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今天，宁波诺丁汉大学执行校长陆明彦教授(Professor Chris Rudd) 和其他49名外国专家一起被浙江省政府授予“西湖友谊奖”。
以学校为纽带，搭建中英科技、经贸合作和文化交流的桥梁，陆校长对高等教育和中英合作所作出的贡献被中英双方肯定。今年元旦节，他获得了英国女王颁发的大英帝国官佐勋章(Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE)。去年9月，他获得了宁波授予外国专家的最高荣誉——茶花奖。
The Provost of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) has been recognised for his contribution to the development of Zhejiang province.
Professor Chris Rudd OBE, who is also a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham UK, was awarded the West Lake Friendship award by Zhejiang Provincial Government.
Established in 1997, the award is the highest honour the Zhejiang province can bestow upon a foreign national, recognising their contribution to the social and economic development of the province, whether in business and technology or culture and education.
Professor Rudd received the award in Hangzhou, along with 49 other awardees from different countries, who represented a range of fields.
He said: “I am delighted to accept this honour not for myself but the community of students and staff at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). In 2004, Zhejiang provincial government and the city of Ningbo made a bold decision to invite the University of Nottingham to establish the first Sino-foreign University in China. Since then, with continuous support from the provincial and municipal government, UNNC has become the international yardstick by which transnational education projects are measured. We were the first, but I continue to believe that we are the best!
“Our talented graduates are prized by renowned employers and Global top 10 universities. Many of them benefit from UNNC as a springboard to overseas study, but 90% return to China to contribute to the compelling local economic opportunities.
“UNNC welcomes exceptional researchers and to create knowledge with a practical purpose and to repay the trust of our host city. Many discoveries from UNNC laboratories have already been transferred to real-world solutions, supporting economic growth in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province and beyond.
“Leaving aside personal pride, I hope that our UK partners, WanLi education group and local government can take satisfaction in this spectacular return on their bold investment in UNNC and the public acknowledgement via our West Lake Award.
“As UNNC celebrates its 15 year anniversary, we will continue to drive our quality standards, delivering for our stakeholders and creating research capacity and social outreach that supports local economic ambitions.”
Alongside his international reputation as a material scientist, Professor Rudd has broad experience of the transfer and commercialisation of research. Since becoming Provost at UNNC in 2015, he has led on enhancing the quality of both research performance and student outcomes.
Professor Rudd has played an integral role in furthering both Nottingham and the UK’s relationship with China. His leadership of UNNC has been recognised through numerous British and international awards and he is a board member of the China-Britain Business Council.
He was awarded an OBE in the United Kingdom in 2018, and a Camellia Award in Ningbo in 2017, in recognition of his work to further UK/China educational interests.
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