SINGAPORE - Nanyang Technological University (NTU) don Lam Khin Yong has been made a knight in the Legion of Honour - one of the highest decorations awarded by the French government.
Professor Lam, who is acting provost for NTU, was officially given the award on Wednesday evening (Sept 13), during a ceremony held at the French Residence in Singapore.
The award celebrates his contributions in nurturing academic and industry collaborations for the university, which have also strengthened bilateral ties between France and Singapore.
Prof Lam, who is also chief of staff and vice-president of research at NTU, has been actively involved in the university's tie-ups with French companies and research institutions.
NTU currently has 84 active agreements with French organisations. These include joint projects with French firms on topics such as power grids and sustainability technologies.
Mr Marc Abensour, who is ambassador of France to Singapore, said that both countries "share many similarities in both values and outlook, with both...investing massively in research innovations".
He added: "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."
Prof Lam said that the award was a testament to the strong bilateral ties between both countries, adding: "NTU has a strong legacy of ties with France and our partnership with prestigious French universities and companies will only continue to deepen."