First it was one of America’s leading design universities. Now, Kigge will be donning the hat and cape of one of Britain’s leading universities, the University of Huddersfield, as she receives her second honorary doctorate!

Once again, Kigge has been celebrated for her international efforts to promote sustainable design and innovation. Along with six other prominent figures, she received her new academic title at an official ceremony today.

Kigge is one of the very few Danes, including Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark, to receive a second honorary doctorate. In 2006, she received her first from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California.

“The world is facing major challenges that must be addressed if we want to have a secure future,” she said. “Many know that academia, the private and public sectors and NGOs must be involved if these challenges are to be addressed.“But few are aware that design plays a crucial role in these solutions.”

“I’m so pleased with an Honorary Doctor title and will carry it on behalf of our entire INDEX team and all the fabulous designers from around the world,” she added.

As part of the celebrations, Kigge also delivered a presentation discussing the contemporary role of design based on more than 130 interviews with global figures.

A huge congratulations to Kigge and the other honorary doctorate recipients:

  • Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green – a specialist in children’s health care
  • Dame Ann Dowling – President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Iby Knill – survivor of the Holocaust
  • Jenny Molloy – Patron of British Association of Social Workers England, author, trainer and speaker
  • Jane Platt CBE – former Chief Executive of National Savings and Investments
  • Sir Gary Verity – the Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire
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