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Honorary degree awarded to China’s top female politician


The University of Edinburgh has awarded an honorary degree to the highest-ranking woman in the government of the People’s Republic of China, Madam Liu Yandong.

The award is in recognition of her role in promoting a wider understanding of Chinese culture, the Chinese language and for encouraging cultural exchanges with China.

Madam Liu received the degree of Doctor of Letters from the University's Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea at a ceremony in St Ceclia’s Hall, Edinburgh.

The ceremony featured musical performances from local singer-songwriter and harpist, Katie Targett-Adams, and music students at the University of Edinburgh.


Madam Liu Yandong has played a major role in the development of the Confucius Institute Network worldwide, and has helped promote and develop links between Scotland and China through her work with the Confucius Institute of Scotland.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, said: “Madam Liu Yandong has played a significant role in helping foster relations between China and the rest of the world. Her support for the Confucius Institute for Scotland has enabled many students to gain Chinese language skills and helped China-Scotland relations in business and culture. It is a great privilege to present her with one of our highest honours, a doctorate of the University.”


Executive Dean, Prof. Sue Welburn, Madam Liu Yandong and Professor David Arnot


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