Thursday, November 25, 2010
SGI President Awarded 300th Academic Honor From University of Massachusetts Boston
TOKYO, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International Buddhist association and founder of Soka University, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Massachusetts Boston at a ceremony held in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on November 21.
This brings to 300 the total number of honorary doctorates, honorary professorships and equivalent titles conferred upon Mr. Ikeda by institutions of higher education in some 50 countries for his efforts to build peace and promote cultural exchange and humanistic education.
University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor Dr. J. Keith Motley headed a delegation including Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Winston E. Langley and Associate Provost and Director of International and Transnational Affairs Professor Eunsook Hyun which was visiting Japan to sign an academic exchange agreement with Soka University and present the honorary doctorate to Ikeda.
The University of Massachusetts Boston is part of the University of Massachusetts system. A research-intensive public university, it enrolls 11,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students.