China awards 10 of its stu­dents in Van­cou­ver

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HATTY LIU in Van­cou­ver For China Daily

Ten Chi­nese stu­dents at Van­cou­ver-area uni­ver­si­ties have been awarded schol­ar­ships from the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment in recog­ni­tion of their stud­ies.

At the May 9 awards cer­e­mony, Liu Fei, Chi­nese con­sul gen­eral in Van­cou­ver, gave an open­ing ad­dress high­light­ing the Chi­nese na­tional pol­icy to “sup­port study­ing abroad, en­cour­age repa­tri­a­tion, fa­cil­i­tate bi­lat­eral move­ment and de­velop ap­pli­ca­tions for knowl­edge”.

“The na­tion’s hopes and fu­ture are in the hands of young peo­ple … and we hope that they will soon make their aca­demic dreams, pro­fes­sional dreams and the China Dream come to­gether,” Liu said.

Eight stu­dents re­ceived the 2014 Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment Award for Out­stand­ing Self-Fi­nanced Stu­dents Abroad. The two other stu­dents re­ceived the Award for Out­stand­ing Self-Fi­nanced Stu­dents from Xin­jiang Uyghur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

Liu also thanked the Canadian schol­ars who made the stu­dents’ ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble by serv­ing as their su­per­vi­sors and ex­am­in­ers. “The re­sults that th­ese award­win­ners achieved are the joint achieve­ment of their Canadian and Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

Award-win­ners also took the stage to dis­cuss their re­search, aca­demic back­ground and fu­ture as­pi­ra­tions, as well as thank their su­per­vi­sors and the con­sulate for their sup­port.

“The schol­ar­ship is in­cred­i­bly mean­ing­ful to me be­cause it is not only a means of eco­nomic sup­port, but also rep­re­sents the na­tion’s sup­port and es­teem for its schol­ars abroad,” Xie Yicheng, a PhD can­di­date at the Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia’s neu­ro­science depart­ment, told the au­di­ence.

“I am thank­ful for the na­tion’s ex­pres­sion of con­fi­dence in our stud­ies and re­search achieve­ments abroad,” said Jin Wuyang, a PhD can­di­date in neu­ro­bi­ol­ogy at UBC.

Re­sults of the stu­dents’ re­search were pre­sented to the au­di­ence, rang­ing from the dig­i­tal preser­va­tion of the in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage of Xin­jiang to the seis­mic de­sign of bridges.

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment schol­ar­ship was es­tab­lished in 2003. More than 500 stu­dents in 29 coun­tries re­ceived the 2014 schol­ar­ships, in amounts of $6,000 and $10,000.

The Xin­jiang schol­ar­ship was cre­ated in 2011 to rec­og­nize out­stand­ing re­search and schol­ar­ship by stu­dents from Xin­jiang Uyghur.

HATTY LIU / FOR CHINA DAILY

Liu Fei (front row, cen­ter) con­sul gen­eral of China in Van­cou­ver, stands with the win­ners of the 2014 Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment Award for Out­stand­ing Self­Fi­nanced Stu­dents Abroad and Out­stand­ing Self-Fi­nanced Stu­dents from Xin­jiang, in Van­cou­ver on May 9.

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