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27 August 2009 | PR 09/113

University awards honorary degrees in Beijing and Singapore

Three distinguished academics are to receive honorary degrees from Loughborough University at ceremonies being held in Beijing and Singapore.

On Sunday 30 August, President Gu Binglin, the President of Tsinghua University, will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Science for his outstanding leadership in higher education in China and his exceptional contribution to research in the field of Physics.

At the same ceremony, which will take place at the Sofitel Hotel in Beijing, over 100 recent Loughborough graduates who live in China and surrounding countries will gather together to celebrate their academic achievements with their family and friends.

Then on Sunday 6 September, at the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan (President of National University of Singapore) and Mr Choo Thiam Siew (President of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) will be presented with honorary degrees.

Professor Tan Chorh Chuan will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Science for his outstanding contribution to science, technology and education in Singapore.

Mr Choo Thiam Siew will be awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Letters for his outstanding contribution to the arts and arts education in Singapore.

Some of Loughborough’s recent graduates who live in Singapore and surrounding countries will also be at the ceremony, along with students from PSB Academy in Singapore who will graduate with degrees in Business Studies or Business Studies with Human Resources Management from Loughborough University.

Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough Univeristy, said: “We are delighted that President Gu Binglin, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and Mr Choo Thiam Siew are to accept honorary awards from Loughborough University. It is a great privilege to be able to strengthen the links between our leading institutions.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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