7 September 2011, High Wycombe, UK
Dr Hamadoun Touré was recently honoured by Buckinghamshire New University, where he was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his involvement in the development of two of the University’s master’s degree courses, and for his significant achievements internationally in the field of telecommunication.
Prof Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor of Bucks New University, commented: “It is with great pleasure that we bestow this honorary award on Dr Touré. Our awardees are chosen in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their fields and because they are an inspiration to our graduating students.”
Receiving his degree, Dr Touré said he was proud to receive an award from such an innovative university. “Bucks New University is at the very forefront when it comes to principles such as sustainability, environmental management, equality of opportunity and student diversity. It is truly setting the standard for other institutions around the world, and I am very proud to take my place among its distinguished honorary alumni.”
Earlier this year, Bucks New University became the first UK university to become a member of the ITU Academia programme, joining members including: the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology in Rwanda; Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications; The Open University of Tanzania; Waseda University in Tokyo; and other universities in Algeria, China, Denmark, India and Tunisia.
ITU is seeking to create a global network of around 100 universities to share expertise, knowledge, and research.