(October 21, 2001) One of Probe International’s Chinese partners, the Transition Institute, has been awarded the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for Excellence in Promoting Liberty.
One of Probe International’s Chinese partners, the Transition Institute, has been awarded the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for Excellence in Promoting Liberty. Named after the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the Templeton Freedom Award was established in 2003 and is the largest international prize program that celebrates think tank contributions to the understanding of freedom.
Transition Institute was honoured with the award for Special Achievement by a Young Institute.
According to the organization’s website: “The Transition Institute (TI) in China has won in this category for many of its initiatives, such as the Anti-monopoly Research on Public Utilities, Civic Education and Legal Research and Action. The Transition Institution’s mission is to spread the ideas of free markets and the rule of law by promoting liberty and human rights in China. The institute was established in 2007 and has since published 13 books, translated two, and conducted eight research projects with an independent and professional perspective. They have also attracted almost 30,000 students to 147 forums at 17 universities in five cities. They have held 91 forums, developed an e-journal with more than 10,000 subscribers, and have been covered more than 100 times by newspapers and magazines. One judge mentioned that TI has ‘superbly managed to overcome limitations due to the lack of press freedom in the country and has shown an excellent performance in its outreach to students, scholars, internet news portals and individual internet users.’”