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November 30, 2007

China's Wenzhou Medical College Confers Honorary Professorship on Soka University Founder

Wenzhou Medical College's Dr. Qiu (6th from left) entrusts the certificate to Soka University President Yamamoto (5th from­ right)

On November 30, 2007, Wenzhou Medical College (WMC), located in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China, conferred an honorary professorship upon Soka University founder Daisaku Ikeda. WMC representatives, led by WMC Council Chair Dr. Qiu Yi and Advisor to the President Dr. Chen Huisheng, travelled to Japan for the conferral, which took place at Soka University's Central Tower in Hachioji, Tokyo. Soka University President Hideo Yamamoto accepted the certificate on Mr. Ikeda's behalf. Dr. Qiu remarked in his conferral speech that the award recognized Mr. Ikeda's tireless efforts for developing Sino-Japanese relations as well as his outstanding contributions to promote world peace and cultural and educational exchanges. Dr. Qiu stated that he concurs with Mr. Ikeda's belief that the role of an educator is to pursue learning side by side with the students and with an awareness that the true purpose of education is to lead all people toward happiness.

In a message read at the conferral, Mr. Ikeda expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the honor. Referring to first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's observation that medical doctors and educators both support and enhance people's lives, Mr. Ikeda expressed his hopes to cooperate with WMC to cultivate a century based on respect for life, education and health that would benefit the youth of the world.

The WMC delegation also included School of Pharmacy Director Huang Kexin, School of Continuing Education Dean Zhang Huajie, Prof. Du Youai, and Prof. Lu Youluo.

Established in 1912 as Zhejiang Second Medical College, in 1958 the institute was relocated to Wenzhou and renamed Wenzhou Medical College. Today, some 15,000 students study in undergraduate and graduate programs in medicine, science, engineering, liberal arts, law, management, education and foreign languages on three campuses. WMC engages in exchanges with universities in Japan, USA, Canada, France, Australia, Thailand and India and operates ten university hospitals.

[Adapted from an article in the December 1, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]