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Peace Lecture Marathon

Peace Lecture Marathon

In order to fulfill its mission to create a diversified, free and peaceful global community, Hiroshima University aims to cultivate “peace-pursuing, cultured individuals with an international mindset and a challenging spirit”. We organized a series of lectures entitled “Peace Lecture Marathon” where government representatives and ambassadors in Tokyo are invited to give a lecture on peace. With these lectures as momentum, we hope that new generations, who are currently enjoying prosperity in the City of Hiroshima, which has been reborn from the atomic destruction of World War II as a world-class city with natural scenery, learn a lot about the importance of peace and our history of hardship.

The 4th Lecture (28th January 2019)

"The EU as a peace project"
H.E. Dr. Patricia Flor, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Japan

On 28th January 2019, H.E. Dr. Patricia Flor, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Japan, gave a lecture entitled “The EU as a peace project” at the Higashi-Hiroshima campus. Her lecture explored the history of the EU until 2012 when the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize, and the EU's peace projects.

The lecture was followed by a group discussion with Dr. Flor and HU students from School of Law and Graduate School of Social Sciences. The students asked many questions to Dr. Flor about the current migration situation in the EU.

The 3rd Lecture (1st December 2018)

"Turkey's Perspective on Peace and Sustainability"
H.E. Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey

On 1st December 2018, “The 3rd Peace Lecture Marathon” was held at the Hiroshima University Higashi-Senda campus. H.E. Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, gave a lecture about the current status and issues of the globalized world.

In the Hiroshima University Honorary Doctorate Awarding Ceremony held just after the lecture, President Ochi awarded H.E. Dr. Mercan with the certificate and the medal of “Hiroshima University Honorary Doctorate.”

The 2nd Lecture (11th October 2018)

"Lithuania - on the Road of Peace and Modern State"
H.E. Mr. Saulius Skvernelis, Prime Minister of Lithuania

On 11th November 2018, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skverneli was invited to give a lecture at the Higashi-Senda campus.

In his lecture, Prime Minister Skvernelis talked about how the Lithuanian people have fought for freedom and independence while going through hard times of many wars and occupation. 

He also proudly presented that the country today makes great progress in laser manufacturing and the field of Life Sciences.
The lecture saw an attendance of about 150 people including the faculty, administrative members and students of Hiroshima University who were engrossed with his lecture.

The 1st Lecture (10th October 2018)

"Egypt science and education connect to Hiroshima and deliver peace message to the world"
H.E. Dr. Khaled Atef Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt

On 10th October 2018, the first lecture was held at the Higashi-Hiroshima campus, inviting H.E. Dr. Khaled Atef Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt. 

During his lecture, H.E. Dr. Khaled Atef Abdel Ghaffar emphasized the importance of education as a mean to spread “Peace”, referring to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

The venue was filled with faculty, administrative members, and international students of Hiroshima University that avidly listened to the lecture.


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