ByGeorge! Online

April 1, 2003

Industrialist Chiang Chen Receives President’s Medal

By Matthew Lindsay

President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg awarded The George Washington University President’s Medal to Chiang Chen, chair of the Chen Hsong Group and donor/founder of Chiang Industrial Charity Foundation, in a ceremony in Hong Kong on March 21. Trachtenberg bestowed the medal on Chiang in recognition of his leadership of China’s manufacturing industry, his commitment to China’s economic development, and his lifelong support of human resource development and education.

“Throughout his life Chiang Chen has shown he is more than willing to devote his time and energy to helping others,” said Trachtenberg. “I am privileged to present Chiang with the President’s Medal. He exemplifies the qualities we look for in a President’s Medalist, as well as in our fellow man.”

The President’s Medal was initiated by Trachtenberg in 1988 and is the highest honor that the president may award. It is given to individuals who have exhibited courage, character, and leadership in their chosen fields and who exemplify the ability of all human beings to improve the lives of others. Previous recipients of the honor include Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union; Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic; and Shimon Peres, former prime minister of Israel and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, among others.

“I would like to thank President Trachtenberg and The George Washington University for this prestigious award,” said Chiang. “To look at the careers and lives of past President’s Medalists and be included in this amazing group of individuals is a great honor.”

Beginning his career as a mechanic with no professional training, Chiang opened a small machinery maintenance workshop in Hong Kong in 1958. By 1966, he had produced the first 10-ounce plastic-injection molding machine and was awarded “Best New Product” by the Chinese Manufacturers Association in the same year. His business eventually grew from that small workshop to the Chen Hsong Group, a global leader in today’s plastic machinery industry.


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