Prestigious Chinese National Friendship Award for VUB Vice-rector Jan Cornelis
On 29th September 2014, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Prof. Jan Cornelis, Vice-Rector of VUB, received the National Friendship Award of China, which is the highest honor that the Chinese government confers to foreign experts who have made remarkable contributions to China’s economic and social progress. On behalf of the Chinese Government, the Vice-Premier of China, MA Kai, congratulated the award winners from 26 countries.
Reward for pioneering role
Jan Cornelis received the award for his pioneering role in the realization of the cooperation agreement between the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) and the Free University of Brussels and forging close ties in the field of education, research and technology transfer between the cities of Xi’an and Brussels. It resulted in a number of noted initiatives, such as joint research and teaching programmes and the recent signing of a so-called PIP, a Privileged Partnership of the VUB with the