On the afternoon of October 30, the 2018 ceremony of the Zhejiang government West Lake Friendship Award was held in the Great Hall of the People in Zhejiang. Prof. Philip Krein, Executive Dean of ZJUI, attended the ceremony on behalf of the awarded experts. Yuan Jiajun, Governor of Zhejiang province, welcomed them before the ceremony and delivered a speech that expressed his warm congratulations while appreciating their long-term contributions to Zhejiang’s economic and social development. Governor Yuan pointed out that actively introducing foreign talent is an essential part of China’s policy of Reform and Opening Up. He hopes that experts will continue contributing to Zhejiang development.
Vice Governor Wang Wenxu awarded certificates and medals to Prof. Krein, after which Prof. Krein delivered a keynote speech on behalf of the awarded experts. In the speech, he first expressed his gratitude to the Zhejiang government for this honor and then talked about his feelings based on his working experience. Since the establishment of ZJU-UIUC Institute, it has trained for Zhejiang province a group of outstanding undergraduates, who provide technological support for regional development. According to Prof. Krein, the Institute will further boost Zhejiang’s innovation and entrepreneurship development strategy, providing technical and personnel support for the modernization of Zhejiang province.
The West Lake Friendship Award is the highest award established by the Zhejiang government in recognition of outstanding contributions made by foreign experts in terms of the economic and social developments and personnel training of Zhejiang Province. Established in 1997, the award ceremony is held every two years. This year there were fifty expert awardees.
Chenhuan Jiang translated the ceremony. This article was excerpted from https://zjui.intl.zju.edu.cn/en/news/zju-uiuc-institute/872539