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Shanghai Sanda University, China, Commences Lecture Series on Educational Ideals Promulgated by SGI President

On March 20, 2007, Shanghai Sanda University (SSU), a private university in Shanghai, China, hosted the first lecture in a series about research based on the educational ideals espoused by Daisaku Ikeda, SGI president and Soka University founder. Following the conferral of an honorary professorship on Mr. Ikeda in 2004, SSU established a research center dedicated to the study of Daisaku Ikeda's educational philosophy.

This first lecture was attended by many SSU faculty members and students. In his greetings, SSU President and Research Center Director Yuan Ji expressed his hopes for the center to delve further into Mr. Ikeda's educational philosophy. Professor Wang Hongxiang lectured on "Building A Golden Bridge of Friendship--Dr. Daisaku Ikeda's Philosophy on Sino-Japanese Friendship and Its Practical Application," in which he addressed the significance of Mr. Ikeda's citizen's diplomacy in a contemporary context, such as his 1968 proposal for the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations, his meeting with Premier Zhou Enlai in 1974 and his ten visits to China.

SSU's predecessor Sanda University was established in 1992 by a group of professors from three leading Chinese universities--Peking University, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiaotong University--with funding from the private sector. Later renamed Shanghai Sanda University in March 2002, the institution became China's first private full-time comprehensive university providing undergraduate courses, with official accreditation from the Chinese Ministry of Education.

[Adapted from an article in the March 24, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]