University of Strathclyde, UK, confers honorary doctorate degree on Madam Xu Lin
Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, conferring an honorary doctorate degree on Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban
On September 12th, the University of Strathclyde, UK, held a grand and special alumni meeting in Beijing, where Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, bestowed an honorary doctorate degree on Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, in recognition of her remarkable contributions to facilitating educational and cultural exchanges between China and the UK as well as mutual understanding between the two peoples.
While addressing the event, Sir Jim McDonald observed that the University of Strathclyde had been committed to developing sound relations with Chinese educational and scientific research institutions. With the strong support of Hanban, in particular, the University of Strathclyde and Tianjin Municipal Education Committee jointly established the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools, Confucius Institutes in Scotland and affiliated Confucius Classrooms, which not only offered Chinese courses and spread Chinese culture, but also set up a platform for the university and local community to conduct in-depth exchanges with Chinese people. In view of the outstanding contributions made by Madam Xu Lin in these areas, the Academic Committee of the University of Strathclyde decided to grant her an honorary doctorate degree.
Madam Xu Lin delivering her acceptance speech
In her acceptance speech, Madam Xu Lin hailed that the University of Strathclyde, as a noted institution of higher education in the UK, not only boasted such world-leading majors as business and engineering, but also could conduct a wide array of activities ranging from the research and development of cutting-edge high technology to Chinese language teaching in primary and secondary schools under the leadership of Principal Jim McDonald, whose grand vision and practical efforts were widely admired. She also expressed that she felt deeply honored and proud to become an alumna of the University of Strathclyde, an honor that was not just a great compliment to herself but firm affirmation of the work done by Hanban. In the future, Hanban will continue to lend full support to the development of the Confucius Institutes and make greater contributions to educational and cultural exchanges between China and the UK as well as mutual understanding between the two peoples along with all the teachers and students at the Confucius Institutes and the University.
At the alumni meeting, Lin Fan, an alumna of the University of Strathclyde also shared her achievement and experience working at the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools. Over 100 people were in attendance at the event, including representatives from the University of Strathclyde and the Confucius Institute Headquarters as well as the alumni of the university in Beijing.