China province makes King's Principal honorary citizen
Posted on 29/09/2014
Principal of King’s College London, Professor Ed Byrne has been made an Honorary Citizen of Jiangsu Province, China, for his collaborative work with the university there.
Professor Byrne was given the title at a ceremony this weekend in recognition of the relationship building between Monash University, Australia, which he headed before joining King’s this year, and Southeast University, Jiangsu.
He was key in establishing innovative programmes including in information technology, international business, biomedicine, environmental science, transportation, engineering and design at Monash’s Suzhou Campus with a Joint Graduate School and a Joint Research Institute with Masters and PhD courses. It was Australia’s first approved campus in China.
Southeast University nominated Professor Byrne for the honour which is given every two years, joining four other people given the honour at a ceremony in Nanjing, which was also reported by the local television news network.
Jiangsu provincial Governor Li Xueyong said: ‘In recent years, along with rapid change, our friends from overseas have made great contributions for Jiangsu Province in economic and social development, communication and international cooperation. In order to express our gratitude to these excellent foreign friends, Jiangsu Government takes this opportunity to award them the Honorary Citizen of Jiangsu Province.’
The honour was given at a lunch banquet hosted by the Governor of Jiangsu and Honorary Chairman of University Council of Nanjing University, Liang Baohua. Mr. Liang has now also invited King’s to develop a partnership with Nanjing University and Southeast University
Yi Hong, Professor and President of Southeast University (SEU) said: ‘Your great support for the collaboration between Monash University and Southeast University, not only in Suzhou but also in many other areas, has greatly contributed to the development of SEU and Jiangsu Province. Our joint effort in Suzhou is a symbol of your dedication to our two universities. I sincerely hope that by carrying on our legacy in the past we can continue our cooperation in the future. Southeast University is more than pleased to establish collaboration with King’s College London in areas of mutual strength.’
Jiangsu Province is one of the largest and most developed in China with an 80 million population.
The Suzhou campus is situated on the Suzhou Industrial Park, one of the largest innovation and industry hubs in China with more than 100 Fortune 500 companies and 15 international universities and research institutes.