University of Houston President Renu Khator has been awarded an honorary degree by Swansea University, a world-class public research university in the United Kingdom.
“I am doubly honored to receive this award from Swansea University. It is certainly gratifying for me on a personal level, and it also salutes the collective accomplishments of the University of Houston, which I’ve been so fortunate to lead,” said Khator.
Swansea and UH recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop wide-ranging collaborations between Swansea’s College of Medicine and the College of Education. The MOU also will create strategic academic partnerships between the Graduate College of Social Work and Swansea’s Colleges of Law and Health and Human Sciences.
While accepting the honor, Khator noted that both universities have “taken tremendous strides forward to become internationally competitive research institutions.” Swansea University was named the UK’s ‘University of the Year’ in 2014, and the University of Houston was designated a Tier One national research institution by the Carnegie Foundation in 2011.
“Our growing collaboration will be of mutual benefit to both universities — to both our countries and to the world,” Khator said. “I accept this award in large part as a confirmation of the importance of that partnership.”
Khator also received the Pride of India Award, which honors leaders from a variety of business and cultural sectors for their outstanding contributions to their respective industries and communities. Each year, the Indo-American Friends Group/Indo-American Business Chamber present this award to trailblazers from a variety of industries.
Nominations are submitted by members of the Indian, Indian diaspora and Indian-American communities. Khator’s fellow 2014 “Pride of India Award” recipients are U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley and Deepak Obhrai, Canada’s parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs.