York’s links with Nanjing in China are further cemented with the award of an honorary degree to Professor Jun Chen, President of Nanjing University on 11 July.
He is a world-renowned geologist, who has risen through the academic ranks of Nanjing University, becoming President in 2006. His research focused on tungsten, tin and gold in Southern China, but he has also been involved in researching global environmental changes for nearly 20 years. He has won many awards for his work in science and technology.
Nanjing University is one of China’s most impressive universities, with excellent research and teaching in a wide range of academic disciplines. It is a longstanding partner to the University of York. Both universities are members of the Worldwide Universities Network, and they run a highly successful joint research centre in Spintronics and Nanotechnology – an area of work in which they each have world-leading expertise.
Through this strong relationship, the cities of York and Nanjing are also forging a strong bond. Like York in the UK, Nanjing holds an important place in its nation’s history. The city was the capital of China in six dynasties and in the early years of the Republic of China. Nanjing is a national hub of education, research and tourism, and an important component in China’s economic growth. Nanjing is an extremely attractive city, with ancient and largely intact city walls.