As the new academic year approaches, we are pleased to announce an exciting line-up of events at the
Wee Kim Wee Centre.
We are proud to announce this year we are hosting the Second Wee Kim Wee – SOKA International Seminar on Global Peace & Understanding which will take place on the 23rd and 24th of February 2017.
Singapore Soka Association is our generous co-sponsor for this series, which will carry on for the next 4 years. Together we hope to work towards the creation of a deeper understanding of peace. In Japanese, the word SOKA means “Value Creation”.
In his peace proposal, Dr Ikeda, whose thoughts and philosophy ground this Series, highlights how opening up the inner capacities of our lives can bring forth the limitless possibilities of each individual. He believes in empowering individuals to resolve global issues and achieve lasting peace.
There are four main common beliefs that should be upheld: 1. Universal humanitarianism is essential to solve global problems; 2. Compassion is the pillar of world peace; 3.All world religions are already for world peace in this way, as are all humanitarians of whatever ideology, 4. Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.
We hope that this international seminar on global peace and understanding will inspire and motivate change in our communities and across the globe. Come and take the next step towards peace.
We look forward to welcoming you.
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Incorporated on 12 January 2000, Singapore Management University (SMU) aims to groom outstanding business leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world. The University is known to be a pioneer for its interactive pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes which remains its unique hallmark. Today, SMU is home to more than 6,000 students and comprises six schools: Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Accountancy, School of Economics, School of Social Sciences, School of Information Systems and School of Law. SMU offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree programmes in business and management-related areas, ranging from Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Wealth Management, Law, Information Systems and Social Science. It also has a dedicated Office of Research, a number of institutes and centres of excellence, and provides public and customised programmes for working professionals through Executive Education. Collaborations with leading institutions, including The Wharton School, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, allow SMU to draw on academic and research strengths across all major disciplines. The SMU campus is a state-of-the art facility located right in the heart of Singapore's civic and business district.
The Wee Kim Wee Centre is tasked to promote deeper understanding of the impact of cultural diversity on the business environment. The late Dr Wee Kim Wee, after whom the Wee Kim Wee Centre in Singapore Management University is named, had a heart for people and for lifelong learning. The Centre hosts and supports lectures, conferences, publications and aims to advance learning and thinking about cross cultural issues.
Singapore Soka Association (SSA) was officially registered with the Registry of Societies in 1972 as a Buddhist organization that aims to promote the understanding and practice of Nichiren Buddhism. The organization is committed to working towards peace, social harmony and progress. Soka means “creation of value”. It describes the core spirit of self-empowerment in Buddhism. The life-affirming Buddhist philosophy and teaching empowers one with wisdom and spirituality to live a value-creative life and be a positive influence in one’s family, community and society at large. SSA is part of an international network of Soka affiliated organisations under the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) movement that has membership in 192 countries and territories worldwide.