China awards the hand of friendship for ground breaking partnership

A leading University of Wolverhampton academic has been presented with a ‘Friendship Award’ by the People’s Government of Yunnan Province in China.

Mike Fullen, Professor of Soil Technology in the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), received the ‘Friendship with Yunnan Award 2017’ at a ceremony held in Kunming, the provincial capital of Yunnan Province.  The award was presented by His Excellency Mr Ruan Chengfa, the Governor of Yunnan Province.

Mike said:  “I was delighted to have been presented with this prestigious award. This is the highest award bestowed on foreign experts by the Government of Yunnan Province and recognises the long record of collaborative research and teaching between our two Universities.

“Together we have worked on multiple research collaborative projects, mainly focusing on developing sustainable agricultural systems and soil conservation technologies. The research programmes have involved multiple PhD, MSc and BSc projects, research grants, published research papers and presentations at international conferences.

“The links between the University of Wolverhampton and Yunnan Agricultural University have both strengthened and broadened over the years. We have jointly developed active and evolving programmes of staff and student exchanges which cover diverse topics, including agriculture, biology, civil engineering, education, pollution control and soil science.”

The link between the University of Wolverhampton and Yunnan Agricultural University dates back to 1986 and a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MOU) was signed in 1987. Both universities celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Agreement with a conference on the Campus of Yunnan Agricultural University in March 2017.

Professor Geoff Layer (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton), Dr Tim Baldwin (Reader in Cell Biology within FSE) and Mike Fullen attended the Celebration. The event was commemorated by the planting of three ‘Friendship Trees’ on the Campus, with one tree to mark each decade of co-operation.

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