Sustainable development was on the discussion board today at the Tang Prize Foundation when Foundation CEO Jenn-Chuan Chern met with Jeffrey Russell, Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Russell visited the Foundation offices Monday, January 4, to discuss the Tang Prize, sustainable development, and education.
Coming from a background in civil engineering and lifelong education, Russell looked with particular importance on the two core values of the Tang Prize, sustainability and educational promotion. Russell praised the prize’s founder Dr. Samuel Yin for his vision and leadership in establishing an award which focuses on improving the human condition.
The practical aspect of the prize was also a point of praise for Russell. On hearing that one fifth of the Tang Prize award must be dedicated to projects that improve the relevant category, projects like wildlife protection and education in Northern Kenya or scholarships for graduate students in the humanities, he commended the prize for bringing knowledge and innovation to the general public for the express purpose of improving quality of life.