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Former Chancellor and Visiting Professor knighted in New Year Honours List

Alderman Michael Bear has received a Knighthood in the New Year Honours List for services to regeneration, charity and the City of London.

by Luke Nava

nullSir Michael held the position of Chancellor of the University during his 2010/11 tenure as Lord Mayor of London. During this time, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from City and appointed as a Visiting Professor of Engineering, reflecting his wealth of knowledge and international experience in the construction industry.

The Knighthood recognises Sir Michael's lifetime of remarkable achievements. Having studied Civil Engineering at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, he went on to gain an MBA at Cranfield University and was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

As well as delivering a range of major construction projects in the US, Europe, the Far East and Africa, he has taken part in charity initiatives in Africa and Bangladesh. His work in London includes the successful regeneration of the iconic Spitalfields area.

Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London, says: "Sir Michael is a former Chancellor, Visiting Professor and great friend, supporter and honorary graduate of City University London. We are delighted that he has received such an honour."

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