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Leading UCLan figure receives honour

10 October 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Dr Malcolm McVicar presented with the Magnolia Award

A leading figure from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has received a prestigious award for his services to China.

Dr Malcolm McVicar, the Group Chief Executive Officer of UCLan, was recently awarded with the Magnolia Award by the Shanghai Municipal Government of the People’s Republic of China.

The Magnolia Award was set up by the Shanghai municipality in 1989 to recognise the contribution made by outstanding international individuals to Shanghai’s exchanges with foreign countries and to the city’s development.

The nomination was made by the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE), one of UCLan’s many partners in Shanghai and in many other cities in China. The long-standing UCLan-SUIBE link goes back to 1998.

Dr McVicar said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious prize as this. I’ve been a long-time supporter of creating educational links between UCLan and institutions across China so to be recognised with the Magnolia Award is truly humbling.”

“I’ve been a long-time supporter of creating educational links between UCLan and institutions across China so to be recognised with the Magnolia Award is truly humbling.”

Over the years, thanks to Dr McVicar’s encouragement and support, many hundreds of Chinese students have benefited from the collaboration. After their study at UCLan in the UK, they have returned home to good jobs through and have contributed to Chinese society.

Also through the collaboration SUIBE lecturers and administrators have undertaken staff development projects, thereby gaining valuable insights into the differences between the British and Chinese teaching systems and methods.

Dr McVicar recognised that the benefits of such a collaboration are mutual, so that many UCLan staff and students have been to China to study and experience Chinese culture, with benefits both to their personal development and to their understanding of China.

Representatives from SUIBE including Professor Wang Guanglin, Dean of School of Foreign Languages, and Professor XU Dongfeng, Director of International Office, attended the award ceremony.