The Director-General of the OPCW, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, was today conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Surrey in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to global disarmament”. The occasion was marked at a ceremony held at Guildford Cathedral, Surrey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The OPCW and the University of Surrey have enjoyed long standing collaboration in advancing the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The flagship international cooperation programme of the OPCW known as the Associate Programme is strongly supported by the University of Surrey.
Lauding its services, the Director-General said that “By supporting trainees and building capacity among OPCW Member States for the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the University of Surrey is making a tangible contribution to international peace and security.”
Professor Vince Emery, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey said: “The University is proud of its long association with the OPCW, and the award of an Honorary Degree to its Director General Ahmet Üzümcü cements that relationship further and celebrates the Director General’s leadership of a Nobel Peace Prize winning organisation”.