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19 September 2005 PR 05/88

Professor Lu Yongxiang honoured by University

Professor Lu Yongxiang, Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress and President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has been awarded an honorary degree by Loughborough University at a special ceremony held in China on 29 August 2005.

The award – Honorary Doctor of Science – was bestowed on Professor Lu in recognition of his remarkable achievements in science and engineering and his outstanding contribution to science and technology development in China.

More than 50 people, including representatives from Loughborough University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai Jiaotong University, together with friends and relatives of Professor Lu, were present at the ceremony.

After accepting his honorary degree, Professor Lu said in his speech: “The pride in being awarded an honorary doctorate from Loughborough University, does not belong to me alone, but also to my family and colleagues in both China and abroad, who have constantly supported my scientific, educational and managerial work throughout the times.”

Professor Lu also praised Loughborough University for its continuous and esteemed cooperation with Chinese academia, having educated hundreds of Chinese students. “I look forward to a growing collaboration between China and the UK in education, research, science and technology, with the aim of boosting mutual benefits, scientific and knowledge innovation, fostering talents, and making a bigger contribution to the development in China and UK and the advancement of our human civilisations,” he said.

Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir David Wallace, who is also vice president of the Royal Society, has been actively involved with the promotion of Sino-UK cooperation in science and technology in the past. His presence in Shanghai to chair Professor Lu’s graduation ceremony has shown Chinese Academy of Sciences to be one of Loughborough University’s most important partners.

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Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, Loughborough University,
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Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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