Chinese students win in Vancouver
Government scholarships of $6,000 to $10,000 go to outstanding scholars
Sixteen Chinese students at Vancouver-area universities were awarded Chinese government scholarships for their outstanding academic performance.
The awards ceremony was held on May 22 at the Chinese Consulate General in Vancouver. Consul General Liu Fei gave the opening address despite chanting outside the consulate fence by a group of Vietnamese over the disputes in the South China Sea.
“China needs wellequipped talents to knock back the intruders,” Liu said. “The responsibility of protecting our territory will soon lie on the shoulder of the young generation, especially those of you standing right here.”
The 2015 winners, from the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of Calgary and University of Northern British Columbia, received scholarships ranging from $6,000 and $10,000.
While 14 of the award recipients were awarded the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding SelfFinanced Students Abroad, the other two recipients received the Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students from Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.
Ma Mingxu, who obtained a master’s degree in petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary last year, is one of the awardees from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. He said he hoped to change stereotypes about his hometown.
“I don’t want people to arbitrarily link Xinjiang with violence and poor academic performance. Actually, people from Xinjiang are pretty smart. They are able to acquire government scholarships,” Ma said.
Yves Tiberghien, director of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC, also attended the ceremony. He impressed attendees with his inspiring congratulatory speech in fluent Mandarin. He stressed the hardships of students studying abroad and encouraged them to maintain passion and hope.
“It is very hard to study here in Canada or anywhere abroad. As not everybody comes from a wealthy family, this fellowship plays a key impact on your life,” said Tiberghien.
“I know you have gone through lots of strains and adjustments. But as we emerge from those hardships, we will be able to do amazing things that those of your classmates who don’t have those experience cannot do.”
The Chinese Government Award for Outstanding SelfFinanced Students Abroad was established in 2003 and had been given to 4,914 academically excellent PhD students for 13 years.
The Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was created in 2011. Any undergraduate, graduate or PhD student under 40 years old from Xinjiang is eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Published annually, both scholarships aim to reward Chinese students abroad whose performances are outstanding and encourage those talents to donate further to China’s development after graduation.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Education of China, the growth rate of students abroad who choose to return to China after graduation has been soaring since 2000.
Among 50,000 Chinese students abroad, fewer than 20 percent of them returned to China after graduation in 2000. However, more than 80 percent of about 420,000 Chinese students abroad chose to go back to China after graduation in 2013.
It is very hard to study here in Canada or anywhere abroad.”
Yves Tiberghien, director, Institute of Asian Research, UBC Zhang Linting (left), one of the recipients of the 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, with Consul General of China in Vancouver Liu Fei on May 22.