Prof Piet Naudé, Emeritus Professor of Ethics at the Stellenbosch Business School (SBS), has received an honorary title from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany. He was appointed as a TUM Ambassador by Prof Thomas Hofmann, the president of this leading research university.
Naudé is also the former director of the SBS.
Since 2013, the TUM President honours a selected group of top-level international scientists with the title of TUM Ambassador to acknowledge them as representatives of all TUM Research Alumni worldwide.
On this title, Naudé said, “This recognition on a global stage is an unexpected and a great personal honour. It is further testimony that African scientists – also in the Humanities – make contributions on par with the best in the world.”
Naudé spent the greater part of 2021 as Visiting Professor at the Peter Löscher Chair for Business Ethics, a world-leading centre of applied ethics focusing on Artificial Intelligence. “I completed a manuscript on the ethics of management education, and subsequently participated in a global classroom, teaching on the ethics of technology from an emerging market perspective,” he said.
The ceremony, attended by around 2 000 guests, was held at the Vivat TUM concert in the Isar Philharmonic Hall in Munich last month.
At the honorary ceremony, Hofmann said, “We want to strengthen our ties further and connect the world with TUM.”
He said they were grateful that Naudé took the opportunity to work at TUM as a guest scientist for some time, thus advancing and promoting scientific exchange in his field. “Science does not function in isolated laboratories or institutions. International cooperation and exchange among researchers from different disciplines and institutes fuel innovation and enable scientific progress.”
*Image: Prof Piet Naudé receives the TUM Ambassador certificate from Prof Thomas Hofmann, President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), at a ceremony in Munich, Germany.
Image credit: Astrid Eckert/TUM