One of China’s leading figures in politics and engineering, Professor Xu Kuangdi, was presented with The Royal Academy of Engineering’s International Medal at the Academy Awards ceremony at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London on Monday 9 June 2008.

Professor Xu, who is President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the President of The Royal Academy of Engineering, Lord Browne, in the presence of the Rt. Hon John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, intended to promote future co-operation between both Academies.

The International Medal is awarded occasionally to an individual resident outside the European Union, for his or her outstanding and sustained personal achievement in the broad field of engineering, including commercial or academic leadership.

In the course of his very successful career in public life and academia, Professor Xu has combined a commitment to engineering excellence with visionary and dynamic leadership. In recent years he has overseen the development of his national engineering academy with the same vigour and drive that he previously brought to the stewardship of one of the world’s great cities in his term as Mayor of Shanghai.

Following an accomplished academic career, in which he developed a reputation as an international expert in the manufacture of iron and steel, Professor Xu turned to public life. Beginning in the Shanghai Education Commission, a rapid rise through the ranks of Shanghai Municipality culminated in his appointment as Mayor in 1995. Shanghai’s current position as a thriving cultural and commercial centre owes much to Professor Xu’s legacy.

Since 2002 he has served as President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Under his guidance, it has achieved prominent national and international status in a very short space of time. In 2003 he was elected Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. In the same year he was elected an International Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering – the first International Fellow from the People’s Republic of China.

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  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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