UM Honorary Doctor Henry T. Yang gives Doctor honoris causa Lecture on how top universities nurture professionals
The University of Macau (UM)
yesterday (12 November) held a Doctor honoris
causa Lecture titled ‘Cultivating Talent at a World-Class Research
University UC Santa Barbara: A Modest Example’. The keynote speaker, Professor
Henry T. Yang, is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from UM, a
world-renowned expert in structural engineering, and the current chancellor of
the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). During the talk, Yang
discussed how world-class higher education institutions and research institutes
discover talented people and nurture outstanding professionals. The event
attracted many UM faculty members and students.
Yang is one of the great educationists in higher education of the United
States. He is regarded as being in the same league as Charles Eliot, the
president of Harvard University from 1869 to 1909 who famously turned it into a
top university as we know it today. During the talk, Professor Yang discussed
the roles of higher education institutions and research institutes in nurturing
talented people and shared the keys to his success at UCSB. Under his
leadership as the chancellor of UCSB, six faculty members won the Nobel Prize.
Professor Yang believes that if one works hard, he will eventually be rewarded.
In addition, he pointed out that as a research-focused comprehensive
university, UM has the potential to produce outstanding professionals and
researchers. He suggested that UM should learn from UCSB in order to increase
its teaching quality, research capacity, and student quality.
expert in aerospace engineering, Professor Yang has been serving as the
chancellor of UCSB since 1994. He is also a member of the National Academic of
Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics, and the former dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering.
He has made significant contributions to the analysis of finite elements and
earthquake structural engineering, which have had far-reaching impact in the
fields. Professor Yang has also received many awards in recognition of his
contributions to education and social services.
Source: Honours College
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