Honorary degree conferral ceremony for Timor-Leste’s former President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão

Waseda University will award an honorary doctorate to the first President and former Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão. His unfailing leadership and fortitude have brought the nation together, leading Timor-Leste’s independence in 2002. This degree honors Gusmão’s significant contributions to the country’s peace-building and state-building.

To mark this occasion, Waseda University will be holding an award ceremony on the following date and time, along with a special lecture by Gusmão.

Date and Time

October 6, 2016, Thursday

10:00 am ~ 11:15 am (Tentative)

  • 9:30 am ~ 9:55 am Registration
  • 10:00 am ~ 11:15 am Conferment of Honorary Degree & Special Lecture by Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão


Waseda University, Okuma Auditorium, Small Lecture Hall


Waseda University students, faculty and staff, invited guests, general audience


Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation provided)

Important Notice:

  • Due to security reasons, re-entry is not allowed once the event starts.
  • During the event, all cellphones must be turned off.
  • Changing seats is not allowed.
  • No audio or visual recording devices are allowed in the auditorium.
  • Anyone who causes a disturbance during the event (i.e., yelling, carrying posters or signs) will be asked to leave the premises.
  • The event will be recorded for publicity purposes. Please understand that members of the audience may also be recorded.
  • Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be advised that no admission will be allowed when the number of admission exceeds the seating capacity.

Contact Information:

Waseda University, International Office
E-mail: [email protected]

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