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Completion Ceremony Held for Inamori Hall

The completion ceremony for Inamori Hall, a center for collaboration in liberal arts education, was held on September 29. Three universities with more than 100 years of history -- Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University, and Kyoto Institute of Technology -- began construction on the facility in 2012 with the goal of fostering the creation of collaborative programs for liberal arts education.

About 100 people, including Governor of Kyoto Prefecture, Keiji Yamada; President of Kyoto Public University Corporations, Teiich Aramaki; and Dr. Kazuo Inamori attended the ceremony. The day's events included a cornerstone-laying ceremony, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a completion ceremony, and a facility tour.

In his congratulatory address, Inamori said "For about 60 years after graduating from university and moving to Kyoto for work, I received many benefits -- physically and spiritually -- from the citizens of Kyoto. As I was considering how to return the favor, Governor Yamada told me about the plan for three universities to create a collaborative program in liberal arts education. I agreed with the goal and offered to contribute my personal assets. It is important for the young students of these three universities in Kyoto to acquire a broad range of general knowledge, including philosophy and ethics, to elevate their humanity and to interact openly with each other during these times of unceasing misconduct and dishonesty in academic communities and other places."

Inamori Hall is a three-story, reinforced concrete structure with a total floor plan of about 9000 square meters. It has 17 classrooms, plus laboratory offices, experiment laboratories, study halls, computer rooms, and a restaurant. There is also the Inamori Exhibition Room, which is open to the public and introduces Inamori's biography and philosophy as well as his social activities.

Exterior of Inamori Hall

Exterior of Inamori Hall

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Inamori Hall

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Inamori Hall

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