NTU president receives honorary doctorate from Korean university

President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Professor Bertil Andersson received the Honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Hanyang University in South Korea at their Seoul campus on Monday morning.

The award from the Korean university recognises his research in biochemistry, his commitment to education and his contributions in forming closer relations between the two educational institutions.

Known for his work specifically in plant biochemistry, the professor is the author of more than 300 papers covering photosynthesis research and biological membranes, among others.

Prof Andersson now focuses his research on sustainability, how plants cope with light and heat stressm and the process of photosynthesis under extreme conditions. This research will build on the concept of an artificial leaf that can be used as an inexpensive source of solar energy.

NTU has more than 30 active agreements with other Korean universities, spanning academic programmes, research collaborations and student exchanges. This is the fourth honorary doctorate the professor has received in three years.

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