Dr. Prosper Bernard

October 09, 2014 07:00 ET

A North-American Professor Honored by the People's Republic of China

NANJING, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA--(Marketwired - Oct. 9, 2014) - Dr. Prosper Bernard, (American and Canadian citizen), professor at The Business School of the University of Québec at Montreal (ESG-UQAM) has been honored by the People's Republic of China.

In accordance with the policies of Mr. Xi Jinping, President of China, Jiangsu Province has awarded to Dr. Prosper Bernard two prestigious medals OF HONOR: The friendship award and the labor award.

  1. In Xuzhou, Jiangsu, during a ceremony presided by Mr. Zou Fang Min, party secretary and Dr. Ge Shi Rong, President of China University of Mining and Technology, Dr. Prosper Bernard received the prestigious LABOR AWARD for the outstanding contribution to the economic and social development of Jiangsu Province.

    The award was given to three Canadians and 6 Americans, and 40 other foreigners for their contribution to the development of China in respecting the policies of China and the orientations of the 18th Congress. This MEDAL was given to only two other university professors in the world.

  2. In Nanjing, he also received the 'JIANGSU FRIENDSHIP AWARD" in a ceremony presided by Mr. Zhang Lei, Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province. Only 14 foreigners have received this honor during the ceremony. The Friendship Award mentions that Dr. Bernard has had remarkable contributions to the economy and social development while promoting the collaboration and friendship between Canada and China. He was the only Canadian to receive this award during the ceremony.

The awards recognize the "outstanding contribution" of Professor Prosper Bernard for his 20 years of work for management education in China. Specifically, the prize is awarded for having developed and managed with the University of Mining and Technology of China (CUMT) an MBA from UQAM. This was the first Canadian MBA accredited by the central government of China. The program is now offered in three cities in China. Dr. Bernard is a former Vice-rector of the University of Québec in Montreal.

He has done many conferences and publications in China and in North America on relations between Canada and China. One of his books was published in Mandarin in Zhuhai, China, with the support of the central government of the People's Republic of China. He has recently published three books (in French, English, and Mandarin) on the role of dedicated Canadians who gave their lives for China during the Japanese invasion of China. He gave, in China, many conferences, particularly in the Norman Bethune Medical College. China considers Dr. Norman Bethune as the model of a good foreigner.

He created the "One World Research Group", an international research group with Chinese professors who participate in a postdoctoral fellowship. He contributed in Quebec to the training of many Chinese students. Dr. Bernard is also Chairman of the University Consortium of the Americas.

The award is also given because he has brought to China, twice a year, during the past 20 years, executive MBAs and business people from Canada, the United States of America, France, Poland, and the Latin America in addition to its participation in the POST-MBA program for foreigners in China.

Dr. Bernard has recreated the historical links between Quebec and Xuzhou that existed until 1949.

The University of Mining and Technology of China (CUMT) ranks among the select group of the 35 best universities among the 2063 universities.

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