The University of Strathclyde’s Principal has been honoured by the longest-established charity in New York State for his influential role in promoting global entrepreneurship.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald received the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award in Science and Technology from the St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, at its Global Man & Woman of the Year Awards ceremony in New York City.

The award is recognition of Sir Jim’s major economic contribution in strengthening Strathclyde’s links with business, industry and international universities and in nurturing an entrepreneurial culture among staff and students. Sir Jim also chairs the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership board and received the Outstanding Contribution by a Business Leader award at the 2013 Inspiring City Awards.

Sir Jim said: “I am delighted and honoured to have received this recognition from the St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York. Since the 18th century, it has provided valuable support to the State’s Scottish community and has played a significant role in fostering collaboration between the United States and Scotland.

“We were pleased to have several of our US partners attend the event including NYU, CUNY and business leaders from the life sciences, biomedical and process industries.

“As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde is well-placed to offer leadership in industry and the economy. In particular, our Technology and Innovation Centre is a very tangible sign of our wider commitment to undertaking world-class research and translating its outcomes for maximum benefit to society and the economy.”