NCKU to award honorary degree to former Norwegian leader

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Taipei, March 31 (CNA) National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in southern Taiwan said Saturday that it will present an honorary doctorate degree to former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland on April 3.

The degree will be awarded at the closing of the Gro Harlem Brundtland Week of Women in Sustainable Development, which included plenary sessions, symposiums, panel discussions and exhibitions on global issues related to sustainable development and public health, according to the university.

Brundtland, the winner of the 2014 Tang Prize for sustainable development, used NT$5 million (US$171,367), a part of the prize money she received, to establish the Gro Brundtland Award and to fund a one-week science forum at NCKU to recognize distinguished researchers in her field.

Now, in its third and final year, the 2018 Gro Brundtland Week in Taiwan brought together Natisha Dukhi of South Africa, Barbara Burmen of Kenya, Neha Nehiya of India, Weena Gera of the Philippines and Sarva Praveena of Malaysia to share their research experience.

Their areas of research include AIDS, tuberculosis, vaccines, sustainable development of environmental and analysis of exposure and health risk assessment.

NCKU said it will award an honorary doctorate degree to Brundtland for the work she has done in sustainable development and for her continued efforts to promote female researchers in that field.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Kuan-lin Liu)

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