EnTRESS Academic Receives Prestigious Award

EnTRESS Academic Receives Prestigious Award

Mike Fullen, Professor of Soil Technology in the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) recently received the ‘Friendship with Yunnan Award 2017’ from the People’s Government of Yunnan Province, China. This the highest award bestowed on foreign experts by the Government of Yunnan Province. The Award was presented by His Excellency Mr. Ruan Chengfa (the Governor of Yunnan Province) at a ceremony in Kunming (the provincial capital of Yunnan Province) on 20 November 2017.

The Award recognised the long-record of collaborative research and teaching with Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming. Professor Fullen first visited Yunnan Agricultural University in 1990 and has visited the University about 30 times since then. There have been 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 link between the University of Wolverhampton and Yunnan Agricultural University has a long and productive history, dating back to the first visits between Senior Staff to the other respective institution in 1986. A ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ was signed on 2 February 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 2 March 2017; with one tree to mark each decade of co-operation.

The links between the University of Wolverhampton and Yunnan Agricultural University have both strengthened and broadened. There are active and evolving programmes of staff and student exchanges. These cover diverse topics, including agriculture, biology, civil engineering, education, pollution control and soil science.

 

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