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June 10, 2023

National University of Salta in Argentina Confers Honorary Doctorate

Certificate of the honorary doctorate from UNSa conferred upon Daisaku Ikeda
Certificate of the honorary doctorate conferred upon Daisaku Ikeda

On June 10, 2023, the National University of Salta (UNSa), Salta Province, Argentina, conferred an honorary doctorate on Daisaku Ikeda for his contributions to education and peace, and in recognition of his humanistic philosophy. The conferral took place at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires.

UNSa Rector Daniel Hoyos entrusted the degree certificate to SGI Vice President Yoshiki Tanigawa, who received it on behalf of Mr. Ikeda. In his acceptance message, Mr. Ikeda expressed his sincere appreciation for the commendation and remarked on the resonance between the university’s motto, “My wisdom comes from this land,” and the value-creating educational philosophy of founding Soka Gakkai president Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Mr. Makiguchi’s pedagogy emphasized the importance of rooting education in community life and the physical locality of the student as well as establishing harmony with the natural environment. For Makiguchi, students becoming grounded in and appreciative of their local community was a necessary step in their developing a sense of responsibility as a citizen of the global community.

Participants at the UNSa honorary doctorate conferral upon Daisaku Ikeda
Participants at the conferral held at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium

In this age of instant access to vast amounts of information and knowledge—which can be used for both good and destructive ends—it is increasingly vital that we develop wisdom, which enables us to put knowledge and information to positive use, Mr. Ikeda said. He commended UNSa for its proud legacy of creatively fostering the “wisdom of harmonious coexistence” amidst a diverse and culturally rich community.

The proposal to award an honorary doctorate to Mr. Ikeda was made by the former vice rector of UNSa, Graciela Morales. She first learned about Mr. Ikeda through an exhibition on the Lotus Sutra hosted by SGI-Argentina that was shown on the UNSa campus in 2019. She subsequently explored Mr. Ikeda’s writings and developed a deep empathy with value-creating education and the Soka Gakkai’s efforts for peace.

UNSa is comprised of a main campus in the provincial capital of Salta, located at the foot of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of about 1,200 meters, as well as three other regional campuses. It has six faculties, enrolling some 50,000 students.

National University of Salta in Argentina confers honorary doctorate upon Daisaku Ikeda
UNSa Rector Hoyos (center right) presents the degree certificate to SGI Vice President Tanigawa (center left); former UNSa Vice Rector Graciela Morales stands 3rd from the right.

 [Adapted from an article in the June 15, 2023, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]

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