State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi receives humanitarian award from Harvard
STATE Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was honoured at a ceremony at Harvard University this weekend, where she received the presitigious school’s 2016 Humanitarian Award.
According to a statement on the Harvard University website, the Harvard Peter J Gomes Humanitarian Award is given annually to an individual “whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of our lives and have inspired us to greater heights”.
Past recipients of the award include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the fourth Nobel Peace Prize laureate to receive the award.
“The faculty and students of the Harvard Foundation are pleased to honour [Daw] Aung San Suu Kyi as the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year,” S Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation and a professor of neurology, was quoted as saying in the Harvard Gazette.
“Her courageous struggle for democracy, human rights, and peace in her nation inspired the world. We are delighted that she will engage our students through intellectual exchange about our collective vision for the peaceful uplift and betterment of humanity.”
During her ongoing trip to the United States, the Nobel laureate has met with US President Barack Obama, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and members of the business community.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (right) tours the Lincoln Memorial during her visit to Washington on September 14.