Shanghai honorary award to Professor Yrjö Sotamaa
The City of Shanghai has conferred Professor emeritus Yrjö Sotamaa the Magnolia Silver Award of 2011, together with 46 other foreign citizens.
The Magnolia Award is conferred to foreign citizens who have contributed to Shanghai’s cooperation with other countries as well as to its economic and social development
Professor Sotamaa worked as President of the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1986-2008. He serves on the Board of the Sino-Finnish Centre established together by Aalto University and Tongji University in Shanghai.
While the Magnolia Award is a personal honorary award to Professor Sotamaa, it also gives stature to Finnish design and collaboration between institutions of higher education that he has commendably promoted in China. The award will help to increase the visibility of the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 project in China in 2012 and to expand the cooperation between the countries in developing innovative design that creates better life.
Professor Yrjö Sotamaa
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yrjo.sotamaa [at] taik [dot] fi