Prof. Alan Lyles to Receive Honorary Doctorate from University of Helsinki
March 21, 2023
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Alan Lyles, the Henry A. Rosenberg Professor of Government, Business, and Nonprofit Partnerships in The University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs and the School of Health and Human Services, is one of 30 scholars from around the world to be recognized by one of the world's oldest and most prestigious institutions, the University of Helsinki in Finland, with an honorary doctoral degree. Lyles, who has conducted research and provided advice on that country's healthcare and social service systems as a Fulbright Specialist, will travel there to receive the honor during a special ceremony on May 26. He is among a group of 11 scholars selected for the Doctor of Philosophy category.
According to an announcement from the University of Helsinki, "As per tradition, the title of doctor honoris causa, the University's highest recognition, will be awarded, in connection with the conferment ceremonies, to several individuals. This year, a total of 30 distinguished individuals from around the world will be conferred as honorary doctors."
All of the institution's doctoral degree recipients receive a Ph.D. sword and hat, indicating a commitment to academic research and "the fight for what is good, right and true."
The University of Helsinki is ranked #110 in The New York Times World University Rankings of 1,799 institutions for 2023.
"My admiration of Finnish values, integrity, culture, and the country's 'sisu,' or determination to overcome challenges, along with their high standards for education, make this award deeply meaningful, personally and professionally," Dr. Lyles says. "Working with my Finnish colleagues over the years and on such strategic projects has been an honor. I am thankful for the support provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges' Fulbright Specialist program—it made three of these Finnish projects possible."
Prof. Lyles is a frequent commentator on matters related to his field of expertise, such as international health, healthcare systems, and cultural context. In August 2022, he wrote an opinion piece in The National Interest about Finland's top ranking in the World Happiness Report. Lyles also serves as a Fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration.
"I am proud to have been a part of this research because it has made a difference," Lyles says. "I will be forever grateful for the award and these opportunities, but there is more to be done."
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