In its 30th anniversary year, The Royal Academy of Engineering is to award its first International Medal – to Professor Cham Tao Soon FREng, founding President of Nanyang Technological Institute (NTI) and former President of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Professor Cham will receive the award during the State Visit to Singapore on Friday 17 March from the Academy’s Senior Fellow, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The International Medal is to be awarded occasionally to an individual, resident outside of the European Union, for his or her outstanding and sustained personal achievement in the broad field of engineering, including commercial or academic leadership or for specific products and/or projects.

In selecting Professor Cham to receive this award, the Academy cited his achievements in developing NTU from scratch, growing its student population from just 582 to 23,000, and expanding its initial disciplines from traditional engineering to other fields of study. In addition, the Academy noted that under Professor Cham’s leadership, NTU has established a reputation for producing graduates with a practical focus and a commitment to excellence based on the strong industry links that he forged. Professor Cham also led the development of NTU on the international stage, creating several links with prominent universities and reputable academic institutions abroad, in teaching, research and staff and student exchanges.

“Professor Cham is a most worthy winner of our inaugural International Medal,” said Lord Alec Broers FREng FRS, President of the Academy. “It is an honour to the Academy that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh should present the Medal during the State Visit”.

“The Academy was enormously impressed by Professor Cham’s leadership in creating and nurturing NTU to its present position on the world stage. It is an outstanding achievement” said Professor Richard Williams FREng, vice president of the Academy and Chair of its Awards Committee.

Professor Cham said “I am delighted and honoured to receive the International Medal especially from the hands of His Royal Highness who was instrumental in the creation of the Academy. The medal is a recognition of the high status of NTU in the academic world.”

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering. As Britain’s national academy for engineering, its fellowship comprises the UK’s most eminent engineers (along with a smaller number of International Fellows and Honorary Fellows) who provide the leadership and expertise for the Academy’s activities. The Academy provides independent and impartial advice to Government; works to secure the next generation of engineers; and provides a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. The Academy’s International Medal is new this year, and will be awarded occasionally to an individual, resident outside of the European Union, for his or her outstanding and sustained personal achievement in the broad field of engineering, including commercial or academic leadership or for specific products and/or projects.

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