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Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, Philippines, Honors Daisaku Ikeda

On March 26, 2010, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU), Zambales, Philippines, honored Daisaku Ikeda, SGI president, with an appointment as Centennial Honorary Professor "in recognition of his central role in developing positive human potentialities for hope, courage and altruistic action." RMTU President Feliciano S. Rosete entrusted the certificate to Soka University President Hideo Yamamoto at a ceremony held by proxy on the Soka University campus in Hachioji, Tokyo.

Established in 1910 as a government-funded institution of higher education, RMTU became a state university in 1998. With six satellite campuses in the province of Zambales, RTMU offers advanced studies and research in fields relevant to the development of the area, including agriculture, forestry and engineering.

In his acceptance message read at the presentation ceremony, Mr. Ikeda expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the honor and paid tribute to the university's namesake, seventh president of the Republic of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay, who believed that a country's historical legacy and irreplaceable treasure are its human resources.

Ramon Magsaysay Technological University

President Feliciano S. Rosete of Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (4th from left) entrusts the certificate for Mr. Ikeda to Soka University President Hideo Yamamoto (4th from right)

[Adapted from an article in the March 27, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]