January 21, 2008
National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Honors SGI President
YunTech President Lin (3rd from left) entrusts award to SU President Yamamoto (3rd from right)
On January 21, 2008, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (YunTech), Taiwan, conferred an honorary doctorate upon Soka University founder and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. YunTech's honorary doctorate selection committee recognized Mr. Ikeda for his manifold contributions to the international community and to humanity's welfare.
The conferral ceremony took place at Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo, attended by YunTech President Lin Tsong-Ming and Professor Wang Dau-Chung, Office of International Affairs director.
Founded in 1991 in Douliou, Central Taiwan, YunTech has colleges in engineering, management, design, humanities and applied sciences. Some 9,300 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses.
President Lin remarked in his citation that Mr. Ikeda is a leading thinker of Japan who follows a philosophy of upholding the dignity of life and is dedicated to the betterment of global society. He entrusted the diploma to Soka University President Hideo Yamamoto in proxy. Mr. Ikeda sent a poem in Chinese expressing his appreciation as well as an acceptance speech. He noted YunTech's impressive achievements in the vanguard of Taiwan's leading edge technology and expressed his resolve to continue advancing humanistic education, which he sees as the foundation of a future peaceful society.
[Adapted from an article in the January 22, 2008, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]