Since 1966 the University of Salzburg conveys the title of "honorary senator" on major business, political and social figures "who play a particulary distinguished role in supporting the University of Salzburg and promoting its scientific and cultural work."
This year, the honor goes to Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and Porsche Automobil Holding SE.
“Dr. Porsche’s selfless contribution benefits the entire education system while at the same time signalling his close connection with the city and state of Salzburg,” said Prof. Dr. Heinrich Schmidinger, rector of the University of Salzburg in his laudatory address.
As part of his acceptance speech, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche gave thanks and gratitude for this great honor
“I thank the entire Senate from the bottom of my heart for this special honour, aware as I am of its significance and the obligations that attend it. In the course of my life I have become increasingly aware of the enormous value of education and knowledge in our society. There is no wiser investment than in the promotion of education.”
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