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NTU President receives honorary degree from South Korea's Hanyang University


Nanyang Technological University (NTU) President, Professor Bertil Andersson has been awarded a prestigious honorary degree by the Hanyang University in South Korea. This honour recognises Professor Andersson’s research in biochemistry, and for his commitment to education and contributions in the fostering of closer relations between the two universities.
 
This is Prof Andersson’s fourth honorary doctorate in three years. He was similarly honoured by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Symbiosis International University (India), and the University of New South Wales in 2011.
 
The internationally-respected biologist received the Honorary Doctor of Science degree at the Hanyang University's Seoul campus this morning. The degree was conferred by Hanyang University President Lim Duck-Ho.
 
In the citation read out at the ceremony, Professor Andersson was recognised for his illustrious career as a plant biochemist of international repute and for his outstanding achievements as a champion of science and engineering. Professor Andersson was also lauded for his instrumental role at NTU, where he introduced institutional changes leading to bold new programmes as well as increased competitive funding for NTU.  This has enabled NTU to strengthen its reputation to become the fastest-growing university in the world’s top 50. 
 
Professor Andersson joins an illustrious list of honorary doctorate recipients from Hanyang University that includes Harvard University Professor Howard Gardner, who pioneered the theory of multiple intelligences; His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, an established historian, member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and current ruler of the Sharjah emirate; and Dr Tamás Aján, President of the International Weightlifting Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee who contributed to the successful organisation of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
 
Commenting on his award, Prof Andersson said, "I am deeply honoured to receive this award by Hanyang University. Hanyang is No. 1 among South Korea's universities for technology transfer.  It is also famous for producing a remarkably high number of chief executive officers and executives at Korea’s top 100 companies. These are commendable achievements that we in NTU and Singapore can emulate.”
 
Like NTU, Hanyang has built on its strengths as an engineering institute and is known for its strong links with the industry. It is South Korea’s 7th top university and 33rd in Asia according to the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings. In 2008, it was the only university to be designated by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) to run an Honours Programme to groom outstanding students in engineering and the sciences.
 
Interdisciplinary research champion lauded for contributions to education
 
An internationally acclaimed scientist with a longstanding association with the Nobel Foundation, Professor Andersson is the author of more than 300 papers covering topics from photosynthesis research to biological membranes.  The former commando in the Swedish military force was a competitive skier who swept sports medals, before moving on to win medals for his research work.
 
Appointed as NTU's Provost in 2007 and President in 2011, Prof Andersson has been instrumental in helping to redefine education and research at NTU through the years by championing key thrusts in science, engineering and other fields. Prof Andersson has spearheaded significant institutional changes at NTU and advanced greater multidisciplinary teaching and research in domains such as sustainability, healthcare, new media, East-West knowledge and innovation.
 
His own research focus is in sustainability, studying how plants cope with light and heat stress, and how photosynthesis takes place under extreme conditions.  Such research is important in advancing the concept of an artificial leaf that can be created and used as an inexpensive source of solar energy.
 
In 2010, Professor Andersson was awarded the prestigious Wilhelm Exner Medal for his outstanding work in biochemistry research and his contributions to European and Austrian research, an accolade that places him in the same league as 16 Nobel Laureates.
 
With Prof Andersson at the helm, NTU is on an upward trajectory as it scales up the world university rankings in record speed.  NTU is today the fastest-rising university among the world's top 50 universities. This latest accolade for Prof Andersson builds on NTU's strong global reputation in higher education and research.
 
Deepening ties with South Korea
 
NTU is no stranger to South Korea, where it has been deepening its ties with Korean universities over the years. The University currently has more than 30 active agreements with its Korean counterparts across a host of areas, such as academic programmes, research collaborations and student exchanges.
 
In November last year, Hanyang University President Dr Lim Duck-Ho led a delegation to visit NTU.  Prior to this, NTU sealed an agreement in August 2012 with the Asian Research Network (ARN) based at Hanyang University to promote knowledge-sharing and deepen partnerships amongst researchers in the region.  Originally conceived as a bilateral cooperation arrangement between Korea and Japan, the ARN has absorbed other partner institutions from China, India, Singapore and Vietnam.
 
NTU also has well-established links with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) as co-members of the ASPIRE League, a network of Asia's leading technological universities. NTU worked with SaTReci, a spin-off company of KAIST to design an imaging payload for Singapore’s locally-made X-Sat micro-satellite, jointly developed by NTU and DSO National Laboratories, and successfully launched in April 2011 in India. Soaring 800km above Earth at a speed of 7.5km per second, the satellite is now in its second year of operation, taking photos of the Earth’s environment as part of sustainability research.
 


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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes  – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on 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).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
 
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg

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