Chi­nese stu­dents win in Van­cou­ver

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By XIANG LI in Van­cou­ver for China Daily

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.”

XIANG LI / FOR CHINA DAILY

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.

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