Published on: 14-Sep-2017
Professor Lam Khin Yong, Acting Provost, Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has been conferred the rank of Knight in the French Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur).
On behalf of the President of the French Republic, His Excellency Mr Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore, conferred the award to Prof Lam at a ceremony at the French Residence in Singapore last evening.
This honour comes in recognition of Prof Lam’s contributions in nurturing academic and industry collaborations for NTU that have strengthened bilateral relations between France and Singapore.
NTU has 84 active Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with French organisations. This includes 13 French companies working on various joint projects ranging from electromobility to power grids and sustainability technologies.
Prof Lam, together with faculty from the various schools and research institutes, were instrumental in NTU’s partnerships with top French companies such as Engie (formerly known as GDF Suez), Navya, Alstom and Schneider Electric Industries SAS, to name a few.
Prof Lam was also involved in NTU’s tie-ups with leading French research institutions and universities such as the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Institut de Recherche Technologique SystemX, Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes, University Paris Saclay and Paris-Sorbonne University. Currently, NTU has five ongoing joint PhD programmes with French universities.
His Excellency Mr Marc Abensour said, “France and Singapore share many similarities in both values and outlook, with both countries investing massively in research innovation. Individuals such as Professor Lam Khin Yong have been key actors in reinforcing those ties, by advancing research collaborations and innovations, and nurturing international industry partnerships.”
The National Order of the Legion of Honour (Légion d’Honneur) is the highest decoration in France and rewards men and women, French or foreigners, for their exemplary services rendered to France or to the causes supported by France.
Prof Lam said, “To receive this distinction is a tremendous honour and privilege. NTU has a strong legacy of ties with France and our partnership with prestigious French universities and companies will only continue to deepen. More importantly, it is also a testament to the strong research and bilateral relations between Singapore and France.”
Prof Lam is one of two Singaporeans this year to receive France's highest order of merit for military and civil merits, which was established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.
This is Prof Lam’s fourth award since becoming NTU’s Chief of Staff in 2011 and Vice President (Research) in 2014. His other awards include Singapore’s Public Administration Medal (Silver), an Honorary Chair Professorship Award from Taiwan’s Asia University and and an Honorary Professorship Diploma, the highest honours from the Lomonosov Moscow State University which is one of the top universities in Russia.
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About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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 also has a 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 11th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last four 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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