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December 8, 2006

Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China, Confers Honorary Professorship on SGI President

From left to right: Prof. Du, Prof. Lin, Prof. Wakae and Prof. Fukushima

On December 8, 2006, Dalian University of Technology (DUT), Dalian, China, awarded SGI President Daisaku Ikeda an honorary professorship, in recognition of his contributions to humanistic education and Sino-Japanese friendship. DUT Council President Lin Anxi and Foreign Languages School Professor Du Fenggang were present to confer the honorary degree, held at Soka University's Central Tower in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan. Soka University President Masami Wakae accepted the citation on Mr. Ikeda's behalf.

Founded in 1949, DUT is one of China's leading scientific and technological institutions, having graduated 100,000 students over its half-century history. The university is located in Dalian, a city of 6 million situated on the Liaodong Peninsula on China's eastern seaboard, between Bo Hai and Korea Bay, part of the Yellow Sea.

In a message conveying his gratitude for the accolade, Mr. Ikeda said it was a great honor to receive the university's commendation. Mr. Ikeda also praised the struggles of Lu Zhenyu, a scholar of Chinese history and DUT's second president. He noted that Dr. Lu maintained an unwavering commitment to developing education in modern China, while overcoming illness, persecution, and eight years of unjust imprisonment. He shared the Chinese scholar's belief that the purpose of a university is to foster people who can contribute to society, and that administrators, faculty, and students bear equal responsibility for fulfilling that mission.

[Adapted from an article in the December 9, 2006, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan