News Details | 22-Apr-2013

NTU confers honorary doctorate on President of Indonesia in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to NTU

His Excellency President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of the Republic of Indonesia received an honorary doctorate of letters from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this afternoon in a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.  President Yudhoyono is the first Indonesian Head of State to receive an honorary degree from a Singapore university. Heads of state who received an honorary degree from NTU include Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of the Republic of India in 2008 and Mr SR Nathan, former President of the Republic of Singapore in 2011.

President of the Republic of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam who is also the NTU Chancellor, presided over the conferment ceremony, which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam, Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat, Acting Minister for Social and Family Development and Senior Minister of State for Defence Chan Chun Sing and about 400 guests.

Several ministers from Indonesia, among others: Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Marty Natalegawa, ambassadors, senior government officials, business leaders, NTU faculty, staff, students and alumni attended the ceremony.  
Reading the citation at the ceremony, NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said the doctorate was in recognition of President Yudhoyono’s outstanding leadership and public service in diverse areas – as an advocate for peace, democracy, moderate Islam and human rights; his instrumental role as a champion for the marine environment and sustainable forestry conservation; as well as his firm commitment to the modernisation and transformation of Indonesia.  
“As an international statesman, President Yudhoyono has raised Indonesia’s visibility through his leadership of and involvement in a range of international events, including ASEAN, APEC and the East Asia Summit and G-20 meetings. President Yudhoyono also played an important leadership role in getting the ASEAN Charter passed,” said Professor Andersson.
The honorary degree is also in recognition of President Yudhoyono’s strong links to the University. In 1999, President Yudhoyono started an association with the then Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS, now renamed as the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies or RSIS) when he first visited while serving as the Armed Forces Chief of Territorial Affairs. He has encouraged close ties between RSIS and the Indonesian Defence University as well as between RSIS and the Indonesian National Resilience Institute (LEMHANNAS).
“We are particularly proud that his sons Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono are both NTU alumni, having graduated with postgraduate degrees from RSIS.  When President Yudhoyono’s term in office ends in 2014, he will have served his full two presidential terms thus becoming the longest serving President in Indonesia’s democratic era," Professor Andersson said at the ceremony.
The Doctor of Letters degree honoris causa recognises his pre-eminence and outstanding achievements spanning four decades of public service, including 27 years of distinguished military service, over four years as a key cabinet minister, and almost a decade as President of Indonesia. It is also an acknowledgement of his commitment and contributions to the cause of higher learning.
Commenting on the significance of the conferment, Professor Andersson said, "President Yudhoyono is an ideal example of effective public service. He has used his exceptional leadership and influence to focus efforts on alleviating poverty, generating growth and improving the lives of people in Indonesia and beyond.
“His hard work and success in taking Indonesia's development to greater heights, and in addressing pressing global challenges like climate change, deserve wider recognition and should stand as a model for students, educators and others across the globe. By honouring him in this way, we also hope to inspire future generations of students who pass through NTU’s gates to think about the service they will do.” 
About 3,000 of NTU's alumni hail from Indonesia, out of almost 170,000 in more than 120 countries worldwide. As part of NTU's global alumni network, they contribute much to the reputation and excellence of the University.  The link between these alumni and their alma mater is also an enduring sign of the strong bilateral ties between Singapore and Indonesia.

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