NYU President Emeritus President Emeritus John Edward Sexton, left, poses with KAIST President Lee Kwang-hyung, right after receiving an honorary doctorate from KAIST on Feb. 17 at the KAIST campus in Daejeon. Photo courtesy of KAIST

John Edward Sexton wins honorary doctorate of science degree

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) announced on Feb. 17 that it had given an honorary doctorate to New York University (NYU) President Emeritus John Edward Sexton.

The event took place at the commencement ceremony of the country’s top science and technology educational institute located in Daejeon.

“KAIST is conferring an honorary doctorate for President Sexton’s longstanding leadership in higher education and for his contributions to the process of establishing the groundwork for collaboration with NYU through which KAIST is to become a leading global value-creating university,” a KAIST official said.

President Emeritus Sexton served as the president of NYU from 2002 to 2015, establishing two degree-granting campuses and several global academic sites of NYU around the world.

Under his leadership, NYU could rise steadily in university rankings, and the number of its students more than doubled from 29,000 to 60,000.

In particular, its medical school assumed the No. 2 spot in the United States.

In addition, he successfully carried out fundraising initiatives during his 14-year tenure to raise $4.9 billion in donations, the largest in NYU history to date.

KAIST and NYU have cooperated to build the former’s campus in New York. Toward that end, the two outfits reached an agreement late last year.

“I look forward to having the two universities achieve their shared vision of becoming the world-class universities together through cooperation to establish the KAIST-NYU Joint Campus,” Sexton said.