NTU Vice President Prof Lam Khin Yong receives Legion of Honour from France [fr]
Professor Lam Khin Yong, Acting Provost, Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has been conferred the rank of Knight in the French Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur).
On behalf of the President of the French Republic, Mr Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore, conferred the award to Prof Lam during a ceremony held at the French Residence on 13th September.
This honour comes in recognition of Prof Lam’s contributions in nurturing academic and industry collaborations for NTU that have strengthened bilateral relations between France and Singapore.
NTU has 84 active Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with French organisations. This includes 13 French companies working on various joint projects ranging from electromobility to power grids and sustainability technologies.
Prof Lam, together with faculty from the various schools and research institutes, were instrumental in NTU’s partnerships with top French companies such as Engie (formerly known as GDF Suez), Navya, Alstom and Schneider Electric Industries SAS, to name a few.
Prof Lam was also involved in NTU’s tie-ups with leading French research institutions and universities such as the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), SystemX, Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes, University Paris Saclay and Paris-Sorbonne University. Currently, NTU has four ongoing joint PhD programmes with French universities.
French Ambassador Mr Marc Abensour said, “France and Singapore share many similarities in both values and outlook, with both countries investing massively in research innovation. 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.”
The National Order of the Legion of Honour (Légion d’Honneur) is the highest decoration in France and rewards men and women, French or foreigners, for their exemplary services rendered to France or to the causes supported by France.
Prof Lam said, “To receive this distinction is a tremendous honour and privilege. NTU has a strong legacy of ties with France and our partnership with prestigious French universities and companies will only continue to deepen. More importantly, it is also a testament to the strong research and bilateral relations between Singapore and France.”
Prof Lam is one of two Singaporeans this year to receive France’s highest order of merit for military and civil merits, which was established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.