Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida are two of the most prominent philosophers and thinkers of modern Japan. Daisetz T. Suzuki made major contributions to the introduction of Eastern thought, particularly Zen, all over the world. He pursued a lifelong quest for spiritual awareness, recognizing it as the core of Buddhism. Kitaro Nishida, the originator of a unique philosophical movement, educated numerous scholars and researchers in what came to be known as the “Kyoto School.” Nishida won the Order of Culture in 1940, and Suzuki won the same in 1949.
Both Suzuki and Nishida were born and raised in Ishikawa Prefecture and studied at the Fourth Advanced Middle School, the predecessor of the Fourth High School established in Kanazawa City under Japan’s former education system. That these two great talents both appeared in Kanazawa can be put down to the city’s history as an academic center characterized by a unique spiritual climate and a culture based on thought and philosophy. In 1899, Kitaro Nishida was appointed a professor at the Fourth High School, where he taught for around 10 years. The Fourth High School is one of the predecessors of Kanazawa University, and the Fourth High School alumni association has been consolidated into the Kanazawa University Alumni Association.
The Kanazawa University International Award in Commemoration of Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida (the “KUI Award”) has been founded in tribute to Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida, both of whom are associated with Kanazawa University, with funds donated by Dr. Mitsuru Usui (a class of 1964 graduate of Kanazawa University’s School of Medicine). The KUI Award is intended to honor scholars or researchers who are making internationally distinguished achievements in the realm of philosophy, thought and religion, and thereby to facilitate advancement of the University’s research and studies in this realm and inspire and motivate the next generation of young scholars and researchers.
Kanazawa University asks all relevant organizations and persons for their understanding regarding the intent of the KUI Award and their cooperation in its implementation.
Nomination Guidelines for the First Kanazawa University International Award in Commemoration of Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida
Daisetz T. Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida, both graduates of Kanazawa University (formerly known as the Fourth High School), left behind world-class achievements in the realm of philosophy, thought and religion. In tribute to these two great scholars, the Kanazawa University International Award (the “KUI Award”) has been founded to honor scholars or researchers making internationally outstanding achievements in the realm of philosophy, thought and religion. The “KUI Award” aims to facilitate international cooperation and the further advancement of academic research in the world through Kanazawa University as a global academic and research institution. The Kanazawa University International Award Committee (the “KUI Award Committee” or “Committee”) is therefore seeking nominees for the First KUI Award as follows.
1. Academic areas
Philosophy, thought and religion
2. Content of the award
Award certificate and award plaque, accompanied by a cash prize of five million yen
3. Number of winners
One individual winner
4. Eligible nominees
Scholars or researchers who have made internationally distinguished achievements in the realm of philosophy, thought and religion
5. Nomination period
Saturday, July 1, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017
6. Schedule for selection of award winner and the award ceremony
(1) Selection of award winner : Mid-March 2018
(2) Award ceremony : Friday, June 8, 2018
7. Nomination requirements (either by self-nomination or recommendation)
(1) Requisite documents : Letter of nomination〔include reasons record〕(in the prescribed form), personal resume, list of achievements
(2) Place of submission : KUI Award executive office (by post or e-mail)
8. Selection process
(1) Reporting to the KUI Award Committee, a KUI Award selection panel (the “Panel”) will be set up. Final candidates for the KUI Award will be shortlisted through deliberation of nominees by Panel members. Roster of selection panel is here.
(2) Based on the selection and shortlisting result presented by the Panel, the KUI Award Committee will decide the award winner.
9. Members of the KUI Award Committee
Koetsu Yamazaki, President, Kanazawa University
Mitsuru Usui, Director, Juzen Memorial Hospital (Medical Corporation Meitokukai)
Masayoshi Shibata, Vice President/Trustee, Kanazawa University
Masahide Mori, Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institute of Human and Social Sciences, Kanazawa University; Advisor to the President, Kanazawa University
Tamotsu Yamade, Chairman, Kanazawa University Alumni Association; Chairman, Ishikawa Federation of Small Business Associations
Hiroshi Yamamoto, Advisor, Kanazawa University; the first president of Komatsu University to be established in 2018.
Masahiro Arimatsu, Vice President/Trustee/Secretary General, Kanazawa University
10. Submission of documents, inquiries
KUI Award Executive Office (Kanazawa University General Affairs Department)
Address : Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone : 076-264-5010
Facsimile : 076-234-4010