The cultivation and emergence of global citizenship identity | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1751-1917
  • E-ISSN: 1751-1925


Higher education institutions worldwide are focal points for demonstrating leadership in cultivating global citizenship. Given the importance of this academic focus, efforts in higher education to promote a global citizenship ethic are an area of educational research that deserves attention. This article reports findings from case study research on the cultivation of global citizenship identity at Soka University Japan (SUJ). The research identified SUJ as an environment that promotes global awareness as a necessary pathway to global citizenship engagement. A key finding portrays SUJ students as ‘emergent global citizens’ – individuals undertaking a humanistic path of self-discovery that extends outwardly to the local and global community. The research findings have implications for global citizenship education (GCE) programmes in higher education – particularly those that wish to take on a leadership role in better preparing students for taking action to contribute to the well-being and sustainability of our diverse global community.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): citizenship ethics; education; engagement; global citizenship; identity; Soka
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