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UNNC student honoured in Germany

Green talent
On October 27th, UNNC PhD student, Linjun Xie was one of twenty-five young scientists to receive the "Green Talents" award from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Linjun Xie was not only the sole Chinese recipient of the prestigious award, but she was also the youngest.

Linjun Xie is studying at the University with a research topic Governance and Urban Sustainable Development, and in 2015 started work on an international collaborative project entitled "Smart Eco-cities for a Green Economy".

The project - which brought together teams from the UK, China, The Netherlands, Germany and France - aims to provide comparative analysis of green economy-focused smart cities and eco-city initiatives in China and Europe.

The jury expressed its admiration for Linjun's passion for sustainable development and international collaboration. It also noted her achievements have come at such a young age.

After the ceremony in Berlin, Linjun told reporters: "This award is a great affirmation and encouragement for a young scholar."

She also stated that she would like to learn from international experience to help facilitate the building of more ecological communities in China.

Hailing from 21 different countries, Linjun and the other 24 awardees were also invited to a two-week Science Forum - part of the German government's recognition of "Green Talents" worldwide. All the winners were invited to return to Germany next year for a three-month research placement at an institution of their choice.

Posted on 31 October 2017