McGill Awards Honorary Doctorate to Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

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Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, former WHO Chief Scientist, is set to receive an honorary doctorate from McGill University during the Spring 2024 Convocation ceremonies.

An Overview of the News

  • McGill University, renowned for its academic excellence, bestows honorary degrees upon individuals with exceptional contributions to scholarly, scientific, or artistic fields, or significant societal impact through professional or philanthropic endeavors.

  • McGill University will confer upon Dr. Swaminathan the Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D Sc) in Health Sciences on May 28.

Soumya Swaminathan's distinguished career:

  • Dr. Swaminathan, aged 65, has a distinguished career spanning over 40 years in public health and infectious diseases.

  • Notably, she served as WHO's Deputy Director-General (Programmes) until the end of 2022 and thereafter as its first Chief Scientist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Swaminathan's leadership during the pandemic:

  • Dr. Swaminathan played a key role in coordinating global responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Her leadership facilitated research coordination, dissemination of critical information, and guidance to policymakers on effective strategies to combat the virus.

McGill University's highest honor:

  • The honorary doctorate represents McGill's highest honor, symbolizing the transformative impact of individual achievement.

  • McGill President Deep Saini emphasizes that the award reflects shared values and aspirations within the university community.

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