Heath Sloane, 25, will be ex­chang­ing the Hills for Beijing at the end of Au­gust where he will com­plete a fully-funded Masters pro­gram at Pek­ing Univer­sity.

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Heath has just won a Yench­ing Schol­ar­ship from China’s pre­em­i­nent aca­demic in­sti­tu­tion in a pro­gram China has mod­elled on the pres­ti­gious Rhodes Schol­ar­ships awarded by Ox­ford Univer­sity in the UK.

The Yench­ing Schol­ar­ship is in­tended to ed­u­cate and sculpt the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers in every field: from pol­i­tics and eco­nom­ics, to art and phi­los­o­phy.

He will join a co­hort of 140 emerg­ing global lead­ers. Heath, who at­tended The Kings School be­fore study­ing at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney, com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Arts (Lan­guages), ma­jor­ing in Chi­nese Stud­ies, French Stud­ies and He­brew (Mod­ern).

He worked as a Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fi­cer at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies be­fore win­ning the full schol­ar­ship.

The con­firmed Sinophile will be study­ing In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions in a bid to deepen the Aus­tralia-China re­la­tion­ship.

He will study at Pek­ing Univer­sity for one year, start­ing on Au­gust 29.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to fos­ter­ing a global net­work of re­la­tion­ships on a peo­ple-to-peo­ple level, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the di­ver­sity of the schol­ars” he said.

While half the co­hort are from China the other half come from 45 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

“Af­ter grad­u­a­tion I hope to work in pub­lic af­fairs as a means to im­prov­ing the Aus­tralia-China re­la­tion­ship. Ide­ally, I would like to even­tu­ally serve in a diplo­matic ca­pac­ity at the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade.”

He said he is also look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing destinatio­ns within China, in­clud­ing Guizhou, In­ner Mon­go­lia and Xin­jiang prov­inces which aren’t on the usual tourist trail.

Launched in 2014, The Yench­ing Academy pro­vides full fel­low­ships to its schol­ars.

Yench­ing Schol­ars can choose cour­ses from any of the six re­search areas and en­gage in field stud­ies and re­search re­lated to their spe­cific areas of in­ter­est.

The Academy’s goal is to shape new gen­er­a­tions of global cit­i­zens with a nu­anced un­der­stand­ing of China.

Founded in 1898, Pek­ing Univer­sity has played a cen­tral role in China’s mod­ern his­tory as China’s as an in­cu­ba­tor for China’s fu­ture lead­ers.

More in­for­ma­tion about the Yench­ing Academy is avail­able at yench­ing.pku.edu.cn or by email­ing yca-ad­mis­[email protected]

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