July 9, 2007
Far Eastern State Technical University, Vladivostok, Russia, Confers Honorary Professorship upon Soka University Founder
Dr. Turmov (right) presents the certificate to Mr. Ikeda
On July 9, 2007, Far Eastern State Technical University (FESTU) in
Vladivostok, Russian Federation, conferred an honorary professorship
upon Soka University founder Daisaku Ikeda at Soka University,
Hachioji, Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his contributions to
fostering cultural, academic and educational exchanges between Russia
and Japan. FESTU executive advisor and former rector Dr. Gennady P.
Turmov presented a certificate to Mr. Ikeda.
Founded in 1899 as the first institute of higher learning in
Vladivostok, FESTU was given its present name and established by the
Russian government as a full-fledged university in December 1992. FESTU
enrolls some 35,000 students, including those taking long-distance
classes, in 16 faculties at its four branch campuses. Among its
high-level faculty of 700, three are members of the Russian Academy of
Sciences. FESTU has academic exchange agreements with 80 institutions
in 21 countries, and its humanities program emphasizes fluency in
English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
In his citation, Dr. Turmov said he was honored to present the
commendation to Mr. Ikeda, who he noted was known in Russia as an
extraordinary social activist, poet, scholar and founder of educational
and cultural institutions, as well as a prolific writer. Particularly
noteworthy, he continued, was the depth of Mr. Ikeda's understanding
and knowledge of classical Russian literature. He also extended Mr.
Ikeda official membership to the UNESCO-approved Professors Club which
he founded in 1994 with the aim of establishing a network among college
professors and educators from throughout Russia and the world.
Dr. Turmov and Mr. Ikeda share a laugh during their meeting prior to the conferral
Upon receiving the commendations, Mr. Ikeda expressed his deep gratitude for
the honor bestowed upon him. He praised Dr. Turmov as an astute
educator with a strong sense of justice who taught students to see
through deception and uphold truth while inspiring them with hope
during the tumultuous transition following the breakup of the Soviet
Union. Quoting from numerous celebrated Russian literary figures, Mr.
Ikeda urged Soka University students to develop penetrating insight so
they can become leaders who benefit society with resolute actions that
uphold justice. He closed his acceptance speech by expressing his
resolve to rededicate himself to his lifework of education and extended
his best wishes for the further flourishing of Far Eastern State
Soka University and Soka Women's College faculty and students, along
with Russian exchange students who are currently studying at the
university, attended the conferral. Guests included Professor Sylvano
D. Mahiwo of the University of the Philippines Diliman and Dr. James
Currall and Professor Michael Moss of the University of Glasgow in
[Adapted from an article in the July 10, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]