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Tang Prize gains increasing international awareness: foundation

Tang Prize gains increasing international awareness: foundation

Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) The Tang Prize, Taiwan's highest private award for global achievement, has gained increasing global publicity following a report in the German news weekly Die Zeit earlier this month that compared the prize with its global counterparts such as the Nobel Prize, the Tang Prize Foundation said Wednesday. Covered by Die Zeit in its Oct. 8 edition, the Tang Prize was compared with other awards, including the Nobel Prize from Norway and Sweden, the Kyoto Prize from Japan and the Shaw Prize from Hong Kong. The Tang Prize was described as "a biennial prize based out of Taiwan that is given in four categories: Sinology, Biopharmaceutical Science, Rule of Law, and Sustainable Development," which the foundation said suggests the prize's growing influence. Further, the foundation cited Guenter Wermekes, the German finalist in the Tang Prize Medal Design Competition in 2013, as saying that the prize "seems to have become much more popular and important in the world, and among German public." The foundation also said that the number of nominations for the 2016 Tang Prize has seen a 25-50 percent increase from the previous year among its four categories, suggesting that it is gaining both awareness and participation among the international community. The diversity in nominees has also increased, meaning that the prize has garnered approval from the professional world, it said. Giving a preview of its future events, the foundation said that Tang Prize Laureate in Rule of Law Albie Sachs will deliver a lecture at the 2015 meeting of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Vienna Nov. 18. In December, the foundation will be represented in Paris at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, which will be attended by Gro Harlem Brundtland, the 2014 Tang Prize Laureate in Sustainable Development. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 08:33 GMT+08:00