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August 21, 2021

The Passing of Dr. Jose V. Abueva, Former President of the University of the Philippines

Upon the passing of Dr. Jose Veloso Abueva, former president of the University of the Philippines, on August 18, 2021, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family. Dr. Abueva was 93 years old.

In his message, Mr. Ikeda lauded Dr. Abueva as a champion of nonviolence who had dedicated his life to people’s happiness and to securing peace in Asia and the world. Dr. Abueva’s love of young people and his commitment to improving education and academia, Mr. Ikeda asserted, will leave an unfading and widely admired legacy of hope and courage.

Born in Cebu, Philippines in 1928, Dr. Abueva headed the United Nations University at its headquarters in Tokyo and then served as president of the University of the Philippines. He established Kalayaan College in 2000, where he served as director of its Institute for Federal-Parliamentary Democracy and of the Institute for a Nonkilling Philippines. In 2016, Dr. Abueva and Mr. Ikeda published their dialogue, Global Citizenship: Toward a Civilization of Wisdom, Love and Peace, as a legacy for the “youthful global citizens—in Asia and around the world—who bear the weight of our collective future.”

 [Adapted from an article in the August 21, 2021, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]

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