Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah touted the Tang Prize as "progressive" Monday and said he believes the prize, founded by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin, will contribute to international and Taiwanese society.
The idea of the Tang Prize is progressive because it is designed to encourage people to realize their potential by showing them how people such as statesmen, intellectuals and scientists can contribute to the society, Jiang said at a reception in Taipei attended by all five of the first Tang Prize laureates.
It is also aimed at encouraging people to look at the world from different perspectives and to make changes, he said at the event at the National Palace Museum.
He said he believes the prize will become one of the world's most important awards in the four fields that it covers -- sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology and rule of law.
"I believe the Tang Prize will make a contribution to the international society and to Taiwanese society," the premier said.
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, who also attended the reception, said he hopes that events to celebrate the next Tang Prize will be jointly held alongside World Design Capital activities in Taipei. Taipei has been designated the 2016 World Design Capital.
"The five Tang winners represent the best of our times in science, philosophy and humanity," Hau said.
The five laureates are Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, who won the prize for sustainable development; James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, who shared the prize for biopharmaceutical science; Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih, who won the prize for sinology; and Albie Sachs, a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, who was named the winner of the prize for rule of law.
Also at the reception, Yin, who founded the Tang Prize in 2012, offered his thanks to all those who helped put the award together, such as Academia Sinica, which convened a panel of judges to select the award winners.
Tang Prize Foundation CEO Chern Jenn-chuan, meanwhile, said that one of the goals of the prize is to facilitate cultural and scientific innovation and exchanges between East and West.
The Tang Prize was established to complement the Nobel prizes and honor leaders in the four fields.
An award ceremony for the prize is slated for Sept. 18.
(By Christie Chen)