Dutch teacher awarded for years' of devotion to Shanghai university
Updated: 2017-09-12

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Anselmus Antonius Maria Vermeulen (left), an academic pace-setter at the Donghua University in Shanghai, receives the Magnolia Award by the municipal government on Sept 6. [Photo/dhu.edu.cn]

Anselmus Antonius Maria Vermeulen, an academic pace-setter at Donghua University in Shanghai, was presented the Magnolia Award by the municipal government on Sept 6, for his devotion to the school over the past years.

The Dutch teacher started his service with Donghua University in 2010, when he joined the school to initiate an international program to train students in the management field.

Since then, he has devoted tremendous amount of time to bridge Chinese and European advanced educational concepts, methods and systems closer, thereby taking the program to a broader stage, and in the process has nurtured 711 students.

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Anselmus gives hands-on instructions to his students at Donghua University. [Photo/dhu.edu.cn]

Taking advantage of his previous working experience at the Erasmus School of Economics in the Netherlands, Anselmus actively invited numerous renowned figures from abroad, such as Chris Buijink, former deputy minister of Economics, Agriculture and Innovation Ministry of the Netherlands, to enrich Donghua students' knowledge by integrating theory with practice.

He has created an innovative and entrepreneurial environment for Donghua students. He gives youngsters hands-on instructions and encourages them to work on various company issues.

"I witnessed the rapid development of China in the past decades; I just hope more and more European students can study and live in China, and promote closer ties between the two sides," Anselmus said.

The Magnolia Award is presented by the Shanghai municipal government every year to reward foreigners who have contributed greatly to the city's development. This year's entrants included elites in areas of economy and trade, navigation, education, tourism, science and technology, culture, and friendly exchanges.

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Anselmus poses for a photo with some of his students. [Photo/dhu.edu.cn]

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