The Humanities are needed more than ever


“ …the Humanities need to hook on to all sectors: government, business, industry, citizen groups, students, scholarly societies and even philanthropists. The challenge for the Humanities is to demonstrate their worth, highlight their educational and research achievements…”

Taken from the keynote address at the Opening Dinner of the Ninth Regional API Workshop of The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Programme, held on November 20, 2010 in Penang.

IN MY SEARCH (for a suitable topic), I found inspiration in what The Nippon Foundation was established to achieve, namely “the realisation of a peaceful and prosperous global society, in which none need struggle to secure their basic human rights.” I was equally touched by the foundation’s sensitivity towards “different value systems” and cultures and to “…transcend the political, religious, racial and national boundaries that divide the world.” And I could not agree more with its zeal “ grasp the essence of problems faced by humankind.”

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