December 13, 2013
Three Daisaku Ikeda Research Centers Launched in China
Research Center on the Philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda opens in Fudan City
In November and December 2013, three Daisaku Ikeda research centers opened in China. The East China Normal University in Shanghai launched the Daisaku Ikeda Research Center for Social Education on November 25, 2013. Later that same day, Fudan University, also located in Shanghai, opened the Research Center on the Philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda. Several weeks later, Dalian Art College launched the Research Center on the Educational Philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda on December 13, 2013.
Fan Guorui, dean of East China Normal University's School of Education Science, asserted during his speech that Mr. Ikeda's educational philosophy of believing in and drawing forth the rich potential inherent in each individual's life, has illuminated a vital point much needed for educational reform today.
Lin Shangli, vice president of Fudan University, stated during his celebratory remarks that the launch of the new research center is the culmination of many years of friendship between Fudan University and Soka University, and that this center is the crystallization of Sino-Japanese philosophical exchange.
Dalian Art College presidential advisor Huang Jinsheng, who was also appointed director of the new center, shared that Mr. Ikeda has made great contributions to the establishment of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations and friendship among ordinary citizens. He then expressed his determination to contribute to the development of artists with a global perspective and cultivate in the students the values required to live a noble way of life through the center's activities.
There are now over 30 centers in China focusing on research related to Mr. Ikeda's philosophy and thought.
East China Normal University in Shanghai launches the Daisaku Ikeda Research Center for Social Education
[Adapted from articles in the November 29, 30 and December 21, 2013, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]