Honorary Doctorate for Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn

ifo press release, Jul 4, 2013

Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the Ifo Institute and Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (formerly known as the Handelshochschule Leipzig) yesterday in an academic ceremony.

Professor Sinn was a member of the appointments commission of the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management from 1993 until 1995, shortly after the School was re-established. In addition to his achievements as a scientist in his detection of the mechanisms of the euro crisis, the HHL has decided to honour Sinn for his personal commitment to rebuilding the human resources of one of Germany’s most tradition-steeped private universities. The honorary doctorate was awarded at an academic ceremony held to mark the HHL’s 115th birthday.

The HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, founded in 1898, is a university establishment and is one of world’s leading international business schools. Its aim is to educate capable, responsible leaders with an entrepreneurial mind-set. With over 130 start-ups launched by HHL graduates in the past 15 years, the private university is one of Germany’s most successful incubators.

Professor Hans-Werner Sinn commented: "I am delighted to receive such an honour, for the HHL plays a very important role as a graduate school of management, which has already made itself a name internationally. Moreover, Leipzig was formerly Germany's commercial capital – today the HHL follows in this long tradition".

Professor Dr. Georg Milbradt, former Minister President of the Free State of Saxony and Chairman of the Board of the HHL’s Kramerstiftung said: “The 115th anniversary of the HHL and Sinn’s 65th Birthday this year both offered an appropriate opportunity to award him an honorary doctorate from the HHL and to honour him as a highly-recognised economist internationally, as the successful head of one of the world’s most important economic research institutes, as one of the most influential and courageous voices in German and European economic policy, as a successful author and as a supporter of the HHL in the difficult years following German reunification.”

Professor Hans-Werner Sinn received an honorary doctorate in 1999 from the University of Magdeburg and an honorary doctorate in 2011 from the University of Helsinki.

press release by idw scientific information service