UWB Awarded Honorary Doctorates to Two Prominent Scientists
The ceremonial meeting of the Scientific Board of the University of West Bohemia is held annually to mark the occasion of the Day of the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy.
Last year, the event could not take
place because of the government regulations and, therefore, two years
were united into one on Wednesday, 10 November. This year, two great
scientists received an honorary doctorate.
On the proposal of the Rector Miroslav
Holeček, the University awarded Prof. Miroslav Balda (born in 1932
in Pilsen), who is a recognized expert in the field of mechanical
engineering with a focus on rotor dynamics, whose scientific results
significantly expanded the knowledge applied in mechanical
Prof. Michael Anthony Arbib (born in
1940 in England) from the University of California in San Diego
received an honorary doctorate for his outstanding contribution to
the development of an interdisciplinary approach to brain research.
Professor Arbib represents world-class science that bridges
mathematics, computer science, neurobiology, and art. He was awarded
the honorary degree on the proposal of Josef Mištera, the Dean of
Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art.
The afternoon programme of the academic
meeting was opened by the Rector Miroslav Holeček. "The
responsibility of universities for the future world is indisputable.
I think that even in thirty years, we have made a very positive
contribution to the development of the future world. Well-functioning
research centres on the European level are an excellent premise for
the development of science in our region and a huge opportunity for
the younger generation. The internal accreditation system, which has
been launched successfully, is an unprecedented opportunity for the
development of promising educational programmes for the 21st
century," said the Rector. In his speech, he not only
commemorated the 30th anniversary of the founding of the University
but also reflected on the importance of trust in interpersonal
communication and the role that education plays in the current
During the ceremonial meeting, the
University introduced academics who were appointed professors and
associate professors over the past two years. The Rector Miroslav
Holeček awarded commemorative medals to personalities who
significantly contributed to the development of the University of
West Bohemia, and certificates of merit for outstanding performances
in creative, artistic, and sporting activities, as well as for
humanitarian and socially significant acts.
Prof. Michael Arbib
| Šárka Stará
11. 11. 2021