Top Australian diplomat awarded JCU Honorary Doctorate
Pictured: James Cook University Chancellor, Bill Tweddell (right) presents Philip Green with an Honorary Doctorate on Saturday in Singapore.
His Excellency Mr Philip Green OAM, the Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, has been a pillar of support for James Cook University in Singapore.
On the weekend in Singapore, JCU recognised Mr Green’s exceptional contributions to JCU’s Singapore campus and his work in forging closer ties between Singapore and Northern Australia in agribusiness and defence.
He was presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv).
Since commencing his posting in 2012, Mr Green has been instrumental in JCU’s Singapore campus achieving university status in Singapore, making JCU the first Australian tertiary institution to do so.
He has skilfully and tactfully drawn attention to JCU’s Singapore campus as a quality Australian institution with senior Singaporean leaders and politicians, as well as local government departments.
As Australia’s top diplomat in Singapore, he played a particularly significant role in negotiating with the Singapore Government for the University to be able to refer to its Singapore campus as the Singapore Campus of JCU and to achieve Singapore Branch Campus status.
Mr Green was instrumental in arranging for the then Australian Prime Minister, the Honourable Tony Abbott to officiate at the opening of the new Singapore campus at Sims Drive on the 30th of June, 2015, accompanied by a high level delegation of Australian political figures and business leaders.
The presence of the Australian Prime Minister attracted high-level Singapore dignitaries, including Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Education, Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Singapore Central Development Council, and several Members of Parliament to attend the opening.