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The Reggio Emilia University of Modena, Italy awards Kazunori Yamauchi an honorary Doctorate

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

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 named ‘Enzo Ferrari’ Department of Engineering since 2010.

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

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

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

Yamauchi Kazunori giving his lecture
Yamauchi Kazunori 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 honored like this today, it has given me an opportunity to stop and look back at my own achievements of the past 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 honored in a place like Modena of Italy, at the heart and soul of the automotive industry.

The diploma
The diploma