Professor Juliette MacDonald has joined an illustrious and international list of 10 recipients of this year’s Hongqiao Friendship Award.
The awards are given in honour of the individuals’ outstanding dedication to economic and social development in the Shanghai district of Changning.
Juliette has a Personal Chair of Craft History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh. She is also the Director of Edinburgh College of Art’s partnership with Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation located within Donghua University in the district of Changning.
Juliette is the only recipient from a higher education institute and the only winner from the UK. Other recipients include chief executive officers of multinationals, foreign and overseas Chinese experts, high-level professionals, and entrepreneurs.
Juliette was involved in the initiation of the Partnership between Donghua University and the University of Edinburgh and she has introduced a range of international teaching concepts and resources to Shanghai, deepening the exchange of education policies and ideas between China and Britain. She was given the award for her role as an envoy for education.
Juliette will now join the Hongqiao Friendship Alliance comprising recipients of the friendship award and other international people who have been acknowledged as having made remarkable contributions to Shanghai and the Changning District.
Juliette said:"I was very surprised and honoured to hear that I had been given this award. I am truly delighted too, as it reflects the depth of the connection we have built between Edinburgh College of Art and Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation."
Juliette, along with Flying Academics from Fashion and Interior Design at ECA are currently continuing to work at SCF, delivering courses and supporting the learning and teaching collaboration. Juliette commented: “Despite the 5,000 miles’ distance it is great to be able to keep our connection and partnership alive. Hopefully we will be able to travel to Shanghai again in the not too distant future.”