15:39 | Princeton (U.S.), Feb. 25.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has been awarded Princeton University's James Madison medal, the highest honor conferred on an alumnus or alumna of the institution’s Graduate School.
This recognition is reserved for graduates who have a distinguished career, advanced the cause of graduate education or achieved a record of outstanding public service.
“I feel honored to receive the James Madison medal from my alma mater, Princeton University. I’ll take it and pledge to remain at the service of public administration,” said the 78-year-old Peruvian, emotionally.
The Head of State has extended professional experience in public administration, both in Peru and abroad.
He earned a Master's in Public Affairs in 1961 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and started his career at the World Bank in the early 1960s.
In Peru, he has been manager of the Central Reserve Bank, Minister of Energy and Mines, and twice served as Minister of Economy and Finance. He also was chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The Madison Medal was established in 1973. Some recipients include James Heckman, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Economics and; Arminio Fraga, an economist included in the list of the 100 most influential people in Brazil for 2009.
Prior to the ceremony, Mr. Kuczynski delivered the address "A New Age for Latin America" in Alexander Hall's Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus in New Jersey, United States.