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Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, to receive the Degree of Doctor of System Design and Management from Keio University

Update:Oct. 30, 2009
The diploma was presented to Dr. Balkenende by President Seike
The diploma was presented to Dr. Balkenende by President Seike
Lecture by Dr. Balkenende
Lecture by Dr. Balkenende
Lecture by Dr. Balkenende
Lecture by Dr. Balkenende
Q&A Session
Q&A Session

Photo: Susumu Ishito

A ceremony to confer the Degree of Doctor of System Design and Management, honoris causa upon the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Dr. Balkenende was held from 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27 at the North Building Hall, Mita Campus.

The ceremony was chaired by Assistant Prof. Tetsuya Toma of the Graduate School of System Design and Management (SDM), and with the songs by Wagner Society Choir, Dr. Balkenende walked onto the stage. Following the reading of the citation for Dr. Balkenende by Prof. Yoshiaki Ohkami, the Dean of SDM, Prof. Atsushi Seike, President of Keio University, presented the diploma of the Degree of Doctor of System Design and Management, honoris causa to Dr. Balkenende. President Seike delivered an address, and in response, Dr. Balkenende gave a lecture: “Japan and the Netherlands: working together to address global challenges.” After the lecture, Dr. Balkenende participated in a question-and-answer session with SDM students and exchange students from Delft University of Technology (TUD). With great support from Netherlands Embassy, SDM signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) of TUD on October 26, 2009.

After completing his secondary education Dr. Balkenende went on to the Free University of Amsterdam where he studied history (graduating in 1980) and Dutch law (graduating in 1982). He obtained his doctorate in law in 1992 with a thesis on government regulation and civil-society organizations. Thereafter, Dr. Balkenende became a legal affairs policy officer at the Netherlands Universities Council and served as a member of Amstelveen municipal council. In 1998, he became a member of the House of Representatives of the States General for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA), and since July 2002, was appointed Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From 1993 to 2002, he was a part-time professor of Christian social thought on society and economics at the Free University of Amsterdam, and it was during this period that he made remarkable achievements in education and research in the fields of humanities and ethics. After becoming a member of the Order of Orange-Nassau, he also received several decorations from Luxembourg, Jordan, Germany, and other countries.