity. To work collectively towards the same ideal, values, and goals by respecting and accepting other people without losing your own identity. Christian humanism and universality: please stop and think from time to time about these two fundamental roots of our University spirit as you enjoy our free-learning environment to the full.
The ability to respect and accept others with tolerant love is one of the most sought-after qualities amid the accelerating globalization and consequent diversification of modern society. Sophia graduates who have developed such characteristics as part of the University’s increasingly international student body are currently contributing in various fields. Moreover, in recent years, a large number of students have come to approach learning with a keen awareness of global working styles employed in international organizations and cooperative international activities. We have therefore been focusing on developing programs, in addition to class lectures, that help students understand a wide range of global realities through study abroad programs and study tours. Our students are extremely considerate and polite in their relations with others, but they are certainly not passive. They are gentle and calm precisely because they are vigorously self-motivated and self-confident. These students’ cumulative ethos spurs a new form of academic tradition and helps build an alma mater that encourages learning and high aspirations.
Sophia University is also well known for its vast network of contacts thanks to our broad multidisciplinary nature and strong ties with many different research institutions, external organizations, and communities. We seek students who not only excel in their chosen field of study, but also passionately embrace new encounters and inspiring opportunities and courageously face the unfamiliar. You do not need to have a clear future path in mind when you enter our University. We are sure Sophia University will help you find a meaningful path to which you want to dedicate your life.
Chancellor of Sophia School Corporation
Professor, Faculty of Theology
Fr. Tsutomu Sakuma, S.J.
Fr. Sakuma earned a bachelor’s degree from Kyoto University, Kyoto in 1975. In 1980, he earned master’s degree in Philosophy from Sophia University. He also received Diplom Theologie Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt am Main in 1984 and Licentia in re Biblica Pontificio Istituto Biblico, Roma in 1988. He received a doctorate in Theology Pontifical Gregorian University, Roma in 1995.
He became an associate professor of Faculty of Theology in 1997 and was promoted to full professor in 2001. From 2011 to June 2014, he served as the President of Seibo College. He also served as the Director of Sophia School of Social Welfare from 2011 to March 2012. From October 2016 to March 2018, he served as the Trustee for General Affairs.