Federal Minister of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany, Annette Schavan, is Presented with an Honorary Doctorate

On October 3, 2011, Meiji University presented the Federal Minister of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany, Annette Schavan, with an honorary doctorate. The honorary doctorate was presented in recognition of the minister’s great contribution to the development of mutual understanding, academic exchanges, and cultural exchanges between Japan and Germany through the active promotion of academic and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Minister Schavan is the 29th person to receive an honorary doctorate from Meiji University.

Meiji University President Naya and Minister Schavan

At the presentation ceremony for the honorary doctorate, held at Liberty Hall on the Surugadai Campus, President Hiromi Naya introduced Minister Schavan’s achievements in the development of academic and cultural exchanges between Japan and Germany. President Naya stated, “This opportunity to recognize Minister Schavan’s achievements is highly significant to Meiji University as it strives to develop its education and research activities to be more appealing internationally.” President Naya added that he hoped that this presentation of an honorary doctorate would contribute to strengthening mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and Germany, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.

In the following congratulatory address, Chairman Morihiro Nagahori of the Board of Trustees noted that the presentation of an honorary doctorate to Minister Schavan was “a new first step in Japanese and German education,” and thanked Minister Schavan and others once again for visiting the university.

We hope that this presentation of an honorary doctorate to Minister Schavan will lead to the further development of exchanges between Meiji University and German educational and research institutions.

[Biography of Minister Annette Schavan]
Minister Schavan was born in Jüchen, Germany in 1955. From 1974 she studied education, philosophy, and Catholic theology at the University of Bonn and the University of Düsseldorf and received a doctorate in philosophy in 1980. She served as Head of Cusanuswerk from 1991, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg from 1995, Vice-Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Party Germany from 1998, and Member of the State Assembly of Baden-Württemberg from 2001. Since 2005, she has been serving as Federal Minister for Education and Research.
[source: Meiji University, 10.2011]

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Ministerin Schavan erhält Ehrendoktor der Meiji University

In Anerkennung ihrer Verdienste um die Vertiefung der deutsch-japanischen Beziehungen in der Wissenschaft hat die Meiji University Bundesbildungsministerin Annette Schavan am 3. Oktober in Tokyo die Ehrendoktorwürde verliehen.

Präsident Hiromi Naya würdigte in seiner Ansprache die Unterstützung der Ministerin: „Für die Meiji University ist es von besonderer Bedeutung, die Verdienste der Ministerin Schavan mit dieser Würdigung auszuzeichnen. Es unterstreicht die Bemühungen unserer Universität in Forschung und Lehre international attraktiver zu werden.“ Als einen „neuen ersten Schritt“ bezeichnete der Vorstandsvorsitzende, Morihiro Nagahori, die Ehrendoktorverleihung. Die Meiji University setzt damit ein Zeichen für den Ausbau ihrer Partnerschaft in Forschung und Lehre mit deutschen Institutionen.
Die Meiji University feiert dieses Jahr ihr 130-jähriges Bestehen. Als eine Rechtsschule des französischen Rechts gegründet, zählt sie nicht nur zu den
ältesten Universitäten Japans. Gemessen an der Zahl der Bewerber für die Eintrittsprüfungen, ist sie seit zwei Jahren auch die beliebteste private Universität im Land. An neun Fakultäten studieren etwa 29.000
Studenten. Das Ministry for Education, Culture, Science and Technology hat die Meiji University als eine von 13 Universitäten für die „Global 30“-Initiative ausgewählt. (red)
[Quelle: Wissenschaft und Forschung - Japan, 03/2011 S.18]

Further Informationen:

Press release (German) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Meiji University in the Internet:
www.meiji.ac.jp
www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/international
www.meiji130.jp

130th Anniversary of Meiji University (German)