Published on: 16-Dec-2016
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World renowned scientist Professor Bertil Andersson, President of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Southampton yesterday evening (15 December).
This is his ninth honorary degree since becoming NTU President in 2011, and is further recognition of his exceptional leadership in higher education, and in steering NTU to global distinction in the last six years.
Among the other honours Prof Andersson has received since 2011 are from the University of Edinburgh, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of New South Wales.
This latest honour from the University of Southampton recognises Prof Andersson’s pioneering research in biochemistry, his dedication to education and the fostering of closer relations between the two universities in research and education.
University of Southampton Pro-Chancellor Jon Sopel conferred Prof Andersson his honorary doctorate at a ceremony at the Highfield Campus.
Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton said, “The University of Southampton is pleased to award an Honorary Doctorate to Professor Bertil Andersson, a world-leading academic who, as President of Nanyang Technological University, has demonstrated excellent leadership in higher education.
“His strong stewardship of NTU’s global partnerships and continued support of collaboration between NTU and the University of Southampton has led to successful global research and development initiatives like The Photonics Institute established at NTU with Southampton that is one of the most advanced in the world.”
Prof Andersson said, “To receive this honorary doctorate is a tremendous honour and privilege. More importantly, it is also a recognition of the high regard that the University of Southampton has for NTU Singapore, and a testament to the close relationship between both institutions.
“We share the same high ambitions to create new knowledge and apply it for the benefit of Singapore and the United Kingdom. We are collaborating in the exciting field of photonics and aim to use it for industrial innovations and breakthroughs for the good of both countries.”
Notable past recipients of honorary doctorates from the University of Southampton include naturalist Sir David Attenborough and Hollywood director James Cameron.
Internationally acclaimed scientist lauded for contributions to education
A world-renowned Swedish plant biochemist, Prof Andersson pioneered research on the artificial leaf, an area of sustainable energy research that uses sunlight to produce clean, low-cost sources of energy. He has authored more than 300 papers in basic photosynthesis ranging from photosystem structure to biological membranes and light stress in plants, with more than 14,000 citations.
In October, Prof Andersson was awarded Singapore’s highest honour for scientists, the President’s Science and Technology Medal presented by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Prof Andersson was recognised for his distinguished contributions to the development of Singapore’s research capabilities and his visionary transformation of NTU into a world-class institution reputed internationally for excellence in research and education.
In 2010, he received the prestigious Austrian Wilhelm Exner Medal for his life-changing work, joining a list of laureates that includes Nobel Prize winners.
As NTU’s President since 2011, Prof Andersson has led the University to global prominence and distinction as a research-intensive university. In 2016, the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings placed NTU first among universities aged 50 and below, and 13th overall globally.
In research bibliometrics, NTU leads Asia’s top universities in normalised citation impact according to Clarivate Analytics’ InCites 2014 and 2015. Similar data by Elsevier also point to NTU being first among the top Asian universities in citation impact.
In the 2016 Nature Index global rankings NTU was ranked 32nd among the world's universities and first in Singapore.
Deepening ties between NTU and University of Southampton
Under Prof Andersson’s leadership, NTU established The Photonics Institute jointly with University of Southampton. It is Singapore’s first high-tech fibre optic research manufacturing facility and will focus on research in light technology. The University of Southampton is home to the Optoelectronics Research Centre – the birth place of the fibre-optic internet found in most homes around the world today.
Funded and supported by industry partners and various national agencies, the $100 million photonics institute will be a key channel for the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge, breakthroughs and industrial innovations between the two countries.
Both universities have five active Memorandums of Understanding with each other, which includes the setting up of The Photonics Institute at NTU and support for student exchanges. NTU and the University of Southampton also run joint PhD programmes in Optoelectronics, Maritime and Chemistry.
About 55 students have gone on student exchanges between both universities in the past few years.
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg
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