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Southern Taiwan University of Technology Honors SGI President

STUT President Chang (left) entrusts the honorary doctorate certificate for Mr. Ikeda to his son, Hiromasa (right)

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On May 28, 2007, Southern Taiwan University of Technology (STUT) in Tainan County, Taiwan, conferred an honorary doctorate in engineering upon SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the University's international conference hall. STUT is widely recognized as the leading private university of science and technology in Taiwan.

The STUT College of Engineering nominated Mr. Ikeda for this first ever honorary doctorate since STUT opened in 1969, and upon deliberation the honorary doctorate selection committee agreed to the conferral. In the citation read by STUT College of Engineering Dean Lu Deng-maw, Mr. Ikeda was commended for his contributions to global civilization, which are in line with STUT's ideals of internationalization and creative innovation.

In his conferral address, University President Chang Hsin-hisung praised Mr. Ikeda for his longstanding dedication to advancing international society and humanity's well-being. Tainan City Vice Mayor Hong Cheng-chung extended his congratulations and stated that Mr. Ikeda offers important perspectives and values for world peace and human civilization through concrete endeavors such as fostering cultural and educational exchanges on a worldwide scale.

After accepting the diploma, academic hood and cap on his father's behalf, SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda read a message from the SGI president expressing his deep appreciation for the honor, which he dedicated to the SGI-Taiwan members in tribute to their numerous contributions to society. President Ikeda also commended STUT on its academic excellence that places priority on students and their holistic development spanning scientific technology and the humanities. He also lauded STUT Board Chairman Kao Chin-yen for his accomplishments in advancing humanistic education.

Student representatives celebrated the occasion by performing a traditional classical Chinese dance.

[Adapted from an article in the May 31, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]