Stephen Boyd has been elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering, one of China's highest academic honors. The elected candidates become lifetime members of the academy. Stephen is one of 17 elected foreign academicians.
New academicians are selected every two years from academic institutions, research institutes, enterprises and hospitals, both inside and outside China.
The Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) – which falls under the State Council, China's top governing body – also has a role advising Beijing on the country's economic and social development, and its new members need to have "strict political clearance."
Foreigners are eligible for membership if they have contributed to the development of or played an important role in promoting China's engineering, science, and technology, the CAE said on its website.
The academy's selection of foreign members is part of this effort to strengthen China's presence and influence in engineering, science, and technology, the organisation said on its website.
Please join us in congratulating Stephen for this special and very well-deserved recognition.
Excerpts taken from "Bill Gates given one of China's highest academic honours," published in South China Morning Post.