Sheffield University has strengthened its links with China after awarding an honorary doctorate to one of the country’s most prominent women.
The accolade went to Madame Xu Lin, who has developed a chain of Confucius Institutes to promote Chinese language and culture around the world.
There are now 480 institutes across six continents, including one at Sheffield University which was one of the first of its kind in the country.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett at the ceremony in Beijing paid tribute to Madame Xu’s dedication to the cause of cultural exchange.
“Her tireless efforts in the cause of greater understanding around the world of the Chinese people, language and culture provide a foundation for real understanding between nation,” he said.
“As a university deeply committed to that spirit of mutual understanding and exchange, her example is both an inspiration and a source of real pride.”
Madame Xu said he was pleased to share her award with over 60 undergraduate and postgraduate Chinese students from the University of Sheffield whose degrees ranged from undergraduate study to PhDs.