Suu Kyi to get honorary doctorate

Kyoto’s Ryukoku University plans to award an honorary doctorate to Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her achievements in the country’s democratic reform when she visits Japan from Saturday.


Kyoto University is also considering offering the Nobel Peace Prize laureate an honorary fellowship and the plan is expected to be officially decided at a board meeting Tuesday, sources said Monday.Suu Kyi lived in Kyoto from 1985 to 1986 as a visiting researcher at the Southeast Asian studies research center then operated by Kyoto University, and visited Ryukoku University several times.


Ryukoku University said it decided on the doctorate presentation because Suu Kyi has “played a great role during the process of Myanmar’s democratization for a long time, and encouraged people who have been working to realize world peace.”

Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Ryukoku University next Monday to give a speech and attend a networking event with students. The college plans to award her the degree at that time.




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