Singapore 2013 – Nanyang Technical University

Nanyang Technical University hosting the 2013 WCC event."
Panoramic view of the 30th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony, Singapore, 02 October 2013
Date: 02 October 2013
Place of Ceremony: Nanyang Auditorium
Host Institution: Nanyang Technological University
Host Country: Singapore

(Singapore, Singapore. October 2, 2013). The World Cultural Council celebrated it’s 30th Award Ceremony at Nanyang Technological University, one of the leading Asian seats of learning, within the framework of the World Academic Summit.

Prof. Sir Paul Nurse, President Emeritus and head of the Laboratory of Yeast Genetics and Cell Biology at the Rockefeller University, U.S received the 2013 Albert Einstein World Award of Science from Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, who graced the World Cultural Council Award Ceremony as the Guest of Honour, Edmond H. Fischer, President of the World Cultural Council and authorities of the World Cultural Council.

“This award is special to me because it recognises the importance of the values of science, of what science can contribute to culture, and the role that science can play in promoting fraternity and goodwill among people, nations and governments of the world.

“Science remains revolutionary and we have to be ready for what it might reveal. But it is the knowledge that it brings which places science at the centre of world culture.

“And science also plays a role in diplomacy and promoting goodwill amongst different peoples. Because science has the same values and mutual respect across the world, scientists can help to break down barriers between different nations.

Prof. Sir Paul Nurse

“On behalf of the Professor Petteri Nisunen and Tommi Grönlund, I wish to express our deepest gratitude for the World Cultural Council for this prestigious price. It was an unexpected but truly appreciated honour for both laureates. Over the years the Council has acknowledged many outstanding artists and institutions, and they are very proud to be included in this prestigious group. 

“…we all want to acknowledge the work of the World Cultural Council, in this day of hardship and grave challenges in almost all the corners of the Earth, such a prize gives us hope and strength to carry on – to keep striving for a better world, all with our different means and approaches, equally appreciated and working together.

Professor Tuula Teeri
Aalto University

“We are honoured to host these prestigious Awards at our University and our green tropical fantastic campus. I would like to thank the World Cultural Council in particular Prof. Edmond Fischer for deciding to hold this year´s Award Ceremony at Nanyang Technological University and Singapore. The Council is full of exceptional men and women who are committed to promoting the cause of scientific knowledge education and the arts. My NTU colleagues and I are deeply honoured that you have chosen us to be the first University in Asia to present both the “Albert Einstein” and the “Leonardo da Vinci” Awards along with Special Recognition awards.”

Professor Bertil Andersson
Nanyang Technological University

“I am very pleased to be here today at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cultural Council´s 30th Award Ceremony. The WCC has a rich history of honouring distinguished members of the scientific, education and arts communities. Singapore supports the WCC´s objectives of improving the use of knowledge and promoting fraternity between people, nations and governments worldwide and Singapore is proud indeed to participate in and promote this worthy cause by hosting the WCC 30th Award Ceremony.”

Ms Indranee Rajah
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education

“It is really a great honor for the World Cultural Council to have Nanyang Technical University host this award ceremony, and I would like to express our collective gratitude for your hospitality. We know well, of course, that NTU is one of the most distinguished and fastest growing Asian seats of learning, and the considerable contributions it has made to culture and the sciences in this quadrant of the world. So that it is an unmitigated pleasure for us to be here today, and I thank you once again for receiving us.

“We are delighted to enhance our relations with such institutions through an event that underlies our joint efforts directed toward the benefit of mankind.”

Edmond H. Fischer
World Cultural Council

“We need to educate today’s youth by example, to teach our children and grandchildren to walk on the enlightened side of life. We must foster values which, in the medium and long term, will enable a growing number of citizens from a wide range of countries to act with greater planetary awareness, and to feel part of a world culture able to work for the good of everyone, regardless of race, creed, ideology or gender. A world culture that considers nature not as a victim, but as an ally. A culture that watches over the planet and does not destroy its beauty or pollute its elements. A culture that guides the inhabitants of this world towards a better destiny, one of freedom and responsibility, of rights and duties, of wisdom and peace.”

Rafael Estrada
Founder and President Emeritus
World Cultural Council

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