President Gitanas Nausėda was awarded the honorary doctorate of Gifu University in Japan.
The President emphasized that the example of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who was born in Gifu prefecture and worked in Kaunas during the interwar period showed that even the distance of 8,000 kilometers was not an obstacle for the spiritual and intellectual sense of togetherness as he received the title from this Japanese university.
The President gave a lecture at the university on the topic Lithuania and Japan: The Way Forward, presenting a vision of relations between the two countries and discussing political ties, people-to-people contacts, economic cooperation, security challenges, as well as the commemoration of Chiune Sugihara and his humanism lessons. The President urged students and all young people to never stop dreaming, work hard and enjoy academic freedom.
“History shows that no one can quench the thirst for knowledge and freedom. Sooner or later, the innate human desire for knowledge overcomes all obstacles. Universities are the best embodiment of this unstoppable force transcending cultural differences and national borders. By fostering an open debate and the search for solutions, they pass on to the younger generation the knowledge they have accumulated over centuries. By giving a boost to the lives of young people, universities ensure the necessary renewal of society”, the President said.
During the visit to the university, the President met with Hisataka Moriwaki, President of the University of Gifu and Chairman of the Gifu Friendship Association with Lithuania. The President thanked the prominent academician for promoting the cooperation of Gifu University with Lithuanian institutions of higher education and contribution to joint research projects in life science.
Located in the historic city of Gifu, the university actively cooperates with higher education institutions worldwide to promote student and researcher exchange. This university closely collaborates with 45 universities in 16 countries.