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KAIST President Kwang-Hyung Lee receives honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal​
View : 1006 Date : 2024-06-16 Writer : PR Office

KAIST (President Kwang-Hyung Lee) announced on June 16th that President Kwang-Hyung Lee received an honorary doctorate on the 15th, local time, from the Université de Montréal in Canada, one of the largest French-speaking universities in North America.


Photo from the Convocation Ceremony

< Image. (from left) Mr. Pierre Lassonde, Chairman of the Board of Polytechnique Montréal, President Maud Cohen of Polytechnique Montréal, President Kwang-Hyung Lee of KAIST, Chancellor Frantz Saintellemy of Université de Montréal and Mr. Alexandre Chabot, Secretary General of Université de Montéal. >


President Lee was selected as the recipient of the honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal upon the recommendation of Polytechnique Montréal in recognition of his contributions in pioneering the multidisciplinary approach to integrate a number of fields studies including computer science, biology, and nanotechnology.


Polytechnique Montréal is a university in affiliation with the University of Montréal and is one of the largest engineering education and research institutions of Canada. President Lee's honorary doctorate was awarded at the Convocation Ceremony of Polytechnique Montréal held for the Class of 2024. On this day, Mr. Serge Gendron, a businessman, a philanthropist and an alum of Polytechnique Montréal, also had the honor of receiving an honorary doctorate along with President Lee.


President Kwang-Hyung Lee is internationally recognized for his contributions in various fields, including engineering education, multidisciplinary research, strategy establishment, and future prospects. President Lee is also well known to have had significant influence on the first-generation venture entrepreneurs, a large portion of which are from KAIST, who have now grown into full-fledged entrepreneurs. For these activities, President Lee received numerous decorations and commendations within Korea, including the National Order of Civil Merit - Camellia Medal, and in 2003, he received the ‘Légion d’Honneur Chevalier’ from the French government as well.


Through his speech at the ceremony, KAIST President Kwang-Hyung Lee expressed his gratitude to the Université de Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, while congratulating and encouraging the graduates who are poised to start anew as they part from the school. “Hold on to your dreams, try looking at the world from a different perspective, and enjoy the challenges without being afraid of failures.” With these three pieces of advice, President Lee cheered on the graduates saying, “The future belongs to those of you who challenge them.”


Maud Cohen, the President of Polytechnique Montréal, commented on President Kwang-Hyung Lee's honorary doctorate, that Polytechnique Montréal is proud to award an honorary doctorate to Mr. Lee for his exceptional career path, his holistic, multidisciplinary and undeniably forward-looking vision, which strongly echoes the values of Polytechnique Montréal, and for his involvement in and commitment to education, research and the future of the next generation.


* Established in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s largest engineering education and research universities, and is located on the Université de Montréal campus – North America’s largest Francophone university campus. Joshua Bengio, who won the Turing Award for establishing the foundations of deep learning, is gaining international recognition in artificial intelligence and other related fields at Polytechnique Montréal. Polytechnique Montréal chose KAIST as the first Korean university establish partnership with and has continued to build up close cooperative relationship since 1998.


* The Université de Montréal (UdeM) is a public university founded in 1878. It is located in Montréal, in the French-speaking province of Québec, Canada. It is one of Canada's five major universities, and the second largest in terms of student enrollment. The Université de Montréal is the largest in the French-speaking world in terms of both student enrollment and research. The Université de Montréal enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the best French-language post-secondary institutions. Its rector is Mr. Daniel Jutras.

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