[photopress:abplanalp1.jpg,full,alignright]49 foreign experts were chosen to receive the Friendship Award at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The award, the highest honor that the Chinese government can confer on foreigners, is given annually to foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China’s economic and social progress.
Peter Albert Abplanalp, 63, President of the University of Applied Science, Northwestern Switzerland, said, ‘I am very honored to win the award.’
Abplanalp came to China for the first time in 1994 to teach in Beijing with the Sino-Switzerland program. He was then invited to Gansu, a province in the northwest of China.
With his suggestion, an agreement on mid to long-term training for an MPA and MBA program was signed by the Swiss and Chinese.
Source: People’s Daily Online