The University of Haifa has awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy to the Prime Minister of Denmark, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reports Yediot Haifa. Rasmussen, who was elected to office in 2001, was awarded the doctorate for his actions and achievements in improving the quality of the environment and for his support for the State of Israel. According to the report, at the awards ceremony Rasmussen congratulated Israel on its achievements in 60 years of statehood, saying that Israel in particular and the Middle East as a whole have huge economic potential, although this potential has not been realized because of terrorism. After the ceremony, Rasmussen officially inaugurated a new wing at the university's Hecht Archeological Museum dedicated to an ancient ship discovered off the coast of Israel in 1985. The ship, dated from 500 BCE, has been painstakingly restored over the past seven years.