A Foreign Teacher of NWU Honored as “the Most Influential Foreign Expert during the Past 40 Years since the Initiation of China’s Reform and Opening-up Policy”

The Award Ceremony of the “Most Influential Foreign Experts during the Past 40 Years since the Initiation of China’s Reform and Opening-up Policy” and the Chinese New Year Reception for Foreign Experts and International Science and Technology Partners were hold in Beijing on the afternoon of January 27. Northwest University (NWU)’s foreign teacher, Dr. Robin Gilbank, won the title of the “Most Influential Foreign Experts during the Past 40 Years since the Initiation of China’s Reform and Opening-up Policy”. Wang Zhigang, minister of Science and Technology, presented certificates to the foreign experts and delivered a speech.

Within 40 years of reform and opening-up, millions of foreign experts have worked in China, contributing much to cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries, technological innovation and talents cultivation. Ministry of Science and Technology launched a campaign entitled the “Most Influential Foreign Experts during the Past 40 Years since the Initiation of China’s Reform and Opening-up Policy” to honor experts who have made outstanding contribution to the reform and opening up of our country. 40 foreign experts were inducted into the list after strict selection and expert review.

Dr. Robin Gilbank, a British, has taught English at School of Foreign Languages since 2008. Besides all the teaching tasks, he leads the translation team with Prof. Hu Zongfeng to translate 200 odd works of more than 3 million words by Shaanxi writers and poets, including Chen Zhongshi, Jia Pingwa and Mu Tao over the past 10 years, making great contributions to the internationalization of Shaanxi literature. His English editions of An Englishman in the Land of Qin and Exploring China, published in 2018, were included in the Project of Writing on China by Foreigners.


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Wang Zhigang, minister of Science and Technology, presented awards to the foreign experts (The first from the left in the second row is Dr. Robin Gilbank)



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