UNNC professors awarded West Lake Friendship Award

14 November 2023

Last week, Professor Alain Chong, Dean of Graduate School and Global Engagement at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and Professor Shravan Luckraz from UNNC Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were awarded the West Lake Friendship award by Zhejiang Provincial Government.

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The West Lake Friendship award is the highest honour Zhejiang province can bestow upon a foreign national, recognising their contribution to the social and economic development of the province, whether in business and technology or culture and education.

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Professor Alain Chong is a Professor of Information Systems and his research focuses on the impact of disruptive technologies on individuals and organisations. As an active member of the information systems community, he has published over 100 SSCI/SCI papers in various prestigious journals. He has also been ranked as one of the most cited researchers in China by the Elsevier Scopus database for eight consecutive years, and has been ranked among the "World's Top 2% Scientists" by Stanford-Elsevier several times.  His Google Scholar citations stand at 17,222, and he has an H-index of 62. Research.com ranked Professor Alain Chong 18th in China and 319th worldwide in the field of Business and Management based on his research strengths.

As Dean of the Graduate School, Professor Alain Chong has made significant contributions to the development of UNNC doctoral education. UNNC PhD graduates are now active in academia and have continued to teach and conduct research at universities and institutes worldwide. Nearly half of UNNC PhD graduates have chosen to stay in Ningbo to contribute their skills to the local economy. In 2020, he was awarded the Ningbo Camellia Award for his contribution to local social and economic development.  Professor Alain Chong was also named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians in 2012.  Alain holds adjunct or honorary professorships at various universities such as China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), Monash University Malaysia Campus, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics.


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Professor Shravan Luckraz is now a Professor of Economics at UNNC. He holds a PhD in Economics from the National University of Singapore and has held positions in Singapore, Australia and China. In addition, he has magnificent achievements in his profession. In 2016, he published his research work on the equivalence of extensive games, the Kline-Luckraz Theorem, which has led subsequent important research in the field.

As an expert in the field of Game Theory, he has also been committed to promoting international academic exchanges and cooperation between China and the international research community in the field of game theory. With his efforts, the China Chapter of the International Society of Dynamic Games (ISDG) was established and the first major ISDG conference in China was held in Ningbo in 2017. In 2018, Professor Luckraz introduced the Centre for Decision and Experimental Economics (CeDEx) at the University of Nottingham (ranked number one in Europe and fifth in the world for behavioral and experimental economics research) and successfully established the CeDEx Laboratory China Branch at UNNC in 2019.

As a key member of the University of Nottingham global educational system, UNNC has been dedicated to leveraging its global network to introduce world class academic resources and recruit international talent, promoting the high-quality development of the university and serving the local strategic development.