L-R: Macquarie University Chancellor the Hon. Michael Egan AO, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Kevin Jameson.
Macquarie awarded Natarajan Chandrasekaran (Chandra), Chairman of Tata Sons Group, the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) during a special graduation ceremony presided over by the Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton yesterday.
The Honorary Doctorate recognises Chandra’s distinguished career in business in India, Asia and globally.
As Chairman of Tata Sons, one of India’s largest and most respected conglomerates, and its subsidiary Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Dr Chandrasekaran stands out as a giant of India’s IT industry. He is a philanthropist and visionary for the development of STEMM skills in young people globally, and especially in Australia – a focus of his for nearly 40 years.
“The importance of STEMM education cannot be over emphasised,” said Mr Chandrasekaran. “AI, Bio-informatics and Data Science will have a profound positive impact on businesses and society. Getting young people into STEMM will help every community to participate in this new physical-digital world and the Tata Group is committed to playing our role in this important initiative.”
Honorary degrees are awarded in recognition of exceptional achievement or contribution in relation to a particular field or discipline, to the University and/or society. The diverse range of recipients of honorary awards demonstrates the breadth of the University’s areas of interest and expertise.
“It is a great pleasure to be able to present an honorary degree to Chandra as a respected leader in business and as a great philanthropist and friend of Macquarie University,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton.
“With his outstanding career in IT and business, and his remarkable stewardship of Tata Sons, Chandra’s willingness to share the lessons of his exceptional experience is greatly valued by the University and I am honoured to recognise him with this award.”
At this special ceremony the University also celebrated the achievements of three higher degree research graduates whose academic excellence have earned them particular recognition; Dr Sophie, Marie, Helene Chao from the Faculty of Arts, Dr Rebecca Wynne Gelding from the Faculty of Human Sciences and Ms Fariba Bagherzadeh from Macquarie Business School.