(Emeritus) Professor Samuel N. C. Lieu FAHA, FRSN (formerly Inaugural Distinguished Professor, Ancient History) has been elected President of the International Union of Academies (UAI: Union Académique Internationale) (2017-2021). Emeritus Professor Lieu is the second Australian scholar and the first Academician of Asian-descent to hold one of the most prestigious posts for an Emeritus Professor in the 98 years of UAI’s history.
Founded in Paris in 1921 after the devastation of the First World War, UAI is an over-arching body which encourages collaboration between academies and learned societies in Humanities and Social Sciences. It has adopted and closely assesses and monitors almost a hundred research projects of long-term significance. Membership of the UAI includes the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the British Academy, the American Council of Learned Societies, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences, the Japan Academy, et al.
Congratulations to Professor Lieu!