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Kazunori Yamauchi Presented with an Honorary Doctorate by University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Gran Turismo series Producer Kazunori Yamauchi was awarded an honorary Doctorate by University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. His award ceremony took place on 17 October.

This is one of the oldest Universities in Italy, first established in 1175. It has deep ties with Europe’s automotive industry and its Engineering Department has been known since 2010 as ‘Enzo Ferrari’ Department of Engineering.

The Lecture Hall of the University in Modena where the ceremony took place.

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Chancellor, Professor Angelo Andrisano (right) and Kazunori Yamauchi.

This honorary degree was given in recognition of the effect that Kazunori Yamauchi and his ‘Gran Turismo’ have had on the world’s automobile industry and computer graphics over the years. Honoured with the degree, the now Dr. Kazunori Yamauchi gave a commemorative lecture titled ‘Inside Gran Turismo’, which was received with great applause by professors and students in attendance.

Kazunori Yamauchi giving his lecture.
Kazunori Yamauchi giving his lecture.

Comment from Kazunori Yamauchi

For the last 20 years, I had rushed forward towards the future in my life without ever looking back. But being honoured like this today, it has given me an opportunity to stop and look back at my own past achievements that I had all but forgotten, and I am very thankful.
I will always cherish this day, where I was so lucky to have been honoured in a place like Modena, at the heart and soul of the automotive industry.

The diploma.
The diploma.