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Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah has highlighted the importance of learning for life and preparing the young for the future.
SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah has highlighted the importance of learning for life and preparing the young for the future.
Ms Indranee was speaking at the World Cultural Council Award Ceremony at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on Wednesday.
She said as individuals, we must continue to maintain an open mind in order to fully harness the benefits of an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach in overcoming such challenges.
Three international scholars and artists were honoured at the World Cultural Council Award Ceremony.
For the first time in its 30-year history, the Award was hosted at a Singapore university, and the top awards -- the Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci Awards -- were presented together for the first time in Asia.
The World Cultural Council, a Mexico-based international organisation that promotes academic achievement, presented its Albert Einstein World Award of Science to Professor Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society (United Kingdom), and the Leonardo da Vinci Award of Arts to co-winners Professor Petteri Nisunen and Mr Tommi Gronlund.
Five Singapore researchers from NTU were also honoured at the ceremony for making a global impact with their research.
They include Assistant Professors Juliana Chan, Wang Qijie and David Lou, Professor Zhang Hua, and Associate Professor Jasmine Sim.
The World Cultural Council also presented a medal to NTU’s President Professor Bertil Andersson in recognition of his leadership of NTU and the university's rapid rise in the global higher education scene.
Singapore is also the first to host the World Academic Summit, which NTU is co-organising with Times Higher Education.
Speakers include Singapore's former president Mr S R Nathan, former chairman of the Nobel Foundation Dr Marcus Storch, and Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate, the Oscar-winning producer of the film 'Chariots of Fire'.
The Summit will focus on the economic role of universities as key partners of commerce and industry, and in particular, what universities can do in fuelling the future knowledge economy.