Principal introduced with honorary degree from Hong Kong University of Science & Know-how

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The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the College of Strathclyde, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, has been awarded an honorary diploma by Hong Kong College of Science & Know-how (HKUST).

Sir Jim was produced an Honorary Medical professional of Engineering honoris causa in recognition of his sizeable contributions to culture at a special on the net ceremony.

A a few-time graduate of Strathclyde, having taken his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in the space of electrical engineering, power devices and electrical power economics, Sir Jim labored in the electrical utility sector for seven many years ahead of returning to Strathclyde in 1984 as a University Grants Commission New Blood Lecturer in Electrical Engineering.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald

He was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Ability Units in 1993 and grew to become Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Strathclyde in March 2009.

In the citation read in the course of the ceremony, HKUST President, Professor Nancy Ip, stated: “An accomplished engineer and visionary academic chief, Sir Jim’s large contributions in the direction of developing a improved and sustainable foreseeable future have attained him various distinguished recognitions and awards.

“As tutorial-market collaboration was nonetheless very uncommon in the 1990s, Sir Jim was uniquely put to create and direct Strathclyde’s research and commercialisation portfolio by demonstrating how curiosity-primarily based and user-centered analysis could provide a catalyst for constructive transform. Sir Jim was also pivotal in commercialising university exploration across a number of fields these as electricity, renewable energy and AI.

“Sir Jim’s professional abilities in synergising academia and marketplace also built him an suitable collaborator for HKUST.”

Sincere many thanks

Sir Jim claimed: “I would like to give my sincere many thanks to HKUST for bestowing this honorary degree on me. This is each a excellent individual and professional privilege for me and one particular that I hope will bolster the relationship among HKUST and the College of Strathclyde.

“I have great admiration for HKUST, its bold leadership, its educational excellence and the good quality and affect of the institution on modern society and the overall economy at big, both equally domestically and internationally.

In just over 30 years because its establishment HKUST has developed to grow to be one particular of the world’s very best universities of science and technologies. This is a fantastic accomplishment without a doubt, and our two establishments share comparable strategic DNA, simply because Strathclyde is an global technological college that is also socially progressive.

Strathclyde has experienced a powerful affiliation with HKUST for the past 30 yrs since previous Deputy Principal David Tedford grew to become 1 of its founding University Council Users in 1991.

The marriage has grown and strengthened more than the yrs less than the leadership of Sir Jim with a not too long ago-signed Collaborative Investigation Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding, in addition to a variety of joint initiatives like joint Master’s Degree programmes and PhD studentships.

Honour listing

In Oct 2019, Sir Jim was elected President of RAEng, becoming the first Scottish holder of the workplace. In The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours Listing in 2012, he was awarded a Knighthood for products and services to schooling, engineering and the overall economy.

Sir Jim is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Engineering he co-chairs, with the Very first Minister, the Scottish Government’s Strength Advisory Board and he is chair of the Unbiased Glasgow Economic Leadership Board.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Modern society of Edinburgh, the Establishment of Engineering and Technologies, the Institute of Physics, the Energy Institute, an Honorary Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering and a International Fellow of the Chinese Culture for Electrical Engineering. Most not too long ago, he was inducted as an Worldwide Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Sir Jim at present retains many senior non-govt business appointments on the Boards of ScottishPower, the Weir Team and the Uk National Actual physical Laboratory. He also chairs two of the pan-Scotland college analysis pools in Strength and Engineering.