Nov 21, 2019 | Atlanta, GA
Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems director John Crittenden has been awarded the China Friendship award at a ceremony in the Hall of the People in Beijing on China Day. The award is given to recognize outstanding contributions made by foreign experts in China’s drive to modernize. It is the highest government award that can be given to non-citizens of China. One hundred experts from 31 different countries were given the award this year to commemorate the 70th year since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Normally, 50 Friendship Awards are given each year on China Day. A total of 1,699 experts have received the award since it was established in 1991.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He addressed the recipients thanking them for their contributions to the continued development and prosperity of China. Liu also said that the Chinese government would continue to encourage collaborations between Chinese and foreign academics and experts. He added that there will continue to be a role for foreign experts and professionals to work and live in China.
Professor Crittenden has been active in China for many years, in both an academic and professional role. He lectures widely at Chinese universities and serves on several editorial boards of academic publications that are based in China. He has been involved in close academic exchanges and cooperative efforts with several Chinese universities, and hosts visiting scholars and students in the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems.