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TORONTO: York University President and Vice Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri was given an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by India’s Amity University on Monday.
The honour was conferred on Dr Shoukri at a special convocation ceremony in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi where the university is headquartered. With six campus in various Indian cities and Dubai, Amity is one of India’s largest private universities with over 80,000 students on its rolls in 50 disciplines.
The Amity citation said Dr Shoukri has shown “exceptional vision, deep commitment to research, propagation of scientific enquiry, continuous exemplary efforts in innovating and improving technology, strategic planning and direction in pursuit of excellence and dedication to the good of humanity.
Amity University chancellor Aseem Chauhan said, “Dr. Shoukri contributes tirelessly to the scientific progression in various forms and his work is evidenced by over 120 publications in refereed journals and symposia.
“Dr. Shoukri is venerated for his unceasing commitment, firmness of purpose, unassuming nature and an ever inquisitive mind for scientific wisdom.”
In his acceptance speech, Dr Shoukri said, “It is my great pleasure and privilege to accept this honour from the esteemed Amity University. As someone who has benefited from international education, this is a very special honour for me.’’
Dr Shoukri, who came to Canada more than 40 years ago from Egypt to earn his masters and PhD degrees in engineering, said progressive universities around the world have a central role in sharing knowledge and creating international partnerships and networks through which future graduates can be educated in a global context.
“ Our responsibility is to educate our students so that they can become global citizens; we must help them to develop their networks, share their talents, and advance the limits of knowledge. The partnership we are developing between our two institutions is an important way to do that,” the York University president added.
Dr Shoukri is leading a university delegation on a five-day visit to India to participate in the FICCI Higher Education Summit in New Delhi on Nov 13-14.
Amity is one of the universities with which York University is seeking partnership and exploring areas of joint research, teaching faculty and student exchanges.
The York University delegation will also explore areas of cooperation and exchanges with Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia University. (Compiled from York University release)