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University Lecturer Awarded Chinese Accolade

23 August 13

University of Bradford lecturer, Dr John Baruch, has been honoured with a visiting professorship from the South China University of Technology, in Guangzhou.

Dr Baruch, a member of the University of Bradford’s Artificial Intelligence Research Group, is a distinguished expert in astronomy and technology. He is currently the Project Manager for the Bradford Robotic Telescope, an observatory in Tenerife which is remotely accessible to over 85,000 school children across the UK.

Currently, only 30% of secondary school children regard science as their preferred career option. The Robotic Telescope is leading the drive to attract young people to science, in order to build an innovative and competitive workforce for the future.

The South China University of Technology has chosen to honour Dr. Baruch for his contributions to scientific education and building a knowledge economy – an economy based on a highly skilled and well-educated workforce.

Dr. Baruch believes that scientific education is a key component in a building an economy which will be able to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.

In China, Dr Baruch is currently working with the UK Association for Science Education and local authorities to bring practical science to Chinese schools.

He has remarked that “Innovation and creativity is the key to future prosperity and advancement. I believe that linking China and the UK for innovation is a winning formula.”

Dr Baruch has already been recognised for his achievements in the UK with a reception at the Houses of Parliament. The South China University of Technology lauded his accomplishments, stating that “We expect the collaboration to develop new projects reflecting the dynamic synergy between ourselves and Dr Baruch that has existed for years.”

Professor Qian Huang of the South China Technology University which says, “We are very pleased to work with Professor Baruch. The interaction of Chinese and Western science and culture is very dynamic and creative. His work with us and others in China in practical science is very welcome.”

23 August 13

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