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Yale President Peter Salovey Receives Honorary Doctorate from NTHU
On August 11 a delegation of NTHU representatives visited Yale University to confer an honorary doctorate of humane letters to Dr. Peter Salovey, the president of Yale University. During the ceremony held on the Yale campus at the Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center, NTHU President Hong Hocheng stated that as a pioneering researcher in the field of emotional intelligence, Salovey has made extensive contributions to society, and personifies the spirit of NTHU school motto: Self-discipline and social commitment.
 
President Hocheng also mentioned that the connection between Yale and NTHU goes back over 100 years, since Tang Guo'an, the first president of Tsinghua College (the predecessor of NTHU) was a Yale graduate. President Hocheng went on to state that while NTHU is known around the world for its high academic standards, in addition to academic excellence, NTHU also emphasizes the educational process and the molding of the entire person, for which purpose it is important to have Dr. Salovey as a role model. 
 
During his conferral speech Hocheng stated, "Without a doubt, Dr. Salovey is a paragon of intelligence, and for the past century Yale has been one of America's premier institutions of higher education and a world leader in innovation." He also mentioned that together with his colleague John Mayer, Salovey developed a variety of tools for measuring emotional responses and the influence they have on human thought and behavior. Thus his research has had a major impact on the field of health psychology and public health policies.
 
Established over 300 years ago, Yale has long been famous worldwide for its academic excellence. In the 21st century, however, the global spotlight is beginning to shine on Asia, and presently a number of East Asian nations are transforming themselves into economic and academic powerhouses. President Hocheng also pointed out that despite its relative youth; NTHU is already regarded as one of the leading research universities in Asia.
 
Emphasizing that NTHU is endeavoring to build on its strengths, as well as the significance of the event for both universities, President Hocheng also stated, “This is a first for Taiwan. Today marks the beginning of a relationship between Yale and NTHU, a relationship which will surely grow in importance." President Hocheng also expressed his hope that additional institutions of higher learning on both sides of the Pacific Ocean will join together and develop into an “integrated global system."
 
  1. President Hocheng conferred an Honorary Doctorate to President Peter Salovey. 
  2. President Hocheng ( right ) and Chuang, Hwei-Lin, Dean of General Education (left) presented President Salovey a piece of Chinese calligraphy with NTHU motto “ Self-discipline and Social Commitment “ written.
 

 

Yale President Peter Salovey Receives Honorary Doctorate from NTHU

 

Yale President Peter Salovey Receives Honorary Doctorate from NTHU

 

 

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