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

MODENA, Italy (October 17, 2017) — Gran Turismo series producer Kazunori Yamauchi was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, one of the oldest educational institutions in Italy, established in 1175. It has deep ties with Europe’s automotive industry, and its engineering department has been known as “Enzo Ferrari Department of Engineering” since 2010.

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.

The honorary degree was given in recognition of Gran Turismo’s great influence on the world’s gaming and automobile industry. In response to receiving the degree, the new “doctor” gave a commemorative lecture titled “Inside Gran Turismo,” which was enthusiastically received by the professors and students in attendance.

Kazunori Yamauchi addresses his new peers.
Kazunori Yamauchi addresses his new peers.

Comment from Kazunori Yamauchi

“For the past 20 years, I focused on what was ahead on me, rushing forward to the future, rarely taking a moment to look back. But being honored like this today has given me an opportunity to stop and look back at my past achievements, and I feel very thankful. I will always cherish this day, and it’s especially great to be honored in a place like Modena, the heart and soul of the automotive industry.”—Kazunori Yamauchi

The diploma.
The diploma.