Seychelles President Michel awarded honorary doctorate by TERI University
Dr. Pachauri awarded the honorary degree “in view of President Michel’s contribution to society,” particularly as an ardent advocate of the cause of small island states and the preservation of the environment.
“The TERI University expresses deep respect for President Michel’s leadership in the fields of environment and his efforts to foster sustainable development, by conferring on James Alix Michel, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa,” said the Registrar of TERI Univeristy, Dr. Rajiv Seth.
Honorary doctorates were also awarded to the former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo; the Minister of Environment and Minister of Development Cooperation of the kingdom of Norway, Erik Solheim; Nobel laureate Dr. Elinor Ostrom; and Group General Manager and Country Head of the HSBC Group in India, Naina LalKidwai.
Upon receiving the academic honor, President James Michel dedicated the honorary doctorate to the people of Seychelles.
“I am deeply honored that this distinguished university has chosen to confer an honorary doctorate on me today, and I dedicate my acceptance of this prestigious award to the people of Seychelles… Today’s occasion is one of special significance and pride, as it both acknowledges and enhances the long-standing cordial relationship the republic of Seychelles enjoys with the republic of India,” said President Michel in his acceptance speech.
The President noted that TERI University and the University of Seychelles have been built upon the same vision that seeks answers to today’s local and global problems of climate change, sustainable development, governance, and energy independence.
“We recognize today that without such institutions we will not be able to understand the changes that are happening and also not avail of the opportunity for us to address those challenges within our own context and constraints. Expanding our knowledge on climate change science will help us to better understand the dynamics of the ocean that we share,” President Michel added.
The President said that the collaboration between the two universities will also help to build capacity for renewable energy development in Seychelles.
“Our vision to transform the Seychelles energy sector stands firm, and for it to be a reality, we need well-trained specialists in the area of energy management, innovation, and planning,” he concluded.
PHOTO: President Michel during academic procession / Photo from Seychelles Tourism Board
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