KUIAS Distinguished Professor Tasuku Honjo receives NTU Honorary Doctorate

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Dr Tasuku Honjo, distinguished professor at the Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS), has received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Medicine from National Taiwan University (NTU). He became the first Japanese citizen to earn the accolade, which was awarded in recognition of the researcher's exceptional achievements to date.

The conferment ceremony took place 23 April 2024 at Kyoto University with the president and other officials attending from Taiwan. NTU President Wen-Chang Chen lauded Dr Honjo as a world-renowned immunologist who has played a leading role in the development of an entirely new approach to cancer treatment. Dr Honjo, in his remarks, mentioned that Taiwan and Japan have a very close relationship and share many challenges and advantages. He expressed hope that NTU and KyotoU will deepen their academic collaboration for the future of Taiwan and Japan and that the two institutions' strong partnership will continue into the next generation through active student and faculty exchanges.

Distinguished Professor Honjo (left) and NTU President Chen
Front row from left: Dr Susumu Kitagawa, KyotoU's executive vice-president for research promotion; Distinguished Professor Honjo; NTU President Chen; and NTU Executive Vice-President Shan-Chwen Chang
Back row from left: KyotoU Graduate School of Medicine Dean Tadashi Isa, KUIAS Director-General Shigefumi Mori, NTU's former President Pan-Chyr Yang, and NTU College of Medicine Dean Yen-Hsuan Ni