Conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, upon Dr. Daisaku Ikeda


The University of the East is proud to announce the Conferment of the degree Doctor of Humanities, on September 30, 2014, 2 p.m. at the UE Conference Hall in UE Manila.

Dr. Ikeda is the president of Soka Gakkai lay Buddhist society, whose activities are based on the teachings of the 13th-century reformer Nichiren. He dedicated himself to encouraging the group’s members in the process of personal transformation and societal contribution. Under his leadership, the movement began an era of innovation and expansion, fostering individuals committed to the promotion of peace, culture and education.

In 1975, he became the first president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), now a global network linking some 12 million members in over 190 countries and territories.

Dr. Ikeda is the founder of the Soka schools, a non-denominational school system based on the value-creating education philosophy of Soka Gakkai. The school system includes a university in Tokyo, Japan, and one in Aliso Viejo, California, USA.

Dr. Ikeda is a prolific author of some 100 works which range from discourses on Buddhism to children’s books, poetry and essays. He is also an avid photographer with a particular love of scenic landscapes and natural beauty. In recognition of his contributions as a peacebuilder and educator, Dr. Ikeda has been awarded around 300 academic honors from universities in more than 40 countries.

He has two sons, Hiromasa and Takahiro, and lives in Tokyo with his wife, Kaneko.

Dr. Ikeda is the 31st honoree to receive an honorary degree from the University of the East and the eighth non-Filipino to be bestowed such an honor. (Data from

Dr. Ikeda’s conferment is part of the University’s 68th Foundation Anniversary celebration.


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