Shanghai “Hongqiao Friendship Award” Goes to the International Dean of SCF


On October 15, the Presentation Ceremony of “the 1st Hongqiao Friendship Award” and Inaugural Ceremony of Hongqiao Friendship Alliance, hosted by the Office of Joint Conference on External Commendation of Shanghai Changning District, was held in Renaissance Yangtze Shanghai Hotel.   

Professor Juliette MacDonald, International Dean of Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (SCF) of Donghua University (DHU), won the 2020 “Hongqiao Friendship Award of Changning District, and she was also the only foreign expert from institutes of higher education who had won this award. In order to recognize and encourage the foreigners who had made outstanding contributions to the economic  construction, social development, foreign exchange and cooperation of  the city and Changning District, 20 foreigners were selected in the Hongqiao Friendship Award of Changning District this year, including 10 Hongqiao Friendship Award and 10 Nomination Award of “Hongqiao Friendship Award.

Juliette MacDonald is the International Dean of SCF, and Director of the Cooperation Project of Edinburgh College of Art & SCF. As the founder of the educational cooperation between DHU and the University of Edinburgh (UoE), she has introduced  advanced international teaching concepts and resources into Shanghai,  deepened the understanding and mutual trust of educational policies and  ideas between China and the UK, improved the effect ofdialogues by means of exchange andstudy, and provided an example for the diversified development of the higher education in China and the UK. With her push, the cooperative education program of DHU and UoE won the 2020 Innovation in Education of China-Scotland Business Awards”.

She has actively payed attention to and organized public welfare activities, undertaken important social responsibilities, pushedforward the initial formation of “the theoretical system framework of fashion and innovation, and promoted the sustainable development theory, and teaching system, talent training and discipline construction in Shanghai universities. She has responded positively to China’s “One Belt One Road” Initiative, promotedUoE to join the “B&R World Textile Universities Alliance”initiated by DHU, and made great contributions to the international exchange and cooperation in textile education of Shanghai.

She advocates and disseminates ecological and sustainable fashion with  international standards, promotes the interdisciplinary and integrated  development of textile, fashion, materials and other disciplines, and  actively promotes the development of cultural and creative industries in  Shanghai. The achievement of the interdisciplinary cultural and educational integration project that she participated in—Scientific Cheongsam, has been shownin Edinburgh Art Festival for four consecutive years, and was selected into Chinas National Exhibition 40th Anniversary Exhibition of Reform and Opening Upand “Achievement Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of National Day”.

(Zhao and Li received the award on Juliet McDonald’s behalf )

Given the epidemic, Juliette McDonald entrusted Zhao Mingwei, Director of International Cooperation Office of DHU and Li Jun, Dean of SCF to receive the award on her behalf. She sincerely thanked the Office of Foreign Affairs of Changning District for their affirmation of her work, and stated that she would continue to work with SCF to actively promote the cooperation and research of the higher education in China and the UK, and make contributions to the foreign exchange of Changning District.       

In the future, DHU will further deepen the exchange and cooperation with UoE, and promoteinternational collaborative development of sustainable fashion, training of interdisciplinary talents of fashion and creativity in Shanghai, and international exchange and cooperation of Shanghai fashion industry, to create a beautiful new life of fashion together!