Friendship Award for em. prof. Philippe De Maeyer


In September 2021 the Chinese Government Friendship Award was presented to em. professor Philippe De Maeyer. The Friendship Award is the highest award to commend foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China's modernization drive and exchanges and cooperation with other countries. Given Covid's limitations, the prize could not be handed over to him personally during the ceremony organized at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. On 21/12/2021 the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (Chinese Academy of Sciences), the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the UGent organized an on-line celebration during which the award was virtually handed over.