Wuhan foreign ex­pert wins Friend­ship Award

Changjiang Weekly - - CONTENTS - By Song Lei

Peter Ben­nett, the gen­eral direc­tor of tech­no­log­i­cal re­search and de­vel­op­ment at the Wuhan Jin­dun Laser Tech­nol­ogy Co., Ltd., through a rec­om­men­da­tion by the Wuhan Mu­nic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Foreign Ex­perts Af­fairs, won the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment Friend­ship Award at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing on Septem­ber 29. He is the only foreign ex­pert based in Hubei Prov­ince to re­ceive the award this year.

The Friend­ship Award is the high­est honor set by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment for foreign ex­perts who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to China's mod­ern­iza­tion, re­form and open­ing-up process. Fifty foreign ex­perts re­ceived the award this year. The nom­i­na­tion for the award goes to those foreign ex­perts who have made great con­tri­bu­tions to China's eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, played an im­por­tant role in pro­mot­ing ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion and personnel train­ing, and made self­less con­tri­bu­tions to over­come dif­fi­cul­ties in re­mote or un­der­priv­i­leged re­gions of China. By the end of last year, a to­tal of

1,549 foreign ex­perts from

70 coun­tries and re­gions have been hon­ored the Friend­ship Award by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment. Among them 20 are based in Wuhan.

Peter Ben­nett and Liu Dun, a Chi­nese grad­u­ate of Liver­pool Univer­sity in laser tech­nol­ogy, came to China to start the Wuhan Jin­dun Laser Tech­nol­ogy Com­pany. The com­pany is com­mit­ted to the ap­pli­ca­tion of ul­tra­fast laser and the im­prove­ment of print­ing-plate mak­ing tech­nol­ogy to re­duce the amount of cor­ro­sive waste.

Dur­ing his stay in Wuhan, Ben­nett also pro­moted the es­tab­lish­ment of Sino-Bri­tish Ul­tra­fast Laser Pro­cess­ing R&D Cen­ter with Hubei Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, in­volv­ing the com­bi­na­tion of pro­duc­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and re­search. This year, Ben­nett was se­lected as one of the most in­flu­en­tial foreign ex­perts dur­ing 40 years of China's re­form and open­ing up.

Peter Ben­nett in his of­fice in Wuhan

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