New Delhi: Professor Bertil Andersson, President Emeritus of Nanyang Technological University has been appointed as the Honorary Pro Chancellor of SRM University, AP – Amaravati. Dr. Bertil Andersson also joins SRM University, AP – Amaravati’s Board of Governors.
Prof. Bertil Andersson served as NTU’s third President from July 2011 until December 2017, after being the university’s Provost from 2007. In his term as President, he played a pivotal role in helping NTU become the #1 ranked institution in Asia. He is a world-renowned plant biochemist from Sweden with a longstanding association with the Nobel Foundation that includes chairing its chemistry committee. He has also pioneered research on the artificial leaf, a promising area of sustainable energy research that uses sunlight to produce clean, low-cost sources of energy. Prof Andersson has authored more than 300 papers in basic photosynthesis covering topics from photo system structure to biological membranes and light stress in plants, with more than 14,000 citations.
“We are proud to welcome on board, Prof. Andersson. At NTU, Prof. Andersson has been instrumental in strengthening the university’s profile as one of the fastest-growing research-intensive universities in the world with a track record of winning competitive research grants and attracting world-acclaimed scientists. Since we envision SRM AP Amaravati as an innovation focused centre for excellence in education, we are sure that this association will help us achieve our goal in an optimal manner”, says Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, President SRM University.
Today, NTU is the world’s fastest-rising young university and also ranked first among the world’s best young universities. In the QS World University Rankings 2018, NTU is placed 11th globally and number 1 in Asia. NTU also leads the top Asian universities in normalised research citation impact which is a major academic quality measure for research. Prof Andersson was made the 3rd President of the University in July 2011 and remained at his position till December 2017, after being the Provost since 2007.
At SRM University, AP – Amaravati, Prof. Andersson will be primarily focus on establishing strategic direction for the institution along with developing research specific orientation. He will also support the institution’s international endeavors and help SRM AP establish a strong footprint globally.