Message from the Chancellor

Fr. Tsutomu Sakuma, S.J. Chancellor of Sophia School Corporation

When Saint Francis Xavier came to spread Christianity in Japan in 1549, he encountered rationally curious Japanese people with a powerful thirst for knowledge and recognized the importance of contributing to Japanese society through learning and education. He was one of the founding members of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), a Catholic male religious order, and his vision of "creating a university in Japan's capital" was passed on to Jesuit priests who eventually established institutes of secondary and tertiary education called seminario and collegio. After a long interval, Xavier's vision finally bloomed with the opening of Sophia University in 1913 and Rokko Junior/Senior High School in 1937, followed by the tertiary educational institutes Sophia School of Social Welfare (founded in 1963) and Sophia University Junior College Division (founded as Sophia Junior College in 1973). Further, secondary educational institutes were also established: Eiko Gakuen Junior and Senior High School (1947), Hiroshima Gakuin Junior and Senior High School (1956), and Sophia Fukuoka Junior-Senior High School (opened in 1932 as Fukuoka Catholic Theological School and transferred to Jesuit management in 1983). In April 2016 schools sharing the Jesuit educational philosophy were integrated into a single corporation to form today's Sophia School Corporation.

Guided by the philosophy "Sophia - Bringing the World Together," the corporation has developed a vision for the period 2014-2023 entitled "Grand Layout 2.0" and is undertaking various reforms in response to a turbulent world. Inspired by the shared motto "Men and Women for Others, with Others," which encapsulates our founding spirit and educational ideals, the corporation's schools conduct education, research, and social contribution initiatives grounded in Christian humanism. In pursuing these endeavors, we forge links to educate leaders who will work in the service of others, especially through networking and collaboration with institutes throughout the world that share our ideals.