Adelaide University has awarded Nobel Prize winning author and dual Booker Prize winner J.M. Coetzee an honorary doctorate for his contribution to literature. Coetzee has provided mentoring and support to the university's creative writing postgraduate students for the past three years. Receiving the degree of Doctor of the University "honoris causa" at a graduation ceremony in December, Coetzee said:
"Before I gave myself over to full-time writing, I spent 30 years as an academic, in South Africa and the United States, so I know what a signal distinction it is to be awarded an honorary doctorate." Adelaide Uni's Vice-Chancellor said the university was thrilled to show its support and appreciation for Professor Coetzee, who is regarded as one of the world's finest writers.