University in Taiwan Honors SGI President
Awards and Honors
Chung Hua University (CHU) in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, presented Daisaku Ikeda, the Soka University founder and SGI President, with an honorary professorship. The award recognizes his dedication to world peace through the promotion of cultural and educational exchanges on a global scale.
Among those who participated in the conferral ceremony on July 30, 2018, at Soka University in Tokyo were CHU President Victor W. Liu; Dean Chien Shiaw-Hua of CHU College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Soka University President Yoshihisa Baba.
Some 7,000 students study at one of CHU’s six colleges and 25 departments, offering undergraduate courses, 16 masters programs and three doctoral programs.
In addition to educational excellence, President Liu stated that the mission of CHU is to foster capable individuals grounded in a philosophy of respect for life, dedicated to serving others and contributing to the value of good to society. He affirmed that the “student first” educational philosophy of Mr. Ikeda finds consonance with CHU’s people-centered education.
President Liu said he hoped to share with all CHU staff and students the achievements of Mr. Ikeda, who has continued to uphold a philosophy of humanism and dedicate his life to peacebuilding. It behooved them to continue studying his philosophy to find solutions to the world’s social turmoil, he said.
In a message, President Ikeda expressed his deep appreciation for the honor and his wish to share it with the SGI-Taiwan members, who have long contri-
buted to Taiwanese society as model citizens. Referring to words of renowned Japanese businessman and industrialist Panasonic founder Konosuke Matsushita, Mr. Ikeda said any undertaking begins with the training of good staff and any enterprise whose people are not developing cannot succeed. He lauded CHU’s program of holistic education (called Sunshine Youth) for fostering in students innovative thinking and artistic sensibilities with an integrated approach to holistic development of the whole person.
President Ikeda said he believes if young people stand in solidarity on the fertile soil of humanistic education and join hands as global citizens bound together by friendship and trust, they can remain steadfast in the wake of any adversity that may assail them in the future. He affirmed his commitment to helping CHU foster students into a powerful, united force dedicated to the happiness and peace of humanity, and global society.
This article was adapted from www.daisakuikeda.org.