The award, presented during the recent People Around the World (PAW) Conference, was established in honour of Professor J.W. George Ivany, whose presidency formalized the University’s commitment to internationalization. Part of its criteria includes recognition of a USask faculty member’s exceptional contributions in enhancing the university’s international profile through mentorship, teaching, and training in internationalization activities.
Dalai is the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing and is USask’s longest-serving CRC. His nominators note that he has proactively brought faculty members, administrators and students together to work for the internationalization of the university.
“He deeply understands that through this activity, the visibility, ranking, research funding, quality of education . . . and international cooperation and collaboration will accelerate the reputation of our great University.”
In accepting his award, Dalai noted international collaboration drives several important factors.
“Our international activity at this university has greatly benefited in recruiting world-class researchers, in finding excellent research collaborators and most importantly, in finding funds for our research.”
The award and the PAW Conference are both initiatives of the USask International Office.